Congratulations NATA Honors and Awards Recipients

Posted on June 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Congratulations NATA Honors and Awards Recipients

Please join us in congratulating several MoATA members for receiving honors and awards at the national level. Awards recipients will be honored throughout the week at the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations’ Annual Meeting and Symposium in St. Louis held June 23-24th.

Three athletic trainers from Missouri will be honored with the Athletic Training Service Award. John Donnell, Amy Schork, and Gary Ward will all be recognized for their outstanding services to the profession. The Athletic Trainer Service award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. ATSA recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.

David Carr will be recognized with the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer.

Carr, Schork, Ward, and Donnell will be recognized during the NATA General Session and Annual Members’ Meeting on Thursday June 25th from 3:00pm-4:00pm in AC Hall 5 following the conclusion of the NATA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.


Josh Thompson will receive the William T. Griffin Award for Outstanding Leadership in Legislative Advocacy. Josh will receive his award at the State Leadership Forum on Monday, and the scholarships are presented at the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast (Friday, June 25 at 8:30 a.m.).

Thank you all for your dedication, services, and hard work to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in the state of Missouri!

Several students from across the state will also be honored with NATA Foundation Scholarships. Undergraduate students from MO are Melissa Nienhuis of Central Methodist University, Erin Mittler of Missouri State University, and Sarah Snodgrass of Missouri Valley College. Graduate student scholarship recipient is Kelci Besand of Truman State University.

Also, please plan to join us in representing MoATA during the MAATA-District V Meeting on Wednesday June 24th from 6:15pm-7:15pm in AC Ferrera Theatre.


For more information on the NATA Honors and Awards please visit the NATA website.

MoATA 2015

Posted on June 9, 2015 | Comments Off on MoATA 2015

It was great to see so many of the MoATA members in Cape Girardeau at the 2015 MoATA Annual Meeting and Symposium. The weekend was highlighted by the Honors and Award Luncheon. Symposium attendees had opportunities to discuss and practice emergency care procedures, and to review evidence regarding some of the more common interventions used in athletic health care. Panel discussions provided a great opportunity to share experiences from different professionals.

If you missed the MoATA Social at Isle Casino, you missed an enjoyable evening! Some of our sponsors joined us for a few hours of relaxation and story-telling. Word on the street was that there were educational sessions on the casino floor. When is the NATA going back to Las Vegas? We’re ready!

A special thanks to Host Representatives Steve Nickell and Kyle Schneider of Southeast Missouri State, as well as all of the other individuals that volunteered to help make the annual meeting such a success. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Congratulations Graduates!

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Congratulations Graduates!

We would like to congratulate those who are graduating from the 12 academic programs accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. We look forward to working with you as colleagues in the very near future!

As you move toward professional practice, please remember your obligation to apply for licensure in the state in which you are seeking employment. Every state (California is the current exception) has regulation of some sort. You know you must be licensed in Missouri; other states have similar legislation. You must have a license to practice at every level, including as a graduate assistant or intern athletic trainer.

Many of you may be facing student loan bills. Please review the document An Athletic Trainer Evaluates Options of Student Debt that explains how you may be able to seek loan forgiveness while working in health care. Best wishes as you embark on your professional career.

Mission Possible….. NPI Campaign

Posted on May 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Mission Possible….. NPI Campaign

Join the crowd.   All the cool kids are doing it.  C’mon, what are you waiting for?


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.


Each attendee of the MoATA annual meeting who has an NPI number will be entered to win prizes to be awarded at the business meeting on Saturday, June 6.


NPI Application

Congratulations to the 2015 MoATA Awards Recipients

Posted on May 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Congratulations to the 2015 MoATA Awards Recipients

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association would like to congratulate the MoATA Award Recipients for 2015.

The Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame inductees are Gene Geiselmann (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Swartz (Kansas City Royals) , and Wade Welton (Central Methodist University).

Gene Gieselmann served as the Athletic Trainer for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1969-1997. He was an active member of the profession throughout his career and was a co-founder of Rehab1 in St. Louis. Gene maintains the AT Retired credential and remains a MoATA member today.

Nick Swartz was an Athletic Trainer for the Kansas City Royals from 1989-2009. He, too, was an active member of the profession throughout his career, including several presentations at professional educational meetings. Nick received the American Sports Medicine Institute Career Service Award in 2006.

Wade Welton is the Head Athletic Trainer and Program Director for the Athletic Training Program at Central Methodist University. Wade has been an active member of MoATA and has mentored countless athletic trainers over the past two decades.

The 2015 Dr. Glenn L. McElroy, MD Outstanding Service Award will be presented to Michelle Boyd (Truman State University). Michelle has a long history of service to the MoATA, including serving on committees and task forces and holding elected offices.

We would like to thank all recipients of the awards for their dedication and contributions to the profession of athletic training in the state of Missouri. Please join us in recognizing these individuals at the Honors and Awards luncheon at the MoATA Annual Meeting. Each of the award recipients will be in attendance. The Honors and Awards luncheon will be Saturday June 6th at 11:45a.m. in Dempsey Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Please register for the MoATA Annual Meeting ( on June 5th and 6th in Cape Girardeau, MO. We very much look forward to your presence and an outstanding meeting!


