Professional Development

NU’s head athletic trainer named president of National Athletics Trainers’ Association


Article reposted from The Daily Northwestern
Author: Amy Li

Northwestern’s head athletics trainer, Tory Lindley, will serve as the 14th president of the National Athletics Trainers’ Association, the organization announced last week.

Lindley has served as the vice president for NATA — an organization that supports athletic training professionals — since 2016 and has worked as NU’s head trainer since 2002. Lindley said he has been interested in athletic training since he was a high school student, and has worked in the field since graduate school.

“The best part of my job is the impact we make on the health of our patients,” he said. “It’s what drives you every day.”

As president, Lindley said he will represent NATA at health care meetings and health care projects across the world. He said he also hopes to expand the athletic profession internationally and looks forward to opportunities for global collaboration.

In addition to his new role, Lindley will continue his role as the University’s head athletic trainer. He said he enjoys working in a collegiate environment, adding that NU’s athletic department is “fantastic” to work with.

“The college setting has always been the professional draw for me,” he said. “I love the academic environment in addition to providing professional health care for all of our 500 student athletes.”

Lindley said the college setting is unique because he has the chance to teach other athletic training students.

Danielle Colegrove, a senior athletics trainer, said Lindley has doubled the program’s staff during his tenure. More importantly, however, she said Lindley has fostered a group of people who are motivated to do the right thing.

“He is a proactive, energized, forward-thinking leader with a good vision and great ideas,” she said. “He always puts students first.”

Assistant athletic director Paul Kennedy said Lindley is a hands-on leader. He said when athletes are injured during a game, Lindley is among the first to run out on the field.

Kennedy also said Lindley’s genuine care for patients can be seen in the conversations he has with student athletes in the waiting room, where they come for various injuries. Lindley and his team always work to maintain the emotional support students need when they’re the most vulnerable, Kennedy said.

“Tory and his staff take it upon themselves to certainly always be honest and realistic, but also create a culture that’s always upbeat, high energy and positive,” Kennedy said.

Over the six football seasons they have worked together, Kennedy said he has admired Lindley’s ability to manage and lead.

Lindley is capable of leading under pressure, which is important in a department that cares for students in the “prime” of their athletic careers, Kennedy said.

“The staff team, they respect him, they like him, and they work hard for him,” he said. “That’s what any national organization needs.”



Western Carolina Associate professor Ericka Zimmerman honored by NATA


Article reposted from Western Carolina University

Ericka Zimmerman, director of Western Carolina University’s School of Health Sciences and associate professor of athletic training, recently was selected as one of the recipients of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award.

The award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer, particularly at the national and district levels.

“Initially, I was very surprised, but also very humbled because it is quite an honor,” said Zimmerman, who received her award in Houston on June 28, during NATA’s 68th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.

Zimmerman said the award is a comprehensive and cumulative look at one’s career. Zimmerman has served on the Board of Certification, was an officer on the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association board and served on the review committee of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

The award acknowledges outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.

“It’s incredibly humbling,” Zimmerman said. “It causes me to pause and reflect on the mentoring that I’ve received over the years. Sometimes that mentoring has been very intentional and sometimes it’s come at the most unexpected moments. That’s what I found myself doing, looking back at all those opportunities. I recognized the power of those moments and the influence of the people that have taken their time to work with me and to guide me, to mentor me and to help me to become a better professional and a better person.”

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Midland’s Reilly captures national honor


Article reposted from Fremont Tribune
Author: Fremont Tribune

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has named Midland University’s Tom Reilly the NAIA Head Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Reilly has served as the Warriors’ head athletic trainer for nine years.

“This is a very unexpected and humbling honor,” Reilly said. “Winning this award wouldn’t be possible without my co-workers. I can’t do my job without the assistance of our entire athletic training team. I would like to thank each and every one of them, the entire Midland athletic department, administrators and faculty on campus for all the support they provide to my team and our student-athletes.”

Reilly heads the sports medicine department for Midland’s 31 varsity sports, as well as junior varsity teams, which consists of more than 800 student-athletes. He oversees one full-time assistant, three graduate assistants and numerous student athletic trainers.

Over the past 25 years Reilly has been a good standing member of the NATA, Mid-America Athletic Trainings Association (MAATA) and Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association (NSATA). He annually attends state, district and national meetings, and has been a past presenter at the MAATA as well as a NATA Capitol Hill Day participant.


Tom Monagan Named NCAA D-III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year


Article reposted from UT Dallas
Author: UT Dallas

UT Dallas Associate Athletic Director Tom Monagan has been named the NCAA Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year, announced by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Monagan is in his seventh year at UTD after taking his current position with the Comets in 2010. He is nationally board certified, licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas, and is an active member of the NATA, the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA), the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association and the North Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society. He currently is serving on the NATA’s Committee of Professional Ethics and is Chair of the Ethics Committee for SWATA. He has presented on professional ethics, social media and effective communication at various educational institutions and clinical symposiums.  In July of 2016, he received the Excellence in Athletic Training Award from SWATA.

