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ATs and EMS, Prepare to Respond to Sports-Related Injuries

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Article reposted from KSMU Ozarks Public Radio
Author: MICHELE SKALICKY

Mercy Sports Medicine athletic trainers and emergency responders gathered on the Kickapoo High School Football Field Friday to practice what to do if a middle or high school student suffers from heat exhaustion, head injuries, cardiac arrest or another ailment during a game.

Jim Raynor, administrative director of Mercy Sports Medicine, said he wants parents to know their sons or daughters are in good hands when they take part in middle school or high school sports.  He said they hold drills like this one to prepare for the worst as they hope for the best.

“We’ve been preparing all year long, and this is just our accumulation for our kick off to a hopefully injury-free year and illness-free year, but we have to be prepared,” Raynor said.

Typical injuries they see each year, according to Raynor, are sprains, strains, fractures, internal injuries and exertional heat illness.

Marty Marsh, assistant director of athletics for Springfield Public Schools, said they contract with Mercy to provide athletic trainers who work with students and coaches to try to prevent and also to respond to injuries.

According to Marsh, an underlying reason for doing that is to increase participation rates.

“We know that those kids that are involved in athletics and activities have higher grade point averages, they have higher attendance rates in school, they’re more likely to persist to graduation, they have fewer discipline problems, and they’re less likely to drop out of school,” said Marsh.

The Mercy athletic trainers as well as sports medicine students at Missouri State University are involved in all 19 sports at the high school level and nine at the middle school level in the SPS District.  Marsh said they’re looking to expand the middle school athletic trainer coverage.

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Athletic Training Staff attends Spine Boarding Session at Shirley Field

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Article reposted from Texas A&M International University Dust Devils
Author: Tim Fairhead

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The Texas A&M International University Athletic Training Staff got some hands-on experience at Shirley Field on Wednesday. Members of the staff had an opportunity to attend a spine boarding session hosted at Shirley Field.

For the first time in either district’s history, UISD and LISD came together to prepare athletic trainers for the upcoming football season.

The districts, in partnership with Laredo’s first responders hosted a special clinic on dealing with spinal injuries and how to properly place athletes on a spine board.

Head Athletic Trainer Ernst Feisner saw the opportunity as a great way to get student-trainers hands-on experience with spinal injuries and how to properly respond. Feisner commented, “I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the spine boarding clinic hosted by LISD.  It gave my Athletic Training students a chance to learn vital skills from doctors and Athletic Trainers in town.  It also gave the students, Sarai , and I a chance to interact with other  ATs and some of their students.”

The clinic was attended by trainers from both school districts, Laredo Sports Medicine, Laredo Fire Department, and Victorious Care Ambulance service.

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Professional Development

Carroll elected to Board of Certification for athletic trainers

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Article reposted from The Flash Today
Author: BRAD KEITH

Mike Carroll might as well be a celebrity this week in Houston, where members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) are gathered through Thursday for the 68th Clinical Symposia and Athletic Training Expo.

The assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer for Stephenville ISD, Carroll is a director-elect to the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer. He was elected last fall and will officially hold the title of director beginning next January.

Selection to the board provides Carroll another platform from which to promote athletic training to the public, something he has for years shown a passion for. Further, he will have a voice in the governance of all matters pertaining to the certification process of athletic trainers.

“To be elected to the Board of Certification is a tremendous honor, and to be able to represent all certified athletic trainers is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly,” said Carroll in a Tuesday night exchange of text messages. “The certification of athletic trainers and the maintenance of that certification are critical to the profession and the public that comes in contact with those certified athletic trainers.”

The Board of Certification was incorporated in 1989 “as a not-for-profit credentialing agency to provide a certification program for the entry level athletic training profession,” reads the “What is BOC” page on the organization’s website, bocatc.org. “The BOC establishes both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC certified athletic trainers. The BOC also works with state regulatory agencies to provide credential information, professional conduct guidelines and regulatory standards on certification issues…”

The webpage further states, “The BOC exists so that healthcare professionals worldwide have access to globally recognized standards of competence and exceptional credentialing programs…”

Carroll, 49, has long traveled a career trajectory bound for positions of authority in the athletic training profession, be it with the BOC or the NATA.

