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.
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 http://www.nata.org/NPI for all the contest details, frequently asked questions, more facts about NPI and instructions on how to apply.
Please go to https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov and complete your application
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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.).
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