“Tom has been the single most important member of the administrative team at UT Dallas in terms of student well-being,” commented UTD Director of Athletics Bill Petitt. “He takes great pride in the operations at UTD and leads a group of full-time athletic trainers to provide the best health care in Division III.”

Each year the College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee recognizes one individual for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in each of the following collegiate divisions: NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. Award recipients are actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations and promotion of the profession. Award winners must be employed as a full-time Head Athletic Trainer (or equivalent) in a collegiate setting.

Monagan will officially be presented the award at the 2017 NATA Convention this June in Houston.


Award Winning, Ohio Athletic Trainer Keeps Athletes Performing at Their Best


Article reposted from Akron Children’s Hospital
Author: Heather Bauders

Aaron Galpert, certified athletic trainer (AT) with the Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Rehab team, has had an amazing career. He’s traveled around the world as an AT with the U.S. National and Olympic soccer teams. He kept Harlem Globetrotters basketball players healthy despite their grueling game and travel schedules. And he’s helped countless young athletes resume the activities they love.

Aaron is approaching 37 years as an AT. This summer in Houston, Texas, he’ll receive the Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The award recognizes NATA members with at least 20 years of experience for their contributions to the profession and as volunteers at the state/local levels. Aaron is among 3 Ohio recipients of the 2017 award – and 1 of 34 across the country.

“The award was a complete surprise to me, and it’s an honor,” he said. “I love my job. Whether I’m working with a world-class athlete or a high school student, I enjoy the behind-the-scenes process of helping my patients improve.”

Award-Winning Athletic Trainer Keeps Athletes Performing at Their Best

From ankle sprains to concussions, the types of sports injuries haven’t changed much over the years. But overuse injuries are becoming more common in young athletes because their bodies don’t have time to rest and heal.

“Kids used to play different sports throughout the year and take some time off between sport seasons. More of today’s athletes play just one sport – and they play it all year long,” Aaron explained. “Not only can this specialization lead to overuse injuries, but kids get burned out playing a sport they once loved.”

Akron Children’s keeps students in the game by provides AT services at 19 local schools. “We’re proud to partner with the schools, working together to keep student-athletes healthy and safe,” Aaron said. “These kids come to us with a sense of trust because they want us to help them get better.

“I just have to remind the high school athletes not to Google their conditions and try to self-diagnose,” he joked. “Nothing beats experience, and I have decades of it.”

Award-Winning Athletic Trainer Keeps Athletes Performing at Their BestAs a seasoned veteran, Aaron mentors future ATs who are studying at Kent State University and The University of Akron.

“Athletic training isn’t just about sports – you can find athletic trainers in corporations, the military and performing arts centers,” he said. “March is National Athletic Training Month, and it’s a great time to spread the word about the different environments where ATs work.”

Aaron enjoys golfing in his free time, but his favorite sport is soccer. As he traveled with the national soccer team, he couldn’t help but learn the ins and outs of the sport. “Many people think a 1-0 score is boring, but it’s not,” he shared. “Students of the game understand what’s happening; soccer is about so much more than just scoring goals.”

Regardless of the sports athletes choose, the rewards they reap will last a lifetime. “You learn about the team concept and having a teammate’s back,” Aaron said. “You learn the importance of keeping your body in good shape. You share experiences you’ll always remember, and you build friendships that last a lifetime.”

Higher EducationProfessional Development

Indiana State Athletic training students to lead national LGBTQ workgroup


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.”


Tennessee Athletic Trainer Wins Pair of Prestigious Awards



Article reposted from The Tennessean

Battle Ground Academy athletic trainer Gary Beatty has won two top awards in sports medicine.

Beatty won the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for the Southeast Region of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, according to a news release.

The awards honor athletic trainers who have made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program and the overall profession of secondary school athletic training.

Beatty works for STAR Physical Therapy, a subsidiary of U.S. Physical Therapy, and has served as BGA’s athletic trainer since 2006.

He also serves on the school’s Health and Safety Committee and does weekly injury assessments at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation facility.

He was nominated by his mentor and fellow athletic trainer Chris Snoddy who first recruited Beatty to attend Lipscomb University and serve as a student athletic trainer. Snoddy also works with Beatty at STAR Physical Therapy.

Beatty is also a member of the Wrestling Weight Management Board for the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association and has served on committees for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society.

Beatty has worked in sports medicine for more than 26 years.

Before coming to BGA, Beatty was the athletic trainer for Davidson Academy in Nashville. He’s also worked with Trover Clinic in Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland University in Lebanon; Lipscomb University in Nashville; and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.


Arizona Athletic Trainer Receives National Athletic Trainer Service Award


Article reposted from Tucson News Now
Author: Elizabeth Walton

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recently announced Leah Oliver, Mountain View High School teacher, selection to receive the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2017 Athletic Trainer Service Award! Ms. Oliver will be recognized for her many accomplishments and dedication to service during the 2017 NATA Convention in Houston on June 28, 2017.

This prestigious national award recognizes thirty four National Athletic Trainers’ Association members for their exceptional contributions to the athletic training profession and the Association. ATSA recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.