During his 14 years at Stephenville, Carroll, 49, was president of Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2009-10, and was selected for the SWATA Hall of Fame in February of last year. Those prestigious honors followed his 2008 NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award and his 2005 SWATA Eddie Wojecki Award and Boby Gunn Unsung Hero Award.

Carroll came to Stephenville to serve as head athletic trainer in 2003. Assistant athletic director was added to his title in 2008.

Mike married DeNay in 1998, and they have two children. Their son, Nolan, is entering his junior year at SHS, while their daughter, DeLaney, will be an eighth grader at Henderson Junior High. The family hosts a foreign exchange student each year with Mike serving as area coordinator for the Student Transition Services (STS) Foundation.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and master’s at the University of Virginia, Mike began his career in 1992-93 at Fort Bend Kemper High School near Houston. He moved 60 miles south to Sweeny, where he stayed nine years from 1993-94 through 2001-02, then spent the 2002-03 academic year at Georgetown, a northern suburb of Austin.

Professional Development

Jordan Utley to Lead Workshops at the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Conference

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Article reposted from CISION
Author: University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health and rehabilitative sciences education through innovative classroom education, is proud to announce Master of Health Sciences program director, Jordan Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC, will present at the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) Conference on maximizing motivation in injury rehabilitation.

The CATA Conference will be held at the Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites, from June 1-3, 2017, with Dr. Utley’s breakout sessions will take place on Friday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m.10:45 a.m.1:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The three day conference attracts athletic therapists and other healthcare professionals who will gather to participate in practice-related educational sessions, networking and social events.

Dr. Utley’s workshop is designed to help athletic therapists facilitate and enhance the motivation of their patients during the rehabilitation process. Research has demonstrated that athletic training students and athletic trainers feel unprepared to incorporate psychosocial intervention techniques into their clinical practice. Two different theoretical frameworks will be discussed and how these concepts apply to rehabilitation motivation. Through group activities, discussion of motivational theory and strategies, and hands-on participation, attendees will gain understanding of what drives motivation, as well as learn key, evidence-based intervention strategies that can then be incorporated into their daily practice with patients.

Dr. Utley is a certified athletic trainer who has implemented various cognitive interventions with athletes rehabilitating from sport-injury. She has worked with athletes from all levels, including providing sports medicine services to United States Soccer teams, Olympic athletes, and extreme sport athletes.

About Dr. Jordan Utley

Jordan Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC, is the program director of the Master of Health Science program at USAHS. She earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology/Psychology of Injury from DePaul University, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Athletic Training from Minnesota State University.

Prior to joining USAHS, she served as the director of teaching and learning and as athletic training research faculty at Weber State University, as well as a faculty member at the University of North TexasDenton, where she also developed an athletic training program. She has also served as the director of fitness management and an instructor at DePaul University and as the director of athletic training and instructor of health science at Chicago State University. She is a certified athletic trainer who implemented various cognitive interventions with athletes rehabilitating from sport-injury while earning her doctorate.

She has worked with athletes from all levels, including providing sports medicine services to United States Soccer teams, Olympic athletes, and extreme sport athletes. She serves as a committee member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Post Professional Education Committee (PPEC) and the Transition to Practice Workgroup where she is collaborating with others to create change for the future athletic training. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.

For more information Dr. Jordan Utley, the Master of Health Sciences program or USAHS, visit usa.edu.

About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, CaliforniaSt. Augustine, FloridaAustin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about USAHS visit www.usa.edu.

SOURCE University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

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Indiana State Athletic training students to lead national LGBTQ workgroup

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Article reposted from Indiana State University
Author: Betsy Simon

Three Indiana State University students in the Doctor of Athletic Training program will lead their first National Athletic Training Association-sponsored LGBTQ workgroup in athletic training this month.

As the workgroup’s founding members, Ashley Crossway, Emma Nye and Sean Rogers will lead the first diversity and inclusions workgroup of appointed members who include past and present NATA board of directors to create a mission, vision and foundation for the group’s future work, which received the NATA’s approval earlier this year.

“The DAT program has an emphasis on advocacy in the profession, so throughout the course of the students’ time here we have emphasized that in a variety of ways,” said Lindsey Eberman, associate professor in the applied medicine and rehabilitation department. “Our program requires a traditional research project and a practice-based research project, which provides a unique opportunity for students to do advocacy research.”

