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In-Depth Look: BOC Volunteers for the Exam Development Committee

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we are featuring BOC volunteers who serve as BOC board members, committee, task force and work group members and exam item writers. The BOC would like to thank all of our BOC volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the athletic training profession. The BOC welcomes volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the BOC.


Christine Odell, PhD, ATC is the Professor and Athletic Training Program Director for the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Odell has been practicing as an Athletic Trainer for 26 years.

1. Name the group(s) you participate in as a BOC volunteer and how long you’ve participated.

I currently serve as co-chair of Exam Development Committee (EDC), and I’ve been a member of the EDC for 20 years. The EDC is responsible for the development, construction and validation of each portion of the BOC certification exam and other assessment tools approved by the BOC Board of Directors.

I also volunteered for the Practice Analysis, 7th Edition (PA7) Task Force. The goal of the PA7 Task Force was to lead the research and development required for publication of the PA7. The PA7 identifies essential knowledge and skills for the athletic training profession and serves as a blueprint for exam development and continuing education requirements.

2. What is the best or most rewarding part about volunteering with the BOC?

The most rewarding aspect of volunteering for the BOC is the concrete nature of the work. I also appreciate how the work directly reflects the progression and evolution of our profession.

3. How has your experience volunteering at the BOC influenced you?

My experiences with the BOC have influenced me in many ways. One of the most notable influences my volunteer work has made is in my teaching. Learning how to write good exam questions has made me a more cognizant teacher. I often review my material asking, “How do I need the students to prove this knowledge back to me?” After this, I try to deliver the information in a fashion that enforces how I want the students to see and learn it.

The second major influence has been the humbling experiences working along-side leaders of the athletic training profession. Those professional relationships have had a positive impact over the years. In addition, by volunteering I can then speak to my students about the value of giving back to the profession.

4. What advice would you give to an AT looking to get involved as a BOC volunteer?

Overall, I would say 2 major things: 1) be prepared and invested to work toward a common goal, and 2) be open to learning new things about aspects of athletic training from others who have different experiences than your own.


Joseph S Lueken, MS, LAT, ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer/HCA/Instructor for the Indiana University Department of Sports Medicine. Lueken has been practicing as an Athletic Trainer (AT) for 30 years.

1. Describe your setting:

I work at a Division 1 level university and oversee management of our sports medicine program.

2. Name the group(s) you participate in as a BOC volunteer and how long you’ve participated.

I currently serve as co-chair of Exam Development Committee (EDC), and I’ve been a member of the EDC for 23 years

3. What is the best or most rewarding part about volunteering with the BOC?

The best part of volunteering is working with great people both associated to BOC and the other volunteers who dedicate themselves to producing a great product.

4. How has your experience volunteering at the BOC influenced you?

It has kept me current on what is going on within the profession and challenged me to think outside the box while trying to keep a large group well organized and motivated. It has also made me appreciate other volunteers in their commitment to excellence.

5. What advice would you give to an AT looking to get involved as a BOC volunteer?

Support the profession by giving something back. Whether at the national, district or state level, get involved and find something you are truly interested in. Volunteering your time is a commitment, but it is worth it!

Read other volunteer profiles or learn more about volunteer opportunities with the BOC.


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