Kelsey Rankin
Hometown: Storrs, CT
Undergraduate School: University of Connecticut
Sport Assignment: Men’s JV Basketball and Swimming & Diving

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC because of the storied history behind the Sports Medicine program, both clinically and educationally. To have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside the top clinicians, researchers, and educators in the field is nothing short of a dream. It will provide all avenues necessary to become a well-rounded clinical athletic trainer.

Thesis Topic:  Associations between Patellar Tendon Structure, Movement Quality, and Training Characteristics in Male Collegiate Athletes


Emily Guadagno
Hometown: Apex, NC
Undergraduate School: East Carolina University
Sport Assignments: Baseball and Cross-country

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC because I want to hone my skills as an athletic trainer and provide my athletes with the best clinical interventions based on evidence. With the opportunity to write a thesis alongside world renowned researchers, mentorship from expert staff, and education from a few of the biggest names in athletic training, it was an easy choice to make.

Thesis Topic:  Associations Between Vibratory Perception Threshold, Quadriceps and Hamstring Co-contraction Ratio, and Femoral Articular Cartilage Deformation


Cassie Perrella
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate School: University of North Florida
Sport Assignments: Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Lacrosse

Why I chose UNC: Someone once told me, “Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.” My decision to come to UNC was simple…it was the people. The staff here not only love their jobs, but they also genuinely care for both their athletes and their students. Each one of them has invaluable knowledge, unique treatment approaches, and extensive experience to share. It is both a blessing and an honor to learn from clinicians of this caliber each and every day.

Thesis Topic:  Effects of Simulated Weight Gain and Neuromuscular Function on Articular Cartilage Deformation Following Walking


Philippe Gagnon-Joseph
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Undergraduate School: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Sport Assignments: Football and Fencing

Why I chose UNC: I came to UNC Chapel Hill in order to learn directly from leaders in the field of Athletic Training.

Thesis Topic:  Effects of Head Impact Biomechanics on Visual-Motor Performance Over the Course of a College Football Season


Vasiliki Kostogiannes
Hometown: New Port Richey, FL
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Sport Assignments: Gymnastics and Softball

Why I chose UNC: I chose to come to UNC because they offer a unique and challenging graduate school experience. The University of North Carolina offers an array of academic, clinical, research and teaching experiences unmatched by any other program in the country; and the outstanding faculty and staff at UNC are dedicated to helping their students succeed.

Thesis Topic:  Relationships Among Movement Quality, Visual Performance, and Head Impact Biomechanics in High School American Football Players


Tara Condon
Hometown: Tomkins Cove, New York
Undergraduate School: Ithaca College
Sport Assignments: Men’s Soccer/Women’s Rowing

Why I chose UNC: There is no program that can compare to the level of expertise, knowledge and wisdom that is contained here at UNC. Even more so, the family-like atmosphere that is the Sports Medicine department drew me into the program, and it is what keeps me coming back for more everyday.

Thesis Topic:  Relationships Between Lower Extremity Movement Quality, Internal Training Loads, and Injury Risk in American Collegiate Soccer Athletes


Josh Valentine
Hometown: Manchester, CT
Undergraduate School: Liberty University
Sport Assignments: Field Hockey, Track & Field

Why I Chose UNC: I chose UNC because I wanted to learn from some of the most brilliant minds in sports medicine including men and women that are at the forefront of evidence-based practice.

Thesis Topic:  Effect of Knee Valgus Unloader Brace in Various-Aligned Individuals on Femoral Cartilage Deformation Acutely Following Walking Protocol


Katie Lee
Hometown: Mayfield, OH
Undergraduate School: (The)Ohio State University
Sport Assignments: Women’s soccer and women’s tennis

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC because it provided opportunities for me to not only grow as a clinician, but as a student, teacher, and researcher as well. All of this combined with the amazing faculty and clinical staff I have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis made UNC clearly the best choice for me.

Thesis Topic:  Epidemiology of Cervical Muscle Strains in High School and Collegiate Male Collision Athletes


Johanna White
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Undergraduate School: UNC-CH
Sports Assignments: Men’s Lacrosse, Track and Field

Why I Chose UNC: UNC has the best Athletic Training Program, Faculty, Staff, Clinicians, and Researchers and it is a place I call home.

Thesis Topic:  Can an Integrated Corrective Exercise Intervention Improve Range of Motion Resilience in Female Athletes With High Injury Risk Movement Profiles?


Carl White
Hometown: College Park, MD
Undergraduate School: UNC-Chapel Hill
Sport Assignments: Wrestling and Sport Clubs

Why I Chose UNC: The opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the finest clinicians, researchers, and educators in athletic training, plus the chance to move back to Chapel Hill

Thesis Topic:  The Effect of PRI Pelvic Repositioning Technique on Innominate Rotation and Hip Range of Motion