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SEATA eBlast News
February 27, 2012
District IX of National Athletic Trainers' Association

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In This Issue:

Pre-Registration deadline approaching - 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting

•   SEATA Student Committee accepting applications
   CAATE Update at SEATA
•   Membership Suspended? You Can Still Correct It
   Send Exhibitors to SEATA Corporate Partnership Committee
•   Get Your NPI Now!
   March is National Athletic Training Month

5th International Ankle Symposium Call for Abstracts

   NATA "Deloss Brubaker" Undergraduate Student Writing Contest

Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association News


SEATA Young Professionals Welcome Graduating Seniors to Profession

•   Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida News
   NATA Public Relations Committee Report & Recap for December

Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association News


NATA Foundation Releases sixth Building Blocks of Clinical Practice


Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society News

   SEATA Undergraduate Scholarships Awarded
•   SEATA Welcomes New Members
   Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award
•   Upcoming SEATA & NATA Deadlines & Dates

Pre-Registration deadline approaching - 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting

Pre-registration for our District IX meeting in Atlanta, GA closes March 9,  Review the tentative agenda at    Single day rates are Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotelalso available for all each member category during both pre-registration and onsite.  Online Pre-registration is strongly encouraged so we can have an accurate count of those attending in order to plan ahead and reduce costs.

The 37th Annual Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting will be held March 15-18, 2012 in conjunction with the 2012 Emory University Sports Emory University Sports MedicineMedicine Symposium.  It is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program that strives to bridge the gaps between science and actual practice by incorporating surgeons, physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists as faculty.  With the broad scope of its faculty, this symposium will reach a multidisciplinary target audience of health care professionals through a far-reaching and coordinated effort.

Rooms at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel must be reserved on or before Thursday, March 1, 2012 to ensure the special group flat room rate of $129.00 by calling (770) 953-4500.  Check in time is 4:00 P.M.  Request "the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association group rate".



The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will present an update of recent strategic initiatives that will impact athletic training education and the accreditation process over the next several years.   The Standards revision and changes to site visit and self-study processes willCommission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education also be discussed.  Time will be provided for the audience to ask questions regarding accreditation. The session will run during the 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting Featuring and Co-hosted by Emory Healthcare Emory Sports Medicine Center Saturday March 17th from 11am-12pm.


Send Exhibitors to SEATA Corporate Partnership Committee

With the 2012 SEATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium just around the corner we are still working on getting new vendors/exhibitors to join us in Atlanta at the Renaissance Waverly.     We will once again join forces with Emory Sports Medicine, where last year we had over 400 attendees.  I would like to Thank our Corporate Partners, Gatorade, Bledsoe Braces, Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and Multi Radiance Medical.

Please submit any new companies in your area who could become a new exhibitor or have them contact Rich Frazee at the address given.  Please support our exhibitors, especially our Corporate Partners, as they help in making our SEATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium the great success that it has become.

Rich Frazee, MS, ATC, LAT
SEATA Corporate Partnership ChairSEATA Corporate Partners
Program Director, Athletic Training
University of West Florida
HLS Building 72, Room 247
Pensacola,  FL 32514
ph. 850 473-7245
fax: 850 474-2106
FL AT Lic.# AL1533

March is National Athletic Training Month

National Athletic Training Month Logo 2012

Show your support of your profession during NATM. Check out the PR toolkit at website for ideas and templates that you can adapt and use for activities in your areas or workplace.

Please be sure to email your state's PR Chair with any activities and or pictures you may have celebrating NATM!!!

Think you have a great NATM activity??? Submit your activity into the NATM PR contest and let's bring a winner back to District 9!!!

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    NATA "Deloss Brubaker" Undergraduate Student Writing Contest

    NATA undergraduate student members are invited to submit original manuscripts for the annual student writing contest. One winner will be selected for each of the following categories:
  • Original Research
  • Case Report
  • Literature Review
  • All entries must be received by March 1, 2012 for consideration. Please refer to the full contest guidelines for more information.

    Student Writing Contest Guidelines (PDF)


    SEATA Young Professionals Welcome Graduating Seniors to Profession

    The SEATA Young Professionals Committee is excited to welcome graduating seniors to our shared profession!  Young Professionals throughout the Southeast are available to meet with ATEPs to provide some peer-to-peer insights into you or your student's first year in the profession.

