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)

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.