Crossway, Nye and Rogers talked about things they wanted to do to make changes in the profession and approached Eberman, who turned to colleagues. They suggested talking to alumni, specifically Marjorie Albohm, who was influential in mentoring the students before moving forward with their request to the NATA for the workgroup and their research.

Their research purpose was to survey the perceptions of athletic trainers and student-athletes about the LGBTQ community. They developed a survey that asked student-athletes perceptions of athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ, athletic trainers’ perceptions of other athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ and athletic trainers’ perceptions of student-athletes who identify as LGBTQ.

They went through the NCAA compliance officers to deploy one part of their three-part survey to student-athletes and worked with the National Athletic Trainers Association to establish a random sample of athletic trainers in Division I, II and III for their second and third parts of the study. The survey was completed by 623 student-athletes and 1,109 athletic trainers.Crossway’s passion for advocacy for the LGBTQ community developed long ago, but the Doctor of Athletic Training program helped her turn her passion into action.

“When we were in the master’s program, we had to write blogs for our advocacy website AT4AT, and I wrote one about the changing legislation when gay marriage was passed and there was some debate about my blog,” she said. “I met with Dr. Eberman and we reached out to someone in the profession about starting a members’ interest group in October of 2014. Essentially, I got shot down and I put it on the backburner.”

That is until Crossway and Nye began discussing research and joined forces with Rogers.

“I’m a member of the (Institutional Review Board) and we’ve heard of instances of individuals who were studying a particular population where the researcher was intimidated because of the research they were doing, and this is something we talked about before we distributed the surveys,” Eberman said.

But to the contrary, Crossway indicated, “I was surprised by how many positive emails we got when we were distributing our surveys. People were excited that we were doing this kind of research for the profession.”

The goal is this workgroup will eventually become representative of the entire nation, Eberman said.

“But these students have to lay down the groundwork for why it is important and what needs to be done and that could take time, partly because of the NATA’s funding structure,” she said. “You can’t just sit back. Even if the research gets published, if they’re not trying to get those results into the hands of people, if they’re not pushing for development of workgroups as an extension of the research, then it’s just a paper that is published. They’re reward is more work and more advocacy, but at least they now have a platform for that, whereas a year ago they did not.”

The results are being processed and will ideally create a platform to push for more advocacy for underrepresented groups within the NATA.

“A lot of the responses were positive, but there were also a lot of neutral responses and some negative responses,” Rogers said. “I think those negative and neutral responses are where we want to focus because LGBTQ individuals didn’t really have that advocate before the creation of this workgroup within the NATA, and we want to use the data to show the importance of the LGBTQ community having a voice within our profession.”

Crossway noticed respondents’ concerns for offending transgender people and uncertainty because of limited exposure to them. Similarly, Nye found a majority of athletic trainers expressed that they don’t have access to formal training or education on how to approach someone transitioning or other individuals within the transgender community.

“A lot of the athletic trainers responded that they didn’t know what pronoun to use and it makes them feel uncomfortable, but they said that if they knew which pronoun to use, they would have those types of conversations with athletes,” Nye said.

Eberman said Indiana State’s Doctor of Athletic Training program does offer a course on underserved populations in emerging settings and includes modules specific to this population.”We’re not perfect by any means, but I’m happy that we are at an institution that makes sure people know that this is an open and inclusive space,” she said.

Unfortunately, the NATA doesn’t have a support or advocacy structure for athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ or other underrepresented groups, but Indiana State’s Doctor of Athletic Training program provided a good foundation for getting such a mechanism off the ground.

“Dr. Eberman and Dr. (Kenneth) Games have created a solid, forward-thinking and progressive group that allows us to take ideas that we want to focus on and are passionate about and run with it,” Rogers said. “If you get complacent with advocacy then it will drop back down. You have to advocate for what you are passionate about and for the people who haven’t historically had a voice, you have to give them a voice; but if you don’t continue advocating, they could fall back.”

The reality, Eberman said, is that athletic training’s roots were in coaching and physical education, not in health care.

