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 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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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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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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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!!!

Call for Nominations - TATS 2016 Awards


The Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society Honors & Awards Committee is pleased to announce its call for nominations for all TATS Awards for 2016. Award categories include the following:

  • Sports Medicine Person of the Year
  • Joe Worden Clinic / Professional Athletic Trainer Award
  • Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer Award
  • Eugene Smith / Mickey O’Brien College Athletic Trainer Award
  • Backbone Award
  • Jerry Robertson Educator Award
  • Corporate Award
  • Lifesaver Award
  • TATS Hall of Fame (This requires a separate nomination process - See Below.)

The 2016 TATS Honors & Awards will be presented to our honored recipients at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium held on January 16th & 17th, 2016. If you know of a deserving individual, please take a few minutes to recognize this person for their outstanding achievements and dedication to the athletic training profession.

Additionally, the TATS Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Student of the Year awards. The recipient of the Undergraduate and Graduate Athletic Training Student of the Year Award will each receive a $1,000.00 scholarship. The applications for all Student of the Year awards can be found by visiting the Scholarship Committee Page. UPDATE: Nominations are no closed

You can learn more about all of the honors and awards presented by TATS or you nominate a deserving individual by visiting the Honors & Awards Committee page.

The deadline for nominations is November 15th, 2015.

Thank you in advance for your nomination and we look forward to hearing of all the amazing work that athletic trainers have been doing throughout Tennessee this year.

2015 TATS Election Results



TATS Executive Board Nominations & Elections were held throughout April and May. We had good participation in this year's election process even with all nominees running unopposed. The results from this year's Executive Board elections are as follows:

  • President - Scott Byrd
  • Vice President - Peggy Bratt
  • Secretary - Clint Sanders
  • Treasurer - Therese Sparn
  • East TN Representative - Mike Van Bruggen
  • Middle TN Representative - Tim Hoskins
  • West TN Representative - Tripp Turner

Congratulations to the incoming Executive Board members who will begin their terms to serve TATS and its members at the Annual Meeting next January.

Announcing Elections for the TATS Executive Board


The elections for the TATS Executive Board begin tomorrow, May 1st, 2015 and run through May 15th, 2015. All Certified-Active and Certified-Retired members of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society are eligible to vote in this election. It is important that all members participate in the election by voting to make your voice heard. The candidates for the upcoming Executive Board positions are as follows:

  • President - Scott Byrd
  • Vice President - Peggy Bratt
  • Secretary - Clint Sanders
  • Treasurer - Therese Sparn
  • East Tennessee Representative - Mike Van Bruggen
  • Middle Tennessee Representative - Tim Hoskins
  • West Tennessee Representative - Tripp Turner

To learn more about each of the candidates for office, visit the TATS Election Page at

Voting can be completed online via this link OR members can submit a written ballot to Kevin Wolf, TATS Parliamentarian. The preferred method of communication is online. Written ballots must be sent by USPS mail to 1527 Shagbark Trail, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Written ballots are available here.

Voting ends at midnight ET on May 15th, 2015.

TATS Day On The Hill


2015 TATS Day on Hill On Tuesday April 7th, 17 TATS members, ascended onto Capitol Hill for our “day on the hill”. We were accompanied by Zach Bates, our legislative liaison, who had set several appointments with legislators in advance. While we did not have a specific want or need from lawmakers at this time we were able to continue to foster relationships previously established as well as begin some anew.

It was a good opportunity for athletic trainers to say thank you for the work that had been done with regard to the concussion bill and the protection of health and wellbeing of the athletes that we serve. We even had one legislator who agreed to sign on to support the sudden cardiac bill when we made him aware of the current legislation.

Another byproduct of our meeting was the initiation of talks, with the members of the executive board, to develop a strategic plan as to how we go about strengthening our relationships with legislators and being more of a presence on Capitol Hill.

A special shout out goes to the 10 MTSU athletic training students who showed to support our efforts; Amanda Januchowski, Brandi Caruso, Chris Miles, Colin Biegas, Dabrisha Garner, Isaiah Foster, Matt Warner, McKenzie Leonard, Pali Dingler, and Trey Link.

Call For EB Nominations

Raised-Hands It is once again time for TATS elections. This announcement serves as the official call for nominations for all elected offices for TATS. The following offices are up for election to two-year terms:

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

Any Certified-Active or Certified-Retired member of TATS is eligible to nominate their colleagues for the TATS Executive Board offices. To determine a TATS member’s eligibility to serve in any of these offices, please look at Article IV of the TATS by-laws on the TATS website. You can also download the most recent TATS By-Laws on the TATS website.

Please send all nominations to Kevin Wolf, TATS Parliamentarian. The preferred method of communication for nominations is by e-mail at Nominations may also be sent by USPS mail to 1527 Shagbark Trail, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

Nominations will officially close at midnight ET on April 16, 2015.