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!

NPI Campaign

Posted on June 14, 2018 | Comments Off on NPI Campaign

MoATA is asking all members to verify their NPI number – that is the National Provider Identifier.  If you do not yet have your NPI, please click on the link below to obtain your number.  It does not matter where you work or if you bill for services. It does matter that you are counted among the athletic trainers practicing in the United States.

NATA views having an NPI number like having a state license: it’s a professional requirement and adds credibility to both the individual and the profession,” says Cate Brennan, director of external affairs. “Once ATs get their NPI number, it will be theirs forever — no matter where they work. There’s no downside to having an NPI number.” Applying for an NPI number is quick, easy and free.

The NPI is a 10-position, intelligence-free numeric identifier (10-digit number). This means that the numbers do not carry other information about healthcare providers, such as the state in which they live or their medical specialty.


NPI Application


Application Instructions

AT Your Own Risk

Posted on January 21, 2018 | Comments Off on AT Your Own Risk

A new initiative and resource has been launched for the public by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,, which aims to better communicate the role of athletic trainers in work, life and sport. Furthermore, the website makes available information for the roles of parents, administrators, legislators, employers, and student-athletes in the safety of all.

Anyone looking for more information about athletic training, youth sports safety, or specific health issues, is encouraged to visit the website. This is a great resource for those who advocate for safety in the community or workplace.Please visit this site and share it with others.

The mission of At Your Own Risk is to educate, provide resources and equip the public to act and advocate for safety in work, life and sport.

Safe Sports School Grant Program Spring 2018

Posted on February 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Safe Sports School Grant Program Spring 2018

The MAATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee is pleased to announce the availability of a grant to offset the cost of application for the NATA Safe Sports School Award. A total of 35 grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.


  • 1st time Safe Sports School Award winners will be eligible for a grant of $75
  • Renewals for the Safe Sports School Award will be eligible for a grant of $50
  • Applicants must be members in good standing with the NATA and have an NPI number.
  • Grant applications must be submitted no later than April 30th, 2018.


Upon completion of grant application, winners will be notified once the NATA has verified information.


NATA Safe Sports School Award Information

MAATA Safe Sport Grant Application


We would like to recognize our current Outstanding high schools in Missouri participating as Safe Sports Schools:


MICDS                              2nd Team

Oak Park                           1st Team

Battle                                 1st Team

Winnetonka                     1st Team

Cape Central                    1st Team

Excelsior Springs            1st Team

Kearney                             1st Team

Rock Bridge                      1st Team

Hickman                           2nd Team


If you have questions regarding the Safe Sport School Grant, please contact:


Michael Catterson, MS, LAT, ATC
MAATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee Chair

Congratulations to MoATA Quiz Bowl Winners

Posted on February 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Congratulations to MoATA Quiz Bowl Winners

Culver-Stockton College emerged as the 6th Annual MoATA Educators’ and Student Leadership Conference Quiz Bowl winners.  Team members include Josh Laird, Kirby McClain, Makkel Parrot and alternate Maryanna Catrine.  Second place went to Truman State University with team members  Aaron Patterson, Kara Wehmeyer, Alison Crew, and alternate Ashley Rose.


Both teams will represent Missouri at the MAATA Quiz Bowl in LaVista, NE on March 16th.

2018 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration Now Open

Posted on May 6, 2018 | Comments Off on 2018 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration Now Open

Register Now for the 2018 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium

(Link to registration can be found on the bottom of this page or by clicking here)


Lindenwood University
Saint Charles, Missouri
June 1-2


The 2018 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Symposium weekend will begin with a pre-conference session on Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screening. This EBP-CE event is on Friday at 9:00am and is in addition to the Annual Meeting with proceeds to benefit the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Political Action Committee.  General sessions begin on Friday at 1:00pm.  There will be an opportunity for CPR Renewal at 4PM (additional fee) as well as a course for MSHSAA Wresting Weight Assessor Certifications. ***Please note that these programs require a separate registration that can be found here***


Topics at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Symposium include:

  • Up-to-date guidelines on safe monitoring of opioid use
  • Yoga for athletes
  • The team approach to sports medicine, and other topics
  • Updates on current literature regarding ACL prevention
  • Myofascial pain modulation
  • Hands-on labs for diagnostic ultrasound and IV simulation
  • View 2018 Educational Program here


All MoATA award recipients will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 2.  6.0 hours of Category A Continuing Education available, with up to 2.0 hours EBP-CE (BOC Pending).


Registration Costs

MoATA Certified members     $30
Non-MoATA members           $60
MoATA Student members      $10
Non-MoATA Students            $25


2018 Annual Meeting Hotel Information:

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Charles
380 Mulholland Drive
St. Charles, MO 63303


  • Rate $129.99/night
  • Reservations may be made by online at with Group Number 2331558; or by calling 1-800-325-0720, using Group Number 2331558.
  • Cut off for discounted pricing is April 30th.

Register Here for the 2018 MoATA Annual Meeting & Symposium

2018 MoATA State Capitol Days

Posted on January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on 2018 MoATA State Capitol Days

The Governmental Affairs Committee would like to invite you to participate in one of our 3 Capitol Days in Jefferson City this upcoming legislative session.  These visits give 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.
The Governmental Affairs Committee have set aside the following dates:

Tuesday, January 30th
Wednesday, February 21st
Tuesday, March 20th


The time commitment for these events at the Capitol are from 8:00 until noon, although individuals that can stay until 2 pm have a greater opportunity to meet personally with legislators. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please contact MoATA at and provide the following information:

Your Full Name
Your Home Address, including your 9-digit zip code
*To find your 9-digit zip code, visit:   
Cell Number
Dates You Will Be Attending
Any time constraints (i.e. My appointments must be finished by 12 noon, etc)
Any special ties you may have to your legislator
(i.e. They know your family, etc)


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. We look forward to seeing you in Jefferson City in the coming months.