License Renewal

Posted on January 24, 2016 | Comments Off on License Renewal

Missouri Athletic Trainer License Expiration: January 31, 2016

All licensed athletic trainers should have received a renewal “post card” from the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. If you did not receive one of this in the mail, contact the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts ( or 573.751.0098). You must renew your license prior to its expiration on January 31, 2016.

If you have the “post card” sent by the state, you can renew on line with a credit card (until 11:59 CST on 1/31/2016). If you prefer a paper renewal, contact the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.  You may not practice without a valid license. Failing to renew your license may result in disciplinary action by the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and the Board of Certification.  Please remind your colleagues to renew prior to January 31, 2016.

Employment Opportunities for ATs

Posted on January 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Employment Opportunities for ATs

If you, or someone you know, is looking for employment as an AT, there are some very good opportunities in Missouri at this time.  There are more than 20 positions posted in the NATA Career Center that include military, industrial, intercollegiate, secondary school outreach, physician office, and faculty and administrative positions. There are also positions posted for graduate assistant ATs.

Go to for more information on specific professional opportunities. If you have friends or colleagues who are interested in relocating to Missouri, we welcome them to join us.  Be sure to also direct them to the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts for information on the process of applying for licensure in Missouri.

Sports Concussions: Facts Fallacies, and New Frontiers

Posted on January 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Sports Concussions: Facts Fallacies, and New Frontiers

Registration is now open. Please visit the Brain Injury Association website ( for registration and additional information.

There is no registration fee, but registration is required. Encourage any coaches, teachers, school nurses, and administrators to attend this conference.

MoATA is proud to be a Program Partner.  We hope you will join us for a great opportunity to interact with school nurses and administrators and others who are involved with students dealing with concussion.

Ron Vessel, is the keynote speaker and he will be presenting Team Approach to Implementing Concussion Protocols as we focus on recovery beyond returning to sport. Other speakers include local ATs, school nurses, and administrators discussing protocol development, screening options, and how situations are managed with or without a licensed AT on staff.

Click here for a copy of the Sports Concussion flier.

Registration now open for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association 4th Annual Educator’s and Student Leadership Conference

Posted on October 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Registration now open for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association 4th Annual Educator’s and Student Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association 4th Annual Educator’s and Student Leadership Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday February 6th, 2016 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.


Please click here for  2016-Conference-Information including agenda and group registration information.


Please click the following link for more information and registration:

 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association 4th Annual Educators’ and Student Leadership Conference


2016 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl

Posted on October 7, 2015 | Comments Off on 2016 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl is a Jeopardy-style competition with teams of students from Missouri CAATE-accredited programs competing for the honor of representing the State of Missouri at the District V conference in March. The 2016 Quiz Bowl will be held Saturday, February 6th, at 3:30 p.m. at Central Methodist University. This event will be held in conjunction with the 4th annual MoATA Educators’ and Student Leadership 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, 2016.


2016 Quiz Bowl Registration Form


All MoATA members are invited to the Quiz Bowl.


Posted on November 30, 2015 | Comments Off on TIME TO RENEW

The BOC recently advised all certified athletic trainers that Pearson VUE Credential Manager System, the platform that supports BOC Central™, was subject to a third party attack that led to improper access of information associated with Pearson VUE Credential Manager System users. You should have received an email from the BOC with instructions on changing your password for BOC Central.


Don’t forget that all ATs must submit Continuing Education information to the BOC by December 31, 2015.  If you cannot remember the provider number from an entity offering CEs, you should be able to find the Approved Provider number on the BOC website under the “Approved Provider” tab (see “AT Directory & Courses”). This won’t provide the documents you need in the event of an audit, but will provide the information you need to submit CE activity.


Missouri AT license renewal deadline is January 31, 2015  On-line renewal system available 12/2/2015.


-NATA Membership Renewal

-BOC Certification Renewal

-Missouri AT License Renewal

NATA Renewal Time

Posted on October 7, 2015 | Comments Off on NATA Renewal Time

You may have received an email from the NATA stating that it is time to renew your membership.  I hope you have taken advantage of all of the benefits your membership offers. You may have also noticed the “amazing prizes” that you will be eligible for by renewing before December 31.  And YES, REAL PEOPLE WIN those prizes.  Joe Whetstone (Kansas City / Mosaic Life) received free registration and lodging for the 2015 Annual Meeting held in St. Louis!