    Recently, Young Professionals Marco Zucconi and Lauren Donnelly visited with the University of Central Florida.  Following a presentation to the senior class, the group had some wonderful conversation about surviving the first "certified" year, professional involvement, and life in the "real world".

    If your ATEP's graduating class or student organization would like to be included in an upcoming visit, please contact for more information.

    NATA Public Relations Committee Report & Recap for December

    The Youth Sports Safety Summit was a media success again this year and resulted in a strong finish to 2011!  Media reporters and producers from CNN, USA Today, Scripps Howard, Associated Press and a wide range of other colleagues were in attendance.  We continue to spearhead and track short- and long-term results.  Additionally, the NFL’s decision to place athletic trainers in booths at all future professional team games to ensure careful review of hard hits and concussions resulted in additional AT news and monitoring.  And, we continue to oversee news bureau activities and plan for National Athletic Training Month 2012.

    Total audience reach for December: 41,329,126

    Go HERE for the listings:


    NATA Foundation Releases sixth Building Blocks of Clinical Practice

    The NATA Foundation has produced its sixth Building Blocks ofBuilding Blocks of Clinical Practice Clinical Practice titled “Cardiac Assessment: Physical Examination Outline Part 1.” This document, available electronically through the Foundation Web site at is a three-page flier with anatomy ad step by step examination, details for cardiac assessment. We hope this program will help athletic trainers build a stronger foundation of clinical practice and will be a valuable tool for athletic trainers working as clinicians and educators as well as students growing in our profession. Feel free to print out these documents or forward the link to parents, athletes, coaches or anyone else who might benefit from the information. We welcome feedback from the membership on this program.

    SEATA Undergraduate Scholarships Awarded

    The SEATA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 undergraduate scholarships.  This year’s recipient of the SEATA Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship was Alisha Tolbert from Troy University.  Katherine Kite from the University of West Alabama was awarded the Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Undergraduate Scholarship; and Samyra Safraoui from the University of South Florida received the Jim Gallaspy Student Leadership Scholarship.  All recipients were formally recognized during the Awards Presentations at the SEATA Student Symposium held in Atlanta, Georgia, February 4, 2012.  The Scholarship Committee is proud of these exemplary individuals who have succeeded in perpetuating the standards of excellence exemplified by athletic trainers.   Congratulations to our 2012 winners.

    Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award

    The NATA established the Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award in 2007 to recognize one of the true pioneers in athletic training -- and to give deserving students assistance in attending NATA’s Annual Meeting. The award is available to be undergraduate or entry-level master's students who are members of NATA and have never attended an NATA Annual Meeting before. NATA hopes to award one student per district (depending on deserving entrants) which will consist of a $500 travel stipend to the NATA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. This stipend will be applied toward hotel and transportation. NATA will waive the convention registration fee for each of the winners. Click HERE for complete info and the application form which must be submitted by April 30, 2012.


    SEATA Student Committee accepting applications

    The SEATA Student Committee is currently accepting applications from students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or entry-level Athletic Training Education Program in District IX.

    If you are currently a sophomore or junior and are interested in becoming involved in a leadership role for your state, please submit your application by April 2.  Applications may be found on the SEATA website or by going to

    Membership Suspended? You Can Still Correct It

    As of February 15th members that have not paid their NATA dues must be listed as ‘suspended’. If that is you it is not too late! A ‘suspended’ membership is not terminal state; it simply means until you have met you financial membership obligations you lose your membership privileges. If finances are a problem payment options are available that can return you to active status TODAY but allow you to meet your obligation throughout the remained of the year. The NATA, SEATA and your State association need your thoughts, insight and voice; we want and need you!!! If you are happy with the direction of your profession and your membership is suspended then reinstate it and work to keep the momentum going!; if you want to see a change in the direction of your profession reinstate your membership and work to make a difference! You can’t do either if you’re not a member. If you have questions about your membership status you can always call me @ 678-663-2346, your state secretary, or NATA member services 1-800-879-6282, the green discount as well as the two year dues payment discount can be applied for your 2012 membership.

    Get Your NPI Now!!

