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

March is National Athletic Training Month

Posted on March 1, 2015 | Comments Off on March is National Athletic Training Month

March 1st marks the beginning of National Athletic Training Month. #NATM2015 is held every March in order to spread awareness about all that athletic trainers do. In addition to providing logos, press releases, sample media alerts and PR toolkits; NATA also sponsors several contests for members to participate in.

All athletic trainers and athletic training students are encouraged to participate in advocating 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 taking care of all kinds of injuries and all kinds of active people.

This year’s theme is “We Prepare – You Perform” with a focus on AT preparedness for any and every situation that might arise, such as developing an emergency action plan, rehearsing emergency situations, and communicating with administration, EMS, coaches, employees, etc.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact MoATA Public Relations Chair Morgan Simpson (, MoATA Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Josh Thompson ( or NATA Public Relations Manager Ellen Satlof (


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

Call for Honors & Awards Nominations

Posted on March 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Call for Honors & Awards Nominations

Please take time to honor your deserving peers, mentors or co-workers by nominating them for one of our awards.

The deadline for MoATA Honors & Awards nominations is quickly approaching. All nominations are due by April 1, 2015. Current MoATA Awards include:


Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame

Glenn L. McElroy, MD Outstanding Service Award

MoATA Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year


All nominations should be submitted to Rob Carmichael (

For more information and nomination forms please click the link below:






Capitol Event

Posted on January 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Capitol Event

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association has its Capitol Visit event in Jefferson City during the spring legislative session. The MoATA Governmental Affairs Committee plans to hold 4 lobbying days:

Wednesday, January 21

Tuesday, February 10

Wednesday, March 11

Tuesday, April 7

To balance the work and effect of these meetings, we want to focus the first 2 lobbying days (January 21 and February 10) on what athletic training is and the education process for ATs, which means we want to set aside these 2 days for visits from AT education programs. This will leave open the last 2 days (March 11 and April 7) for more focused meetings between certified athletic trainers and their legislators.  Each date is open to either athletic training students or ATs, but ideally students would attend the first two dates with their schools and ATs would attend the second two dates.

If you would like to attend a Capitol Visit Day with MoATA please email Josh Thompson at least 10 days prior to the meeting days. Provide your full name and the names of your Senator and Representative. Josh will arrange scheduling appointments with your legislators.

If you do not know who your legislators are, you may use the following web site: Please use your home address when conducting this search and be aware that the legislator database may not be fully updated yet.

When you contact Josh to let him know you will be attending, you will receive information regarding general information (e.g. arrival time, preferred dress, and parking information) and main talking points to share with your legislators.

We hope to see you at the capitol. If you have any questions, please contact:

Josh Thompson, Elena Claus, or Michael Hudson

Sports Concussions

BIA-MO Sports Concussions Seminar

Posted on December 16, 2014 | Leave a comment

Sports Concussions: Facts Fallacies, and New Frontiers

Registration is now open. Please visit the Brain Injury Association website ( for registration and additional information.

There is no registration fee, but registration is required. Encourage any coaches, teachers, school nurses, and administrators to attend this conference.

MoATA is a Program Partner and is sponsoring 1.5 CEUs for ATs – An Update on Management of Sport Related Concussion. Beyond CEUs, this program is a great opportunity for ATs to interact with school nurses and administrators and others who are involved with students dealing with concussion.

Mark Halstead, MD, is the keynote speaker and he will be presenting Return to Learn as we focus on recovery beyond returning to sport. Other speakers include local ATs, school nurses, and administrators discussing protocol development, screening options, and how situations are managed with or without a licensed AT on staff.

Click here for a copy of the Sports Concussion flier.