NEWS & MORE
The Post-Professional Educational Committee has an immediate opening for a District 10 member. The mission of the Post-Professional Education Committee (PPEC) is to provide strategic vision and guidance to all post-professional education in Athletic Training. The promotion of life-long learning and professional development will impart advanced knowledge and skills of athletic trainers to achieve career goals and fulfilment, while also excelling in the clinical practice, research and scholarship that enhances the quality of patient care, optimizing outcomes, and improving patients’ health-related quality of life. Please email Cari Wood with your letter of interest and CV by May 1st.
Public Relations Update
On Sunday at its annual conference in Washington, DC, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement on “Tackling in Youth Football.” The statement recommends, among its primary suggestions, that athletic trainers should be available on the sidelines during practices and games as evidence shows they can reduce the number of player injuries.
This news generated widespread media coverage. As a result, NATA has been contacted for select media interviews including:
CBS Evening News:
On Monday morning, CBS Evening News contacted us and asked for an athletic trainer ideally based in Chicago (where correspondent Dean Reynolds was working from) with insight on the youth sports safety landscape for that evening’s broadcast. We set up an interview with former SSATC Chair Brian Robinson.
The segment was highly educational with repeat mentions of athletic trainers, quotes from statement author Gregory L. Landry, MD (including recommendation of ATs) and Brian Robinson. Our benchmark study statistics are include onscreen and mentioned in Dean’s closing comments. The segment was also a follow up to the death last weekend of Chicago high school athlete Andre Smith, the seventh youth sport fatality in recent months.
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pediatricians-tackle-growing-problem-of-fatal-footbal-injuries/(audience reach: 5,462,492 for the broadcast; 11,114,459 for the website)
Reporter Amy Norton contacted NATA for comments on the AAP policy statement. MaryBeth Horodyski was interviewed and the story is now online. Since HealthDay is a news service that distributes stories to media outlets nationwide we are tracking coverage throughout the week. We’ve seen nine stories already including this one on the USNews.com site:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/10/26/safe-tackling-ok-in-youth-football-pediatricians-group-says (audience reach for this story exceeds 15 million)
Read the NWATA Student Newsletter October Issue, The Skim
- State Licensure # (If Applicable)
- BOC certified
- A full-time or part-time employee in the secondary schools
Click Here for nomination form and details.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Videos With the aid of Rusty Baker and Greg Mitchell, we were able to interview 10 NWATA Hall of Fame members at the District meeting in March. Those interviewed were Dale Blair, Gary Craner, Tony Fitzpatrick, Ken Kladnik, Zeke Schuldt, Gary Smith, Mark Smaha, Russ Richardson, Jim Richards and Jim Whitesel. Each Hall of Fame member responded to four questions; how they got involved in athletic training, career highlights, contributions to the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association and their insights that they would like to share with the next generation of athletic trainers. All of the interviews are available on the following you tube link. I highly recommend that you take the time to view this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsfrw4xUNSs&feature=youtu.be
NPI Number - Get One Today!
NATA strongly encourages all Athletic Trainers to register for their National Provider Identifier number (NPI)
“An NPI number is a professional requirement that adds credibility to the individual and the profession," said Amy Callender, NATA Government Affairs Director. "NATA encourages all members to obtain their NPI number, which will stay with them for the rest of their career, no matter their job setting or employer."
Please apply for a Type 1 NPI number today