“But the cultural norms have not changed with the profession,” she said. “In today’s political culture, people are not one thing. To me, this research demonstrates that. They are not just student-athletes. They are not just LGBTQ. They are not just athletic trainers. Instead, they are a culmination of things and we need to do a better job of recognizing people’s many facets in health care and in athletics.”

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Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Members Receive Recognition

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Article reposted from PRWEB
Author: PRWEB

The Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) held its 69th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on January 6th-9th. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) had numerous members gain recognition with new leadership roles and awards. Four athletic trainers were inducted into the EATA ’49 Club. Additionally, four members received the new leadership roles. Two members received awards and a former PATS and NATA Executive Board member delivered the Pinky Newell Address.

Attendees enjoyed educational programming, exhibits and professional networking. Many members of PATS were honored throughout the weekend convention.

Neil Curtis, EdD, LAT, ATC was elected into an Athletic Trainer Director-Elect position on the Board of Certification (BOC) Board of Directors. This Board of Directors is a nine-member group that governs the BOC. There are six athletic trainer directors, one physician director, one public director and one corporate/educational director. Curtis is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Education within the department of sports medicine at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

John “Doc” Moyer, LAT, ATC, was appointed as the District 2 Representative to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Secondary School Committee. In addition, Moyer was honored with two awards. The first award presented was the 2017 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. This award recognizes a certified athletic trainer from each National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA) district who has made outstanding contributions in furthering his or her high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. The second award presented to Moyer was the Henry Schein Award. This award recognizes a person who has make an outstanding contribution to the profession on the secondary or prep school level. Moyer is currently the PATS Past-President and the Head Athletic Trainer at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania where he has served for over 35 years.

Two members of PATS were announced as new leaders within the EATA. John Hauth, EdD, LAT, ATC becomes President-Elect of the EATA. Hauth has served on various committees within PATS, in addition to leadership roles on the Executive Board. Hauth has also served Pennsylvania as the Representative for the EATA and NATA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Currently, Hauth serves as Senior Director of Sports Medicine Relations at St. Luke’s Center for Sports Medicine in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Former PATS Treasurer, Dave Marchetti, MS, LAT, ATC, was announced as the EATA Treasurer. Marchetti currently is an Associate Clinical Professor and Athletic Trainer at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Steve Nemes, LAT, ATC was awarded the EATA Presidential Award. The EATA Presidential Award is presented to a person who shows unselfish and dedicated efforts which has advanced the EATA and the athletic training profession. Nemes has been the past recipient of a PATS Board of Directors’ Service Award for his many years as a member, and later, was Co-Chair of the College/ University Athletic Trainers’ Committee, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee. He also served as the Eastern Representative on the PATS Board of Directors from 1986-1988 and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Nemes showed leadership within the EATA as a member of their Workshop Committee and has served as the Chair. Nemes is currently in his 32nd year as head athletic trainer at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Four PATS members were inducted in the Inaugural Class of the EATA ’49 Club. This is the equivalent of the EATA Hall of Fame. Phil Donley, DPT, ATC has spent over 40 years evaluating, treating and rehabilitation athletic injuries for athletes at all levels of competition. He served on the faculty and as Head Athletic Trainer at West Chester University for 26 years. Donley’s athletic training education program was not only the first in Pennsylvania, but was also the first co-ed program in the country. He was a pioneer in helping women enter the field of athletic training and hired the first full time female athletic trainer in 1966. In addition to being elected to the NATA Hall of Fame in 1991, Donley was awarded the NATA Distinguished Athletic Training Educator’s Award. He is a member of the inaugural class (2000) of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame.

