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.


CRT5 Concussion Recognition


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


MoATA Elections

Posted on July 12, 2017 | Comments Off on MoATA Elections

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association is holding an election for the office of President-elect. There are two candidates for this office, Rob Carmichael (Canton, Culver-Stockton) and W. David Carr (Nixa, Missouri State University). We are pleased and excited to have these two highly qualified individuals accept nominations for this office. Voting eligible members will receive links to information about each candidate as well as a link to the ballot to cast a vote.


Only those votes with valid NATA member numbers AND valid BOC Certification numbers will be counted. You must have this information to cast your ballot.


Questions regarding this election should be sent to Kitty Newsham, Past-President.

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.

AT Your Own Risk

Posted on August 21, 2016 | Comments Off on AT Your Own Risk

A new initiative and resource has been launched for the public by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,, which aims to better communicate the role of athletic trainers in work, life and sport. Furthermore, the website makes available information for the roles of parents, administrators, legislators, employers, and student-athletes in the safety of all.

Anyone looking for more information about athletic training, youth sports safety, or specific health issues, is encouraged to visit the website. This is a great resource for those who advocate for safety in the community or workplace.Please visit this site and share it with others.

The mission of At Your Own Risk is to educate, provide resources and equip the public to act and advocate for safety in work, life and sport.

2017 MoATA Honors & Awards Recipients Announced

Posted on May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 MoATA Honors & Awards Recipients Announced

Please join us in honoring and congratulating the following recipients during the 2017 MoATA Annual Meeting held June 2nd and 3rd in Fulton, MO on the campus of William Woods University.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Dr. Joseph Ritchie, MD
Mark Dempsey, M.Ed., ATC
Morgan Simpson, ATC

2017 Glenn L. McElroy, MD Outstanding Service Award Winner
Katherine Newsham, Ph.D., ATC

2017 MoATA Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year
Brian Hughes, Ph.D., ATC

The annual MoATA Honors & Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday June 3rd.  We hope you will join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals.  Seating for the luncheon will be limited.  You can register and find more details online at

In Memorian

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

Robert Hibberts passed away suddenly at the age of 53, May 16, 2017. Rob was an athletic trainer for 23 years and was working at Fort Leonard Wood, providing athletic training services to recruits and soldiers.  Rob collapsed in his office and was pronounced at the hospital. According to his wife “Rob died doing what he loved to do most, helping people”.

Rob 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.

Rob leaves behind his wife Ruby, whom he adored and loved.

Rob’s co-workers have set up a GoFundMe account to help with cremation and other expenses. Please click the link below to donate:


Rob Hibberts GoFundMe

2017 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration Now Open

Posted on May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration Now Open

Register Now for the 2017 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium

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

William Woods University
Fulton, Missouri
June 2-3

The 2017 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Symposium weekend will begin with a pre-conference session on movement impairment and corrective exercises. This EBP-CE event is on Friday at 10:00am and is in addition to the Annual Meeting with proceeds to benefit the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Political Action Committee.  General sessions begin on Friday at 1:00pm.  There will be an opportunity for CPR Renewal at 4PM (additional fee). ***Please note that these programs require a separate registration that can be found here***


Topics at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Symposium include:

  • Psychological perspectives of the injured athlete,
  • Articular cartilage injuries,
  • The use of supplements among physically active individuals,
  • Evaluation and management of osteoarthritis in the hand,
  • Lumbo-pelvic-hip injuries, multidisciplinary screenings,
  • Documentation and associated legal issues
  • Update from the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport


All MoATA award recipients will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 3.  More than 8 hours of CE available, with up to 3 hours EBP-CE


Registration Costs

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

2017 Annual Meeting Hotel Information:

Baymont Inn and Suites
2205 Cardinal Drive
Fulton, MO 65251

GROUP NAME: 2017 Symposium

$95/night for up to 2 people per room; $10/person additional


Register Here for the 2017 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium



Act Now to Support S. 808

Posted on May 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Act Now to Support S. 808

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S. 808) has been re-introduced in the United States Senate. The house version of the bill, H.R. 302, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 9 of this year only three days after being reintroduced.


The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with their athletic teams in another state.


Encourage your Senator to become a co-sponsor of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. Pick up the phone, write an email or letter, or plan to attend the 2017 NATA Capitol Hill Day, which will take place May 16th in Washington D.C.


Athletic trainers are asked to contact their senators to ask for support. The NATA Federal Legislative Alert Center makes it simple to contact your senator. Click below for more information.

Calling All Secondary School ATs!!

Posted on March 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Calling All Secondary School ATs!!


Have you completed the survey?  All of the cool kids are doing it!

Please go to and complete the ATLAS survey for your school.  You can look for your school on the list to the right on this website, or simply complete the survey from a link on that page.  We need your help to correct the Missouri map.

Map your school or schools today! Let’s get this finished before the end of NATM!

NATA Professional Development Center

Posted on January 10, 2017 | Comments Off on NATA Professional Development Center

The National Athletic Trainers Association has upgraded the Professional Development Center (PDC) to a new learning management platform. The experience of taking courses in the new system will be easier and more intuitive as you move through viewing the course materials, taking the assessment and completing the evaluation.

The new platform makes is easier to search for courses and offers a more robust features than prior platforms. PDC Courses are available anytime, and learners can track all of their CEUs in one convenient location.

The new mobile-friendly system provides each user with a personalized dashboard that tracks purchased, in-progress, completed and recommended courses. For easy tracking as you prepare to submit CEUs to the Board of Certification (BOC), each user can track not only the CEUs earned in the center, but also any other CEUs they earn from live NATA events or other providers.

Remember, 2017 is a reporting year for the BOC. You will need to have completed 50 CEUs, with 10 coming from the Evidence Based Practice category. To access the Professional Development Center, you will need your NATA username and password, or create an account on the link below:

Professional Development Center