Award Recipients

Posted on June 10, 2014 | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the honorees at the 2014 Honors and Awards Banquet L. Tyler Wadsworth, MD, inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. Karla Bruntzel, PhD, ATC, recipient of Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year Pat Forbis, ATC, recipient of Glen L. McElroy, MD Outstanding Service Award None of these individuals set out to receive awards and accolades for their contributions to our profession. They were each just taking care of people, while also filling in on committees and task forces, and being available for consultations and other ear-bending. In the process, they made our association stronger and our profession better. We thank each of them for their service to athletic trainers and athletic training in Missouri.

Get an NPI and win

Posted on July 29, 2014 | Leave a comment

NATA will kick off the “Are You Being Counted?” Contest at our 2014 convention in Indianapolis, and it will run through Aug. 31. The goal is to see which district will boast the highest number of athletic training NPIs or the largest increase in athletic training NPIs during the contest period. All members, including students, are encouraged to participate by simply applying for your NPI number online. If you have an NPI, you are already entered for a chance to win! Five winners from each of the winning districts will be selected at random to win convention registration or NATA membership dues for 2015! The application process is painless and only takes a few moments.   Students are included!  Visit for all the contest details, frequently asked questions, more facts about NPI and instructions on how to apply.

Please go to and complete your application

Certified Athletic Trainers:

•Follow Directions for Individual Providers to first Create a Login
•Once completed, you can return to the above web page to Apply by logging in with your User ID and password.
•Your Taxonomy Category = Individual
•Type = Provider Code 22 (Respiratory, Developmental, Rehab and Restorative Service Providers)
•Taxonomy Code= 2255A2300X
•Classification = Specialist/Technologist
•Specialization = Athletic Trainer
Students:  You can register for an NPI too.
•As a student you will enter 2 Taxonomy Codes to indicate you are a student of athletic training  (You add a 2nd code by clicking the ‘Add Taxonomy’):
•390200000X Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program

New EMS Protocol for Spine-Injured Athletes

Posted on June 10, 2014 | Leave a comment

From the NATA News Blog:
A dramatic protocol change in how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will transport patients to hospitals is creeping up across the country. To be more specific, in certain cases with suspected cervical spine injury, EMS will no longer immobilize a patient to a spineboard for transport. Instead, patients may be transported with a cervical collar only and placed directly on the stretcher.
It is strongly recommended that you contact your local EMS provider(s) to review their current protocols for immobilization and transfer of a suspected spine-injured athlete. Discuss how their changes impact your protocol for managing a spine-injured patient, including an equipment-intensive patient (i.e., athletes participating in football, ice hockey, etc.).
Click here for more information.