HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 19, 2013 – Andrea Baellow, a junior at High Point University majoring in the athletic training, was recently recognized as an undergraduate research finalist by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Baellow presented her original research, “Comparison of Gluteus Medius Activation Between Weight Bearing and Non-Weight Bearing Limbs During a Functional Assessment of Hip Abduction Strength” at the NATA’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
“The opportunity to present at NATA was a valuable experience that will help me achieve my goal of gaining admittance to graduate school and a future career as an athletic trainer,” says Baellow. “Presentation opportunities such as this allow me to illustrate my knowledge, critical thinking skills, and most importantly, the networking opportunities as I prepare for future admission to graduate school.”
A native of Charlottesville, Va., Baellow says the inspiration for her research work was borne out of a particularly common injury to athletes: a torn ACL. Baellow hopes that by identifying the cause of this injury through research and experimentation, athletic trainers can implement more effective prevention programs toward reducing the injury.
Baellow notes that her participation with NATA and her experiences in the classroom at HPU will undoubtedly aid her in her future career as an athletic trainer.
“As a research assistant in the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Research Laboratory at HPU, I have had the opportunity to complement what I have learned through the coursework required for the athletic training major,” says Baellow. “The opportunity to engage in clinical research of this magnitude allows me gain a more in-depth understanding of ACL injuries and provides an experience that sets the athletic training program at HPU apart other programs”
Baellow credits Dr. Yum Nguyen, associate professor of athletic training at HPU, with her success. As her professor and mentor, Dr. Nguyen oversaw her research, helped analyze her findings, and stayed engaged in every step of the process to ensure Baellow’s abstract and presentation were worthy of NATA.
Baellow also co-authored another research project that was presented at NATA, titled “Understanding the Role of Hip Muscle Activation in Controlling Lower Extremity Motion During Functional Tasks.”
In addition to NATA, Baellow has presented her original research at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium, Human Movement Science Research Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting.
Baellow looks forward to participating in other research opportunities at HPU and beyond. This semester, she will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Nguyen to coordinate data collections at local high schools in the High Point area with the goal of better understanding factors that increase risk of ACL injury in youth athletes.