Joe Godek, MS, ATC has had many accomplishments over the last four decades on the local, state, regional, national and international levels. The 1999 NATA Hall of Fame inductee was a charter member of PATS. He oversaw the drafting of the Commonwealth’s initial athletic training legislation, served as liaison to the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and sat on the Athletic Trainers’ Advisory Committee. Godek has been EATA President and District II Director. While District II Director, he also served as Vice President of the NATA. Godek has received countless awards including but not limited to: inducted into the Legion of Honor of Four Chaplains, the EATA Cramer Award, the PATS Distinguished Service Award, and the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. He was the head athletic trainer with West Chester University football for 28 years and currently owns and operates DevTay Enterprises in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Joe Iezzi, MS, LAT, ATC has been an athletic trainer for over 30 years. He has been a leader within PATS, serving on the Board of Directors for eight years. During his tenure as PATS President, Iezzi introduced changes in the Pennsylvania Law and initiated the proposal to have athletic trainers licensed directly under the Medical Boards (MD and DO). Iezzi has served on the District II, EATA and NATA Executive Boards. In addition, Iezzi has received many awards including, the EATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award, the PATS Service Award, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress “Ted Quedenfeld” Award, just to name a few. Iezzi is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2007 and a member of the NATA Hall of Fame Class of 2009.

Paula Turocy, EdD, LAT, ATC has had an immeasurable impact on the profession of athletic training. Turocy is a former chair of the Commission of the Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Program Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training and a former chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. A recognized volunteer and activist at the local, state and national levels, Turocy contributed to the advancement of the regulatory status and licensure of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania. She has been a member of PATS since 1980, where she has served membership as President, President-Elect and Past-President, as well as Parliamentarian, a member of the Long Range Planning and Governmental Affairs Committee. Turocy was also a liaison to the Pennsylvania PTA and Safe Kids Programs. Turocy is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2008 and the NATA Hall of Fame Class of 2014. She currently is serving as Interim Dean in the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. Turocy is also the Director of the Duquesne University’s Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs and is a senior RSHS faculty member and Associate Professor in the Department of Athletic Training at the University.

Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, PES had the honor of delivering the Pinky Newell Address. The presenter criteria include many of the attributes of “Pinky” but are also attributes of a role model athletic training professional to exhibit to others. Thornton has been a member of PATS since 1996, serving on the Long Range Planning and Finance Committee. He has also served as an Executive Board Member for the EATA and as NATA District II Secretary. Most notably, Thornton served as NATA President from 2012-2015, after serving as vice president from 2009-2012. He was named the 2007 PATS Service Award winner and the NATA Division II Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2008. In 2010 he was the recipient of Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Most Distinguished Volunteer Award. Thornton is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Jim Thornton currently is the Head Athletic Trainer at Clarion University and serves as the athletic training liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee.

Next year’s Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention will be held on January 5th-8th, 2018 in Boston, MA.

For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with PATS President Gaetano Sanchioli, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, (president(at)gopats(dot)org) please contact Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PATS Executive director at patsexecutivedirector(at)gopats(dot)org.

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of licensed healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding Athletic Trainers and the Athletic Training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness prevention, early intervention, patient care, and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.

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Marshal Program Director Selected for NATA Committee

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Article reposted from The Parthenon
Author: Noah Gillispie

Dr. Joseph Beckett, director and Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at Marshall University, was selected to be on the NATA Professional Responsibility Committee for the District III Mid Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association.

The goal of the committee is to support the legal, ethical and regulatory standards by defining, encouraging and supporting adherence.

Beckett was the only representative from West Virginia to be chosen for the committee.

Some of the other schools included in the PRC are University of Arizona, University of Southern Arkansas, University of Rhode Island and Northern Illinois University.

“I would like to see us here at Marshall be a school that other institutions look to in terms of these legal, ethical and regulatory standards,” Beckett said.

An example that Beckett gave of what the committee would be doing, was developing practical situations that adhere to the standards in order to educate more effectively in the classroom.

Some real issues that athletic trainers might face in their fields; what to do when faced with sexual harassment from coaches, patients (who may be athletes) and peers, patients with suicidal tendencies, patients who have been the victims of hate crimes related to race or sexuality and avoiding slander and libel on social media, may not always be addressed or clear cut. This committee will work on defining the ethical and legal standards on what to do in those difficult situations as an athletic trainer. It will give trainers knowledge and resources in order to handle them confidentially and confidently.

“We want to inform students the proper preventive actions so they don’t get named in a lawsuit,” Beckett said. “But on the other hand, say you do get served. Somebody shows up at your door. They serve you with papers. What do you do? A lot of people don’t know.”

Beckett said this committee is a founding committee, which means that this is the first time this group has been brought together.

Beckett said the committee was important because the field is changing so much that they don’t want any trainers to not know what to do, or worse, to think there is nothing they can do.

