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March 27, 2013
District IX of National Athletic Trainers' Association

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In This Issue:
   From SEATA President Jim Mackie
•   SEATA Student Committee accepting applications
   SEATA Annual Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting well attended
•   SEATA Members Featured in NATM Interview Series
   SEATA Honors & Awards Recipients
•   SEATA 2013 Research Grant Awarded
   Thank you from Oak Grove High following Hattiesburg Tornado
•   TATS Mental Healthcare in Athletics
   NATA Public Relations Committee Report & Recap for January
•   Georgia Legislature passes  ‘Return to Play Act of 2013'
   NATA Public Relations Committee Report & Recap for February
•   SEATA Welcomes New Members

NATA Foundation Releases eighth Building Blocks of Clinical Practice

•   Upcoming SEATA & NATA Deadlines & Dates
   Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award deadline approaching

From SEATA President Jim Mackie


I trust that your spring is beginning and brighter days are ahead as we enjoy our March Madness, spring sports & perhaps spring football.  Many recently experienced a fine annual Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting in Atlanta.  Over 330 total attendees enjoyed a quality educational program as well as renewed relationships with colleagues.  Kudos to Cathleen Brown Crowell, Brady Tripp, David Green, Tim McLane, Rich Frazee and others who made this such a special time.  We enjoyed the presence of NATA President Jim Thornton as well as our three past NATA Presidents Jerry Rhea, Bobby Barton, & Chuck Kimmel.  The Executive Board met on Thursday and progress is being made on a number of fronts.

One exciting announcement is that of the establishment of the Chuck & Patty Kimmel Scholarship with the NATA Foundation.  This endowed scholarship will assist a student with their athletic training education and we are proud to honor Chuck & Patty in this way.  Chuck has made significant contributions to our profession through his service and dedication.  Congratulations to  the most recent inductee to the SEATA Hall of Fame Crandall Woodson as well as our NATA Hall of Fame inductees Ron Courson & R.T. Floyd.  These and all of our award recipients are to be honored for their accomplishments.

Capitol Hill Day was another fine day with several states represented by meeting with members of Congress to promote sports safety with HR-72 “The Secondary School Athletes Bill of Rights.”  I would encourage each of you to contact your member of Congress to support this important resolution.  It is more than just a feel good piece of legislation as it recognizes athletic trainers as an essential player in providing safe sports with our athletes and patients.

We trust we’ll see many of you in Las Vegas in June at the NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium and at our District meeting Tuesday, June 25th at 6:00 pm.  Please continue to be involved in your profession at the state, district & national levels.  We will grow in impact as each member does their part.  Be the change.

Safe travels and safe sports,

Jim Mackie, President SEATA


SEATA Annual Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting well attended


The 38th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting/6th Annual Emory Sports Medicine Symposium during March 8-10 was well attended.  With both meetings we had over 350 in attendance (250+ for SEATA and 100+ for Emory).  We had 28 corporate partners who attended this year’s meeting with approximately of half of them new partners.  We would like to thank all of our exhibitors, especially Johnson and Johnson, Gatorade, Bledsoe, and Mississippi Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.   Along with Emory, we had some great presentations as well as highlights for the athletic trainers in “An Evening at Suwanee West” with Doug May, Jay Shoop and Jerry Rhea.  We also had a good evening with our Tim Kerin Memorial Honors and Awards Ceremony with the highlight of our newest member of the SEATA Hall of Fame with Mr. Crandall Woodson.

We look forward to next year’s 39th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on March 14 – 16, 2014.


