Department of Human Performance and Sport
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2016 - Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
University of Missouri Columbia
1998 - Master of Science in Exercise Science/Athletic Training Concentration
University of Central Missouri
1996 - Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Fitness & Wellness Concentration
University of Central Missouri
Current Work and Volunteer Experience Highlights:
- Metropolitan State University of Denver: Assistant Professor & Clinical Education Coordinator (2013-Present)
- University of Central Missouri: Assistant Athletic Trainer & Instructor (2008-2013)
- Bothwell Regional Health Center: Outreach Athletic Trainer (1999-2006)
- NATA Work Group on Continuous Quality Improvement (2017)
- Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association: Secretary (2017-Present)
- Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association: Government Affairs Committee (2014-Present)
- Missouri State High School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee: Secondary Schools Athletic Training Member (2000-2006)
I began my career in a rural hospital, building a successful outreach athletic training program with the local high school. I spent many years working in this setting and was exposed to an incredible group of clinicians and clientele. In addition to working with my high school, the clinic allowed me to engage with clientele such as rodeo, pediatric, geriatric, weekend warriors, work hardening, TBI, spinal cord injury, industrial athletes, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, and more. This experience was so enriching, as I worked alongside other health care professionals and truly learned about what it takes to be a medical team for successful patient outcomes. During this time I also began to precept for two local universities and taught a few classes for another. Athletic Training education began to creep into my life.
In 2006, I proudly became an Air Force spouse and moved to South Korea. I returned to the United States in 2008 and began working for the University of Central Missouri. I accepted the 50/50 position of Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor. I worked mainly with Women’s Soccer and Track and Field, however, UCM is my alma mater and I’ve had experience working with just about every team on campus. In 2010, I was given the opportunity to become the Interim Clinical Education Coordinator at UCM for a year. In 2013, my husband received his final permanent change of station to Denver. The planets aligned and I earned the position at Metropolitan State University of Denver as the Clinical Education Coordinator as I completed my doctorate from the University of Missouri. I have been at MSU Denver since 2013 and consider myself blessed to be a part of such a unique and diverse institution. I am proud to be a part of the mission to ready students who are diverse, tenacious, primed, purposeful, and entrepreneurial. I am heavily involved in the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association as the Secretary. As a member of the Board of Directors, we have accomplished a number of positive goals. We have aided in reestablishing communication with membership by creating, updating and maintaining a new website, new social media, and eBlasts. Assisted in the re-established of a positive CATA and Colorado High School Activities Association working relationship on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Assisted the Vice President with the planning and running of CATA's Annual Clinical Symposiums. Updated the historical documents as needed. Best of all, I assisted Colorado Athletic Trainers to win licensure and conclude a 40-year legislative battle. I estimate that over the course of the year, I spend at least 400 hours dedicated to the CATA Secretary duties. I have also worked at the national level on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Work Group on Continuous Quality Improvement.
Undoubtedly, I am most proud of my work as a wife, mother, and daughter. I have worked hard to maintain balance in my life, to make my family and friends proud, and love with my whole heart. At the end of the day, I want to be able to face my daughter and tell her I gave my all, with integrity. Every day will be different. Every day will not be great, but every day I will try to give the best of parts of me.
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Dr. Christine Odell has been a certified Athletic Trainer since 1992.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.
She then worked in a variety of athletic training settings throughout the course of her career: traditional Division II college, physician extender, out patient rehabilitation clinic and has also worked several professional cycling races here in the United States as well as one Tour of China.
When she discovered her passion for teaching, she earned her doctorate at Colorado State University in Education/Interdisciplinary Studies – Health/Exercise Science.
She has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2004 and has served as the Director of Athletic Training Program since 2008. Her teaching philosophy revolves around teaching students how to incorporate the bigger picture into patient care – trying never to let her students forget that they are working with people who have many needs beyond just returning to an active lifestyle.
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