Archive for February, 2012

Requesting a Proclamation for NATM

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Kansas Proclamation Signing. Seated behind Gov. Sam Brownback from left to right: Steve Ice, MS, ATC, Karen Garrison, MA, ATC, Sierra Moeller, WU AT Student, Amy Garrison, KU AT Student, Caroline Nelson, KU AT Student, Emily Gerstner, KU AT Student, Katie Christensen, KSU AT Student, Shawna Jordan, PhD, ATC, Morgan Campbell, MS, ATC,W. David Carr, PhD, ATC

National Athletic Training Month is a time to spread the word about the profession of athletic training and how it positively impacts the world.  The goal is to reach individuals and organizations that can help make a difference for athletic trainers with regards to legislation, employment and public health.  During this time, athletic trainers across America are recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active.  

One way all ATs can promote the profession throughout their community to request a proclamation for National Athletic Training Month.  Typically, Governors for each state and Mayors for each city, town or village have the authority to declare proclamations.  This activity can be as simple or complex as an AT wants to make it. 

Proclamation signing for NATM in Scottsbluff, Nebraska: (from left to right) are Dr. Sue Yowell, Vice President of Student Services, Western Nebraska Community College; Randy Meininger, Mayor of the City of Scottsbluff; and Doug Jones, ATC, Athletic Trainer, Western Nebraska Community College. Photos Courtesy of Mark Rein, Western Nebraska Community College Sports Information.

To request a state proclamation, start by searching the State Governor’s website.  With current technology, many states have a form to complete on their website to request a proclamation.  If an on-line form is not an option, you may need to contact the Governor’s office.  Usually, the Administrative Assistant can help to answer questions to complete the project.  

To request a city proclamation, the process can be the same.  Start by checking the Mayor’s website.  Smaller communities typically do not have proclamation request form published, so contacting the Mayor’s Administrative Assistant or City Clerk via telephone and/or email is a great way to initiate the process.

For ATs who wish to invite the Politician to an event or participate in a photo op at the capital or Mayor’s office, sending a press release to local media can help with exposure.  Remember that your state legislators read newspapers and communication materials from their jurisdiction and constituents.  Reading an article about a Mayor declaring National Athletic Training Month in the community may peak interest of those who live in or represent the area.  Meeting with the Politician to receive the proclamation in person may be an option, but not necessary if you do not have time.  Many offices also have the option to mail the proclamation to the requester.

Use the sample proclamation verbiage, provided by NATA in the NATM PR Toolkit, to request your proclamation.

Written By: Jessica O'Neel, MS Ed, ATC

Athletic Training Education Updates

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Hello fellow Athletic Trainers. I am writing this post to provide you with some updates from my recent trip to Atlanta for the SEATA Ed conference. While there I also attended the CAATE workshop. Please note these are my own updates and I don’t represent the CAATE in any way.

I’ve posted about the CAATE before and now the current ‘draft’ of the next standards are on the CAATE website under newsletters.

Provide feedback regarding the draft of the CAATE Standards
The CAATE wants feedback regarding the draft which you can provide at this website.

The final ‘draft’ of the standards are to be released early summer based on comments, and the standards would be implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Electronic Submission
The self-study and annual report will be transitioning to an automated format in the future. More than likely in summer 2012 Athletic Training Education Programs (ATEPs) will be able to have access to the electronic web based system. ATEPs will be submitting their annual report by 2013 and more functions after that. It’s hopeful that by 2014 self-studies will be submitted electronically.

During the workshop, they showed the online system which seems to be user friendly. We are the tenth health care profession to use it. This system will allow ATEPs to compare your ATEP to others in the country and can also compare BOC pass rate with other ATEPs. 

Site Visit/Visitor Information
Regarding site visits, the CAATE wants site visitors to focus on the positives during the visit, look for compliance, NOT non-compliance, and document strengths of the ATEP. Also the CAATE is looking to group site visitors in clusters of 5-8. Those 5-8 individuals will often go on site visits together (only 2 at a time). This will allow the site visitors to get to know one another a bit and also allow for quality control

This summer, CAATE will be training approximately 40 individuals by invite only. Site visitor training is now a focus. Site visitors will get positive, constructive and ongoing feedback.  In the future more site visitor training will occur for current/new site visitors and those who aren’t site visitors can attend for a fee. Also, the site visit will go to a three day agenda now to allow time for visitors to obtain a solid picture of the ATEP.