SEATA Honor & Awards Recipients


2013 SEATA Hall of Fame
   Crandall Woodson
Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit
   Mike Wilkinson, MS, ATC, LAT  Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center,
   Jackson, MS

Jack C. Hughston, M.D. Sportsmedicine Person of the Year Award
  Robert K. Collins, M.D.  Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

District Award
  Tom Bair, ATC  Progressive Health Aviation Services, Atlanta, GA

Backbone Award
Vanessa Abrams, ATC  Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

High School Athletic Trainer Award
Scott Arceneaux, ATC  St. Amant High School, St. Amant, LA

College/University Athletic Trainer Award
  Phil Shaw, MEd, ATC  University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, LA

Clinical/Industrial/Corporate Athletic Trainer Award
  Regg Swanson ATC  STAR Physical Therapy. Nolensville, TN

Professional Athletic Trainer Award
  Donald Moseley, ATC  Tennessee Titans, Nashville, TN

Education/Administration Award
  Marisa Colston, PhD, ATC  University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN

Sponsor Award
  Crandall Woodson & Darron Brightwell, Bledsoe Brace Atlanta, GA

SEATA Scholarship Recipients

SEATA Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  Andrew Brubaker, Eastern Kentucky University

Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Undergraduate Scholarship Award
  Amanda Hotop, North Georgia College and State University

Jim Gallaspy Student Leadership Scholarship
 Rachel Gregory, University of Miami

SEATA Memorial Graduate Scholarship
  Lyndsey Ingram, Georgia Southern University

Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Graduate Scholarship Award
  Anna Porter, University of Kentucky

Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation Scholarship
  Erin Harrelson, Florida International University

SEATA Family Scholarship
  Kendra Wright
, University of Mississippi (SEATA Member – Ken Wright)


Thank you from Oak Grove High following Hattiesburg Tornado


On behalf of Oak Grove High School athletics, please accept my sincere thanks for your efforts in spreading the word about our needs resulting from last month's tornado.  Because of SEATA members, we have received donations of money and supplies from all over the country.  We are slowly getting back on our feet, and that is in large part due to the efforts of SEATA.  Please share our appreciation to all SEATA members.

Kindest regards,
Kevin Mauldin, ATC
Oak Grove High School



NATA Public Relations Committee Report & Recap for January


With the Youth Sports Safety Summit just weeks away, we have continued to put a significant push on  trade, association and consumer media to encourage attendance and coverage of the event. We have also worked with select national media outlets to secure publicity on related health and sports topics. We are looking ahead to the Super Bowl and proper terminology and have explored several creative outlets to promote that.  We’ll continue to preliminarily promote National Athletic Training Month among other efforts accordingly. Highlights are as follows:

Total audience reach for January:  27,341,788

Go HERE for the January listings:


NATA Public Relations Committee Report & Recap for February


The Youth Sports Safety Summit was a tremendous success this month and included introduction of the Student Athlete’s Bill of Rights and sustained media interest and coverage of youth sports safety. And, with the Super Bowl taking place just days before, and with President Obama repeatedly addressing the effects of concussion on professional, collegiate and youth sports, there was an immediate spotlight on the Summit and what NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance are doing to address that.

Below are highlights of the event – which generated more than 100 million impressions and hundreds of media stories – and ongoing NATA public relations efforts. We’ve also begun work on National Athletic Training Month with the theme “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer” and have provided specifics below: To date, more than 600 stories have run in print; more than 400 on radio and television.

And, we had the terrific news that Associated Press has now included an athletic trainer definition in its Stylebook – the gold standard for media reference regarding punctuation and style. NATA has been pursuing that definition for more than 10 years (more information below).

Total audience reach for February:  114,400,000+

Go HERE for the February listings:


NATA Foundation Releases eighth Building Blocks of Clinical Practice


The NATA Foundation has produced its eighth Building Blocks of Clinical Practice titled “Chest Percussion and Auscultations” This document, available electronically through the Foundation Web site at   is a three-page flyer with step by step details and proper techniques for performing chest percussion and auscultations. Information on interpretation is also provided.  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.

Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award deadline approaching


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 St. Louis, MO. 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, 2013.

