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