Dr. Cynthia Wright Brings New Energy to Athletic Training Program

Published on Mon, January 23, 2012

As a first-year faculty member, Cynthia Wright, M.Ed.—assistant professor of athletic training and director of the athletic training program—has published five research articles, teaches a variety of classes and still finds time to pursue one of her many hobbies: mountain biking.

Despite her packed schedule, Dr. Wright will travel to Washington D.C. next month to provide care for athletes at the Capitol Hill Classic, a national volleyball tournament. Along with other athletic trainers from around the country, Dr. Wright will work with injured athletes, providing medical care.

Cynthia Wright wraps the ankle of a student athleteFrom her second floor office in the Robert J. Mellow Center for Athletics and Wellness, Dr. Wright takes a moment to reflect about her pedagogical style. Organized, clear, interactive—these are the descriptors she hopes students say about her classes. Her approach is multifaceted; she works with students in the lab, in discussion groups and in lecture format.

"Because Marywood has these nice, small class sizes, you get a lot of personality from students," she observes. "My teaching style is to be more active and discussion-based, and students tend to like that."

When she isn't in the classroom, Dr. Wright pursues her research interests with an unmatched enthusiasm, studying patient oriented outcome measures and treatment for chronic ankle instability. These areas of inquiry became a focus for the athletic trainer during her undergraduate years at Whitworth University.

"It really fit what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be," she says.

Last month, Dr. Wright co-authored, "Functional Ankle Instability and Health-Related Quality of Life," which was published in the Journal of Athletic Training. The study focused on patients with functional ankle instability—a condition that predisposes patients to frequent ankle sprains. According to the study, patients with this condition demonstrated worse health-related quality of life than the comparative uninjured group.

For her next study, Dr. Wright hopes to collaborate with faculty in Marywood's Nutrition and Dietetics Department.

For more information about Marywood's Athletic Training Program, please contact Dr. Cynthia Wright, program director, at cwright@marywood.edu.