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

SEATA Members Featured in NATM Interview Series


Throughout the month of March 2013, SEATA member and Tusculum College Head Athletic Trainer Chris Lenker has been releasing a series of audio interviews with 31 Certified Athletic Trainers he recorded over the past few months.  These interviews serve to highlight the many different settings in which Certified Athletic Trainers work as well as chronicle the stories of those healthcare professionals in their roles serving the active population.

The interviews can be heard/downloaded for free in the iTunes store by searching ‘NATM’.  Online, these can be found at  Additionally, a direct link is  tweeted daily by Chris with a description of the interview (

SEATA 2013 Research Grant Awarded


The SEATA Research and Education Committee would like to congratulate Jenny Toonstra, MA, ATC from the University of Kentucky. Her grant, entitled “The relationship between patient expectations, functional outcome, and rehabilitation adherence following cartilage repair of the knee: a sequential explanatory analysis,” will be funded for 2013-2014 for $1880. The purpose of this study is to utilize sequential explanatory mixed methods inquiry to evaluate the relationships between patient expectations and functional status and between patient expectations and rehabilitation adherence. The author will describe patients’ expectations for recovery following cartilage repair, and how those expectations shape recovery and adherence to postoperative recommendations. This research project will help “understand and manage patient expectations for recovery … because they help to highlight areas for patient education, help clinicians to provide more focused clinical care, and promote shared decision making for treatment selection.”

TATS Mental Healthcare in Athletics



8:00 – 9:00

Registration – Wolf-Kapplan Center, Neyland Stadium


Continental Breakfast and Vendor Time

9:00 – 9:05

Opening Remarks

9:05 – 9:50

Clif Tennison, MD


Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer, Helen Ross McNabb Center


“Overview of Mental Health Issues”

9:50 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:45

Session 1 – Mental Health Concerns within the Secondary/Post-Secondary Athletic Population – Moderator - TBD


Kris Dean, PhD


Director of Children’s Health Services, Cherokee Health Systems


“Traumatized Youth: Recognition and Intervention”


Hilde Phipps, MA, LDAC


Director of Adult Addiction Services, Helen Ross McNabb Center


“Substance Abuse Issues”


Leann Human-Hilliard, LCSW


Vice President for Adult Services, Helen Ross McNabb Center


“Overview of Available Mental Health Resources in East Tennessee”


Panel –Dean, Human-Hilliard, Phipps, Tennison

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch – Lauricella Center, Neyland Stadium

1:00 – 1:10

Coach Fulmer Video Address

1:00 – 1:45

Donna Finley


Education Specialist, The Jason Foundation


“Youth Suicide Prevention”

1:45 – 2:30

Chris Klenck, MD


Head Team Physician, University of Tennessee/Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic


“Mental Health and Physical Presentation in Athletes”

2:30 – 2: 40


2:40 – 3:55

Session 2 – Mental Health Services in Athletics – Moderator - TBD


Kristen Martin, LCSW


Coordinator of Team Enhance/Excel Program, University of Tennessee


“Self-Destructive Coping Mechanisms”


Jason McVeigh, PT, ATC


Director of Sports Medicine, University of Tennessee


“Lessons Learned from Setting-up Mental Health Services Within Athletics”


Panel – Finley, Klenck,  Martin McVeigh

3:55 – 4:00

Closing Remarks

Download the Mental Healthcare Conference Flyer

Registration is open at


Georgia Legislature passes  ‘Return to Play Act of 2013'


In the late evening of March 26, 2013 the Georgia Legislature passed  the ‘Return to Play Act of 2013’ which can be found here . The vote was 49 – 3.  The Georgia Athletic Association wishes to thank all of the members of the Georgia Concussion Coalition for their tireless effort over the past three years to get this measure passed.  The bill awaits Governor Deal’s signature before it becomes law and takes effect.


SEATA Welcomes New Members


Please join us in welcoming the 67 new NATA members of District IX below that joined between February 1 and February 28, 2013.