Miscellaneous Updates

  • The CAATE explained that the Commissioners who decide upon all site visit reports are blinded to the Institution. The CAATE has developed a transition task force. If an ATEP is mid-cycle (mid way between site visits/self-study) and wants to change to an entry-level masters, what documentation is needed to transition so the ATEP doesn’t have to undergo a self-study and site-visit.
  • The CAATE is going to a standardized fee for a site visit. When a site visit is to occur, ATEPs pay the CAATE fee, and then CAATE pays for all costs associated with the site visit.

That's all for now!

Written By: Stacy E. Walker, PhD, ATC

Athletic Training Administration: An In Depth Look

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

An In Depth Look with… Jessica O’Neel, MS Ed, ATC
Credentialing Specialist at the Board of Certification, Inc.

  • University of Nebraska Omaha Athletic Training Education Program Alum
  • Northwest Missouri State University Athletic Training Graduate Assistant Alum
  • Chairman for the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association and District V Public Relations Committee

Describe your setting:

Board of Certification, Inc. – Organizational and Administrative Duties

How long have you worked in this setting?

I became certified in 2007 and then started working at the BOC in August 2010.

Describe your typical day:

  • Assist ATs with licensure/certification/registration process for state regulatory agencies
  • Educate ATs about Recertification Requirements, CE entry, resigning their credential, etc.
  • Educate candidates about BOC exam process and certification requirements
  • Explain eligibility requirements to sit for the BOC exam
  • Assist individuals with an Expired status return to the profession and become recertified
  • Manage annual audit

What do you like about your position?

  • In-depth look at the organization, administration and regulatory affairs aspect of athletic training
  • Rewarding to make a difference through working with and educating my peers
  • Great quality of life
  • Employer understands the profession, including struggles ATs commonly face
  • Still have the ability to practice athletic training in my free time and stay current with cognitive and practical knowledge, skills and abilities

What do you dislike about your position?

It is sedentary compared to the physical activity associated with most settings.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young athletic trainer looking at this setting?

Working in an administrative setting provides many unique benefits which may not be experienced in historical athletic training settings.  For young professionals or ATs looking to move into the regulatory side of our profession, a developed interest in administration is critical.  Alternatively, while working in an administrative position as a young professional, I feel it is imperative to maintain practical athletic training skills and knowledge by staying actively engaged in providing athletic training heath care services on a regular basis.

BOC Works For You

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

In April 2010, the BOC asked all ATs to take a survey regarding Recertification Requirements.  Over 12,000 ATs participated in the survey and provided valuable feedback.  The BOC listened and has undergone numerous upgrades in response to the comments and requests received.

Below is a brief outline of BOC working for you:

  • Creation of a new CE Reporting Form.  10 steps for CE entry are long gone.  Now CE entry is as easy as 1-2-3.
  • Recertification Fee Changes.  Be confused no longer.  ATs now have the option to pay the annual requirement each year (2012 and 2013) in the reporting period or they can pay two years worth of requirements in 2013 by 12/31/2013.
  • One common expiration date.  We still had ATs asking “When are my CEUs due?” In order to alleviate this confusion, the BOC is returning to one common expiration date for recertification.  All ATs will have CE due by 12/31/2013.
  • Four Statuses for ATs will reduce to four options: Certified, Expired, Suspended and Revoked.  Confusion will no longer exist between Inactive and Resigned status.
  • Electronic BOC cards are now supplied to all ATs upon certification and each time they recertify.  Snail mail will not delay your documentation.  The attachment is sent via email so stakeholders can print cards for employers, state regulatory agencies etc.
  • The Enhanced list of BOC Approved Providers was created to assist stakeholders in finding CE opportunities.  Numerous BOC Approved Providers have shared information about CE they provide.  ATs can now search by many criteria to determine if their event is eligible for Category A CEUs, find approved providers who offer CE for dual credentialed ATs, and associated promotions and cost with CE events.
  • New BOC Central™ personal profile which allows candidates and certified ATs to be clear on the requirements needed to earn and maintain certification.

This transition has been in the making for well over a year.  Be Certain. to take a moment to review the BOC website and BOC Central™ and catch up to speed on anything you may have missed.  Remember, your credential depends on it!

