By Olivia Bousquet

Two fitness and wellness management students obtained prime prizes for his or her submitted analysis from the Better New York American Faculty of Sports Medicine digital conference final semester. SUNY Plattsburgh’s Arriana Patraw and Taylor Alexander gained the President’s Cup and Excellent Case Examine, respectively, beating prime colleges like Harvard, Columbia and Hofstra. 

Patraw, a junior from Clear Lake, gained $1,200 for her authentic analysis on “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Can Optimism Cut back Nervousness? A 5-Wave Examine of Folks with Power Sickness” and secured a spot at the June 2021 nationwide conference to characterize the Better New York chapter. Alexander, a senior from Cadyville, gained $500 for her scientific case research of a uncommon foot damage – the Lisfranc damage.  

“I used to be positively nervous to current, particularly as a result of I wrestle with my very own nervousness,” Patraw mentioned. “Nevertheless, it was a very nice expertise and I used to be simply actually honored to have the ability to current it at all.”  

Patraw’s analysis started Sept. 2019 alongside SUNY Plattsburgh affiliate professor of sport and wellness, Andreas Stamatis, whereas collaborating with establishments like Harvard and Baylor. Her analysis collected 5 waves of pooling info from members. A five-wave research is uncommon, because it required Patraw to return again to the identical members month after month. “Repeated measures at all times add energy together with the variant of the pandemic,” Stamatis mentioned. Three swimming pools have been collected previous to the pandemic and two have been collected throughout, which helped make her findings related for present-day practitioners. In keeping with Patraw, Stamatis performed a giant function in serving to her accumulate and take a look at her information. 

“It’s actually necessary to know that as reported ranges of optimism enhance, reported ranges of hysteria lower and then that relationship is secure all through the pandemic,” Patraw mentioned. “So if we are able to enhance ranges of optimism, we’re in a position to lower the degrees of hysteria, notably in populations dwelling with power diseases and disabilities.”

In contrast to Patraw’s giant pool research, Alexander targeted on one uncommon foot damage – the Lisfranc damage, which is a widening between the primary and second metatarsal and generally misdiagnosed. She collaborated with SUNY Plattsburgh and hospitals in Greece, the place Stamatis is from, to higher perceive easy methods to correctly diagnose somebody with a Lisfranc damage. 

“They misdiagnosed the damage at first and the damage wants correctional surgical procedure, so if it doesn’t occur quickly sufficient then the affected person can reside with these negative effects for the remainder of their lives,” Alexander mentioned. “I’m an incoming well being skilled, so I wish to guarantee that this damage doesn’t go unseen and it may be corrected as quickly as attainable.” 

As somebody with tendonitis in her ft, Alexander took the case “to coronary heart.” A Lisfranc damage exhibits up with a weight bearing x-ray, which suggests any common X-ray or CT scan gained’t discover it. In keeping with Stamatis, scientific circumstances haven’t any energy because of the small pool dimension, however they’re important for particular circumstances, comparable to a lisfranc damage, and what clinicians could miss.  

“I knew [Taylor] was superb and had an excellent case research and I simply instructed her it’s as much as you now you could apply, apply, apply and know what you’re speaking about,”  Stamatis mentioned. “She regarded very assured within the video to elucidate the whole lot. I believed we’d win, and I mentioned the identical factor to Arriana. I despatched her numerous emails telling Arriana, as a result of I do know generally she turns into a bit of extra anxious about issues. However, I’m actually happy with them, they deserve it.” 

The annual conference was unable to fulfill in individual because of the pandemic, nonetheless, it didn’t cease the SUNY Plattsburgh fitness and wellness management division from submitting a file variety of 15 abstracts, in keeping with Stamatis. Individuals have been required to create a 5-minute video presentation and poster about their analysis, in addition to, current their findings to a panel over a Zoom name.

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