2018 TATS Undergraduate & Graduate Athletic Training Award Nominations Are Underway

Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Students in Tennessee are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Athletic Training Student Awards. These awards include a $1000 scholarship to the recipients. Requirements for nominations can be found on the TATS website at http://www.tnata.org/2018-student-awards.  Submit your applications before the submission deadline of November 25th, 2017.

Congratulations to the newly elected TATS Executive Board Officers

Elections for the offices on the TATS Executive Board were completed on May 15th, 2017.  We had a number of highly qualified nominees recommended by their peers for these positions.  According to the TATS Parliamentarian, over 100 TATS members participated in this year's election for each Executive Board office.  We are pleased to announce the following results to the TATS membership:

These individuals will be installed into their offices at the upcoming 2018 TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium on January 13th & 14th, 2018 at Belmont University.  Thank you to all of those who participated in the election process.

TATS Education Blog

With important announcements related to education and professionalism always on the horizon, TATS has created a new Education Blog on our website to keep our membership informed of the latest news in the field.  The first message in the education blog is related to the current Open Comment period from CAATE regarding the new Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs.  Read more by visiting the TATS Education Blog through the link below.

Support SEATA and D9 District Director Marisa Brunett...#ThisAintNoBull

Our D9 Director Marisa Brunett is vying to represent us (the best district) during the Foundation Fundraising event in Houston!  Please support this “outlaw” in her quest to raise funds for research and education!  Please consider making a gift and share with other D9 members!

She’s helping to raise funds for TEAM SEATA as we celebrate the conclusion of RT's service as Foundation President!   Marisa wants to ride that Bull for #ResearchAndRT, please help her do it!




Patricia M. Tripp, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS
NATA Foundation Board of Directors - District 9 Chair

Vote Now for TATS Executive Board Officers

Elections for the offices on the TATS Executive Board are now underway. These elections will be held from May 1st, 2017 through midnight of May 15th, 2017 per TATS By-Laws. Ballots will be accepted via electronic ballot here on the TATS website. Visit the TATS Elections page on the website to submit your ballot.

Nominees have been recommended by their peers from within the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society as highly qualified candidates for the positions in which they have been nominated. Each nominee has met the qualifications for nomination as set forth in the TATS By-Laws and has accepted the nomination by their peers. The following TATS Members have been nominated to serve on the Executive Board:

Voting is open to all certified and retired members of the Society and takes less than a minute. We encourage every eligible TATS member to place their vote in determining the future of our profession.  Elections close on May 15th, 2017 so hurry and get your vote counted today.

Call For Nominations - Executive Board Elections

The Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society seeks from its members a call for nominations for the TATS Executive Board. The TATS Executive Board plays a vital role in the future of athletic training in Tennessee. You have the opportunity today to play your part in guiding this future by nominating qualified candidates from among your colleagues to lead our society.  You can learn more about the qualifications required by clicking the "Nominate Today" button at the bottom of the screen.

This call for nominations will remain open until midnight on April 20th, 2017. The following offices on the TATS Executive Board are up for regular elections in 2017:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • East Tennessee Representative
  • Middle Tennessee Representative
  • West Tennessee Representative

Elections will begin before May 1st and end on May 15th, 2017 per TATS Bylaws. Nominations will be accepted by completion of electronic form on the TATS website which are sent to the TATS Parliamentarian for verification of qualifications.

To nominate a qualified colleague, please complete the online form and submit before the close of this call for nominations.

Again, this call for nominations will remain open until midnight on April 20th, 2017.

Seeking Committee Volunteers

TATS wants to take this opportunity to encourage members to become involved by joining several committees that are in need of volunteers.  The following committees are looking for additional help at this time:

  • Communications
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Reimbursement
  • Ethics & Compliance

If you have any interest in serving on one or more of these committees, please contact us at tats.communications@gmail.com. If you have interest in other areas within the profession, we also want to help find a way for you to serve, so please reach out to us on how we can help you become more involved. Your involvement is key to accomplishing great things for our profession.

