Posted on October 16, 2017 |
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!
Posted on September 25, 2017 |
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.
Posted on August 29, 2017 |
In September, NATA members will have the opportunity to vote to determine who will be the next President of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Candidates in the race to become NATA’s 14th president are Kathy Dieringer, EdD, ATC, LAT, and Tory Lindley, MA, ATC.
NATA certified members should have received an email about the election from Intelliscan (NATA2017@intelliscaninc.com). If you did not receive the email, please check your spam folder or log in to the NATA website to make sure your email address is accurate. It’s important that you receive these emails because we want to ensure you’ll also receive your unique code needed to vote when the election opens Sept. 1.
NATA Annual Clinical Symposia attendees had the opportunity to get to know the 2018 presidential candidates during Face Time ’17 on Wednesday, June 28 in Houston, YX. During Face Time ’17, Dieringer and Lindley shared their goals for NATA and the athletic training profession as well as answer questions from members. The event was broadcasted through Facebook Live. If you missed the event, you can view through the link here.
Voting shall be conducted electronically Sept. 1-30. All NATA members will receive an email with further instructions. Please make sure your email address is accurate and up to date within the NATA system. (Printed ballots can be mailed by special request to those unable to vote electronically.)
Voting results will be posted in October. The new president will take over for current NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, at the 2018 NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo and will serve a three-year term.
More information on the election process and candidates can be found on the NATA website.
Posted on July 13, 2017 |
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
To read the articles from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, please click the following links:
Consensus Statement Berlin 2016
Consensus SCAT 5 Child
Posted on August 21, 2016 |
A new initiative and resource has been launched for the public by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, www.atyourownrisk.org, 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.
Posted on August 25, 2017 |
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.
Posted on July 12, 2017 |
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.
Posted on August 25, 2017 |
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
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.
Posted on June 5, 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.
Posted on May 25, 2017 |
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 www.moata.net/annual-meeting/.