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.

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: