2013 is coming to a close, and the New Year is soon approaching. It’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. This year, put extra effort into something that betters you as a person as well as a professional and helps others along the way.
- SPREAD THE GOOD WORD about your profession. It’s called Public Relations. The thought of "being in the spotlight" may be intimidating to some, but PR is really very simple and many of you are doing it already. If you have summarized your job to friends, family or parents of student-athletes, that is PR. Speaking to students at a career fair or allowing them to job shadow you is PR. Communicating with the media on the sideline or promoting your profession through social media is PR. Interacting with the BOC’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and the BOC blog? That too is PR.For Athletic Trainers (ATs), March is coming quickly and March equals National Athletic Training Month (NATM). The 2014 theme is "We’ve Got Your Back." It is important for ATs to promote the profession and our knowledge and skill on a daily and weekly basis, but the month of March provides the opportunity to reach out to communities both in society and in the medical professions around us.
- EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN. Get a jump start on your CEUs. Even though the next recertification requirement deadline isn’t until December 31, 2015, waiting until the last minute to start your CEUs can be stressful. Start the year off right by identifying events you are interested in attending and try to organize the courses so that you are not overloaded in 2015. Learning is much more fun when you can choose what you want to learn about rather than be forced to complete a course because of the number of contact hours assigned. Learn more about maintaining your certification and the 2014-2015 changes.
- GET ENGAGED! Do you know about the latest happenings in your state? Many states have passed concussion legislation within the past year. Other states have passed licensure. Learn more about State Regulatory News.
The BOC is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, supporting you in the profession while providing new, value-added services for ATs and BOC Approved Providers.