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Games receives Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award

April 12, 2018

Kent Games, associate professor of athletic training at Indiana State University , has been honored with the Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award.

The award, which recognizes outstanding faculty who have made serving the community an integral part of their academic goals and activities, was presented during the annual Faculty Recognition Banquet Thursday.

"Being named the Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award winner is a tremendous honor. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to develop and sustain meaningful community relationships with organizations such as the Terre Haute Fire Department, Union Health and Franciscan Health, which are really the foundation of our community engagement and community scholarship efforts in the Doctor of Athletic Training," Games said.

"Through these relationships, we not only have been able to provide students an excellent learning experience, but we have also developed innovative solutions to solve real community challenges. We have been able to share our successes with others around the world, empowering them to make a positive change in their own community through research and community based learning," Games added. "This award is particularly meaningful for me, as it recognizes the important work my colleagues, students and I are engaging in to improve the lives of first responders in the community. Using our unique skills and passion for helping others, we have created a one of a kind experience here at Indiana State, which allows students to truly explore and understand underserved populations and emerging settings in athletic training through our Tactical Athlete Research and Education Center and Tactical Athlete Care Clinic."

Games serves as the director of the Tactical Athlete Research and Education Center, director of clinical education for the Doctor of Athletic Training Program, the Tactical Athlete Care Clinic and director of the Neuromechanics, Interventions and Continuing Education Research Laboratory at Indiana State.

At Indiana State, Games integrated service and community-based learning into courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. Much of his work has been focused on providing health professional students hands-on experience at rural high schools in west central Indiana and east central Illinois.

Games has also developed short-duration, high-impact activities, including screening elderly residents of the Ryves neighborhood for their risk of falls and hosting educational events for children and youth in Vigo County to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Since 2013, he has procured approximately $575,565 in external contracts and $28,850 in internal and external grants to support community engagement activities at State. Many of the contracts are multi-year agreements which guarantee Sycamores will be placed at the sites and students at a site for multiple, consecutive semesters.In addition to the procurement of funds to support our community engagement efforts, Games has provided direct services to nonprofit organizations to address community issues, including experiences with fire service agencies across the country in an effort to reduce the number, severity and burden of injury related to firefighter activities. He has also provided pro bono services in the form of medical supervision, guest speaking and mentorship at the international, national, regional, state and local levels.Games' community-based research has been conducted on a wide range of issues affecting specific communities, including athletic training, fire service, physically active, patient student-athlete, elderly and pediatrics.In 2014, Games developed the Tactical Athlete Research and Education Center at Indiana State with the mission to "develop and deploy interventions and education focused on injury prevention, physical and technical performance, and health-related quality of life for tactical athletes and their families."

In the last year, the center has collaborated with more than 15 fire departments in Indiana and multiple fire departments in other states, including Wisconsin and Alabama, on projects related to improving the health and wellness of firefighters. Several local, national and international collaborations have also been established with other research and education centers, including Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Warrior Research Center at Auburn University.

In early 2017, a branch of the center was specifically developed to provide health education, prevention and care to First Responders in the Wabash Valley - the Tactical Athlete Care Clinic. It is a collaboration among the Terre Haute Fire Department, the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative and the Indiana State University Doctor of Athletic Training Program. It currently serves all 155 firefighters in Terre Haute and provides community-based learning activities for both doctoral and undergraduate level students.

Games has a Ph.D. in kinesiology and a Master of Education degree in exercise science from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Grand Valley State University.


Photo: - Kent Games

Writer: Betsy Simon, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or

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Kent Games, associate professor of athletic training at Indiana State University, was with the Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award during the annual Faculty Recognition Banquet Thursday.

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