Renew by December 31, 2015 and be entered to win one of our amazing prizes, which include: (1) Free registration to the 2016 convention including airfare (up to $500) and lodging (at hotel of NATA’s choosing up to 3 nights) (1) Free 2016 convention registration including airfare (up to $500) (5) Free 2016 convention registration (3) Free NATA webinar (5) Free subscription to Sports Health (1 year)

*All members of the NATA who renew their 2016 membership will receive 10 free CEU credits to use in the online quiz center between February 16, 2016 and December 31, 2016. 

Athletic Training in Secondary Schools

Posted on October 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Athletic Training in Secondary Schools

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has released the 2014-2015 Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report. Missouri is, currently, the only state that collects information on concussions suffered by high school and junior high students involved in sports and activities.  In addition to concussion information, MSHSAA reports on athletic trainers and other medical support used by schools. The MSHSAA report presents a more accurate accounting of schools with access to AT services than the CATCH-ON study, as it represents more of the secondary schools.  CATCH-ON, the study conducted by the Kory Stringer Institute, represented a tremendous undertaking. Unfortunately, only 50% of Missouri public schools responded to that survey; the response rate for the MSHSAA report was 70%.

The MSHSAA report indicates that 27% of schools have Full-Time ATs (up from 23% the previous year) and 40% of schools have part-time access to ATs (present at games, primarily).  We have 30% of schools with no AT services, down slightly from 32% in 2013-2014. The report states that 42% of schools have an ambulance on-site at varsity football contests. Consider that in 2010-2011 only 4% of schools reported employing an AT in a full-time capacity (practices and contests), another 5% had an AT at all contests, while 38% had an AT at certain contests (21% paid; 17% volunteer). Forty percent of schools had no access to an AT.

Continue to do good work – people are noticing! Yes, having ATs available at every school is a goal. We are making progress. And we are making this progress because people realize the importance of having a qualified health care provider present and are finding ways to make this happen – not because of a state mandate for all schools to hire ATs.

Election Results

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Election Results

Rob    Whetstone

Rob Carmichael                          Joe Whetstone

The recent election brings new faces to the MoATA Executive Committee. Joe Whetstone (Kansas City, Mosaic/Oak Park HS) will serve as the Public Relations Officer beginning in June 2016. He has a history of involvement in state and district committees going back to his undergraduate years at Wright State University. Joe has been working to maintain/update the MoATA website for the past year. We are looking forward to his increased involvement with MoATA.

Rob Carmichael (Canton, Culver-Stockton) will serve as Secretary for MoATA. Rob filled the position on an interim basis and was elected to a full term. We appreciate his willingness to serve as interim-Secretary and are happy to have him on board for three more years! As Secretary, Rob is charged with sending information to the members. You will get information regarding MoATA delivered from him, rather than from a hodge-podge of people. You’ve seen those e-blasts from Rob – you should have seen those e-blasts from Rob- if you have not received them, please check the email address you have with the NATA. Update that address as needed and let Rob know of the changes.

Sports Medicine Update – Patellar Dislocations

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Sports Medicine Update – Patellar Dislocations

A brief in the July/August issue of Sports Medicine Update provided an emerging technique for managing patella dislocations. Typically, the patella dislocates laterally with related damage to the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL). After reduction, traditional management has included an immobilizer and compression wrap to control the joint effusion and weight bearing as tolerated in full extension.

A new technique is suggested that immobilized the knee in 120 degrees of flexion for the first 24 hours after reduction. The theory behind this is that it provides maximum congruency in the PF joint and reduces tension on the MPFL. Application of a 6-inch compression wrap involves twisting the wrap behind the knee so the compression is on the anterior aspect of the thigh and shin; there is not pressure behind the knee. It is similar to how one might do for a quadriceps contusion. This technique is used at the US Naval Academy and a paper on the early results of a study will be published soon.