Capitol Hill Day 2016

CAPITOL HILL DAY will take place this year on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016.

Join Us On The Hill!!!

How can you help?

We want to give TATS members a chance to share their story of athletic training to the leaders of our state. We hope to meet with 12 - 15 legislators and will have talking points prepared for you to discuss with our Tennessee representatives, including discussing the importance of athlete safety across the nation.

Why do you need to help?

The Tennessee State Legislators want to hear from all of their constituents about issues important to them. The TATS Leadership alone cannot have nearly the impact that you can have with your representative. We want to take some small steps this year to improve participation by getting at least 5 people from each division of the state (East, Middle, & West TN) to join the TATS Leadership as we meet with State Legislators to discuss the future of our profession in Tennessee.

What happens at Day on the Hill?

You won't have anything to worry about on that day other than talking with your representatives. We will meet at 8:30am at Puckett's Grocery to talk with our TATS legislative liaison and discuss talking points for the day. Meetings with legislators will be pre-arranged for that day. At 9:30am we will walk to Capitol Hill and begin meetings until around 1pm.

Are you a student wanting to make a difference for athletic training?

Then join us for Capitol Hill Day! Young or old, you can make a difference by advocating for athletic training.

Everyone can make a difference! If you want to be a part of this opportunity to meet with our state leaders, click the button below or email us at

Join Us On The Hill!!!

Conference Engagement & Communication Tools


Every year at the TATS Annual Meeting, we try to improve upon the previous year's tools for keeping our members engaged and connected. This commitment to communication is for both the meeting and what is happening in the society throughout the year. Over the last 3 years we have used a tool called Edmodo to deliver conference materials, communicate with the meeting organizers, and connect with other attendees. While Edmodo has been useful in years past, there have been some issues and we hope to address these by some changes for this year's meeting. This year we will be using a new technology called Slack. A New Communication Tool Slack provides an improved communication interface that is easy and intuitive to use. It creates channels for very quick messaging and response from conference organizers and presenters. Slack also allows attendees a way to connect with one another individually, in groups, or with all attendees at the meeting. Slack can be used on any device, mobile or desktop, with a simple web interface or via native apps for your iOS and Android devices.

Pre-Conference Discussion & Networking We are also hoping that attendees to this year's meeting will take advantage of Slack's communication tools and the information already prepared in the Slack channels to better prepare for the meeting in advance. Slack can make for a great opportunity to connect with other attendees about upcoming sessions, ask questions that you hope will be addressed by presenters, and general make requests or offer feedback about how we can enhance the value of the meeting for you.

Getting Ready for TATS 2016 In order to use Slack for the event, you must be registered as an attendee. You should receive your Slack invitation shortly after your registration. We want everyone to feel comfortable with using Slack before the meeting. If you have any questions regarding Slack, please reach out via email.

In the sidebar at the right you will find some useful guides to help you familiarize yourself with Slack prior to the event. We look forward to connecting with you and seeing how you use Slack to network and become a better professional!



As I end my time as Chair of TATS Ethics and Compliance committee, it is appropriate to reflect at this time of passage. What did I learn in this position? What is important when we think about Ethics and athletic training? And what charge do I give to those coming after me? In nutshell, I have learned during the past three years that the athletic training community in Tennessee is alive and well when dealing with the ethical issues surrounding our profession at all times. I am proud of the support and responsiveness shown by so many others when we as an association had to deal with persons who mis-represented themselves as certified members and potentially endangered our athletes by trying to act in our stead.

On a different level, I have been so impressed with the new professionals entering this field from curriculum programs around the country. I work with several of them daily and I can see that as an old school ATC, I really have nothing to worry about. Athletic training actually will not dry up and blow away the day that I walk away.

And finally, my charge is simple and not a new thought: protect your self by keeping your license current, keep our practice act close at hand and refer to it when unsure, and support BOTH the NATA and TATS in voting and membership. They are our voice - We as a profession are constantly under assault by many other professions who want to take our place on the field and in the athletic training rooms. We must continue to improve our skills and knowledge and support this wonderful profession at every opportunity.

In closing, it's all pretty simple: Take care of your athletes/clients/patients and do the right thing.

By John Purdy, ATC - TATS Ethics & Compliance Committee Chair

2016 TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium


Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!!!

January 16th & 17th, 2016

Register Today!!!


The TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium is the premier event to kick-start the new year for athletic trainers in Tennessee. Our two-day conference boasts important educational opportunities (including evidence based practice CEUs), the society business meeting, career networking for professionals both young and old, as well as social outings hosted by the Young Professionals Committee.

The meeting will again be held on January 16th & 17th, 2016 at the GSO Auditorium on the campus of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, TN.

The cost of the event is $99.00 for Early Registration. By attending the meeting you will be able to earn up to 11 CEU hours, with EBP approval pending on 4.5 of those hours.

Early registration ends on January 8th, so be sure to register prior to that day to avoid the increased fees for late registration. Registration will also be available at the door on the day of the event, but at the late registration fee cost of $110.00.

If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to reach out to TATS at

We sincerely hope you can attend and look forward to seeing so many great healthcare professionals in January.

Register Today!!!

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Legislation

Heart-Logo On January 1st, 2016 new legislation related to sudden cardiac arrest prevention in Tennessee will go into effect. The new legislation was passed by the Tennessee State Legislature in April 2015. The legislation is similar in language and scope to the previously enacted concussion legislation in Tennessee. This legislation will have tremendous impact in preventing injury to the youth athletes of Tennessee at all levels. The impact to athletic trainers in Tennessee is also significant and requires that all ATs are extremely aware of these new changes in legislation.

Recently more details have been updated on the Tennessee Department of Health website, including resources for education of athletes, parents, coaches, and other school officials. The required forms related to this legislation have also now been made available. This information has been conveyed by the TSSAA to all secondary schools in Tennessee, however the legislation has broader impact than just at the secondary school level. TATS encourages all members and the general public to take time to review the available resources from the Tennessee Department of Health at