Free Communications Program - Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS)

Free Communications Program

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The MATS RAC invites MATS members to submit research abstract(s) to be included in the free communication program as part of the 2019 MATS annual meeting (tentatively scheduled for June 13-14, 2019 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing).  The deadline to submit an abstract is 11:59 pm (EST) on November 15th, 2018.  

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Research Abstract Instructions

The abstract submission process is similar to the NATAREF peer-reviewed track ( Abstract headings must be per NATAREF guidelines and correct for the type of research performed (e.g., Case report, Systematic Review).

Authors must submit 2 copies of their abstract saved as ‘.doc’ (i.e., Microsoft Word files) on the ensuing pages.  Do not submit as ‘.pdf’ files.  On page 2 of this application form, insert a blinded copy of the abstract with the author name(s) and affiliation(s) removed.  The title should remain at the top of the abstract, however.  On page 3, keep the author name(s), affiliation(s), and title above the abstract.

Page margins must be set at 1 inch on all sides using the standard 8.5 x 11 inch format.

Use either Arial or Helvetica 12 point font with single spacing.

For the non-blinded copy (page 3), provide the title starting at the top left margin. On the next line, indent 3 spaces enter the author(s) last name, then initials (without spaces or periods), followed by a comma, and continue for all additional authors (if any), end with a colon. Following the colon, indicate the institution (including city and state) where the research was conducted (author and institutional information does not count in the word limit).

There is a 450-word limit for Basic Research, Meta-Analysis Research, Systematic Reviews, and Qualitative or Survey submissions. Limit is on words, not characters. 

There is a 600-word limit for Clinical Case Reports and Clinical Case Series. Limit is on words, not characters. 

Do not use bullets, italics, bold or underline to emphasize major points in the abstract.

The abstract must be typed using a word processing program and inserted on the next page of this abstract submission form.

The primary author submitting the proposal should receive notification of acceptance in March.

Please direct questions and submissions to the RAC Chair, Dr. Kevin Miller at

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