District Director Update-May 2017

District 5 Director Mark Coberly

We are five weeks out from the NATA National Convention.  Registrations for the event are running high and it should be a great event.  In addition to the NATA preparing to bring nearly 9,000 people together, the NATA continues to work on behalf of the members nationally.  This past month had several important events:

Capitol Hill Day 2017

Approximately 80 members of the NATA gathered in Washington DC and conducted over 225 individual meetings with members of the Senate and the House promoting the athletic training profession and supporting current legislative efforts being pushed by the NATA. The event was an overwhelming success with several more senators jumping on board to support the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. On Wednesday, May 17th, one day following Capitol Hill Day, NATA President Scott Sailor testified at the Senate Commerce Committee regarding issues for athlete safety.  This was a landmark moment for our profession, being invited to testify as content experts in this area. Look for more updates from Capitol Hill Day in an upcoming issue of the NATA News.

Sports Medicine Legal Digest Launched by the NATA

The NATA has launched the Sports Medicine Legal Digest, a new quarterly digital magazine focused on legal issues affecting athletic trainers and other sports medicine health care professionals. The first issues contains 12 pages of content related to liability and professional responsibility, including current case summaries, a Q&A with an athletic trainer/lawyer and a column about the importance of standing orders written by members of the NATA Professional Responsibilities Committee. Each case summary includes a section titled “Related Resources” that provides additional material about the topic of the case, whither it is concussion management, cardiac care, or maintaining proper certification. The content and related resources were chosen to keep athletic trainers informed on legal issues that could affect their daily practice and help ATs protect themselves from future liability by staying abreast of legal and ethical issues in the field. The digest is available in the same HTML5 formal as the digital NATA News, and you must be logged in as an NATA member to view the publication.

Houston Happenings

If you are attending the NATA Convention, I hope you will attend the District 5 Business Meeting on Wednesday, June 27th at 6:15pm. The business meeting will be quick and to the point, with much valuable information regarding our district being shared. Lastly, if you haven’t done so, I would ask that you consider opting in to two important fundraising events in Houston. Please consider attending the NATAPAC Breakfast which will feature NATA Hall of Famer Ron Courson.  This has become the annual kick-off to the Convention, and will certainly charge your batteries for the week.  Also, consider attending the NATA Foundation Wild West Casino Night which will feature activities from the Wild West including Mechanical Bull Rides!  Both are important fundraising events for two very important components of our organization.

Each month, we will report happenings within the association nationally to all members of the district. You can also stay up-to-date with the NATA through the weekly e-mail blasts and updates specific to professional settings. If you are on social media, please follow the NATA, District 5, and/or myself (@sportshealthguy) on the various social media platforms for the latest information.

I hope to see you in Houston!



Mark Coberley MS LAT ATC
Director – District 5