    SEATA strongly encourages all Athletic Trainers to register for their National Provider Identifier number (NPI).  This number is extremely important in allowing our profession to become recognized – both in business NPPES, National Plan & Provider Enumeration Systemand in Healthcare.  This number is important regardless of the setting worked.

    Once you get your NPI number, it will be yours forever -- no matter where you work. There’s no downside to having an NPI number.  Applying for an NPI number is quick, easy and free.

    The NPI is a numeric 10 digit identifier, consisting of 9 numbers plus a check-digit in the 10th position. It is accommodated in all standard transactions and contains no embedded information about the healthcare provider that it identifies.

    When filling out your application use: Provider Code 22 (Respiratory, Rehabilitative & Restorative Service Providers) and Taxonomy Code 2255A2300X (Athletic Trainer)

    To Apply go to:
    To view the CMS Background and Application Process Information for Healthcare Providers Viewlet
    There is a link to help on the NPPES website and toll free helpline 1-800-465-3203

    Thank you for taking the time to be fully prepared and giving a voice to our profession.


    5th International Ankle Symposium Call for Abstracts

    5th International Ankle Symposium
    October 18-20, 2012
    University of Kentucky, Lexington KY


    You are invited to submit an abstract for the 5th International Ankle Symposium.  Emphasis will be on oral and poster presentations of original research, case studies and clinical commentaries along with selected plenary presentations. All abstracts and will be peer-reviewed by the conference organizing committee. Abstracts selected for oral (platform) presentation will be limited to eight minutes, to be followed by a two-minute discussion period. Some abstracts will be presented in poster format and displayed throughout the duration of the conference. Authors will be notified electronically of an acceptance decision by June 1, 2012.  For more info, CLICK HERE.



    Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association News

    Mississippi Athletic Trainers' AssociationThe Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association will be conducting elections for the offices of President, Secretary, and Physician Member to the Executive Committee. Only licensed members in good standing as stated in the Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association By-Laws are eligible to vote.  All voting will take place between February 27 and 11:59 P.M. EST, March 10, 2012.

    Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida News

    Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida2012 ATAF Annual Symposium & Business Meeting
    April 13th – 15th at the Radisson World Gate Resort in Kissimmee

    Full agenda & on line registration at

    There will be a Wrestling Assessors Workshop on Friday April 13th @ the hotel.  FHSAA will be doing registration on site.  Cost is $20

    The deadline for the ATAF room rate for the annual symposium of $94 a night is March 31st.  Reserve your room now.  Call the Radisson World Gate Resort at 407-396-1400 or 888-201-1718 and make your reservations.

    Don’t forget to nominate a colleague for an ATAF Award
    Nominations for ATAF Awards are open until March 19th.  Visit and click on the Awards Page link to nominate someone.



    Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association News

    Alabama Athletic Trainers' AssociationALATA High School Athletic Training Symposium
    ALATA and Huntsville Hospital are hosting this event April 1, 2012.  6.25 CEU's available.  Meeting cost is $40 for ALATA members, $50 for non-members.  If you have not yet registered for this meeting and plan to come, there is still time, deadline is March 26, 2012.  Here is link to the brochure.  Please contact Michael Stevenson when you mail your registration so he can get a head count to order food.

    ALATA 2012 Annual Meeting
    Please join the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association for the Annual Meeting at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on May 18-20, 2012.  Sandestin Golf and Beach ResortRoom rates start at $124 per night.  Use special discount code ALATA.  Unit rentals include complimentary tram service around the property.  Also included with unit, 2 bicycles 4 hours daily, 1 hour daily usage of canoe, kayak, or boogie board, and 1 hour tennis court time.  Spa and golf services are also available but are independent of the meeting.   All of these amenities are based on availability.

    The registration fee will be $115 for early registration, $135 for late registration, and $150 for on-site registration.  Non-ALATA member registration will be $150.  A $10 discount applies to those who join ALATA (completed membership form required).  Room rates start at $129 plus tax and must be reserved by April 17, 2012.  The last day to preregister is May 1, 2012 for the ALATA Meeting.  Registration form link here

    We hope that you will join us for a great time and the most economical educational opportunity on the coast.  The registration form is available and further information regarding the Schedule of Events is posted on the ALATA Annual Meeting webpage.
    NOTE: Hall of Fame Banquet Tickets only available to those who preregister.  If there are any questions, please contact course chairman, Karen Straub Stanton at 334-844-9722 or


    Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society News

    TATS 20th Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting Wrap Up
    The TATS annual meeting seems to have been a success.  It was held on January 14-15 at Baptist Hospital’s conference center.  Baptist was an excellent host for our meeting.  Our attendance was close to 150 this year.  Tina Cole the education chair put together an excellent educational program for the membership.

