Registration Now Open!

Posted on January 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Registration Now Open!

Registration for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association 7th Annual Educator and Student Leadership Conference is now open. The conference is scheduled for Saturday February 2nd, 2019 and will be held on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO.


There will be educational sessions focused on athletic training professional education as well as sessions developed by the MoATA Student Leadership Council for athletic training students.  All members of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association are welcome to attend.


Click here to view the 2019 MoATA Educator and SLC Schedule and group registration information.


Please click the link below to register and for additional information:


Registration for MoATA Educator and Student Leadership Conference

MoATA Capitol Day

Posted on January 13, 2019 | Comments Off on MoATA Capitol Day


The MoATA Governmental Affairs Committee would like to invite you to participate in our Capitol Day in Jefferson City this upcoming legislative session.  This visit gives athletic trainers an opportunity to provide valuable information about the profession and our legislative issues to members of the General Assembly. With newly elected legislators in office and the ongoing efforts to update our current practice act, this will be a pivotal time where your involvement could truly make a difference in our profession. An eblast will be sent to MoATA members with additional information.


Date: March 5th, 2019


Time:   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Location:   State Capitol Third Floor Rotunda (Senate side / east side)


Please RSVP to Attend by February 25th


Individual attendees: Please RSVP to Johnnie “Jo Jo” Hudgings –


Colleges and Universities with students attending:  Please RSVP to Michelle Boyd and let her know how many students will attend and if you plan to bringing a display.


Scheduled Meetings: If anyone wishes to meet with their State Representative or Senator that day please call their office directly at least one week before Capitol Day.  MoATA GAC members will assist you as needed. (bottom left)




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In Memoriam

Posted on January 13, 2019 | Comments Off on In Memoriam

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends and family of Dr. James T. Leslie, MD. The former team physician for Helias and Jefferson City High Schools passed away December 19th, 2018.


Leslie graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1940. He was veteran of World War II. He began medical school at the University of Missouri and completed his degree at Louisiana State University. He then completed his orthopedic residency at Stanford University. Dr. Leslie also served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Leslie would return home to Missouri in 1960 with his family to take up permanent residence in Jefferson City.


Dr. Leslie was instrumental in bringing orthopedics to Jefferson City by co-founding the city’s first orthopedic practice, Bone and Joint Clinic. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 1987.


Funeral services were held December 29, 2018 (Jefferson City). Memorial contributions to the Jefferson City First United Methodist Church are suggested.


To read more on Dr. Leslie, please click here for the obituary.

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers

Posted on January 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is hosting its annual Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Regional Seminars throughout Missouri between February 26, 2019 and March 11, 2019. MoATA is a proud program partner and encourages all members to attend.


February 26, 2019 – St. Louis, Missouri

March 4, 2019 – Kansas City, Missouri

March 11, 2019 – Columbia, Missouri 


Coaches, athletic directors, licensed athletic trainers, school nurses, school counselors, and community recreational league administration are encouraged to attend.


Sharing new information about concussions with athletic teams and school personnel will help reduce the risk of potential long-term cognitive, physical, perceptual and emotional effects that can occur.


Keynote topic this year includes the Concussion Continuum – Screening, Identification, Care Management and Prevention.


Other topics for the program include:


-Concussion Facts and Fallacies
-Return to Life Activities
-Sports Concussion Case Studies
-New Frontiers
-Athlete Perspective


There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Space is limited so be sure to register today!


Click here for a copy of the Sports Concussion flier.


Click here to Register:


Brain Injury Association of Missouri


Posted on December 12, 2018 | Comments Off on ATLAS Phase II

In our continuing efforts with the Korey Stringer Institute and the completion of the Athletic Training Locations and Services (ATLAS) Project, please take a few moments to read on. If you aren’t aware, information about ATLAS can be found at KSI ATLAS Project and NATA websites. In April 2018, the ATLAS Project completed the “Mapping Phase” and reported that 100% of public and private schools throughout the United States (n= 20,272) were mapped. Now they are embarking on the “Annual Survey Phase”. Currently, 56% of the schools with AT services have taken the survey, but only 14% have taken the survey within the last year. This survey is meant to be taken ANNUALLY so they can provide the most accurate data.



Follow these steps to help the NATA and KSI capture the ways Athletic Trainer help athletes:





Information needed for ATLAS survey:


-School Contact information (Street address, town, state, zip code)

-Number of students enrolled in school

-Number of athletes involved in organized sports at the school

-Number of sports offered at school (men’s and women’s counted separately)

-Credentials/specialty of physician who signs off on standing orders (if applicable)

-Credential of athletic trainer completing the survey (optional)

-BOC #, state license #, and National Provider Identification (NPI) # if applicable



Goals of the ATLAS Project:


  1. Create a real-time database of athletic training services in secondary schools
  2. Create a directory for each state’s athletic training association and high school athletics association
  3. Assist states in moving toward full-time athletic training services
  4. Provide useful data to each state’s athletic training association and high school athletic association
  5. Identify common factors associated with increased athletic training services across the country

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Signed into Law

Posted on October 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Signed into Law

On October 5th, 2018, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act was signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump. After several years and initiatives by the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Act has passed both sides of Congress. A collaborative effort with several key legislators and other sports medicine professionals has brought awareness for this topic. The legislation has also garnered the support of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology, and numerous other physician and sports medicine organizations. Additionally, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and every major American professional sports league has endorsed the bill.


