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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Posted on April 29, 2016 | Comments Off on REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2016 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium and Business Meeting. This year’s annual symposium will be held in Kansas City, MO. The educational programming begins Friday June 3rd at 1:00pm on the campus of Avila University.

Please click HERE for more information on the 2016 MoATA Annual Meeting and to register. For an outline of the 2016 Educational Program, please click 2016 MoATA Educational Program.

The weekend’s festivities will kick off with an Evidence-Based Practice CEU workshop hosted by the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Political Action Committee, worth 1.5 EBP-CE. Also being offered this year is a CPR Recertification workshop. Both Workshops are fund-raising events for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ PAC. For registration on the EBP-CE VOMS Workshop, and CPR Recertification Workshop, please click HERE.

 

2016 Annual Meeting Hotel Information:

 

Courtyard Kansas City South

500 E 105th St

Kansas City, MO 64131

 

For more information, please click below:

Book your group rate for Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association 

For more information on Kansas City, click please here.

March is National Athletic Training Month

Posted on February 29, 2016 | Comments Off on March is National Athletic Training Month

March 1st marks the beginning of National Athletic Training Month. #NATM2016 is held every March to increase awareness about all that athletic trainers do. The NATA provides NATM logos, press releases, sample media alerts and PR toolkits. In addition, the NATA sponsors several social media contests. Watch for your chance to participate and win!

All athletic trainers and athletic training students are encouraged to advocate for the profession. Our goal is to continue to reach those individuals and organizations that can help make a difference for athletic trainers when it comes to legislation, employment and public health.

At this time of heightened media focus on concussion and youth sports safety, this is a good time to remind reporters and others of the breadth and depth of athletic trainer expertise in caring for all kinds of injuries and all kinds of active people.

This year’s theme is “A Safer Approach to Work, Life and Sport”

Please see the NATA site for additional information and PR toolkits regarding NATM:

http://www.nata.org/national-athletic-training-month

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact MoATA Public Relations Chair Morgan Simpson (MSimps@citizensmemorial.com), MoATA Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Josh Thompson (josh.thompson@westminster-mo.edu) or NATA Public Relations Manager Ellen Satlof (ellen@nata.org).

2016 MoATA Quiz Bowl Champions

Posted on February 15, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016 MoATA Quiz Bowl Champions

Truman State University and Central Methodist University finished first and second, respectively, in the MoATA Quiz Bowl on February 6. The contest went down to the wire and all of the teams representing the CAATE Accredited Professional Education Programs had a chance at the title with the final question. We congratulate the teams from Truman: Kevin Madden, Jordan Beckett, MacKenzie Mertz, & Madi Hoppe; and Central Methodist: Melissa Nienhuis, Alyson Ewigman, & Kelsey Vineyard, and look forward to seeing one of these teams take the District 5 Quiz Bowl trophy home from Springfield.

The 2016 District 5 Quiz Bowl is scheduled for the evening of March 18 in coordination with the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium.

ATs Working in the Armed Forces and Other Emerging Practices

Posted on February 15, 2016 | Comments Off on ATs Working in the Armed Forces and Other Emerging Practices

Athletic Trainers are currently working in the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard.  Athletic trainers provide health care services at all US Service Academies, Navy Special Warfare, School of Infantry, Officer Basic School, Initial Entry Training/Basic Training Units, Navy SMART Centers, Army Musculoskeletal Action Teams, and other areas within the military setting.

Athletic Trainers who were serving in the military as reservists were providing medical coverage for the Confederation of Interallied Officer Reserve (CIOR) Military Competition training camp. The competitions clearly demonstrated the need for specialized medical care ATs provided during for these events.  It was from these early beginnings that the idea of the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers’ Society or AFATS was born. Today, AFATS membership is greater than 125, and includes AT’s working in all branches of our military, both in the continental United States and abroad. Increased numbers of AT’s working for military installations and service members going through their basic training has proven to be most beneficial and cost effective.

There are current employment opportunities in several branches of service.  If you are interested in serving your country by keeping our service men and women engaged in protecting our country look at the AFATS website or the NATA Career Center.  You need not travel far….Ft Leonard Wood is hiring several ATs at this time.

Athletic Training – out of this world!  A day in the life of a NASA AT

Athletic Trainers and Missouri Consolidate Health Care Plan

Posted on February 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Athletic Trainers and Missouri Consolidate Health Care Plan

A decade long misunderstanding has been corrected.  Athletic Trainers are, once again, recognized as qualified providers of physical medicine and rehabilitation services under the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan.  There are more than 100,000 State employees and retirees who can choose to see an Athletic Trainer for rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

 

We worked with the MCHCP to ensure the individuals covered by this plan have access to health services provided by ATs. Do not accept an opinion regarding your qualifications to provide health services under this plan; go to the Missouri Revised Code and confirm your eligibility.  If you encounter difficulty in gaining reimbursement for the qualified health services you provide, please contact us at MissouriATA@gmail.com.

Capital Event

Posted on January 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Capital Event

The MoATA Governmental Affairs committee is pleased to announce the dates for the Capitol Visit Days for the upcoming 2016 legislative session in Jefferson City.  These days are important for our membership to discuss the profession of Athletic Training and the value of our profession within the healthcare system.  We have selected two dates for academic programs to bring their athletic training students to Jefferson City for the valuable experience of meeting with their representatives about the profession.

  • January 26th – Licensed Athletic Trainers
  • February 23rd – AT Program Involvement Day (Licensed Athletic Trainers encouraged to attend)
  • March 16th – AT Program Involvement Day (Licensed Athletic Trainers encouraged to attend)
  • April 13th – Licensed Athletic Trainers

Please contact GAC chair Josh Thompson at josh.thompson@westminster-mo.edu to schedule the date that you would like to attend as well as the names of your local Senator and Representative in the General Assembly.

If you do not know who your legislators are, you may use the following web site: http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx. Please use your home address when conducting this search and be aware that the legislator database may not be fully updated yet.

AT Program Directors please contact GAC member Michael Hudson at MichaelHudson@MissouriState.edu to schedule the Student Involvement Day that your program would like to attend.

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 (healingarts@pr.mo.gov 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 http://www.nata.org/career-center 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 (www.biamo.org) 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