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.

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 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

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

NPI Campaign

Posted on June 5, 2016 | Comments Off on NPI Campaign

MoATA is asking all members to verify their NPI number – that is the National Provider Identifier.  If you do not yet have your NPI, please click on the link below to obtain your number.  It does not matter where you work or if you bill for services. It does matter that you are counted among the athletic trainers practicing in the United States.

“NATA views having an NPI number like having a state license: it’s a professional requirement and adds credibility to both the individual and the profession,” says Cate Brennan, director of external affairs. “Once ATs get their NPI number, it will be theirs forever — no matter where they work. There’s no downside to having an NPI number.” Applying for an NPI number is quick, easy and free.

The NPI is a 10-position, intelligence-free numeric identifier (10-digit number). This means that the numbers do not carry other information about healthcare providers, such as the state in which they live or their medical specialty.


NPI Application


Application Instructions

Congratulations to District Award Winners

Posted on February 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Congratulations to District Award Winners

Please join us in honoring and congratulating the following award recipients recognized during the 2017 Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting in LaVista, NE.


2017 MAATA Hall of Fame Inductees
    Steve Barrett, St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, KS
Steven Knoche, Davenport Central High School, Davenport, IA

2017 MAATA Athletic Training Service Award
    Rusty McKune, Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE

2017 MAATA Athletic Training Educator of the Year Award
    Karla Bruntzel, St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences, Kansas City, MO

2017 MAATA Dr. Dennis “Izzy” Isrow Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award
    Evan Craft, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City, MO

2017 MAATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer
    Tryg Odney, Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD

2017 MAATA Young Professional Distinction Award
    Joe Whetstone, Kansas City, MO


The annual MAATA Awards recipients were honored during the MAATA Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday March 17th.



For more information on the MAATA Honors & Awards, click here.

March is National Athletic Training Month

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Comments Off on March is National Athletic Training Month

March 1st marks the beginning of National Athletic Training Month. #NATM2017 is held every March to increase awareness about all that athletic trainers do. The NATA provides NATM logos, press releases, sample media alerts and PR toolkits. In addition, the NATA sponsors several social media contests  Watch for your chance to participate and win!

All athletic trainers and athletic training students are encouraged to advocate for the profession. Our goal is to continue to reach those individuals and organizations that can help make a difference for athletic trainers when it comes to legislation, employment and public health.

At this time of heightened media focus on concussion and youth sports safety, this is a good time to remind reporters and others of the breadth and depth of athletic trainer expertise in caring for all kinds of injuries and all kinds of active people.

This year’s theme is “Your Protection is Our Priority”

Please see the NATA site for additional information and PR toolkits regarding NATM:

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact MoATA Public Relations Chair Joe Whetstone ( or NATA Public Relations Manager Ellen Satlof (



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