    Reviews so far have been very favorable.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the meeting where it was hosted.  Those who attended the social organized by the young professionals enjoyed a great night of Predators Hockey.  Thank you to all who participated for making this a great meeting.

    Our annual Honors and Awards banquet was held on Saturday.  The award winners were as follows: 
    Athletic Training Student Scholarship Award Nathan Barger, CNC
    Graduate AT Student Scholarship Award Marissa Jones, UTC
    Corporate Award Winner Regg Swanson, STAR PT
    Backbone of the Year Patrice Elder, TSU
    Clinic/Professional AT of the Year Don Moseley, TN Titans
    Educator Award Marisa Colston, UTC
    College AT of the Year Robbie Stewart, MTSU
    High School AT of the Year Justin McKinney, UMC, Lebanon
    Sports Medicine Person of the Year W. Kenneth Bell, MOC

    Don’t forget, Honors and Awards are an annual thing.  Take the time to recognize a colleague for a job well done.  Sometimes we need to recognize each other for doing a good job.  The deadline for nominations is November 1.  The nomination form is available on our website  If you have any questions or problems, you can contact our award chair, Ray Knight.

    Concussion Legislation

    There is a concussion bill making its way through the Tennessee House and Senate for this session.  It is a new bill this year that has been agreed to by the TSSAA, TATS, the Tennessee Physical Therapist Association, and the Tennessee Medical Association.  You can review the original bill at the following website:  The language of the bill is to be modified to reflect the agreed upon language amongst all of our groups.

    When the time is appropriate, we will start the process of contacting our respective legislators to encourage their vote on this bill to help it become law.  We will be putting together "talking points" so our message is one and we present a united front.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this bill and help us in support of this bill.

    If you have any questions, please contact Johnnie Anderson at

    From the Secondary Schools Committee
    The Secondary Schools Committee has put together a very useful tool for the state of Tennessee.

    Secondary School Athletic Trainers, please review this link to verify the information.  For any corrections that need to be made, please send the corrected information to Johnnie Anderson at  Thank you to the members of the Secondary School Committee for their assistance in compiling this information.

    Please take advantage of this tool and help us keep it up to date.


    SEATA Welcomes New Members

    Please join us in welcoming the 113 new NATA members of District IX below that joined between January 1 and January 31, 2012.

