Program Overview

To: Members of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association
From: Rusty McKune, ATC | MAATA President

Greetings from Omaha! In just a few short weeks we’ll be together at our annual meeting for the first time since 2019 and I can’t wait! We’ve all navigated the pandemic in different ways and finally, our paths will bring us together once again in La Vista, March 17-19.

As you’ve seen in e-blasts and on social media, the Annual Meeting Committee has been working hard to develop a meeting full of education, comradery and opportunities to re-unite with old friends and connect and develop new ones. There will be firsts (a committee day) combined with what you’ve come to expect from our time together- CE opportunities, social events and my favorite, the honors and awards banquet where we get to celebrate the accomplishments of our members.

The Board and Annual Meeting Committee have taken many things into consideration as we attempt to provide a meeting that is enjoyable and also safe for those in attendance. As you can see on the annual meeting home page, we have worked- and will continue to work- to ensure that there are guidelines in place that follow best practices through the local authorities and health department.

All my best- I look forward to seeing all of you again very soon in La Vista!

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) will offer a full refund of the general conference registration fees for requests received up to 2 weeks prior to the event. In the 2 weeks leading up to the event, refunds will be granted less a $15 administrative fee. No cancellations will be processed on or after the first day of the scheduled event.

The MAATA will offer a full refund of the pre-conference fees if received greater than two weeks prior to the event and the associated online home study materials have not been accessed.  No refunds will be available for the pre-conference sessions within two weeks of the conference or thereafter or if the home study materials have been accessed.

All refund requests must be sent in writing (postal or email) to and received by the treasurer of the MAATA (treasurer@maatad5.org) and will be processed no later than four weeks after the last day of the Annual Meeting. Refunds will be issued to the original payer in the same amount as the payment received.

Grievance Policy & Procedure

Participants in any continuing education event presented by the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) who have a grievance should submit the grievance in writing to the Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia Coordinator within 30 days of the conclusion of the meeting. The Annual Meeting Coordinator will share the grievance with the MAATA Executive Committee for review and analysis. The MAATA Executive Committee will review the grievance, determine a response, and articulate the outcome to the person filing the grievance.  The contact information for the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia Coordinator and the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee can be found at the MAATA website found at www.maatad5.org

COVID Mitigation Policy

As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic status changes with the Omicron Variant, the MAATA is staying in communication with local officials in La Vista, Nebraska and the Sarpy/Cass County Health Departments and monitoring the local mandates, requirements, and COVID-19 mitigation strategies. As many of you know the recommendations and policies are fluid and can change daily based on a variety of factors. We are hoping that the numbers will continue to decrease as we get closer to the event.

As an organization, we have decided to adhere to the state and local guidelines. The local officials have adopted the following guidance for large events:

  • Recommend wearing a face covering when indoors and social distancing of greater than 6 feet cannot be maintained except when eating/drinking.
  • Encourage individuals who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms to remain at home and away from large groups of people
  • Discourage hand shakes and instead encourage contactless greetings.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations and equipment

The MAATA remains committed to providing an in-person event that is both safe and educational for all of our members. We ask that our members take personal responsibility and understand that some of our members will prefer to take extra precautions when attending this event. We will continue to communicate with the hotel and work with our partners there to ensure enhanced cleaning, and mitigation policies regarding all of our events. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Hughes or Kyle Schneider.