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.


Posted on July 6, 2015 | Comments Off on APPROPRIATE CARE OF THE SPINE INJURED ATHLETE

APPROPRIATE CARE OF THE SPINE INJURED ATHLETE (Inter-Association Task Force Update – 2015)

On June 24th, 2015, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) released an update to the Appropriate Care for the Spine Injured Athlete. The original consensus statement was published in 1989 and much has changed since then. You may recall our website highlighted changes in Emergency Care Protocols last summer. We are using this opportunity to emphasize the NATA position on Appropriate Care.

Please familiarize yourself with the document – there are significant changes in equipment removal. Athletic trainers (ATs) are more familiar with protective sport equipment than any other member of the health care team and likely have more knowledge of equipment removal that the hospital emergency department staff.

The information regarding equipment removal is being shared with secondary school administrators through the Missouri State High School Activities Association. ATs in every work setting should discuss changes in protocol with administrators and emergency medical service providers as soon as possible to ensure high quality care.

MSHSAA Weight Management Assessor Course

Posted on September 14, 2015 | Comments Off on MSHSAA Weight Management Assessor Course


NOTE: All MSHSAA Wrestling Weight Management Assessors who either certified or recertified during the summer or fall of 2014 remain certified and current for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017- 18 school years. An individual who did not complete certification or recertification during the summer or fall of 2014are not approved assessors. An individual seeking to be a new assessor must complete acertification course prior to the 2015-2016 Wrestling season in order to serve as a MSHSAA Weight Management Assessor.

For a list of available 2015-2016 Weight Assessor Courses, please go to the Wrestling page at These courses will be limited and only offered during September and October.For those qualified and interested in becoming a certified weight assessor, you must complete a “MSHSAA Wrestling Weight Management Assessor Registration Form” and submit to the MSHSAA office “PRIOR” to the date of the course. The registration form is located on the Wrestling page at

For a list of currently certified MSHSAA Weight Management Assessors please go to the Wrestling page at (Reminder-those assessors approved for the 2014-2015 season are still certified for the upcoming 2015-2016 season).

The requirements for serving as a MSHSAA Weight Management Assessor under the guidelines for the MSHSAA Wrestling Weight Management Program are listed below. As approved by the MSHSAA Board of Directors and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, there are limitations on those individuals who are permitted serve as MSHSAA Certified Weight Management Assessors. Listed below are those who are permitted to be certified for serving as a MSHSAA Weight Management Assessor.

*Certified Athletic Trainer

*School Administrator (Superintendent, Principal, Athletic Director)

*Retired School Administrator (Superintendent, Principal, Athletic Director)

*School Nurse *Active Certified Health Teacher (that does not coach any sports at a member school)

*Nurse Practitioners

*Physicians- MD, DO, DC

Note: School Coaches are not permitted to be Certified Body Composition Assessors. (This includes wrestling coaches and all other athletic coaches.)

If a school elects to NOT certify an individual as a Weight Management Assessor, the school must coordinate with one of the certified Weight Management Assessors found on the MSHSAA Weight Management Assessor list found on the “wrestling” page of the MSHSAA website. A school may have to arrange for a certified Weight Management Assessor to come to their school and complete weight management assessments on all wrestlers.

Please do not procrastinate starting the certification process if you have an individual that meets the credentials and requirements to be serve as a Weight Management Assessor. Courses are only offered during last part of September and first part October for certification/re-certification.


MAATA Service Opportunities

Posted on July 6, 2015 | Comments Off on MAATA Service Opportunities

Would you like to be more involved in the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association (District V)? The MAATA is looking for members to join and/or chair committees. If you are interested in increasing your professional involvement, please go to the MAATA D5 website.

MoATA Service Opportunities

Posted on June 7, 2015 | Comments Off on MoATA Service Opportunities

CALL FOR CANDIDATES: We are seeking nominations for candidates for the positions of 1) Public Relations Officer and 2) Secretary. If you are interested in running for either of these offices, please submit a copy of your resume/CV and a letter of interest to Michelle Boyd ( We consider self-nominations as well as nominations of other members. Nominations are accepted until June 30, 2015.

CALL FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: Athletic Trainers age 35 and younger are called upon to assist with transportation for the NATA Board of Directors coming to St. Louis for the Annual Meeting and Symposium. If you are interested in this unique opportunity to spend time with the leaders of our national organization please contact Jillian Riessen (

COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES: MoATA offers several committees to be involved in. If you are interested in serving on any of the committees, please complete a MoATA Interest form and submit to Kitty Newsham ( Should you have any additional questions about the roles of the committee, please feel free to contact the committee chair.


Interest Form 2015