President's Blog - Summer 2015

I hope everyone is having a good spring sports season, it seems like we just go started and within a few short weeks we will see new state champions crowned. Since the Annual meeting we have had a few exceptional projects that have produced better than expected outcomes.

Hill day was a tremendous success this year as we were able to meet and discuss Athletic training topics with 6 elected officials. We had a great turn out of members but also 14 MTSU students gave up a morning to come to the Hill. We had many productive meetings discussing current legislation in committee related to sudden cardiac death, as well as thanking legislators for their support of our previous concussion legislation. Keep an eye out also for SB985 / HB32 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. This new legislation Creates the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. Similar to the Concussion law, it Requires governing authorities engaged in school youth athletic activities and activity fee charging organizations engaged in community-based youth athletic activities to adopt programs to train and educate coaches, school administrators, youth athletes, and their parents or guardians of the nature, risk, and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.

Moving forward we are excited about ideas to improve our presence on the Hill. Please I urge to be on the look out for ways to help us with our Governmental Affairs initiatives.

We have also secured a booth at the 2015 EMS / Education Conference in Murfreesboro on July 8 - 10, 2015. We have worked out an arrangement with the TNEMSEA organizers to allow us to present AT related info to their constituents and we will host them at our annual meeting in January.

The annual TIAAA/AD conference was a great success this year with us making new contacts and getting requests for information to pass along to School Administrations to try to create new ATC positions within the Secondary school setting. I have been requested to attend a school system board meeting to present on this topic from the meeting.

TATS is proud to be partnering with the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine Department to host their annual Spring Sports Medicine Symposium. The symposium is a FREE EBP CEU event on May 4th, 2015 from 8am - Noon. Topics include Hip Arthroscopy, Concussion, and the TATS East Regional Meeting. The event will be held in the Anderson Training Center on UT's campus. Registration for the event has now closed due to such high demand. Registrants will be receiving further details about the conference via email from Robb Duncanson. You can learn more on the TATS website. We are looking forward to this being a great event.

Executive Board Elections will be starting soon too. Please exercise your right and vote! We, as the TATS EB, would love to see record or near record turn out for this year's elections!

The TATS Facebook page has reached 250 members! we will be trying to keep you more informed about the Middle and West regional meetings through social media as the confirm the dates and times

I hope everyone gets an opportunity to recharge over the summer and hope to see you in St Louis!

- Scott