"Choices: TATS Ethics Blog" Resumes

John Purdy has returned to the role of Ethics Committee Chairperson and has resumed the "Choices" blog which the committee started several years ago.  His first post is a reprint from a while back encouraging athletic trainers to "Protect Your Patients & Yourself". Visit the TATS website to read John's post and be on the look out for future posts from Ethics Committee members.

2017 TATS Annual Meeting - Registration Now Open!!!

Sign Up Today for the TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium
January 14th, 2017 & January 15th, 2017

TATS is excited to announce the 2017 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium on January 14th & 15th, 2017.

This 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 at the GSO Auditorium on the campus of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, TN. A tentative agenda is available below.

The Early Registration cost of the event is $120 for NATA Members and $135 for Non-NATA Members. Registration costs include your access to all available sessions, as well as your ticket to attend both luncheons. By attending the meeting you will be able to earn up to 8 Category A CEU hours and 4.5 EBP hours (pending final BOC approval).

In addition to the basic registration, the Education Committee has prepared two hands-on Casting Laboratory sessions. Each hands-on session is limited to the first 20 attendees that register with an added cost of $20/attendee. There will be one session on Saturday from 10:00am - 12:00pm and another session on Sunday from 8:00am - 10:00am.

Early registration ends on January 1st, 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 $135 for NATA Members and $150 for Non-NATA Members. Single-day registrations are also available.

TATS has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Nashville - Vanderbilt/West End. If you will be in need of lodging for the event, you can book these rooms by following the "Hotel Booking" link below.

If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to reach out to TATS at tats.communications@gmail.com.  

We sincerely hope you can attend and look forward to seeing so many great healthcare professionals on January 14th & 15th of 2017.

TATS Honors & Awards Nominations Now Open

If you know a deserving athletic trainer in Tennessee, take a few minutes to nominate them for one of the 2017 TATS Honors & Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for awards in multiple categories. The nomination process takes just minutes, allowing you to quickly share your admiration for a colleague in the profession. Nominations can be submitted through the TATS website at http://www.tnata.org/2017-honors-awards. Nominations will be accepted through November 15th, 2016.

TATS Undergraduate & Graduate Athletic Training Award Nominations Are Underway

Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Students in Tennessee are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Athletic Training Student Awards. These awards include a $1000 scholarship to the recipients. Requirements for nominations can be found on the TATS website at http://www.tnata.org/2017-student-awards.  Submit your applications before the submission deadline of November 15th, 2016.

New Committee Chair Members Selected

The TATS Executive Board made several changes to various committee chairpersons during the August conference call.  These changes were necessitated by vacancies created from members taking on new roles both within the society and in other professional capacities.

The first position selected was the Secondary School Committee Chair that was vacated when Brad Rohling accepted the TATS Executive Board Middle TN Representative position.  After careful consideration, the Executive Board voted unanimously to select Mark Creasey as the new chairperson for Secondary Schools.  Mark resides in the Memphis area of West Tennessee and provides athletic training services to Houston High School.  He works hand-in-hand with current TATS West TN Representative Tripp Turner.

Next, the Executive Board reached out to Past-President David Green to fill the vacancy in the chair position of the Corporate Relations committee created by Brad Swope's departure.  Brad recently took a position with providing athletic training services for Athletes In Action.  David has previously filled this role in both Tennessee and for SEATA, as well as numerous leadership positions within the profession.

The TATS Executive Board is excited about these new chair positions that have been filled and looks forward to seeing the work of both of these individuals.  If you are interested in become involved in the work of these or any other TATS Committee, please fill out the contact form here on the TATS webpage.

TSSAA & NFHS encourage participation in High School RIO Program

TATS recently received a request from Mark Reeves of the TSSAA and from Bob Colgate of the National Federation of State High School Associations.  They are trying to identify schools serviced by certified athletic trainers who would be interested in participating in the High School RIO National Injury Surveillance System.

