The December edition of NATA News, now available online, serves as the association’s annual report, and it includes updates on the NATA Professional Development Center, and what it offers to members in continuing education. With all of the challenges of 2020, it’s possible you missed some of the online educational offerings from NATA. Now is a great time to catch up on learning and earning CEUs from a variety of informative and quality content available in the PDC.
Each year, NATA members receive 10 free CEU credits with their membership to apply to content in the PDC, which includes many courses that allow for the use of CEU credits. If you haven’t already done so, renew or join today in order to receive these free CEU credits to use in 2021, a reporting year.
Overall, more than 40 new learning opportunities were added to the PDC during 2020. Here are some of the courses and on-demand content you may have missed, but still have time to complete this year:
- In response to the pandemic, the following courses were added:
- Although COVID-19 required a lot of our attention this year, that did not limit the speakers who helped us add other great online content including:
- While we really want to encourage you to continue to use this time to learn, we also encourage you to use any resources we have available on work-life balance. This includes the following courses in the PDC:
To find a full listing of courses, visit the PDC homepage, log in and scroll down to see the New Courses section on the dashboard. You can also search the Course Catalog for your specific areas of interest.
Keep in mind that for the 2020-21 reporting period, athletic trainers need to earn EBP CEUs. Some of the most purchased courses in the PDC are EBP Category sessions include:
- A Systematic Approach for Return to Sport Testing and Management Following Lower Extremity Injury
- It’s Not Just Physical: How Can Athletic Trainers Assist with Improving Mental Health Care for Student Athletes?
- Evolving Concussion Prevention and Care Across the Life Span
- Mental Health Series: Stigma Prevention
Additionally through the PDC, there are concentrated learning opportunities to increase your leadership or preceptor skills. For more information, click through to these programs:
- Master Preceptor Certificate Level 1 and Level 2 are now available.
- Interested in learning more about how to be a leader? The NATA Leadership Development Certificate is the tool for you. The Leadership Development Certificate is part of the NATA Leadership Academy, which also offers on-demand courses for members to hone their association leadership skills. Learn more and enroll.
To close out the year, two live webinars are scheduled for members. Live educational webinars are a great opportunity to take an hour or so out of your day to learn and ask questions directly of the speaker. Register now for both of the following webinars:
- “LGBTQ+ Harassment: Are you IN or are you OUT?”
- When: 11 a.m. CST Dec. 2
- Presented by Dani Moffit, PhD, LAT, ATC, and Glenn Edgerton, EdD, LAT, ATC, this webinar will review an exploratory study to identify athletic trainers’ attitudes and beliefs about bullying and harassment of LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace will be the impetus for attendees to self-reflect on their own biases and treatment toward those who identify with that population. Professionalism and patient-centered care will also be addressed to better understand how athletic trainers can be allies in their workplace.
- “A 360-Degree Approach to Opioid Overdose Education, Prevention and Management for Sports Medicine Professionals”
- When: 11 a.m. CST Dec. 16
- Sponsored by IcyHot, Darryl Conway, MA, AT, ATC, will present on the opioid epidemic and how it relates to athletic trainers and the athletic training professions. The population of patients that athletic trainers work with daily are frequently prescribed opioids for pain management and are therefore an at-risk population for opioid overdose. Athletic trainers, physicians, EMS personnel, allied health professionals and others must be aware of the most current recommendations and evidence regarding the prevention, recognition and management of a patient in opioid overdose with naloxone. ATs must be able to bridge the gap between current evidence and knowledge and clinical competency and/or performance for professionals about prevention, recognition, management and recovery from opioid addiction.