Leah Oliver is the Sports Medicine teacher and the Athletic Trainer at Mountain View High School. She has worked at Mountain View High School in the Marana Unified School District since 1989. Ms. Oliver demonstrates the highest level of commitment and dedication to health and well-being. She listens to students and advocates on their behalf, working diligently to discover their interests and incorporating those interests into classroom lessons.

Her expertise has earned a reputation as a phenomenal teacher who truly cares for students, staff and parents. In 2013, Ms. Oliver was inducted into the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, becoming the first woman inducted. In 2010-11 Ms. Oliver was honored with the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association, Athletic Trainer of the Year Service Award and selected as MUSD’s Teacher of the Year. Her programs have resulted in 20 Lanny Williams Arizona Student Athlete Trainers of the Year, as well as multiple former students who have gone on to various medical related fields including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Her sports medicine class and student athletic trainers are the most award-winning in the state.

Ms. Oliver is highly involved in and out of the classroom setting. She serves as the department chair for Mountain View’s Career & Technical Education Department and is a member of the Safe Schools Task Force as well as a District representative for teacher evaluation, and curriculum writer for the Joint Technical Education Department (JTED), She also serves on the Board of Directors for the AZ Athletic Trainer Association. Ms. Oliver has worked with the Arizona Deaf and Blind School in Tucson to fit football equipment and provides coaching clinics on dehydration and sports related injuries, as well as served on the Board of Directors for Imago Dei Middle School, a tuition free school for underprivileged students in the Tucson area. Her dedication and passion were instrumental in the District’s procurement of automated external defibrillators and she continues to serve as an American Heart Association instructor working diligently to certify all of her students in CPR and AED use.

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Most U.S. high schools lack athletic trainers


Article reposted from Reuters
Author: Andrew M. Seaman

Many U.S. high schools don’t offer athletic training services and few employ full-time athletic trainers, according to a new study.

Private institutions were even less likely than public schools to provide athletic training services or employ trainers, researchers found.

“Athletic trainers really provide the knowledge, security, expertise and education to keep athletes on the field and off the sidelines,” said lead author Alicia Pike, of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. “The students can really focus on the benefits, and enjoyment of safe and fair play.”

The researchers write in the Journal of Athletic Training that the number of student athletes rose for the 25th consecutive year from 2013 to 2014. At that time, nearly 8 million students were athletes.

The American Medical Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association endorse the hiring of full-time and on-site athletic trainers, they add. Research suggest schools that follow that guidance have lower injury rates than those without athletic trainers.

Athletic trainers work with physicians to provide a range of healthcare services to student athletes ranging from minor bruises to sudden cardiac arrest.

For the new study, Pike and colleagues surveyed 8,509 public and 2,044 private U.S. high schools between 2011 and 2014.

Overall, 70 percent of public schools and 58 percent of private schools offered some level of athletic training services.

Only 37 percent of public schools offered full-time athletic training services, compared to only 28 percent of private schools.

Schools cited a number of barriers to hiring athletic trainers, Pike said, including budget issues, school size, lack of awareness about the role of athletic trainers and other school characteristics like rural environments.

The researchers suggest that ways to overcome these barriers should be explored.

Athletic trainers are a “vital aspect for the health and safety of the student athlete,” Pike said.

SOURCE: Journal of Athletic Training, online February 23, 2017.


Delaware Head Athletic Trainer Dan Watson Honored for Outstanding Service by NATA


Article reposted from Delaware Blue Hens
Author: Delaware Athletics

University of Delaware head athletic trainer and assistant director of athletics Dan Watson has been honored by the National Athletic Trainers Association for his service to the organization and the outstanding work in the profession.

Watson, who has served at the University for the past 12 years, was selected to receive the Athletic Training Service Award. This prestigious national award recognizes NATA members for their exceptional contributions to the profession and the Association as well as their participation and leadership on the local and state levels. Members are eligible for this award after 20 years of membership and certification.

NATA award recipients will be recognized during the General Session at the 2017 NATA Convention in Houston on June 28.

“This is a special honor and I am grateful to be recognized on the national level for my service, leadership, and advancement of the Athletic Training profession,” said Watson. “We take great pride here at the University of Delaware in our reputation as one of the top athletic training programs in the country and none of this could be accomplished without the extraordinary dedication and passion of our athletic training staff and students.”

A native Delawarean, Watson earned his degree in athletic training with honors from Delaware in 1995 and his master’s degree in education, athletic training, and sports medicine from the University of Virginia in 1996.

After his graduation from Delaware, he served on the athletic training staffs at Virginia, Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College, Yale University, and Rutgers University before returning to his alma mater in 2004. He served as assistant athletic trainer and associate head athletic trainer before being named head athletic trainer in 2013.

He has presented a variety of topics at numerous conferences, including at the NATA Annual Symposium. He previously served as Clinical Coordinator of the UD ATEP and as President of the DATA.

Watson and his wife, Minda, reside in Newark with their son, Jude.