  • Kelda Kathryn Elizabeth Adams

  • Kirsten E. Almirola

  • Denise R. Andresky, ATC

  • Mario Francis Azer

  • Candace A. Bailey

  • Sarah Page Baller

  • Nathan Benjamin Barger

  • Lindsie Nicole Barrett

  • Raven Kae Belmonte, ATC

  • Marcus R. Bettman

  • Stephen Michael Borchik

  • Joseph C. Bowker, ATC

  • Courtney Shea Brackeen, ATC

  • David R. Bragaccio

  • Christopher James Brown

  • Malcolm G. Brown

  • Michael Thomas Brown

  • Justin Michael Byrd

  • Marissa Alicia Campbell

  • Lauren E. Cates

  • Adriana  Chaves

  • Megan S. Cochran

  • Alyssa Marie Costante

  • Aubrey Lee Coyle

  • Countess A. Davis, ATC

  • Alexander David Dawson

  • Jeanerys De Santiago

  • Ivan Antonio Delgado

  • Megan Theresa DelGaudio

  • Warren Tyler Dennis

  • Russell DeVero

  • Drew William Dirmeyer

  • Amanda Lynn Doyle

  • Douglas Chase Edwards

  • Alyssa Johanna Exposito

  • Jennifer C. Farroll, MS, ATC, LAT

  • Jared Ray Forehand

  • Michele Louise Galvin

  • Daniel Garcia, ATC

  • Lauren Marie Gilletti

  • Robert Treynor Glasson

  • Karla R. Gonzalez

  • Morgan E. Graham

  • Shannon M. Greene

  • Matthew Craig Gronau

  • Inga E. Gwaltney, MS, ATC, EMT-B

  • Jerry Willis Hamlin

  • Elizabeth Ann Hannen

  • Ashley Denee' Harris

  • Chelsea Taylor Hill

  • Joshua P. Hill, ATC

  • Katelyn Alexandra Hooks

  • Michael Q. Houser

  • Bianca Dawn Hulsey

  • Colleen Jockin

  • Kasey Lynn Johnson

  • Lindsey Evan Kent

  • Rebecca A. Knor, MS, ATC

  • Tim Alexander Lappin

  • Aaron R. Levine

  • Travis W. Livingston, ATC

  • Andrea Kaye Lynch, MS, ATC, OTC, CSCS

  • Michelle Anne Lynn

  • Alfonso Malaguti, ATC

  • Laura Faith Mancuso

  • Anthony Martinez

  • Joseph R. McClelland

  • Jacquelyn E. McHugh, ATC

  • Alex T. Miller

  • Lindsey C. Miller

  • Ashley N. Minton

  • Emily Pearl Moss

  • Besmir Muskaj

  • Timothy Quinton Nease

  • Justin M. Oglesby

  • Mikki LeAnn Oliver

  • Kirsten Nicole Orndorff

  • Eric S. Owens, ATC, LAT, EMT-B

  • Kevina Karlette Parker

  • Megan Paige Parker

  • Kelsey Parra

  • Rachel Lynn Passarella

  • Misha C. Payne

  • Matthew F. Perret

  • Michael Garrett Polascik

  • Theresa M. Privett

  • Hannah Elizabeth Rawls

  • Jessica Lynn Rentas

  • Raegan L. Richardson

  • Vivian Rael Rivera

  • Joselyn D. Rodriguez, ATC

  • Rachel Laura Rothstein

  • Eric William Schmidt

  • Leslie Kay Shillington

  • Lindsey Shirley

  • Cheryl Nicole Speed

  • Karen Donna Hunt Stuart

  • Stephanie Sulkala

  • Shea Lauren Sullivan

  • Emily J. Tinman

  • Daniel  Nicolas Tirado

  • Robert Mitchell Todd

  • Samantha Kristine Transou

  • Heather Marie Vallan

  • Jacob T. Vaughan

  • Jessica Gail Veillon

  • Trevor John Wallace

  • Kaitlyn Marie Westcott

  • Benjamin Dixon Wood

  • Justin Ray Wood

  • Natoshia Marie Yap, ATC

  • Robert Francis Kennedy Zelesnikar, ATC

  • Brittany Ann Zellars, II


    Upcoming SEATA & NATA Deadlines & Dates

    For a full listing of all Deadlines & Dates go to

    Mar. 1, 2012 Hotel reservation deadline at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel for the 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting

    Mar. 1, 2012 Deloss Brubaker Student Writing Award Entry deadline

    Mar. 1, 2012 ECE/CAATE Call for Proposals deadline

    Mar. 9, 2012 Pre-registration deadline - 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting

    Mar. 15-18, 2012 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting, Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA

    Apr. 1, 2012 NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Ethnic Diversity Enhancement Grant Application deadline

    Apr. 1, 2012 High School Athletic Training Symposium Presented by ALATA and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center

    Apr. 2, 2012 SEATA Student Senate Application deadline

    Apr. 13-15, 2012 Athletic Trainers Association of Florida 24th Annual Clinical Symposium, Radisson Worldgate Resort Orlando Hotel, Kissimmee, FLA

    Apr. 16, 2012 NATA EDAC Call for Abstracts deadline

    Apr. 30, 2012 Athletic Training Student Challenge Contributions due

    Apr. 30, 2012 Bobby Gunn Scholarship deadline

    May 17-20, 2012 Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Sandestin, FL

    June 1-2, 2012 Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society, KATS Symposium and Business Meeting, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

    June 7-9, 2012 Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Association, Summer Symposium, Monroe, LA

    June 11-14, 2012 Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association Annual State Meeting, IP Resort, Biloxi, MS

    June 26-29, 2012 NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, St. Louis, MO

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