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NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Athletic Training Recognition Week

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Article reposted from Benzinga
Author: PRWeb

The New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) will hold its 4th annual Athletic Training Recognition Week for schools and organizations across New York State to promote sports safety and honor certified athletic trainers (ATs) for their unique skill-set and athletic healthcare services. After a successful campaign last year, NYSATA is also extending their funding program for NYS secondary schools who are deserving of the Safe Sports School Award.

Albany, NY (PRWEB) October 13, 2016

Athletic Training (AT) Recognition Week was initiated four years ago to promote awareness about the vital need to provide appropriate medical care for all athletes, beginning at the youth and school sports levels. By recognizing certified athletic trainers (ATs) and the unique skill-set they possess to effectively fulfill this role, schools can to show their communities and peers that they value and take pride in providing quality care for their athletes, and set an example for local youth sports to follow. By publicly recognizing their ATs from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 23rd with event-specific Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and via social media – #WhosYourAT2016 – schools can take a proactive role in promoting sports safety in their communities and across New York.

While the inherent risk of injury in athletics has always been understood, research and statistics from the past few decades has revealed the critical need of taking appropriate measures for sports safety – including providing qualified medical and healthcare management, such as a certified athletic trainer (AT). With their education and experience in injury prevention, recognition, and emergency management, ATs can help identify potential hazards and risks to address before they cause injury, as well as observe and evaluate injuries as they occur, knowing how to properly distinguish more severe conditions and handle these situations when they arise.

After the success of last year, NYSATA is also extending its funding program for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award application for up to five NYS secondary schools. This funding program helped to expand the number of NYS Award recipients from seven to fifteen. Any secondary school who meets the standards can gain recognition for providing appropriate sports safety measures.

Over the past three years, over 50 secondary schools and 20 colleges have gotten involved in promoting Athletic Training Recognition Week! Don’t let your school community be left out – find a way to participate this year.

NYSATA, founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1989, stands to advance, encourage and improve the profession of athletic training (AT) by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the physically active in NYS. Athletic training is practiced by certified athletic trainers (ATs), who have expertise in the assessment, emergency management, rehabilitation and prevention of acute and chronic sport-related injuries, illnesses and conditions, including concussions. Comprised of over 1,200 certified and practicing athletic trainers, NYSATA is the state-wide affiliate of the regional Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) and District Two of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

For the original version on PRWeb visit:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/10/prweb13761913.htm

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Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Members well Represented at Symposium

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Article reposted from PR Web
Author: PR Web

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS) was well-represented at the recent 4th Annual Central PA Sports Medicine Symposium held by Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute and CPRS Physical Therapy in Hershey, PA. The Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute and CPRS Physical Therapy continue to offer the region’s most engaging and affordable CEU event for healthcare professionals. The planning for this event begins in late fall with Dr. Robert Gallo, Lynn Brumbach, Jeff Shields and Jess Cecco deciding on topics, recruiting speakers, applying for evidence based practice (EBP) credits, selecting lecture sites and menus and creating a schedule for the seminar. Many of the topics are selected after reviewing all the evaluation forms from the prior year trying to match many of the requests.

Topics of this year’s symposium included but were not limited to management of acute type III AC joint separations, low back pain in adolescent athletes, functional movement screens, hand and wrist injuries, ice and NSAIDS, autism and behavioral disorders, running shoes, and the female athlete. Dr. Robert Harbaugh, director of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute and chair of Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery presented on Concussion and CTE. He serves on the NFL’S Head, Neck, and Spine Committee and is the leader of the “Subcommittee for the Development and Management of Prospective Database for NFL Players”. In addition, the event hosted many other medical professionals including but not limited to Dr. Robert Gallo, Dr. Matthew Silvis, Dr. Pete Seidenberg, Dr. Michael Darowish, Dr. Jessica Butts, Dr. Cayce Onks, Michael Lehr, Dr. Gregory Billy, Mark Brown, Dr. Dhawan, Dr. Scott Lynch and Dr. Shawn Phillips.

