Faculty

Dr. Tom Franek, PhD, LAT, ATC

Associate Professor of Athletic Training

 

Educational Background

  • PhD Rocky Mountain University (Athletic Training)
  • MS Indiana State University (Athletic Training
  • BS Slippery Rock University (Health Science / Athletic Training)

 

Biography

Dr. Franek came to Alvernia University during the 2015-2016 academic with over 10 years experience as an athletic training educator. Dr. Franek was previously the Director of the Athletic Training Program at Eastern University within the Department of Kinesiology (since 2007). His prior educational experiences included Clinical Education Coordinator (Eastern University 2005-2007), Head Athletic Trainer/ Instructor (Gwynedd Mercy College, 2002-2005) and Instructor of Health, Physical Education and Nursing, Bucks County Community College (2001-2002). Dr. Franek teaches a variety of foundational knowledge, clinical application and synthesis based courses within the AT Program at Alvernia.

Dr. Franek completed his doctoral education at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT.  His area of research involves transfer of learning and clinical education. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer with 18 years of practical experience in the following settings: semi-professional athletics (baseball), collegiate, high school and outpatient physical therapy clinic.   In addition to his role as a faculty member at Alvernia, Dr. Franek is an accreditation Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and a scientific reviewer for the following Journals: The Journal of Athletic Training, The Athletic Training Educators Journal, and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.

Dr. Franek lives in Reading, PA, with his wife Michelle and two sons Evan and Jakob.  He describes his family as “very active” whose interests include a variety of outdoor activities and athletics.  They are active members of St. Catharine of Seina Roman Catholic Church in Reading.


Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Athletic Training
  • Therapeutic Modalities with Lab
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Athletic Training Clinical 1
  • Athletic Training Clinical 2
  • Organization and Administration


Additional content areas taught: Pathology and Differential Diagnosis, Senior Seminar in Athletic Training, Upper Extremity (Orthopedic) Evaluation, Medical Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity, Research Methods, Introduction to Athletic Training.


Research Interests

Transfer of learning, transfer of training, clinical education. 


Peer-Review Articles

  • Franek TB, Pitney W, Radtke S, Curtis N, Mazerolle S. Athletic training students’ transfer of learning during their clinical education experience: a grounded theory study part 1. Athl Train Ed J (in process)
  • Franek TB, Pitney W, Radtke S, Curtis N, Mazerolle S. Athletic training students’ transfer of learning during their clinical education experience: a grounded theory study part 2. Athl Train Ed J (in process)
  • Franek TB, Martin M. Metacognition in athletic training education. Athl Ther Today. 2008;13(4):2-4.

 

Scientific Presentations (peer-reviewed)

  • Franek TB, Pitney W, Radtke S, Curtis N, Mazerolle S. Athletic training students’ transfer of learning during their clinical education experience: a grounded theory study. Poster Presentation (Scholarship of Discovery). Athletic Training Educators’’ Conference. Dallas, TX, February 2015.
  • Franek TF. An evidenced-based approach to decision-making in athletic training.  Invited Professional Presentation.  Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer’s Society Annual Conference and Clinical Symposium.  Lancaster, PA June 2014.
  • Franek TB. Athletic Training Students’ Transfer of Learning During Their Clinical Education Experience: A Grounded Theory Study. A doctoral dissertation defense, February 8, 2013, Northern Illinois University.
  • Franek TB, Edwards LE. Ischemic stroke with basilar artery thrombosis in a 17 year old male soccer player: a case report. Poster Presentation (Scholarship of Clinical Practice). Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, June, 7, 2011.
  • Hanley SM, Franek TB.  Recognition of an anterior cruciate ligament sprain in a female soccer player with down’s syndrome: a case report. Poster Presentation (Scholarship of Clinical Practice). Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Convention and Clinical Symposium. May 2008.
  • Franek TB.  Case report:  Osteochondral Fracture in a Collegiate Basketball Player. Eastern University, Approved Clinical Instructor / Athletic Training Student Clinical Symposium. November 2007.
  • Franek TB, Ingersoll CD, Stemmans C, O’Conner T. Guided practice improves shoulder flexion goniometry. Poster Presentation (Scholarship of Discovery). National Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention and Clinical Symposium.  Dallas, TX, June 2002.




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