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Posted on September 30, 2020 | Leave a comment

MoATA Members,

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19, and the subsequent cancelling of the 2020 MoATA Annual Meeting and Symposium, as well as numerous other conferences, the MoATA Executive Committee has decided to offer online Continuing Education to the members of MoATA at no cost.

You should have received an email from our CVENT platform to register for the sessions. If you haven’t, please email Scott Winslow at:

MoATA Announces 2020 President-Elect Election Results

Posted on August 24, 2020 | Leave a comment

The MoATA 2020 President-Elect elections results are in and MoATA is happy to announce that David Carr (Springfield, Missouri State University) has been named MoATA’s new President-Elect. He will serve in this position for two and one half years and then will assume the President role, serving three years as President. He will be sworn into office as President at the 2023 MoATA Annual Meeting and Symposium.  Our sincere thanks to Joe Whetstone, for his willingness to serve the association.

The MoATA Executive Committee would like to thank our MoATA members that actively participated in the voting process.

Announcing MoATA President-Elect Candidates

Posted on July 28, 2020 | Leave a comment

MoATA President-Elect Election will be August 1-21. On this page you can learn about each candidate through their interviews hosted by past president, Karen Fennell. In addition, through their President-Elect Statements to you, the members of MoATA. Please take time to learn about each candidate and have your voice heard by voting for our next President-Elect.

President-Elect Candidate, W. David Carr

MoATA Membership,

It is with a mixture of excitement and humility that I apply for the president-elect position. I am excited to be considered for a leadership role within an organization that gave me a start in the profession. My first state meeting as a newly minted clinician was here in Missouri back in 1994 while employed as an assistant athletic trainer at Saint Louis University.  While my career took me to several other states, I have come full circle back to where it really started.  I am humbled to be in consideration for a role previously filled by so many great leaders.

As my career took me to other states, I have learned from many excellent leaders about how to organize and run a membership organization. I believe that the core functions of any organization are membership benefits, advocacy in governmental affairs, and fiscal responsibility. My experience in membership benefits involves working on meeting planning committees in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and for District 5.  While advocating for the profession through governmental affairs, I worked in Kansas on the State Board of Healing Arts, eventually chairing the Athletic Training Board, and as the Governmental Affairs representative. To support fiscal responsibility, I have served on the NATA Foundation Board of Directors and currently serve as the MoATA Treasurer.  My work at the state, district, and national level has equipped me with a network of contacts to advance MoATA. This variety of experiences and contacts has given me a broad perspective of how membership organizations run, what works, and what does not work. 

My vision for MoATA is to continue building upon previous success by expanding our annual meeting and CEU opportunities as direct benefits to the membership.  I will continue advocating for legislative changes that benefit the profession with our practice act and third-party reimbursement efforts.  I will work to ensure our fiscal solvency by proposing surplus budgets and advocating for investments that will benefit the organization over the long term.   


W. David Carr

MoATA President-Elect Candidate David Carr

President-Elect Candidate David Carr

Posted by Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

President-Elect Candidate, Joe Whetstone

To the Members of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association,

It is with great enthusiasm that I humbly enter my name to be considered for the position of President-Elect for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association. Over the last several years, I have had the privilege to serve MoATA in varying capacities. Through this involvement, I have better learned the history and structure of the association. Our organization has had a long lineage of service-based leadership that has laid a foundation for us to build upon and better serve the physically active population of Missouri.

As athletic trainers today, we are part of an evolving, growing profession. Now, more than ever, we need to continue to promote our professional image while asserting ourselves as the qualified and competent healthcare providers that we have been educated to be.

The groundwork has been set with the recent passing of the Practice Act. This Act removes artificial barriers in patient populations and better defines the capabilities of the athletic trainer. We will be able to reap the fruits of this labor for years to come as this Act serves as a catalyst for change and presents new opportunities. Our future leadership will outline these prospective avenues and areas of growth, which should involve work towards non-discriminatory legislative language, thus leading to third party reimbursement and better recognition with payers.

Healthcare is at a crossroads and will be modeling towards a value-based care approach. The value an athletic trainer provides within any team, be it on the sidelines, in the clinic, backstage, in an assembly plant, or any other venue of care, is second to none. Given the depth and breadth our educational backgrounds provide, ATs will continue to be sought after more and more in the future. Through this demand, we will be able better leverage our worth, as well as negotiate better salaries and working conditions, thus improving the quality of life. Given the recent global situation, many have felt the effects personally and professionally. We will learn much in the coming months and years as we adapt to new standards and ways we can care for our patients. A lens will be drawn on wellness and the prevention of health issues, and ATs will serve in the forefront. A push towards increased utilization of athletic trainers in underserved areas is vital.

In this role, I will continue to educate others on the value of athletic training, as well as listen to the needs of our members from around the state. I plan to help us make new partnerships with key stakeholders in the healthcare industry and find opportunities to grow within our communities statewide. Missouri is a leader within District V, as well as the nation. We have several initiatives to advance our cause, and it is imperative for all to be involved. Together, we can transform healthcare. A deep respect of the past, awareness for the present, and preparation of the future is my approach to leadership. I would appreciate the chance to represent you, make your voice heard, and make a difference in our great profession.
Thank you for your time and consideration.