This year, PATS proudly sponsored free WiFi for all attendees of the symposium at the Hershey Lodge. Wes Mallicone, PATS South Central Representative, organized a PATS display table in the exhibitor’s hall during the seminar. His efforts emphasized networking with the more than 200 athletic trainers in attendance as he distributed PATS lip balm, lanyards, pens and the ever-popular PATS sunglasses. PATS was also recognized in the symposium handbook with a full page color ad. In addition, the PATS logo was displayed on all of the speakers Power Point presentations. Wes and PATS were recognized during the introductions for the symposium. Many thanks to Wes and PATS for the outstanding show of support.

The early reviews of the 4th Annual Central PA Sports Medicine Symposium are extremely positive and the goal is to continue to raise the bar and provide the very best in continuing education to the area’s professionals.
For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with PATS President Gaetano Sanchioli, MS, LAT, ATC, PES (president(at)gopats(dot)org), please contact Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PATS Executive Director at patsexecutivedirection(at)gopats(dot)org.

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society, Inc is a progressive organization of licensed healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding Athletic Trainers and the Athletic Training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness prevention, early intervention, patient care, and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.

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Wisconsin athletic trainers, military medics learning from one another

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Article reposted from UWBadgers.com
Author: Andy Baggot

It all began with a familiar pose: A man sitting on his living room sofa watching sports on TV.

Tim Ehlers was relaxing at his home in Tomah, tuned into a Wisconsin men’s basketball game, when he saw something that piqued his professional curiosity.

Ehlers, a staff sergeant and medical training instructor for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, watched as longtime UW athletic trainer Henry Perez-Guerra came onto the court to tend to an injured player.

“Henry quickly evaluated a guy who had an ankle injury and it was a matter of 45 seconds and they had him up and were taking him off the floor,” Ehlers recalled. “I thought to myself, ‘Why can’t my medics do that in the field?'”

Ehlers, an Army medic for seven years, began to organize his thoughts and devise a plan of action for his volunteer charges.

“Over the past 15-ish years now we’ve been at war and we’ve learned great lessons about trauma medicine,” he said. “We pound into their head every year ‘trauma, trauma, trauma.’ They can treat people with missing arms, legs, shot in the chest.

“But when it comes to the fundamentals of simple clinical skills — how do we evaluate a sprained knee or a sprained ankle or a shoulder or back injury — we don’t have a set training plan on how to execute those skills.”

So Ehlers, a 37-year-old who grew up in Hudson, contacted Denny Helwig, the assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Wisconsin, in December of 2014.

In an email, Ehlers outlined how the two staffs — medics from the Wisconsin Army National Guard and UW Sports Medicine personnel — take a similar approach to diagnosing and treating concussions.

“I’m looking for an environment where I can teach my medics clinical skills, but put them in an environment where they’re going to learn,” Ehlers wrote.

“The more Tim and I talked about it — the medic training and our training — we thought it would be a good way for their people to come down and observe,” Helwig said. “The same people pulling from the same resources in terms of care for concussions and it went on from there.”

For the better part of a year, UW Athletics and the Wisconsin Army National Guard have been working together to improve their instincts and vital handiwork.

There have been multiple exchanges of personnel — UW athletic trainers trekking to Fort McCoy and Army medics volunteering to come to Madison — all under the guise of education.

The biggest chapter in that process is being written throughout August as the Badgers stage their preseason football camp at Camp Randall Stadium.

UW athletic trainer Kyle Gibson, one of the exchange coordinators, said 13 Army medics will come in small groups to observe one of the more strenuous periods for medical attention by the UW sports medicine personnel.

“That’s when we see a lot of injuries,” he said of the three-week training camp, which includes five two-a-day practice sessions. It began Aug. 8 and runs through the season opener Sept. 3.

The month-long exercise comes on the heels of two trips to Fort McCoy, located just west of Tomah, by UW athletic trainers.

Four went up in the first wave “and they came back with rave reviews on how realistic it is,” Gibson said, describing how $120,000 mannequins can have their heart rates and blood flow altered based on the treatment circumstances.

The second group, including Gibson, Perez-Guerra and Michael Moll, the primary athletic trainer for football, visited Fort McCoy and provided an overview on evaluation techniques to 160 medics.

“We’re not making them into athletic trainers; they’re not making us into medics,” Helwig noted. “It’s just an information-sharing situation.”