Attached is information on High School RIO – the national injury surveillance system for the NFHS for the last decade.  Please take a few minutes and review the attached information to see if you would be willing and able to participate in this study for the 2016-2017 school year.

A Letter from Mike Rodrigues, AT (Louisiana Flood Victim)

Our brief story:

On Sunday August 14th, at approximately 8am, my wife, daughter, dog and I left our house (that we had just moved into 3 weeks earlier) by boat.  We were rescued by what is now being called the Cajun Navy. I do not remember the names of the two individuals, only that the came over from Bruley, LA as volunteers. 

Two days later we were able to return to our home.  Our water level was relatively low, but as I am learning, it does not take much to cause significant damage.  We had to remove all the flooring, two feet of drywall throughout the entire house, all the wet insulation, baseboards, and all the doors.  Our furnishing loss could have been worse.  We only lost our living room furniture, a small dining set, my daughter's two dressers, and some small bookcases and end table.  My vehicle was a total loss.  As of today, it still has water in the rear of the vehicle.

Currently my dog is being fostered by some great people in the New Orleans area.

We were not in a flood zone.  We did not have flood insurance.  One of my neighbors has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years.  He has been through 3 hurricanes and has never had water in the streets.

Right now we are in the drying stage.  The exposed wood must dry completely before rebuilding can start.  We are meeting with contractors to start the process as soon as possible.

As for immediate needs, we are asking for gift cards to assist us with day to day expenses.  We are staying with friends, so it it hard to purchase and plan meals.  We have additional expenses, like rental of a storage unit for all our belonging and furniture.  We were lucky that all of our clothing was saved.  The only thing we really lost were a few pair of shoes each.

Scott, thank you for reaching out to me.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

- Mike

A Letter from Randy Gonzalez, AT (Louisiana Flood Victim)

Starting on Wednesday August 10, the Baton Rouge area began to receive tropical storm type rains without the wind.  The rains would continue through Thursday, Friday and into Saturday.  We received over 30 inches of rain in 3 days.  There is nothing that we could do but watch the water.  Then on Friday August 12, I woke up at 4:15 am and checked the water outside.  The water was over my street which was no big deal.  Then at 4:30 the water was into my driveway and the water too deep in the street to get my wife's car out so I pulled into the garage.  By 5:00 am we had water flowing through our "Breezeway", the area between the house and the garage and by 5:30 am we had water beginning to come into the house and then by 6:00 am we had water up to the baseboards.  We then made the decision for my wife to leave in my truck while I could still get it out with the dogs and go to her mother's house about 1.5 miles away.  I remained in the house trying to get other things up in the air and preserve and to see how much worse things would get.  I finally decided to leave about 12:30 pm when the water was beginning to rise above our long windows.  I left the house with the wood flooring starting to float and all of our efforts to prevent flooding fail.  

We stay at my mother-in-laws house on Friday night and when we went to bed at 11:30 pm and a continuous day of rain the ditches and her back yard were free from water.  At about 4:00 am my mother-in-law woke us up to say she thought we had a problem  the water was halfway to the front door and the backyard was under water and about to top her deck which was 18" above the ground.  We were able to get her vehicle out and within an hour we were out of the house and hoping for the best but ready for what was to come.  We were not able to get out of the City of Central so we went to the highest ground available which was Life Tabernacle Church which opened its doors and we started with about 25 people and before the day was over we would have 250 people sheltered in an unofficial shelter with authorities saying they could not help us.  My wife and I assisted the pastor and his wife with the management of the shelter.  We started by getting people's names and any health concerns that we may have.  We had people undergoing Chemothreapy, heart conditions, diabetes, and other multiple health concerns which we were not equipped to properly handle.  

The church began taking on water at about noon.  At about 2:30 pm, we finally had a Sheriff's Office helicopter land at the church to survey the situation.  The decision was made to start landing a Black Hawk helicopter and ferrying people with health concerns and children first.  They also started bringing in boats for people with pets which included us.  We parked our vehicles at the front of the property which was the highest point hoping when we left that it would be high enough.  