Written By: Jessica O'Neel, MS Ed, ATC

What I Love about Athletic Training

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

It’s the week of Valentine’s Day and with that day, brings an opportunity to focus on the ones you love.  It is also a day that you can reflect on what you love, and for Athletic Trainers it is our profession.

There is a lot to love about our deeply fulfilling profession.  Working with athletes, watching so many games, developing relationships with many people, serving behind the scenes and the variety of work are all things I love.  One thing I want to focus on in this blog is all the peripheral things I get to experience in my setting at the high school.

In the past 11 years, I have been able to work with our Spring Musical with some dancers who needed some strength training.  They asked me to develop a program and work with them for several weeks to build their strength base and jumping ability.  I have had the opportunity to work with our band as the First Aid team for a band competition.  Many of our teachers and administrators have come to my athletic training room for an evaluation and for therapy for ailing knees, backs, wrists, hips, etc.  I get questions all the time from students and teachers about training programs and injuries.  I have had parents of elementary aged athletes drop by my house and  ask me to take a look at their injured child because a former athlete suggested my services.

One of the endearing legacies of Joe Paterno has been his life’s motto “Make an Impact.”  Many people are remembering Joe by honoring his mantra and trying to make an impact on others with what they have been blessed with.  As an Athletic Trainer, all the things I have listed and others I didn’t list are well outside our assigned duties.  But I am reminded that each of these chances is an opportunity to make an impact on someone’s life. 

What do I love about being an AT?  The chance to make an impact on someone’s life, especially when they are not within the norm of my daily routine.

Written by: Paul LaDuke, MSS, ATC, CSCS

Spreading the Love of Volunteers

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

"Volunteers are valentines for all seasons"- Jacqueline Schiff

For some, Valentine’s Day may have become something of a no-brainer: a nice dinner out, a card and roses. For others, it might represent a lost love or serve as an excuse to sit home watching a sappy love story with a carton of Rocky Road. No matter your expectations for the heart-shaped holiday, why not use it as an opportunity to spread the love in your community or profession?

The BOC appreciates our volunteers that make up 5 committees, 7 bloggers, 11 BOC Board of Directors, 104 Item Writers and 143 Home Study reviewers.

With 298 volunteers x $21.36/hour at 2 hours/month = $12,731 worth of volunteer service.

2011 BOC Volunteer Accomplishments:

  • Publicized  the BOC Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition (RD/PA6) for the entry-level AT
  • Attainment of Better Business Bureau accreditation
  • Delivery of over 5,000 certification exams
  • Recertification of over 10,000 ATs
  • Continued development of over 800 new exam items for experimental testing
  • Reviewed over 100 home study courses
  • Completed data collection of a 10 years longitudinal study regard continuing professional development
  • Researched and developed global standards for ethics
  • Validated the Global Practice Analysis

The continuous commitment to the development and administration of a quality certification program has produced a highly regarded program recognized as the gold standard for identifying entry-level athletic training professionals. The BOC thanks everyone for their service and for spreading the love to support the growth and success of the BOC.

You're Never Too Busy

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Roland "Duke" LaRue

A mentor of mine once told me to never take for granted the time you sit with those who have been in the profession longer than you.

Seven years ago, I was working in a high school and Roland "Duke" LaRue would come visit. Duke was a legend in the profession and the first time I met him, I felt like I had just met someone famous. He kept visiting me that school year, but he would always show up right at 3:00 p.m. when I had a room full of student-athletes to get ready for practices. He would offer to tape (he did produce a taping video after all) and slow things down even more.  Then, after the bustle cleared out he would want to sit and talk for 20-30 minutes while I needed to be out at football practice. I remember getting quite irritated.

Thankfully I remembered what my mentor said. I needed to settle down and enjoy this time with someone who had so many experiences to share. It turned out that I learned an immense amount from Duke and because of him to this day I have a passion to help create opportunities for younger athletic trainers. Duke passed away the next year and it became crystal clear that I had almost let a wonderful opportunity slip away. I was too engrossed in being the busy athletic trainer juggling so many responsibilities and tasks that I almost missed out on one of the most influential professional experiences of my career. After that, I guarantee you I always had time to sit and listen to an athlete who needed to talk or take the extra few minutes to answer a parent's questions.

Don't forget to learn from the moments you're given and be patient enough to learn from those who have gone before you.

Written By: Danielle Kleber, ATC