14 summer 2015
See You at NATA 2015!
We’re counting down the days until the 66th NATA Clinical
Symposia & AT Expo! Join us June 23-26 in St. Louis for
the premiere educational and networking event for Athletic
Trainers. Attendees can earn 24 CEUs, not including the
extra CEUs available for those who attend minicourses,
advanced track seminars or preconference workshops.
Register now at convention.nata.org.
Congratulations to Our Award Winners
We will be honoring our 2015 award winners during the
General Session at NATA 2015 in St. Louis, including the
newest members of the NATA Hall of Fame: Christine Bonci,
MS, ATC, LAT; David Carrier, MA, ATC; Malissa Martin, EdD,
ATC; Terrance Noonan, MS, ATC, ART; Russ Richardson,
EdD, ATC; Brian Robinson, MS, ATC, LAT; Sandra Janine
Shultz, PhD, ATC, FNATA; and Thomas Weidner, Phd, ATC,
FNATA. Visit www.nata.org/honors-awards to see all award
winners, including the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers,
AT Service Award honorees and more.
Promote the Profession by Supporting AT Legislation
NATA recently supported the introduction of 3 separate bills:
the SAFE PLAY Act, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity
Act and the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of
The SAFE PLAY Act recommends a multidisciplinary
approach to research and federal support to ensure student
athletes’ safety in schools. NATA had an integral role in the
introduction of this comprehensive legislation and worked
with these congressional offices in the development of the
bill. The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act clarifies
medical liability rules for Athletic Trainers and medical
professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their
malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in
another state. The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill
of Rights establishes 10 best practices for making secondary
school athletics safer.
Help us gain momentum for these bills by contacting your
legislators and asking for their support. Visit www.nata.org/
government-affairs-advocacy/federal-government to learn
Attention History Buffs!
The NATA Board of Directors has formed the National
Athletic Trainers’ Association Historical Commission, and
you are invited to join. All NATA members, regardless
of classification, can be a part of this new Historical
Commission. Joining is free, and you can help preserve our
athletic training heritage.
The Historical Commission consists of 7 voting members,
appointed by the NATA President, who include: Matt Webber
(chair), Athletic TrainingHistory.com; Lynn Bott, Baker
University; Richard Burkholder, Carlisle (PA) School District;
Roger Kalisiak, Northern Illinois University; Eddie Lane,
Retired Member; Cheri Orndorf, Bucknell University; and Jeff
Stone, Suffolk University.
All other NATA members may volunteer to be on the
Historical Commission and help accomplish its goals as
non-voting members. Non-voting members will be kept
abreast of Commission activities and will have input into
the operation of the Commission. Any member who has
items of a historical nature, would like to be a member of the
Historical Commission and/or wishes to help work on any of
the Commission’s projects, please contact Matt Webber at
By Jordan Grantham, NATA Communications Manager
NATA: Latest News and Updates