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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.

Calling All MoATA Members!

Posted on February 26, 2020 | Leave a comment

Exciting news, SB 670 has been read in the Senate and will soon be put up for a vote!

SB 670 seeks to amend and update the existing athletic training practice act to reflect current levels of education and training, as well as evolving practices, to provide much more comprehensive access to health care for people across the state.

We need your help. To help us educate the Senate on the importance of this bill and the invaluable role athletic trainers play in managing the health and wellbeing of people across the state, we ask that you click the link below to send a message to your senator. You will automatically be matched with your senator, so sending a message is as easy as a click! ttps://

In Memoriam of Rick Larsen, MS, ATC

Posted on February 10, 2020 | Leave a comment

Rick Larsen, MS, ATC passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, after a six-year battle with cancer. Rick was a long-time member of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and was the Head Athletic Trainer at Washington University in St Louis where he worked for 39 years.

In addition to his duties at Washington University, Larsen worked part-time with the St Louis Football Cardinals (1982-87) and the St Louis Stampeded arena football team (1995-96).  He was the coordinator of athletic training services for the AAU National Junior Olympics (1986), the U.S. National Senior Olympics (1989) and for the movie The Game of Their Lives, filmed in St Louis (2003). Rick was also a clinical preceptor for Saint Louis University’s Athletic Training Program and a cherished mentor to many athletic trainers.

Rick Larsen is survived by his wife Debbie, children Lindsay Pritchett (Bryan) and Brian (Mary), sister Cari, and grandchildren Brady and Connor.

In lieu of flowers, the Larsen family has requested that contributions be made to the Rick Larsen Sports Medicine Fund at Washington University.

More information:

2019 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration Now Open

Posted on May 8, 2019 | Comments Off on 2019 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration Now Open

Register Now for the 2019 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium

(Link to registration can be found on the bottom of this page or by clicking here)


Columbia College
Brouder Science Center
Bixby Lecture Hall
Columbia, MO
June 7-8


The 2019 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Symposium weekend will begin with general sessions starting on Friday at 1:00pm.  


Topics at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Symposium include:


  • CBD Oil
  • Blood Flow Restriction
  • Role of Nutrition in Injury Prevention and Recovery
  • Dry Needling
  • PRP and Stem Cells
  • Legal Issues and the Athletic Trainer
  • View 2019 MoATA Educational Program here


All MoATA award recipients will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 8.  8.0 hours of Category A.


Registration Costs:


MoATA Certified members     $30
Non-MoATA members           $60
MoATA Student members      $10
Non-MoATA Students            $25



Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Political Action Committee Fundraiser


This year, the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ PAC will be holding an auction to raise funds. The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ PAC works on behalf of Missouri Athletic Trainers to enhance health care for both Athletic Trainers, and those who receive care. Missouri Athletic Trainers’ PAC works to effect change by supporting candidates for public office whose views and intentions mesh with MoATA’s own goals.


Missouri Athletic Trainers’ PAC Auction


Members of MoATA, as well as the general public are able to access items on the auction.



2019 Annual Meeting Hotel Information:


Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
3100 Interstate 70 Drive SE
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-441-0090


Non-Smoking King Bed Deluxe Room $109.00
Non-Smoking 2 Queen Beds Deluxe $109.00
Non-Smoking 2 Room Suite 2 Queen Beds  $129.00


Reservations may be made by reserving online at, then enter Group Number 2369509.  Attendees may also call 1-800-325-0720 and refer to Group Number 2369509.



Register Here for the 2019 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium

MoATA Election Results

Posted on March 17, 2019 | Comments Off on MoATA Election Results



The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association recently held an election to fill the offices of Treasurer and Public Relations Chair to serve on the MoATA Executive Committee. Congratulations to candidates David Carr (Springfield, Missouri State University) and Christy Tapps (Maryville, Northwest Missouri State University). David has been elected to serve as the MoATA Treasurer, and Christy has been elected to serve as PR Chair. Both will assume this role in June at the MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium. The newly elected officials brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.


The term for these positions is three years. Functions and responsibilities of the MoATA Secretary and Public Relations Chair are outlined in the Constitution and By-Laws.

MoATA Capitol Day A Success

Posted on March 17, 2019 | Comments Off on MoATA Capitol Day A Success


The MoATA Government Affairs Committee would like to thank those that attended the 2019 MoATA Capitol Day!


Many Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students from across the state traveled to Jefferson City to attend the annual event. Capitol Day gives athletic trainers an opportunity to provide valuable information about the profession and our legislative issues to members of the General Assembly.


(L-R) MoATA Secretary Jay Hoffman, MoATA President Karen Finnell, Evan Craft (Kansas City Chiefs), Missouri Governor Mike Parson, MoATA President Elect Rob Carmichael, Kali Powell (Culver-Stockton College), Dale Amick

MoATA Past President Kitty Newsham, Several Students from Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program


Although Capital Day was a one day event, members are encouraged to continue to contact their legislators to continue to advocate for athletic training related issues. Click here to learn more the Missouri State Senate and House of Representatives.

Register Now Open for Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Symposium

Posted on March 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Register Now Open for Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Symposium

Registration is now open for the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Symposium. The conference is scheduled for March 28-30, 2019 and will be held on the in Tulsa, OK. Great speakers, exciting pre-conference sessions, and opportunities for networking and socializing are on the schedule. Click the following link to read about the MAATA 2019 Presentations Overview.

Register now as there is limited space for learning labs and pre-conference sessions. To learn more about the program offerings, lodging, and additional information, click here:


2019 MAATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Homepage

Please click the following link for registration to the Annual Meeting & Symposium:
MAATA Annual Meeting and Symposium Registration

MAATA is also seeking volunteers for the Annual Meeting.

Moderators and Room Reps Sign Up

Each education session requires a moderator, and either one or two room representatives. The first room rep will be responsible for the following: opening doors to allow attendees to enter the room, closing the doors at the start of the presentation, a room count to be performed ten minutes after start time as well as report back any room temperature issues, AV problems, or other issues with the room to the speaker ready room. The Moderator is responsible for meeting the speaker in the speaker ready room at least 15 minutes before the start time, pick up a script to be read, a speaker gift, and a bottle of water for the speaker.


Registration & Ticket Sales – Students Volunteer

Over 800+ attendees are expected to attend the MAATA Annual Meeting this year and it would not be possible without a significant number of volunteers to assist with Registration and Tickets for Lunch, Dinner & Social Activities. There are blocks of time as small as 60 minutes up to 90 minutes.