  • William C. Adams, ATC

  • Jeffery Allicock

  • Stefanie Beauchamp

  • Joel D. Blanco

  • Melissa Leanne Brandt

  • Rheisa R. Burke

  • Derek Busto, ATC

  • Candi Cartledge, ATC

  • Natalie Maddiane Caudio

  • Jessy Chang

  • Candice Justine Cherry

  • Charles Childress, ATC

  • Stephen F. Clack

  • Daniel P. Clements, MA, ATC, CSCS

  • Brandon Michael Cobb

  • Anthony Nicholas De Luca, Jr., ATC

  • Frank Raymond DeCarlo

  • Kathleen Early

  • Ashley Marie Ellis

  • Jeffrey Ryan Falis

  • Harley Lynn Fields

  • Jessica Lynn Fillion

  • Sheldon Bernard Fulse

  • Josh Giannoni

  • Clint Ray Gibson

  • Jorge Graubard

  • Brittany Lynn Groome

  • Katelyn N. Hand

  • Kelley Elizabeth Harrison, ATC

  • Matthew Allen Hatcher, ATC

  • Jessica L. Hoerr, ATC

  • Steven Andrew Hoppenjan

  • Jynelle R. Jarvis

  • Mark B. Johnson

  • Carolyn Ann Karch

  • Angela Kleback, ATC

  • William Stewart Kremer

  • Garrett B. Law, ATC

  • Cherell Janese Lawson

  • Jacob Walton Lewis

  • Rodrigo Eugenio Martinez, ATC

  • Shannon Victoria Matheny

  • Jenna Marie McCulley

  • Joseph Mistretta

  • Justin Ray Moody

  • Ian S. Nagle, ATC

  • Alyssa Renee Neri

  • Hana Natrell Oglesby

  • Peter Justin Orgass, Jr.

  • Drake Edward Ott

  • Brian Pallone, ATC

  • Julio Pardave, ATC

  • Derek James Rasmussen

  • Katelyn Mae Redman

  • Anna Marie Richt

  • Heidi Roderick, BS, ATC, LAT

  • Jonathan David Ross

  • Erinn Josephine Russo, ATC

  • Nicholas Thomas Salvato

  • Kelsey Ann Shearman

  • Sarah Katherine Simpson

  • Kerrin Elizabeth Sitman, MBA, ATC

  • Kyle Matthew Steineman, ATC

  • Ashley Stone, ATC

  • Marthaliz Taboas

  • Ben David Tofaute

  • Michael Allen Traylor


    Upcoming SEATA & NATA Deadlines & Dates


    For a full listing of all Deadlines & Dates go to

    Apr. 1, 2013 SEATA Student Senate Application deadline

    Apr. 12, 2013 NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Call for Abstracts deadline

    Apr. 12-14, 2013 25th Annual Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida Symposium and Business Meeting

    Apr. 15, 2013 Nomination deadline for Dan Libera Award to the BOC office via email to or fax to (402) 561-0598

    Apr. 16, 2013 National Athletic Training Month PR Contest entry deadline

    Apr. 30, 2013 NATA Foundation Athletic Training Student Challenge Contributions due

    Apr. 30, 2013 Bobby Gunn Scholarship deadline

    Apr. 30, 2013 64th NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium Early Registration deadline

    May 16-19, 2013 Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting & Symposium, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Sandestin, FL

    May 17, 2013 TATS Mental Healthcare in Athletics, The University of Tennessee Wolf-Kaplan Center, Knoxville, TN

    June 1, 2013 Kentucky Athletic Trainers' Society Annual Members Meeting & Symposium, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

    June 6-9, 2013 Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Association, Summer Symposium, Gonzales, LA

    June 8, 2013 64th NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium Advance Registration deadline

    June 11-13, 2013 Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association Annual State Meeting, IP Resort, Biloxi, MS

    June 24-27, 2013 64th NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, Las Vegas, NV

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