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Relative Value Unit for the Athletic Trainer

 01/20/2016 - 10:52am  By: JordanB 

Sean Burfeind, MS, ATC, OTC and JJ Wetherington, MS, ATC, OTC, members of the NATA Committee on Practice Advancement Physician Practice Workgroup, have put together an informative document about Relative Value Units (RVUs) for athletic trainers working in the physician practice setting.

This resource defines RVUs, explains how they are used in physician practices and discusses how they are relevant to ATs.... view

December Legislative Update

 01/15/2016 - 9:39am  By: ToddC 

Here is the December update from our Government Affairs department

Federal Legislation and Regulation

  • H.R. 921: The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, has 103 co-sponsors, and the Senate version, S. 689, has seven co-sponsors.
  • H.R. 829: The SAFE PLAY Act, has 43 co-sponsors, and the Senate version, S. 436, has one co-sponsor.
  • H.Res. 112: The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights, has 34 co-sponsors, and S. Res. 83 has... view

Your Own Sports Medicine Conference

 01/06/2016 - 9:26am  By: ToddC 

by Dale Grooms, ATC

Have you ever thought of hosting your own Sports Medicine Conference? It can be a lot of work, but is well worth the effort. These local CEU events are an excellent opportunity to create low cost, yet effective, learning opportunities for your local athletic trainers and develop deeper professional relationships with them. These relationships are not only fostered within the athletic training community, but also enhance the relationships between other professional... view

Building Relationships With Your Local EMS

 01/06/2016 - 9:43am  By: ToddC 

by Denise Alosa, MS, ATC

One of the most important work relationships you can foster as a secondary school athletic trainer is that of your local EMS team. You do not want the first time you meet your EMS squad to be while you are standing over an injured athlete. Take the time to connect with them regularly, and it will make those interactions on the field go smoothly.

When you make the decision to call EMS, there is a good reason, and that is that you need help for you and... view

Degree Transition Webinar Series, Lesson 1

 12/21/2015 - 11:11am  By: ToddC 

The Executive Committee for Education has started a series of webinars to answer questions members raised regarding the degree transition. Here is the first video:  

Degree Transition Considerations and Programmatic Self-Assessment

Lesson One serves to provide Athletic Trainers, specifically AT Educators, with a framework to further understand and investigate the newly announced CAATE requirement that athletic training education must be offered as a graduate-level... view

AT Spotlight: Adam Quigley

 12/21/2015 - 10:08am  By: ToddC 

In the January NATA News, Adam Quigley, ATC, SCAT, a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, shared how an internship with the University of Arizona football team during his undergraduate studies opened his eyes to a world of possibility. 
 
“I was able to truly see how athletic trainers went through their work day,” he said. “For me, it was great to see what I didn... view

Shelley Tims Joins the NATA Foundation

 12/21/2015 - 10:08am  By: JordanB 

The NATA Research & Education Foundation welcomed Shelley Tims as its new director in the fall of 2015. Since that time, she has worked tirelessly to promote the NATA Foundation and its yearlong silver anniversary celebration, which kicks off in January 2016.
 
In the January NATA News, Tims discussed her professional background, goals for her new... view

Tommy John Handout

 12/21/2015 - 10:18am  By: JordanB 

Spring will be here before you know it, and with it will comes baseball season. Because the sport consists of so many repetitive motions, overuse injuries are a risk, even for young athletes. To help you educate your athletes and community on this issue, NATA has created a Tommy John Handout, found on p. 46 of the January NATA News... view

Safe Sports School Award Honorees For November

 12/11/2015 - 3:25pm  By: ToddC 

The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. The recipient list continued to grow in November with 22 additional schools honored. You can see the full list below. If you are interested in learning more and/or applying there is an information packet available that includes the ... view

Brace Yourself! Transitioning From the Sideline to a DME Coordinator

 12/10/2015 - 3:28pm  By: ToddC 

By Jessica Daniels, MS, ATC

In order to give you the exciting overview of my current position, you should probably know a little bit about my career path. It’s quite the journey! Coming into the field of athletic training, I was highly energized to pursue my goal as a college athletic trainer. I had done a number of rotations as a non-traditional student, and I felt I had a good idea of what was out in “the real world”. I can easily call myself the determined, over-... view

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