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Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers

Posted on January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is hosting its annual Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Regional Seminars throughout Missouri between January 29, 2018 and February 12, 2018. MoATA is a proud program partner and encourages all members to attend.

 

January 29, 2018 – St. Louis, Missouri

February 2, 2018 – Columbia, Missouri

February 6, 2018 – Cape Girardeau, Missouri

February 8, 2018 – Springfield, Missouri

February 12, 2018 – Kansas City, Missouri

 

Coaches, athletic directors, licensed athletic trainers, school nurses, school counselors, and community recreational league administration are encouraged to attend.

 

Sharing new information about concussions with athletic teams and school personnel will help reduce the risk of potential long-term cognitive, physical, perceptual and emotional effects that can occur.

 

Keynote speakers this year include Billiken Sport Psychological Sciences and Consultation – Ashley Hansen, MS, John Lace, MS, Taylor Montgomery, MS. Topics for the program include:

 

– Concussion Facts and Fallacies
– New Frontiers in Research
– International Concussion Consensus Guidelines
– How Does Your Team or School Compare – Know the Data?
– Changing Your Concussion Culture
– Sports Concussion Case Studies

 

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Space is limited so be sure to register today!

 

Click here for a copy of the Sports Concussion flier.

 

Click here to Register:

 

Brain Injury Association of Missouri

In Memorian

Posted on November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on In Memorian

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends and family of Darin Moore, ATC. The former head athletic trainer at Missouri Southern State University passed away November 6, 2017 after fighting a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

Moore came to MSSU in 2001 as an assistant trainer and in January of 2003 was named the head athletic trainer for the University. He served in that capacity until early 2016. Prior to his time in Missouri, he served as head athletic trainer for three years at Vancleve (Miss.) High School and one year at Greenville (Ala.) High School. He also was assistant athletic trainer at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Moore received a master’s of education-physical education degree in 1998 from Delta State University, where he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer, and a bachelor of science degree in physical education/ human movement studies from Kent State University in 1996. A native of Lewistown, IL, he also earned an associate of arts degree from Coffeyville Community College.

 

Funeral services were held November 8, 2017 (Joplin).  Memorial donations may be made to the Darin Moore Athletic Training Endowment at Missouri Southern State University or the Ella Moore College Scholarship Fund, in care of Arvest Bank

MoATA Members Receive Awards

Posted on October 16, 2017 | Comments Off on MoATA Members Receive Awards

Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association members, Kate Esley and Kitty Newsham were recognized for their service to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at the BIA-MO 13th Annual Statewide Conference in October 2017.

 

Kate Esley received the Service Excellence Award for Public Relations for her tireless efforts to educate health care professionals and the public about the importance of recognition and appropriate management of concussions. She is the Lead Athletic Trainer and Concussion Program Coordinator for Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri

 

Kitty Newsham received the Service Excellence Award for Prevention for her dedication to the Sport Concussions: Facts, Fallacies, and New Frontiers education programs and advocacy for brain injury related legislation. She is an associate professor at Saint Louis University.

 

MoATA has worked closely with BIA-MO on concussion legislation and concussion education for more than a decade. MoATA is a program partner for Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies, and New Frontiers, a statewide education program developed to keep youth and secondary school coaches, administrators, and healthcare teams up to date on developments in sport related concussions. MoATA members also participate in the BIA-MO Bowling for Brain Injury fundraiser to support the BIA as they support individuals with brain injuries.

 

Please join us in congratulating these individuals for their hard work and recent honors!

NATA Presidential Elections

Posted on August 29, 2017 | Comments Off on NATA Presidential Elections

 

In September, NATA members will had the opportunity to vote to determine the next President of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Tory Lindley, MA, ATC, has been voted by the membership to be NATA’s 14th president. He will take over for current NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, at the 2018 NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in New Orleans and will serve a three-year term.

To learn more about Lindley and his goals as NATA President, please click here.

 

 

 

Latest Updates from the MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee

Posted on September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Latest Updates from the MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee convened on September 5th, 2017 to review and update current practices. Several action items were proposed and voted into place during the committee meeting. Items include changes to Pre-Participation Examinations to be valid for a two (2) year period, approval of the 2016-2017 Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report, and a recommendation to research and develop guidelines on implementing the use of the wet bulb globe instead of heat index readings at member schools.

 

For a complete summary of agenda items, please visit the MSHSAA website here.

 

 

Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport

Posted on July 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport

Concussion Management Plans

Athletic trainers play a critical role in the prevention and management of concussions. At many institutions, the AT has primary responsibility for the development of the concussion management plan. The AT typically leads in communication of this plan to all individuals who have roles in implementing the plan. A comprehensive concussion management  plan allows for better care by centralizing communication and increasing the opportunity for appropriate medical management of concussions.

The Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (Berlin) and SCAT 5 are available for download free of charge. The consensus statement  is presented in sections with new material and recommendations italicized.. The sections include:  recognition; removal; re-evaluation; rest; rehabilitation; referral; recovery; return to activity; reconsidering policy; residual effects and sequelae; and risk reduction.