As we were leaving the church, I called my school principal and one of the coaches on the staff to come and get us out of Central.  There was only one way in and one way out at the time.  This was at about 7:00 pm.  They reached us at Zoar Baptist Church.  My wife, her mother, 5 dogs, and myself got into a Jeep and headed out.  Two hours after we got out the only intersection entering Central was closed as it was 4 feet underwater.  

We then went to my school to shelter in my Athletic Training Room and while freshening up the best we could the electricity went out at the school.  My principal offered to take all of us to his home.  However, I could not see all of us and 5 dogs going into his home for an undetermined about of time. So my wife and her mother went to his home and I stayed with the dogs in my Athletic Training Facility.  The dogs soon became friends with most of the team and my student assistants.

When the waters went down we started the process of gutting our two homes.  Players and coaches from my school came to assist us with this endeavor.  We ended up with about 20 inches of water in our home and my mother-in-law ended up with 3 feet in her home.  Neither home had flooded in the past even in the flood of 1983 which was used as a measuring stick by the forecasters.  

We have met with all the adjusters, Insurance, and FEMA, we have started the process of putting our home back together.  We are currently meeting with contractors and getting bids on materials and performing the work that we can.  We have purchased a new car for my wife as her car received flood water.  

We have lost everything in the home with the exception of our clothes.  We lost our bedding and most of the furniture that we had.  We were able to save our electronics.

Our biggest needs now are funds to purchase new appliances not covered by insurance, bedding, and limited amount of furniture.  We would accept anything like chest of drawers or night stands.  The thing that would help the most are Home Depot Cards, Lowe's Cards, Target, Walmart.  We would use these funds to purchase materials and items for the home that are not covered by insurance.

Scott, please tell your members that we truly appreciate anything that they see fit to donate.  This has been a very humbling experience.  As you know, Athletic Trainers don't really ask others for help.  We are usually the ones who respond to aid others.  This has shown me how much others really do care about our profession and the things that we do for others.  It was very humbling to have my football players show me the love they did when I tried to thank them and became very emotional.  They all said we have your back coach don't worry we got this.  The aid that our state and now the Athletic Trainers of Tennessee are showing us in Louisiana is just unbelievable.

Brad Rohling selected as Middle TN Representative to TATS Executive Board

Congratulations to Mr. Brad Rohling on his election to the TATS Executive Board as the Middle Tennessee Representative.  Brad will fill the role left vacant when Tim Hoskins stepped down from the Executive Board after his many years of service to TATS.  Brad won a very close election between himself and Alan Killingsworth, showing just how well respected both of these individuals are by their colleagues in the athletic training profession.  Brad began his service on the Executive Board immediately after the election was ended on June 19th and has already begun to have an impact on the society.  We look forward to seeing Brad's continued work for athletic trainers across Middle Tennessee and are excited about the future of the profession in our state.

Special Election - Mid TN Representative


The special election for the Middle Tennessee Representative to the TATS Executive Board is now underway. This election is open to all certified members of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society. Voting begins today and continues until midnight on June 19th, 2016. The following TATS Members have accepted nominations to serve in this role:

Brad Rohling
Secondary School Chair

Alan Killingsworth
Governmental Affairs Chair

Cast Your Vote by June 19th, 2016

Call for Nominations - 2016 Middle Tennessee Representative

With the resignation of Tim Hoskins as the Middle Tennessee Representative to the TATS Executive Board, we are now placing a call for nominations to fill the vacancy.  According to the TATS Bylaws, the call for nominations will remain open until May 20th, 2016.  Special Elections will begin following the closing of nominations.  All Certified-Active and Certified-Retired Members of TATS are eligible to submit nominations.  Please use the form below to submit your nominations for the Middle Tennessee Representative vacancy on the TATS Executive Board.

Your Name *
Your Name
Is the nominee a certified athletic trainer? *
Does the nominee meet the qualifications for this office? *