Cheyanne Duckson presents on athletic injuries in the performing arts at the online Student Academic Conference

Athletic training major Cheyanne Duckson will present in the 22nd Student Academic Conference held online beginning Tuesday, April 21. She’s worked on a literature review for the past year, highlighting the importance of preventing athletic injuries, specifically in the performing arts.

Q: Why did you choose to research Performing Arts- Injuries, Prevalence, and Prevention?
A: Performing arts, and dance specifically, has been a passion of mine for years. I eventually want to work in the performing arts as an athletic trainer. I chose to put together this presentation because not much is known about the performing arts in sports medicine compared to other sports like basketball, football, soccer, and more.

Q: Who was your mentor and how did they help you?
A: Dawn Hammerschmidt & Ronda Peterson helped edit, review, and keep the project on track. They also offered tips and guidance on how to do things better throughout the process.

Q: How much time did you dedicate to this project?
A: Lots of time! The literature review was written throughout the fall semester and then transformed this semester into my presentation.

Q: What was the favorite part of your project?
A: My favorite part of my project was finishing it. It was rewarding to put something together that I am proud of. My favorite part of the process was learning so much through the detailed information in the articles I read.  

Q: Do you plan on doing further research on your topic?
A: I do not plan on doing any further research at the moment, but I would read any articles on performing arts medicine if I came across them. And who knows, maybe in the future I’ll do something to further research in performing arts!

You can view Cheyenne’s presentation and others at