Each month, I hope to update our MAATA members happenings across the country. April bridges winter to summer and NATA activities are heating up. The NATA has had a flurry of activity in the past month including the following:
The 2017 Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport (CSSS) meeting, sponsored by the NATA and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine with support from the Korey Stringer Institute, was held March 28-29 in Kansas City, MO. This meeting annually convenes the executive directors and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee chairs from all 50 state athletic associations (including D.C.) to discuss the creation and implementation of policies to improve sports safety in public high schools. For the third consecutive year, we had 100 percent participation, with every state and D.C represented at the meeting. CSSS has become one of the association’s largest initiatives and has helped to significantly influence safer sport participation for high school athletes. Special thanks go to Gatorade and the National Federation of State High School Associations for their sponsorship of this year’s meeting. This meeting has produced such great results that the NATA has agreed to fund the initiative for three more years.
For the first time, the NATA has been accepted as a presenter at the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Convention and Expo in June. Jamie Woodall (NATA PR Committee Chair) will speak on behalf of the NATA on the importance of youth physical activity and key health and safety issues related to youth sports including the important role of the athletic trainer.
The NATA submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule, “Establishment of Special Payment Provisions and Requirements for Qualified Practitioners and Qualified Suppliers of Prosthetics and Custom-Fabricated Orthotics” (CMS-6012-P). The NATA strongly recommended that CMS recognize the level of education, training, and skills of athletic trainers and include AT’s within the list of eligible professionals to become qualified practitioners of custom-fabricated orthotics.
On April 4th, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S. 808) was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. John Thune (R-SD), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). S. 808 clarified medical liability rules for athletic trainers and other medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their liability insurance while travelling with athletic teams in another state. S. 808 is the companion bill to H.R. 302 which passed the U.S. House of Representatives January 9th, 2017.
The NATA Board of Directors convenes at the NATA national office in Carrollton, TX, April 21-22. The board’s annual spring meeting is the pre-cursor to its June meetings at convention, which takes place this year in Houston. Also in attendance will be representatives from the NATA Strategic Alliance, including the BOC, CAATE, and NATA Foundation. Immediately prior to the meeting, president Sailor, Executive Director Dave Saddler, and other staff will conduct New Directors’ orientation for incoming board members who will take office in June, including Katie Flanagan EdD ATC LAT (District 3) and Tony Fitzpatrick, MA ATC LAT (District 10).
The Safe Sports School Award (SSSA) has been awarded to 1,203 schools to date. Additionally, the NATA has received 96 renewals from prior SSSA recipients. Please take the time to nominate a school district that is deserving and request the matching grant funds through the district from your state president.
A comprehensive NATA 2016 Salary Survey report is now available online. Members can find details specific to their professional interest group or job setting in this report. Members can also use the salary survey database for more detailed information.
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 and District 5 on the various social media platforms for the latest information.
Mark Coberley MS LAT ATC
Director – District 5