Happy Athletic Training Month! Thank you to the nearly 900 members of the MAATA who made the journey to Omaha for the MAATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia. This was one of the most successful district meetings on record with great educational programming, fantastic speakers, and plenty of quality CEUs and EBPs. A special thank you to Brian Hughes, Mark Stutz, Scott Winslow, Diane Bartholomew, Doug West, and too many others to mention involved in putting together a fantastic meeting. Volunteers for our District 5 meeting are second to none, and put on the best educational value for the dollar in the NATA. LaVista was an outstanding site, and we are happy to return there for next year’s meeting.
As I mentioned in the District meeting, we will be sending out monthly updates on events and happenings at the national level to keep everyone informed of the work being done on behalf of the athletic trainer by the NATA. Make sure to check the NATA ROM e-blasts weekly for up-to-date news and the NATA Blog for details on important projects. Here are some of the activities advocating the athletic training profession which occurred over the last month that you may have missed:
Medical Research Program for Arthritis and the Military
The NATA signed on for a stand-alone arthritis program with the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, funded for $20 million dollars. This program will focus the effects of arthritis on military personnel. Athletic trainers providing health care services to our service men and women are advancing at a rapid rate.
NATA Support of National Issues
- NATA provided opioid misuse and prevention resources to the S. Senate in advance of pending legislation to address the epidemic.
- The NATA recognized the importance of prioritizing the reduction of drug use, drug trafficking and its NATA is in strong support of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which helps oversee this critical issue including the abuse of prescription medications.
- The NATA attended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up: Ask the Expert event in February, during which experts discussed concussion issues facing athletes.
- The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (HR 302) has moved to the Senate. Please contact your senators and ask them to support this bill, currently under consideration by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. Every call or e-mail helps get us closer to passing this very important legislation protecting sports medicine professional’s practice insurance as they travel across state lines. For information on how to contact your legislator, click here.
- The NATA signed a letter informing President Trump of its support for the goals of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and requesting that a new executive director, President’s Council members and Scientific Advisory Committee members be appointed as soon as possible.
National Athletic Training Month
Athletic Trainers had a big presence on the big stage of Good Morning America to kick off National Athletic Training Month (NATM), including on the street and in the studio audience
Information from “Athletic Training Services in Public and Private Secondary Schools,” published in the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT), was featured in several national media outlets including USA Today High School Sports, Fox News.com, Reuters article and Health News Digest. NATA President Scott Sailor’s monthly column on the USA Today High School Sports website focused on heart health in February.
Please submit any NATM initiates you have to the PR Committee for consideration for an NATA PR Committee Award for NATM. Several awards are available.
NATA Announces the Transition of the CUATC to the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM)
In January, the NATA Board of Directors approved a proposal to restructure the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee (CUATC) into the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM) to address the varying needs of athletic trainers working in this diverse setting.
The collegiate setting includes a wide variety of levels and governing bodies, so ATs working different divisions, conferences and regions experience unique challenges. Though athletic training is athletic training no matter what the job setting, the daily reality of an athletic trainer in the junior college setting can be in stark contrast to the day-to-day work of an AT at a large Division I institution. ICSM will bridge the gap between the different groups within collegiate athletics, forming a broad, ongoing conversation in which ATs from all backgrounds have a voice.
ICSM’s unique composition was specifically designed to encourage collaboration between all levels and conferences within collegiate sports. It starts with an executive council of representatives for NCAA Divisions I, II and III, and NJCAA/NAIA. Each of those representatives will chair a committee dedicated to its specific level. The group will serve as a resource for the NCAA and other governing bodies who establish best practices for the health care of collegiate student athletes based on the clinical practice of the athletic trainers who work with student athletes and coaches on a daily basis. For more information on how to get involved with the ICSM click here.
NATA Hosts Athletic Training Educators’ Conference, Education Research Forum and iLEAD
The Athletic Training Educators’ Conference (ATEC), held in Grapevine, TX, marked the 20th anniversary of the ATEC. This milestone was celebrated during the Robert S. Behnke Distinguished Educators’ Luncheon. This weekend also saw the initial Education Research Forum launched Friday, Feb. 17, where novice and experienced educators had the opportunity to learn about educational research methodologies, scholarship and grant submission processes from experts in the field. iLEAD, targeted to junior, senior and graduate students, addressed a variety of topics, including the why and how of networking, the importance of having a mentor, and the influence of cultural competency on leadership performance.
Safe Sports School Awards Update
The Safe Sports School Award (SSSA) has been awarded to 1,054 schools. Eighty-four SSSA recipients have applied for renewal. Grant programs are in place in District 5. Visit the NATA Now blog for details on each grant program, including how to apply for funding. Check the NATA website for how to apply.
ATLAS Project Update
The MAATA Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer’s Committee and their state representatives need your help in completing this project. If you are a secondary school athletic trainer or wish to assist in this project, please contact your state’s SSATC chair or contact the MAATA SSATC Chair Dan Newman and ask how you can assist. A direct link to the ATLAS project can be found here.
Dry Needling and the Athletic Trainer
Dry needling is gaining popularity as a therapeutic tool for injury treatment and rehabilitation. The NATA has a new resource available discussing dry needling. Click here to read this document.
The NATA Seeks a Journal of Athletic Training Editor-in-Chief
Open call for a new Journal of Athletic Training (JAT) editor-in-chief (EIC). Craig Denegar, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA, completes his term in June 2018. The call for the incoming EIC, who will also serve as the Journal Committee chair, is open through April 10. The term of appointment is two years (twice renewable, with agreement between EIC and NATA, for a total of six years of service). JAT is open-access and is published monthly. Visit the NATA Now blog for more information on the position.