All ATs are encouraged to use the information provided in this document as they revise the Concussion Management Plan as they for their respective organizations.  For many, the summer is a time for review and revision of policies and procedures.

Continue to educate coaches, teachers, administrators, parents, health care professionals and others on the 5 Rs of concussion – Reduce, Recognize, Remove, Refer, Return – as you continue your work to create a safer environment for life and sport.

You are encouraged to copy and freely distribute the Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, the Concussion Recognition Tool version 5 (CRT5), the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool version 5 (SCAT 5) and/or the Child SCAT5.

Resources:

CRT5 Concussion Recognition

SCAT5

SCAT5 Child

To read the articles from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, please click the following links:

Consensus Statement Berlin 2016

Consensus SCAT 5 Child

 

In Memorian

Posted on August 25, 2017 | Comments Off on In Memorian

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends and family of Clint Thompson, ATC. Clint passed away August 23rd.

 

Clint was involved in the athletic training profession throughout his entire life. He was a graduate of the University of Texas in 1963. He would go on to serve as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Michigan State University, starting in 1964. He would obtain his Master of Arts from MSU in 1969. In 1970, he would head west to work with Colorado State University. In 1973, Clint would return to East Lansing to serve as the Coordinator of Athletic Training at Michigan State University, working in this role until 1985. At this point in time, he would move to Missouri to begin his tenure at Truman State University. He would serve as the Head Athletic Trainer with the Bulldogs until 2001.

 

Throughout his career, he was heavily involved with the Journal of Athletic Training, serving as the Editor for several years. He also authored many articles during this period. He has travelled nationally and internationally, promoting the profession and educating countless people along the way.

 

Clint has been recognized for his contributions and dedication to the athletic training profession, including induction into the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame and the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the NATA Hall of Fame in 2004. The Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement is given each year to the outstanding manuscript in a category other than original research. He was inducted into the Truman State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

Clint touched the lives and hearts of the people he worked with and all of the athletes for whom he provided care throughout his career and life. His kind and caring demeanor will always be remembered and cherished. Please pause with us as we remember the life of Clint Thompson.

MoATA Election Results

Posted on July 12, 2017 | Comments Off on MoATA Election Results

The votes have been counted and the election results are in. Rob Carmichael (Canton, Culver-Stockton) has been elected to the position of President-Elect for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association. He will serve in this capacity until June of 2020 when he will take over the Presidential duties at the Annual Meeting & Symposium. Congratulations to Rob! We look forward to your continued leadership and involvement in the Executive Committee.

 

Thank you to those members that participated in the election process.

NATA HONORS & AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN

Posted on August 25, 2017 | Comments Off on NATA HONORS & AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN

 

Do you know an athletic trainer who is worthy of national distinction? Consider nominating them for a national award! Nominations for NATA’s national awards will be accepted starting Aug. 1. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. All application and support materials will be due Oct. 1. Any NATA member may nominate a colleague for one of the association’s national honors or awards. Please visit the Honors and Awards page on the NATA website and select an award to view the description, past recipients, eligibility requirements and nomination procedures.

 

The following timeline applies to these NATA awards: Hall of Fame, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, AT Service Award, Fellows, Honorary Membership, the Gail Weldon Award of Excellence and the Jack Weakley Award of Distinction. The other awards listed on this page have different timelines, so please click through to each award for specific information. MORE

 

Timeline

August 1 – September 15          Nominations accepted

October 1                                    Deadline to return all application and support materials

February                                     Award Recipients selected

June                                            Awards presented during the NATA Convention & AT Expo

 

 

THE GATORADE SECONDARY SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINER AWARD
Gatorade recognizes a certified athletic trainer from each district who has made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic training program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. Nominate here.

THE TIM KERIN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
The annual Tim Kerin Award for Excellence celebrates the memory of Tim Kerin and supports the profession of athletic training. Symbolized with a three-leaf clover, the honor is given to an athletic trainer who embodies Tim Kerin’s finest qualities: service, dedication and integrity. Nominate here.

MoATA 2017

Posted on June 5, 2017 | Comments Off on MoATA 2017

It was great to see so many of the MoATA members in Fulton on the campus of William Woods University at the 2017 MoATA Annual Meeting and Symposium. The Political Action Committee pre-conference educational fundraising event kicked-off the weekend. Symposium attendees had opportunities to discuss and practice corrective exercise techniques, and to review evidence regarding some of the more common interventions used in athletic health care. The weekend was highlighted by the Honors and Award Luncheon.

If you missed the MoATA Social at The Post Office, you missed an enjoyable evening! Some of our sponsors joined us for a few hours of relaxation, networking and story-telling. The MoATA Business meeting allowed the opportunity for the membership of MoATA to hear from and exchange ideas with the Executive Committee. Much information was disseminated about legislative acts, happenings around the state, and other important business.

Please mark your calendars for June 1st and 2nd, 2018 for our next annual meeting.