Volunteer Opportunity

Posted on January 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Volunteer Opportunity

The MSHSAA Wrestling Championships will be held February 19-21 in Columbia. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow MoATA members and provide a valuable service to athletes in Missouri. Any licensed AT interested in volunteering to provide health care services for this event should contact Stefanie West []


If you are a secondary school AT and anticipate a large presence of wrestlers from your school qualifying to wrestle at the championships, please consider volunteering to increase your mat access during the championships.

License Renewal

Posted on January 7, 2015 | Comments Off on License Renewal

Missouri Athletic Trainer License Expiration: January 31, 2015

All licensed athletic trainers should have received a renewal “post card” from the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. If you did not receive one of these in the mail, contact the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts ( or 573.751.0098). You must renew your license prior to its expiration on January 31, 2015.

If you have the “post card” sent by the state, you can renew on line with a credit card (until 11:59 CST on 1/31/2015). If you prefer a paper renewal, contact the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. You may not practice without a valid license. Failing to renew your license may result in disciplinary action by the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and the Board of Certification. Please remind your colleagues to renew prior to January 31, 2015.


Registration now open

Posted on November 24, 2014 | Comments Off on Registration now open

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual MoATA Educators’ and Student Conference. This year’s conference will be held on January 31st from 9:00am-3:15pm on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO. Please click here for more information and to register.


Posted on November 6, 2014 | Comments Off on iLead

Congratulations to Vidal Mora (Lindenwood University) and Brett Bader (Missouri Valley College)! These two athletic training students are the recipients of the 2015 iLead Scholarships awarded by the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association. The iLead program, offered every other year, offers an opportunity for athletic training students to meet NATA leaders and attend workshops designed to develop professional leadership skills. We look forward to hearing about the experience from Vidal and Brett.

Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl 2015

Posted on November 6, 2014 | Comments Off on Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl 2015

The Quiz Bowl is a Jeopardy-style competition with teams of students from Missouri CAATE-accredited institutions competing for the honor of representing the State of Missouri at the District V conference in March. The 2015 Quiz Bowl will be held Saturday, January 31, at 3:30 p.m. at Central Methodist University. This event will be held in conjunction with the 3rd annual MoATA Educators’ and Student Conference; however competitors do not need to attend the conference in order to participate in the Quiz Bowl.

If you are a student interested in participating in the Quiz Bowl, please contact your program director for more information. Each institution may register one team for this event. Questions are drawn from the Athletic Training Educational Competencies, (5th Ed.), the Board of Certification’s Role Delineation Study Guide (6th Ed) and the history of the profession. The deadline for registering a team for Quiz Bowl is January 16, 2015.

All MoATA members are invited to the Quiz Bowl. If you find yourself in mid-Missouri on Super Bowl Saturday, consider coming by to watch this event.


Posted on September 22, 2014 | Leave a comment

Columbia – Hickman (Stefanie West, ATC), Columbia – Battle  (David Ford, ATC), Columbia – Rock Bridge   (Greg Nagel, ATC), Kearney High School (Owen Iseminger, ATC), MICDS (Stacey Morgan, ATC Will O’Bryan, ATC; Eric Lay, ATC), and Oak Park High School  (Joe Whetstone, ATC) have all 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

For more information on the Safe Sports School Award please visit:

CMS Reverses Proposed Rule Change

Posted on November 6, 2014 | Comments Off on CMS Reverses Proposed Rule Change

This past summer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for public comment related to the coverage and payment of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). Specifically, the rule defined those health professionals that have “specialized training” needed to provide custom fitting services if providers are not certified orthotists. The proposed rule would have excluded athletic trainers from the ability to perform services that are obviously part of their education, training and clinical experience.

Last week CMS released their final rule, and they decided to not move forward with their proposed changes to the “minimal self-adjustment” definition to specify certain “individuals with specialized training” with regard to the definition of OTS orthotics.

Scott Sailor Wins NATA Presidential Election

Posted on October 6, 2014 | Comments Off on Scott Sailor Wins NATA Presidential Election

The results of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association presidential election are in, and Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC has been voted the next NATA President-elect. Dr. Sailor will assume office in June 2015 during the NATA Annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in St. Louis, MO.

Sailor is appreciative of the support of members and is honored for the opportunity to serve the association.

An exclusive interview with President-elect Sailor is scheduled to be released in the next NATA NOW blog. You may also see a full profile of Sailor in your November NATA News! To read more about his campaign platform, see this previous blog post from the NATA.

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Attention: Secondary School Athletic Trainers

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Leave a comment

Three sections of the Missouri Revised Code may help you to provide appropriate emergency care for students at middle and secondary schools. Chapter 167 of the Missouri Revised code addresses Pupil and Special Services. There are statues that address emergency management of asthma, anaphylaxis, and diabetes. The law provides school personnel to have access to medications to such as asthma-related rescue medications, epinephrine, and glucagon and insulin.
You can read the sections of the Missouri Revised Code online. Please search for RSMo 167.62 (Asthma), 167.63 (Anaphylaxis), 167.800 (Diabetes). Athletic trainers are well positioned to work in conjunction with school nurses and other school personnel to manage these medical emergencies in the K-12 system. If you have not done so already, please contact the school nurse at your school to see how you can enhance the medical care of students.

In Memoriam

Posted on July 29, 2014 | Comments Off on In Memoriam

Ron “Doc” VanDam, PhD, ATC, a long time athletic trainer and faculty member at the University of Central Missouri passed away on July 26, 2014. Ron’s 30 years of service to UCM benefitted the athletic and academic programs, and he mentored hundreds of athletic trainers and athletic training students during his career. He served as president of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and as a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 1988, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, the District V Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 1997, and the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

MoATA offers our deepest sympathies to the VanDam family and friends.

To honor “Doc” VanDam, please consider making a donation in his name to the Dr. Ronald VanDam Student Athletic Training Scholarship (Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO, 64093) or Open Door Baptist Church (4838 East Meadow Lark Ln, Columbia, MO, 65201)