ATs Care: The Athletic Trainer for the Athletic Trainer

The potential for a catastrophic injury or critical incident is an ever-present reality in the athletic training profession.  While athletic trainers are trained to handle adverse situations, who helps the athletic trainer deal with the psychological impact following a catastrophic event? Who acts as the athletic trainer for the athletic trainer?  These questions led to the creation of a peer to peer support group called ATs Care.

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TATS Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected Executive Board Officers

Elections for the offices on the TATS Executive Board were held this May. The individuals below were selected by their peers to serve on the Executive Board for 2020 - 2021. These individuals will be installed to their offices at the TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium in January of 2020. Congratulations to all of the current officers who were re-elected and to those who have been selected to newly appointed offices.

PRESIDENT - Peggy Bratt

VICE PRESIDENT - Mike Van Bruggen

SECRETARY - Jillian Keeler

TREASURER - Therese Sparn




TATS Remembers Bill Barry

TATS Remembers Bill Barry

Bill Barry pictured under the lights at McGee Field at Sewanee, The University of the South. Bill Barry was inducted into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Sewanee Athletic’s Twitter page is quoted as remembering Bill for “his professionalism and dedication to Sewanee athletics and Sewanee athletes [as well as] his big heart and great sense of humor.”

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2019 TATS Executive Board Elections Are Now Underway

The Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society announces the opening of the 2019 Executive Board Elections.  Nominees have been recommended by their peers from within TATS. Elections are ongoing and will be held until May 24th, 2019. Ballots will be accepted via electronic ballot on the TATS website.  Continue reading to see the nominees and cast your ballot.

Election ballots will remain open until midnight on May 24th, 2019.

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Middle Tennessee Spring Symposium and Regional Meeting

The Middle Tennessee Regional meeting will be held June 5th at Middle Tennessee State University. See the below flyer for details on this event.

When: June 5th, 2019 8:00am-4:30pm

Where: Jeff Hendrix Stadium Club @ Middle Tennessee State University

CEU: 5 EBP, 3 Category A

Cost: $75.00

To reserve your spot email Andy Grubbs at

The Results Are In!

The Results Are In!

Great work by both states during the March NATA Challenge! As you know this challenge was twofold, including both the highest total mileage and the most likes on social media.

We would like to congratulate North Carolina on winning the social media portion of the challenge! They had a Twitter total of 414 to our 228. Tennessee won the the run/walk mileage challenge with a total of 1204.2, which beat North Carolina’s 1033.2.

Great job to both associations this March. Professional advocacy doesn’t end in March - keep using social media to show that Athletic Trainers are Health Care and show your impact.

Be on the lookout for some North Carolina native treats at our next state conference January 2020!

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MTSU and RCS Recognize its' Athletic Trainers

MTSU and RCS Recognize its' Athletic Trainers

The city of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County School system in middle Tennessee both took time to recognize the athletic trainers in their communities during National Athletic Training Month.

Mayor Shane McFarland declared March as National Athletic Training Month at the City Council Meeting.

Rutherford County Schools recognized athletic trainers as part of their commitment to keeping its’ athletes safe and healthy.

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Tennessee Takes on North Carolina in NATM 2019 Challenge

Tennessee Athletic Trainers, let’s get it in gear! North Carolina has officially challenged us to a competition that will run through the month of March to help spread awareness of the importance of athletic trainers as health care professionals. Incentive: LOSING state sponsors a granola bar for snack at the WINNING state’s next annual meeting!

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TATS Capitol Hill Day - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

The TATS Governmental Affairs Committee would like to announce our upcoming Capitol Hill Day. We would like for athletic trainers from throughout the state of Tennessee to join us in Nashville to meet with your State Legislators and discuss topics important to the athletic training profession in Tennessee. This year’s TATS Capitol Hill Day will be held on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019.

In order to best arrange meetings with legislators, we would like all of those interested in joining us to sign-up via the form below. If you are unable to sign-up but happen to be available to join us on March 6th, please know that all Tennessee ATs are welcomed.

Sign-up today!!!! More details will follow soon.

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NATM 2019 is Right Around the Corner!

The theme for March 2019 is “AT’s are Health Care”. This theme “provides an opportunity to shed light on the many contributions athletic trainers have made, and continue to make, in areas such as research, innovation and patient care, and contributions that cross a variety of settings – from sports to the military – throughout the U.S. and abroad”(2).

NATA is hosting a social media contest and is looking for pictures of this years poster displayed in training rooms or your workspace. Be sure to tag @NATA1950 and @tnata (so we can repost!) and use the hashtags #NATM2019 and #ATsAreHealthCare.

To read more about this years NATM 2019 and national initiatives or to get your resources, read the full article below.

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