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

MoATA Awards 2015

Posted on June 7, 2015 | Comments Off on MoATA Awards 2015

This was a great year for recognition of the contributions of the athletic trainers in Missouri. The Honors and Awards luncheon in Cape Girardeau included the presentation of the Glen L McElory, MD, Outstanding Service Award to Michelle Boyd (Truman State University) and the induction of three MoATA members were inducted into the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. Gene Gieselmann (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Swartz (Kansas City Royals) and Wade Welton (Central Methodist University) were honored on the occasion of their induction.

In addition, there are three MoATA members who will receive the NATA Service Award at the Annual Meeting in June. John Donnell, Amy Schork, and Gary Ward will all be recognized for their service to the profession. David Carr will be recognized as a NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. Josh Thompson will receive the William T. Griffin Award for Outstanding Leadership in Legislative Advocacy.

Looking at this list of award recipients reminds us all of the great work that is being done in Missouri. Thank you to all who are working so hard to provide quality health care to the citizens of this state! We hope you will join us to celebrate the occasion in St Louis at the NATA Annual Meeting and Symposium.

Cheer on UCM at the National Quiz Bowl

Posted on June 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Cheer on UCM at the National Quiz Bowl

The University of Central Missouri will represent both MoATA and District V this year at the 7th Annual National Quiz Bowl. The Quiz Bowl will be held during the NATA Annual Meeting and Symposium on Thursday June 25th from 5:00-7:00pm in AC Hall 5 following the conclusion of the J&J Keynote Presentation.

UCM has battled their way through the MoATA Quiz Bowl in January at the Annual MoATA Student and Educators Conference, as well as the District V Quiz Bowl, held in March in conjunction with the Annual MAATA Meeting and Symposium in Omaha, NE.

Representing the University of Central Missouri are Jacob Kintz, Jerrod Sadler, Emily Dalton, and Kelsey Wansing.


Let’s Go Mules!


Mark your calendars for The 4th Annual MoATA Educator’s and Student conference and Quiz Bowl for February 6, 2016!

Congratulations NATA Honors and Awards Recipients

Posted on June 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Congratulations NATA Honors and Awards Recipients

Please join us in congratulating several MoATA members for receiving honors and awards at the national level. Awards recipients will be honored throughout the week at the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations’ Annual Meeting and Symposium in St. Louis held June 23-24th.

Three athletic trainers from Missouri will be honored with the Athletic Training Service Award. John Donnell, Amy Schork, and Gary Ward will all be recognized for their outstanding services to the profession. The Athletic Trainer Service award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. ATSA recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.

David Carr will be recognized with the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer.

Carr, Schork, Ward, and Donnell will be recognized during the NATA General Session and Annual Members’ Meeting on Thursday June 25th from 3:00pm-4:00pm in AC Hall 5 following the conclusion of the NATA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.


Josh Thompson will receive the William T. Griffin Award for Outstanding Leadership in Legislative Advocacy. Josh will receive his award at the State Leadership Forum on Monday, and the scholarships are presented at the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast (Friday, June 25 at 8:30 a.m.).

Thank you all for your dedication, services, and hard work to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in the state of Missouri!

Several students from across the state will also be honored with NATA Foundation Scholarships. Undergraduate students from MO are Melissa Nienhuis of Central Methodist University, Erin Mittler of Missouri State University, and Sarah Snodgrass of Missouri Valley College. Graduate student scholarship recipient is Kelci Besand of Truman State University.

Also, please plan to join us in representing MoATA during the MAATA-District V Meeting on Wednesday June 24th from 6:15pm-7:15pm in AC Ferrera Theatre.


For more information on the NATA Honors and Awards please visit the NATA website.

MoATA 2015

Posted on June 9, 2015 | Comments Off on MoATA 2015

It was great to see so many of the MoATA members in Cape Girardeau at the 2015 MoATA Annual Meeting and Symposium. The weekend was highlighted by the Honors and Award Luncheon. Symposium attendees had opportunities to discuss and practice emergency care procedures, and to review evidence regarding some of the more common interventions used in athletic health care. Panel discussions provided a great opportunity to share experiences from different professionals.

If you missed the MoATA Social at Isle Casino, you missed an enjoyable evening! Some of our sponsors joined us for a few hours of relaxation and story-telling. Word on the street was that there were educational sessions on the casino floor. When is the NATA going back to Las Vegas? We’re ready!

A special thanks to Host Representatives Steve Nickell and Kyle Schneider of Southeast Missouri State, as well as all of the other individuals that volunteered to help make the annual meeting such a success. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Congratulations Graduates!

Posted on May 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Congratulations Graduates!

We would like to congratulate those who are graduating from the 12 academic programs accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. We look forward to working with you as colleagues in the very near future!

As you move toward professional practice, please remember your obligation to apply for licensure in the state in which you are seeking employment. Every state (California is the current exception) has regulation of some sort. You know you must be licensed in Missouri; other states have similar legislation. You must have a license to practice at every level, including as a graduate assistant or intern athletic trainer.

Many of you may be facing student loan bills. Please review the document An Athletic Trainer Evaluates Options of Student Debt that explains how you may be able to seek loan forgiveness while working in health care. Best wishes as you embark on your professional career.

Mission Possible….. NPI Campaign

Posted on May 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Mission Possible….. NPI Campaign

Join the crowd.   All the cool kids are doing it.  C’mon, what are you waiting for?


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.


Each attendee of the MoATA annual meeting who has an NPI number will be entered to win prizes to be awarded at the business meeting on Saturday, June 6.


NPI Application