Posted on March 31, 2015 | Comments Off on REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2015 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium and Business Meeting. This year’s annual symposium will be held in Cape Girardeau, MO. The educational programming begins Friday June 5th at 2:30 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Please click HERE for more information on the 2015 MoATA Annual Meeting and to register, the 2015 Missouri Athletic Trainers PAC Golf Outing, and other important information. For an outline of the 2015 Educational Program, please click HERE.

The weekend’s festivities will kick off with the 2015 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Political Action Committee’s Annual Golf Outing. The outing will be held at the Cape-Jaycee Municipal Golf Course on Friday June 5th at 9:00am. Please click HERE for more information regarding the 2015 Missouri Athletic Trainers PAC Golf Outing.





Safe Sports School Grants Still Available

Posted on April 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Safe Sports School Grants Still Available

There are still a limited amount of grants available for the Safe Sports School Award through the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association. For more information about the Safe Sports School Award grants, please visit the MAATA site here:

Safe Sports School Award Grants

Congratulations to Missouri’s most recent recipients of the Safe Sports School Award, St. Joseph Lafayette High School (Lyle Christensen, ATC) and Winnetonka High School (Kelsi Huseman, ATC). They have been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for their dedication to providing a safe sports environment and promoting athlete safety.

These MoATA members not only provide a safe sports environment, but they went the extra step to promote what they do within the school community. We commend them on their work and dedication and thank them for promoting Athletic Training in their schools and communities. The next time you see these hard working professionals, congratulate them on their award and ask them how they went about receiving the award at their schools.

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must do the following:

  • Create a comprehensive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Plan for selection, fit, function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provide or facilitate injury intervention
  • Create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plans
  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
  • Educate athletes and parents about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

To apply and for more information on the Safe Sports School Award please visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s site:

Safe Sports School Award

Senate Bill 505 Athletic Trainer Act

Posted on March 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Senate Bill 505 Athletic Trainer Act

During the current legislative session, Senator Paul Wieland (District 22) introduced Senate Bill 505 (SB505) which updates the Athletic Trainers Act.   The education and practice of athletic training has evolved in the time since the act was written. The updated language is intended to reflect the current state of athletic training as it is practiced in Missouri and provide for us to continue to practice within the scope of our education, training, and competence into the future.


There have been a lot of people working on this language over the past several years. We anticipated that the time to move forward with this legislation could be in this session. And, over the past several months, members from different practice settings, different geographical locations, and different backgrounds weighed in on the document. People who worked on updating language in other states and with other health care disciplines offered valuable insight from their experiences. The Board of Registration for the Healing Arts also reviewed the language and offered their valuable perspective. This document has the fingerprints of many of our members all over it. We would not have a strong document without the patience, passion, and dedication of so many of you.


You can access the language of the bill here: Senate Bill 505


In a nutshell, the language of the Athletic Trainers Act is updated to reflect the changes in the practice of athletic training over the past years.

  • The language defines Athletic Trainer as a health care professional and Athletic Training as health care services – to correct the common misconception that this is sport “training”.
  • It maintains the ‘directing physician’ relationship, but also allows other primary care providers to refer patients to ATs when they see the AT as the appropriate health care provider for that patient.
  • It provides for a temporary license for ATs moving to Missouri if they have no history of disciplinary action.
  • It also removes an artificial restriction on our patient population; no other health care discipline faces a similar issue.

Registration Now Open for NATA

Posted on March 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Registration Now Open for NATA

Registration for the 66th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo is now open. The annual Clinical Symposia and AT expo is being held in St. Louis, MO. Online registration is easy, and those who sign up by April 30th will receive big discounts on the June 23-26 event. NATA 2015 promises to be a special event, featuring hundreds of exciting educational sessions and networking opportunities. For more information about programming, the preliminary program is available in the February 2015 NATA News and on the convention website. (

Once you have registered for the Symposia, you can also register to volunteer. The sooner you register, the better opportunities you have to volunteer. You can get reimbursed your registration fee if you volunteer so many hours. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Host City Representative Amy Schork (

Continuing Education Programs

Posted on February 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Continuing Education Programs

There are several outstanding continuing education programs being offered over the next six months. As you know, the Board of Certification reporting period ends December 2015. ATs certified prior to 2014 will need to complete 50 CEUs, with 10 being designated as Evidence-Based Practice (EBP-CE). Those certified in 2014 need to complete 25 CEUs with at least 5 designated as EBP-CE.

March 19-21, 2015             MAATA Annual Meeting               Omaha, NE

June 5-6, 2015                   MoATA Annual Meeting                Cape Girardeau, MO

June 20-22, 2015               WFATT World Congress               St. Louis, MO

June 23-26, 2015               NATA Annual Meeting                  St. Louis, MO