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.

CAATE Professional Standards Open Comment Period

CAATE is requesting the feedback of athletic trainers on the new Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs document.  More details can be found through the following article on the CAATE website.


Please read through the new professional and educational standards for the Masters in Athletic Training, and if you have comments please make comments…there are tabs all through the document that will allow you to voice support, concern, or objections.  As with anything, if you do not voice your opinions when asked for them, please do not complain when they become required.

When you have reviewed and submitted your points of view… please feel free to forward to other AT’s for this open comment period.

Thank you for your cooperation and attention to detail, and helping to shape the future of AT.

Be sure to click the links on each Standard in order to take the survey.

Need EBP CEUs? Here's another opportunity!


The Hughston Foundation, in conjunction with Rutherford County Schools is providing athletic trainers with a one day opportunity to earn up to 10 EBP continuing education credits. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at Central Magnet School. To find out more details click here.

2015 UT Sports Medicine Symposium Recap


2015 UT Sports Medicine Symposium Attendees On Monday, May 4th, 2015, University of Tennessee hosted its second annual Sports Medicine Symposium in conjunction with a TATS East Region Meeting. The free event was held on the UT Knoxville campus in the Anderson Training Center and featured presentations on rehabilitation of hip arthroscopies and concussion management. Three Evidence Based Practice CEUs were earned by attendees.

Dr. Chuck Thigpen of Proaxis Therapy in Greeneville, South Carolina provided insight into the rehabilitation of intra-articular hip injuries, primarily femoral acetabular impingement and labral tears. Dr. Thigpen said of hip rehab, “I think it is challenging because it is a fast-evolving approach of how we manage that within the athletic training room and rehab facility as we get kids back to sport.” For him, it was a bit of a homecoming, having played football at UT-Chattanooga and graduating the Physical Therapy program at East Tennessee State. Additionally, Dr. Thigpen previously served as an intern at UT. “I have a strong connection to East Tennessee. It’s really exciting to get to come home.” he said.

UT Team Physician Dr. Christopher Klenck presented information on current trends in concussion management. He gave an overview of UT’s concussion management plan, highlighting new research findings and concepts that should be considered when developing management strategies. Next, UT Director of Sports Medicine Jason McVeigh provided a number of case studies related to concussion and facilitated a lively discussion among attendees.

At the conclusion of the symposium, TATS East Tennessee Representative Mike Van Bruggen provided an update of TATS business to the membership in attendance. He reported that the 2016 TATS Annual Meeting and Symposium will be January 16th and 17th in Nashville. Mike also described the “Hit the Hill” activities of TATS members on April 7 in which TATS members met with Tennessee legislators in Nashville about a host of issues. Mike specifically identified two upcoming pieces of legislation related to sports activity for Athletic Trainers in the state to monitor. SB0985 and HB32 – both titled “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act”—require education of coaches, administrators, parents, and youth athletes about the risk and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and set forth return to play guidelines similar to Tennessee’s Sports Concussion Law. He also reported that TATS representation was present at the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Administrators conference in Murfreesboro in April and will also have a booth at the Emergency Medical Services meeting in July. Mike recognized Cocke County High School and Cosby High School as recipients of NATA’s Safe Sports School award, bringing the number of Tennessee schools having received that honor to eight.

Lastly, Mike reminded the TATS members in attendance that elections are begin held now for all TATS executive board member positions and encouraged participation in voting.

Update - 2015 UT Symposium & TATS Regional Meeting

UT Sports Medicine Logo The registration for the 2015 UT Spring Sports Medicine Symposium & TATS East Regional Meeting was excellent this year and has gone well over capacity. Registration for the event has now been closed. For those who will be in attendance, UT has received approval from the BOC for 3 EBP CEU credits from this meeting. All of those who have registered for the event will be receiving further details via email from the conference organizer Robb Duncanson, MEd, ATC, LAT, CSCS. TATS is excited about the upcoming event and looks forward to seeing all those in attendance.

If you have any further questions, please contact Robb at Duncanson@utk.edu or 865-293-6345.

Also, information related to the Middle & West Tennessee Regional Meetings will be coming to the TATS website and T-Blast Newsletter soon.

Youth Sports Safety Conference & Gala


The Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports at Vanderbilt is hosting the Youth Sports Safety Conference & Gala on July 16th & 17th, 2015. Athletic trainers throughout the state of Tennessee are invited to attend this educational event. Details can be found on the flier below and also at the PIPYS website. 2015_Youth_Sports_Safety_Conference_Flier

UT Spring Sports Medicine Symposium & TATS East Regional Meeting

UT Sports Medicine Logo We hope this finds you doing well and having a good Spring Semester so far. We are happy to announce that once again, in conjunction with TATS, we are hosting a Free CEU event at the University of Tennessee. Please see the information and link below for details and registration – space is limited for this event. We know it is a little late notice, but we look forward to seeing you there!

What: 2015 University of Tennessee Spring Sports Medicine Symposium & TATS East Regional Meeting

When: Monday, May 4, 2015 - 8:00 AM – Noon

Where: University of Tennessee - Anderson Training Center, 1551 Lake Loudoun Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Topics: Hip Arthroscopy, Concussion, TATS Discussion

CEU: 3.0 EBP CEU’s

Cost: Free


We will send additional information to all registered attendees a few days prior to the event. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact me at Duncanson@utk.edu or 865-293-6345.

Thanks, Robb Duncanson, MEd, ATC, LAT, CSCS Assistant Director of Sports Medicine University of Tennessee Sports Medicine 1551 Lake Loudoun Boulevard Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

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