Joe Whetstone, MS, ATC, LAT

MoATA President-Elect Candidate Joe Whetstone

President-Elect Candidate Joe Whetstone

Posted by Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Governor Parson Signs HB 2046

Posted on July 9, 2020 | Leave a comment

On July 6, 2020, Governor Parson signed HB 2046, which expands license reciprocity in the state of Missouri. With the signing of this bill, it also updates the Athletic Training practice act, which had not been amended since 1983.  The Past-President of Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA), Karen Fennell, remarked, “This is a monumental accomplishment for the licensed Athletic Trainers in Missouri and the patients they serve.  The language now properly reflects who we are as health care professionals, and our role in the care of the physically active patient. A special thank you goes out to Senator Lincoln Hough, (R) Springfield, who sponsored our original bill this session and his support over the last two years and Representative Grier, (R) St. Louis, for including our language in his license reciprocity bill. Our organization would also like to thank Dale Amick, our long time lobbyist, our supervising physicians and their member organizations for their support and input on language, and finally, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for their guidance through this process.” This was a true grassroots effort by the MoATA membership that represented a nearly decade’s long process. The language now is much more reflective of our current practice and contemporary education. A key aspect of the new practice act is a more accurate reflection of our patient population, which can expand areas of practice.  Current MoATA President, Rob Carmichael, added, “This new language should really help Athletic Trainers in Missouri who are employed in settings outside of the athletics environment by redefining our patient population and setting the stage for third party reimbursement efforts.” 


For more information, contact Christy Tapps, MoATA PR Chair, at


Posted on July 7, 2020 | Leave a comment

The NATA Presidential Election is open!

Didn’t receive your ballot? Contact to receive a ballot.

Not sure who you are voting for? Check out the recordings below where Karen Fennell, Past President and Christy Tapps, Public Relations sat down with both candidates and asked questions from you, the membership. See how they respond to your questions on the issues that matter to you!

MoATA Interview with Katie Walsh-Flanagan

Katie Walsh-Flanagan answers questions from MoATA members in her bid to become the next NATA President

Posted by Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association on Tuesday, July 7, 2020
MoATA Interview with Kathy Dieringer

Kathy Dieringer answers questions from MoATA members in her bid to become the next NATA President

Posted by Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Athletic Trainers on the Frontlines Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on May 27, 2020 | Leave a comment

As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Athletic Trainers found themselves in unfamiliar territory. But many ATs stepped up to show how the profession can impact health care through action on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Wonderful words from one of our members, Amy Cruise. Since writing this, Amy was recognized by Cox Health as a Wellness Warrior during this time for her efforts in leading and coordinating for the hospital to reach a goal of making 4,000 masks per day. Great job Amy and ATs at Cox Health! Amy’s reflection of this time:

“As I reflect on the last few weeks, it has been a rollercoaster to say the least. I think most can agree that we never thought we would live in a time when we would be screening people at entrances, maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others, going to the store daily to try and find toilet paper, or sheltering in place. At CoxHealth, our ATs have had the unique opportunity to be a part of combatting this pandemic by helping to make masks. And I must say, it has been an honor to serve with this group. We have laughed, cried, supported one another, and given each other the grace to deal with our “new normal” in whatever way we needed to individually. No matter what our world looks like on the other side of this, I have no doubt, we will be a stronger team, as well as, stronger individuals.”

MoATA Statement on COVID-19

Posted on May 27, 2020 | Leave a comment

“The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) recognizes the challenges and hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted upon our AT profession, our members, and our patients. The MoATA encourages our members to play an active role within the interprofessional medical team in preventing the spread of the virus. ATs and the interdisciplinary team should work in consultation, and collaboratively, with their local department of public health and organization leadership. Our goal is to fully engage in an interdisciplinary strategy that provides a safe and timely return to work, life, and sport.”    

Here is the link to the NATA COVID-19 Resource Center. NATA will continue to add helpful resources and post important information here for members to access during this unprecedented time.


Posted on March 13, 2020 | Leave a comment

MAATA Statement: Annual Meeting Cancelled


Dear District 5 members and meeting registrants,

It is with deep regret we announce the MAATA Annual meeting has been cancelled.  The rapidly changing environment of COVID-19, mass cancellations, institutional bans on travel, and concerns for safety brought us to this difficult decision.  The meeting planners put together an excellent program with a great variety of learning and social opportunities.  Please read below to learn how more about the cancellation of each of these events.  While cancelling the annual meeting was a difficult and necessary task, District 5 is committed to providing our members with the best benefits possible. Continue to follow email and website announcements for future educational opportunities.   


DO NOT call the Courtyard or Embassy suites to cancel your reservation.  Every reservation associated with our conference will AUTOMATICALLY be CANCELLED.  You will receive an automated cancellation notice in the next few days.  The hotel has been very gracious in letting us all out of our contract.  They have asked that we please not flood their desk with phone calls.  

Registration refund

Everyone who is registered will automatically receive a full refund.  The entire amount will be returned to the payer via the same mechanism it was paid.  If you have already received a partial refund, the entire amount will be returned.  Please be patient with refunds.  Our volunteer staff has a long “To Do” list.  It may take up to 30 days to receive your refund.  


All continuing education sessions have been cancelled.  You cannot claim any CEUs for this event.  The meeting planners will work to identify ways to bring you some of this content in the future. Continue to read e-Blasts and monitor the District website for information.  

Special events: Quiz Bowl – The Quiz Bowl is cancelled.  Participating teams will be contacted soon regarding the process for selecting a winner that will move on to the national championships in Atlanta.

Grants/Scholarships/Awards – The Awards ceremony is cancelled.  All award winners will receive their plaques and awards via U.S. mail.  Hall of Fame inductees will have the opportunity to be recognized and publicly inducted at a future meeting.  


The NATAPAC and NATA Foundation rely on the annual meeting for a significant portion of their District fundraising. Please consider using some of your unspent party money to make a donation or to support one of their future events  


This meeting is an excellent time to catch up with friends.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Take the time to pick up the phone and call a fellow athletic trainer you would have seen at the meeting. These relationships are invaluable.  Use technology to overcome social distancing.

Thanks to all of you for your understanding and support.  We can’t wait to see you in Atlanta.