Helwig said the program that began with a discussion on shared concussion protocol is evolving into something much bigger.

“We realized that a lot of their training is in trauma — as you could imagine — and not so much in some of the, if you will, minor things like sprains and strains and things like that,” he said. “We occasionally deal with trauma, but not to the extent that they do.

“The whole thought was that we could help them understand a little bit better how to look at an ankle sprain, how to look at a muscle strain so that they can work with their people.

“We’re both interested in performance, obviously. Ours is on the field or court or whatever. Theirs is performance in the (battle) field.”

There are other similarities. Athletic trainers and medics share a like — read: stressful — evaluation process in the field. They both have a chain of command involved in every decision. They also become emotionally invested in their patients.

“We live in a what-if type of life where, ‘What if this happens? Are we prepared? Have we done the training that we need to do to be prepared?'” Gibson said.

There’s a major difference, though.

“They’re dealing with life-and-death situations and major trauma,” Moll said of the medics. “We’re dealing with on-the-field injuries, which can be significant, but really, it’s a matter of us trying to get guys back as quickly and safely as possible.”

Not only are medics dealing with mortal injuries, their lives are often at risk.

“It gives us perspective that, hey, this is really just football,” Moll said. “It’s important to everyone, but it’s much different.”


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“We live in a what-if type of life where, ‘What if this happens? Are we prepared? Have we done the training that we need to do to be prepared?'” said Gibson (left).


Ehlers, who was deployed as a senior medic to Afghanistan in 2012 and ’13, said the teaching format grabs the attention of his charges who might otherwise be cavalier about the experience.

“You don’t see ACL, MCL (knee) injuries sitting in a hospital somewhere,” he said. “But you do see it out at training events.”

Such as a high-profile football practice where the participants and their efforts make headlines. In addition to injuries, medics will see UW sports medicine personnel initiate preventative care before practice and the after-care when the daily session is over.

“You put them in an environment like this where they’re seeing the people they look up to — you don’t get a chance to interact with a T.J. Watt or a Vince Biegel or people like that,” Ehlers said.

The cooperative plan calls for another rotation of medics to come to town in November to spend time with the men’s basketball team and in January to observe UW athletic trainers at work with men’s hockey. Visiting parties are there strictly to observe and ask questions.

“It’s a great educational experience for my soldiers to come down (to Madison) and learn,” Ehlers said.

All in all, it took 23 months for this idea to go from planting to harvest.

“It started with a conversation with my leadership,” Ehlers said. “I asked if I could do it. They said, ‘It’s your baby. If you want to make it happen, try and make it happen.'”

Along the way, Ehlers met with football coach Paul Chryst and UW Director of AthleticsBarry Alvarez and got their blessings.

“They all have gone out of their way of saying they’re in full support of having these medics come down here and interact with their players and learn,” Ehlers said, adding UW officials have been “absolutely amazing” in their support of the project.

“It’s a lot of time and effort, but it’s going to be 100-percent rewarding when I see my soldiers finally get to start rolling through this fall,” Ehlers said.

Helwig described Ehlers as “an honest, straight-forward guy who obviously, genuinely cares for what he does.”

According to Ehlers, there is no monetary investment from either party.

“It’s just a partnership based on mutual respect,” he said.

When Ehlers was in Afghanistan in late 2012, the base was visited by a group of touring NFL players. One was J.J. Watt, a former UW standout who now stars for the Houston Texans.

At one point, Ehlers approached Watt, shook his hand and thanked him for all he’s done on behalf of Wisconsin.

Fast forward to the spring of 2016. Ehlers was attending a UW spring practice session at the McClain Facility. By chance, so was Watt, a Pewaukee native whose brothers, Derek and T.J., followed him to Wisconsin.

Ehlers again approached J.J., who instantly recalled their first meeting. A brief photo session ensued.

It’s funny what can happen when a good idea takes wings.

“It’s a milestone in my career to build a partnership with the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Army National Guard,” Ehlers said.

The payback goes in both directions.

“This way we can do some very good community service,” Helwig said.

“I think it’s a great program because anytime we can give back as civilians to the military, we look for those opportunities,” Gibson said.

“We can learn from them. They can learn from us. It’s a no-brainer of a program.”