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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Grant Davis Elected as East TN Representative

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Congratulations to the newly elected East Tennessee Representative on the TATS Executive Board, Grant Davis.  Special elections were held throughout the end of February and early March.  Grant was uncontested in this election and joins the Executive Board effective immediately.  The Executive Board is excited to have Grant bring his industrial experience to our ranks and looks forward to his contributions to better the athletic training profession in Tennessee.  Please join us in welcoming Grant to his new role as East Tennessee Representative!

#NATM2018 Social Media Contest

#NATM2018 Social Media Contest

“Compassionate Care for All”

With March being National Athletic Training Month we want to help spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. Help us show how athletic trainers provide “Compassionate Care for All” by sending us a picture of how you care for patients in your unique setting.  Each photo sent can be entered into our contest to win one of three prizes.

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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

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!

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 tats.communications@gmail.com.

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.

Decisions Made Regarding Future of Athletic Training Education

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Last week the AT Strategic Alliance announced changes to the entry level degree for athletic training. Much of this change was influenced by discussions between CAATE and NATA members from an open comment survey in March. This decision will have major impact on our profession for years to come. The NATA and AT Strategic Alliance have put together some information related to these changes that every athletic trainer should read. This information can be found through the links below.

AT Strategic Alliance Statement Degree Change FAQs

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 http://www.tnata.org/2015-tats-elections.

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.

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.

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 kwolfatc@yahoo.com. 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.

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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