The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act aims to alleviate this problem and preserve athletes and athletic teams’ access to high-quality health care services provided by athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals.


Under the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act:


  • Health care services provided by a covered sports medicine professional to an athlete, an athletic team, or a staff member of the team outside of his or her home state would be deemed to have occurred in the professional’s primary state of licensure.
  • This legislation simply treats medical services in the secondary state as occurring in the primary state if the secondary state’s licensure requirements are substantially similar to the primary state.
  • Sports medicine professionals can engage in the treatment of injured athletes across state lines without fear of great professional harm, such as loss of license to practice, while protected from monetary loss with professional liability insurance.


To read more about the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, please visit the NATA website or through Congress here.


What You Need to Know About the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

Safety In Football

Posted on September 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Safety In Football

All across the state of Missouri this fall, athletic trainers and sports organizations are participating in the Safety in Football Campaign. ATs are providing their clinical skill and expertise each and every day to improve the overall health and safety of their athletes.  According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the presence of athletic trainers in the secondary schools lowers overall injury rates, improves diagnosis and return‐to‐play decisions, and reduces the risk for recurrent injuries.  In other words, Safety in Athletics begins with having an Athletic Trainer.


In order to promote increased safety in football in the State of Missouri.  It is the goal of the “Safety in Football Campaign” to help each and every football team in Missouri to identify ways in which they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football. Many high school and college football teams will be donning a small helmet sticker on the back of each player’s helmet.  The sticker represents the cumulative efforts of these schools and the Athletic Training community towards improving safety in youth football in the state of Missouri.

In the circumstance a school or athletic association does not have access to the healthcare services of an athletic trainer, there are still simple steps that every program or association can put in place to improve safety in football. Examples of best practices include but are not limited to:

-Providing and maintaining an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at all practices, games, and events
-Coordinating a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan with your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider
-Helping provide annual CPR/First Aid/AED Training for those who oversee youth athletes
-Having immediate access to cold-water immersion tubs during periods of high heat and humidity
-Implementing and enforcing current and up to date safety measures designed to eliminate head-first collisions


There are tremendous benefits for athletes who participate in football.  These athletes have increased self-esteem, lower dropout rates in school, and demonstrate a stronger involvement in their school and community.  It is the goal of the “Safety in Football Campaign” to help each and every football team in Missouri identify ways in which they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.

Throughout the regular season for the 2018 high school season the Missouri Athletic Trainers Association will send out a weekly tip/information through social media platform to help further educate important topics in the sport today.  Please follow along as we do so @MOATA1984 on Twitter.


Please use the following designations during the campaign and share on your social media accounts.


#SafetyInFootball     #MoATA1984


GATHER: New Online Forum for Athletic Trainers

Posted on August 9, 2018 | Comments Off on GATHER: New Online Forum for Athletic Trainers

New Online Forum for Athletic Trainers

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is pleased to debut a new place for athletic trainers to connect! Gather is a brand new networking resource for NATA members that allows you to chat with athletic trainers across the world in one place. Athletic training has always been a tight-knit profession, and now that helpful community is available online whenever you need it. You are invited to take a peak around this new resource and add your voice to the discussions.


Communities within Gather are designed to allow you to participate in discussions and share resources with other members. To read more on frequently asked questions about Gather, please click here.


To connect to Gather, click the image below, or the link here.


MoATA 2018

Posted on June 14, 2018 | Comments Off on MoATA 2018

The 2018 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium was a success! Over 135 Athletic Trainers from across the state attended the meeting, held on the campus of Lindenwood University. The weekend was kicked off with a Preconference Program focused on Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screenings, which benefited the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Political Action Committee. Symposium attendees had opportunities to discuss up-to-date guidelines on safe monitoring of opioid use, clinical implementation of yoga for athletes, the team approach to sports medicine, updates on current literature regarding ACL prevention, myofascial pain modulation, and other topics. Hands-on labs were held for diagnostic ultrasound and IV simulation.

If you missed the MoATA Social at Llywelyn’s Pub, you missed an enjoyable evening! Some of our sponsors joined us for a few hours of relaxation, networking and story-telling. The MoATA Business meeting allowed the opportunity for the membership of MoATA to hear from and exchange ideas with the Executive Committee. Much information was disseminated about legislative acts, happenings around the state, and other important business.

The weekend was highlighted with the Honors & Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to 2018 MoATA Honors & Awards Recipients!


               2018 MoATA Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year – Owen Iseminger, ATC – Kearney High School, Kearney, MO

               2018 Glenn L. McElroy, MD Outstanding Service Award – Scott Winslow, Cox Medical Center, Branson, MO

               2018 Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame – Dr. Rick Wright, MD – Washington University / St. Louis Blues, St. Louis, MO

               2018 Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame – Dr. Steve Stahle, MD – U.S. Center for Sports Medicine, St. Louis, MO

               2018 Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame – Rex Sharp, ATC – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting & Symposium in 2019!

MoATA Secretary Announced

Posted on June 14, 2018 | Comments Off on MoATA Secretary Announced

The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association recently held an election to fill the office of Secretary to serve on the MoATA Executive Committee. Congratulations to candidate Jay Hoffman (Canton, Culver-Stockton College). Jay has been elected to serve as the MoATA Secretary and assumed this role in June at the MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.


The term for Secretary is a three-year position. Functions and responsibilities of the MoATA Secretary are outlined in the Constitution and By-Laws. Expect to begin receiving e-blasts from Jay soon!