Archive for September, 2015

Where does your state rank in votes for BOC Athletic Trainer Director?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Where does your state rank?  Exercise your right to vote and make your state proud by voting for the next BOC Athletic Trainer Director.  As the votes come in, we’ll keep you updated on which states are in the lead in Athletic Trainer (AT) votes for the election.

Thank you to all ATs who have already voted in the election.  We still have a long way to go and would like you to encourage other ATs to vote.

To any ATs who haven’t voted yet, there is still time!  Don’t delay!  Online voting for the BOC Athletic Trainer Director closes October 15, 2015, 11:59pm CT.  Learn more about the candidates by visiting






Understanding Childhood Obesity

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

By Mackenzie Simmons, ATC

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  While not all Athletic Trainers work with youth, this is a serious issue that will affect generations to come. If obesity occurs at a young age, there is a greater risk of its continuing into adulthood.

Some health risks that affect obese children are:

- Breathing problems (sleep apnea and asthma)

- Fatty liver disease

- Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort

- Increased risk of diabetes

- High blood pressure and high cholesterol

Obesity may also lead to bullying, which can cause psychological and mental problems in adolescents and teenagers.  Discrimination, poor self-esteem and poor self-worth are just a few issues that may hinder the child in school, sports and other activities.  The best way to handle childhood obesity is to tackle the issue early on in a child’s life.

As parents or Athletic Trainers, we can help with this issue in several ways:

- Encourage more outside activities

- Reduce sedentary time

- Serve reasonably sized portions

- Encourage children to drink more water and stay away from sugary drinks

- Focus on good health, not a specific weight

- Set a good example




Treating Eye Injuries

Monday, September 28th, 2015

By Mike McKenney, MS, ATC, NASM-CES

As Athletic Trainers, eye injuries are not the most common injury we treat, but when they occur, they can have sport- and life-altering results if not cared for properly.  It is estimated roughly a third of eye injuries that result in blindness are from sports-related injuries.1  Sports also account for 13 percent of penetrating ocular injuries nationwide, with the vast majority of these patients wearing no eye protection at all.1  Since Athletic Trainers are often present in environments with balls, bats, pucks and other objects moving at high velocities, it is imperative that eye injuries are treated appropriately and have proper return-to-play criteria.

One of the first things Athletic Trainers should do is create a plan for treating eye injuries.  Athletic Trainers should work with a team physician to create a referral network that includes an ophthalmologist or optometrist who can be consulted should an eye injury occur. This referral network will be highly beneficial to your patients since treatments for eye injury are highly specialized and time-sensitive.  If a severe eye injury occurs, the return-to-play criteria should include clearance from an ophthalmologist.1,2

In addition to a sound referral plan, you should also have a series of simple supplies on hand that can make evaluation of eye injuries easier for you and your team physician:1,2

- Ophthalmoscope

- Penlight

- Light source with blue or cobalt filters

- Vision chart

- Cotton-tipped swabs

- Saline

- Magnifying glass

- Eye shield

- Medications at the discretion of your team physician
Injuries resulting in blunt force trauma make up the majority of what Athletic Trainers see in a traditional setting.  However, with expansion into industrial settings, Athletic Trainers need to be prepared to recognize other types of injuries such as corneal foreign bodies and lacerations around the eyelid.  Additionally, a thorough history during a vision assessment can identify more subtle injuries such as non-traumatic retinal detachment.1,2

The behavior of athletes who wear contact lenses can create health-related issues that can negatively impact sport participation.  Athletic Trainers should make it a point to educate these individuals.  According to the FDA, improper care of contact lenses can result in "Discomfort, excess tearing or other discharge, unusual sensitivity to light, itching, burning, gritty feelings, unusual redness, blurred vision, swelling and pain."3 In order to prevent these symptoms, the FDA recommends:

- Replacing contact storage cases every 3-6 months

- Never re-use lens solution. Always discard after each use

- Do not use non-sterile water as a contact lens solution, especially tap water

- Do not use expired contact lens solution

- Do not borrow or re-use a friend's contact storage case

- Do not sleep while wearing contact lenses unless they are specifically designed for that purpose3

In conclusion, Athletic Trainers should review policies to ensure they have an eye treatment plan in place. Furthermore, they should also educate athletes with corrected vision on proper care of contact lenses.


1. Cass, SP. Ocular injuries in sports. Head and Neurological Conditions. 2012;11(1):11-15

2. Pujalte, GGA. Eye injuries in sports. Athletic Therapy Today. 2010;15(5):14-18

3. Food and Drug Administration:

In-Depth Look: Meet an Athletic Trainer for an NFL Team

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

T. Pepper Burruss is the Director of Sports Medicine Administration and Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist for the Green Bay Packers.

Describe your setting:

Our athletic training facility was recently renovated, and we have only been in it since July.  It includes an expanded treatment area, functional rehabilitation area, recovery room, examination rooms, GE iDXA body scan room, digital X-ray room, 4 Athletic Trainer offices, conference room, hydrotherapy room with 2 walk-in hot tubs and a walk-in 4 x 16 cold tub, and a SwimEx rehabilitation pool - all surrounded by 11-foot tall walls of glass.  You can never have enough storage space, but we’ve been very fortunate to have an attached 2-level stock/work room that accommodates all of our supplies as well as our array of travel trunks, last but not least, an ice machine/cooler storage room.

In 2013, we were fortunate to have an addition to our building that houses a 10,000-square-foot weight room and an adjacent regulation width indoor 35-yard in-filled field. The addition, called the Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Instructional Center (CRIC), is a valued adjunct to our strength and conditioning program and to our rehabilitation regimes.

How long have you worked in this setting?

This is my 39th season in the National Football League (NFL). I spent the last 23 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and the first 16 with the New York Jets.  I trace my career path to the choice to move from New York state to attend Purdue University under the legendary NATA Hall of Famer, William “Pinky” Newell.

As I was leaving high school in 1972, a chance encounter made me aware of the many Purdue graduates with influential athletic training jobs all across the country.  Several of those were in the NFL, which I had my sights set on at a very early age.  With that, I decided I needed to be mentored by the best; after all, Pinky was known to have the most high profile job opportunities come across his desk.

It was 800 miles from my New York state hometown to Purdue University.  Pinky wrote to me (I think I still have the hand written letter) that it was an awful long way for an out-of-state student, and he couldn’t guarantee me a spot in the athletic training facility.  I wrote back that I was coming.  Years later Pinky confided that my decision to make the trek showed I was determined and willing to put my money where my mouth was.

After Purdue, I chose to attend Northwestern University Medical School to receive my second bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.  Then, eight weeks prior to my graduation from Northwestern, I received a call from Bob Reese, the new Head AT of the New York Jets and 1970 Purdue alumni. He asked if I wanted to be the Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Jets. Keep in mind, this is my home state and “my” team growing up. Bob and I had met in 1972 when I was considering attending Boston College, where he was employed as the youngest Head AT in Division 1 football. Years later, Bob made a call to Pinky seeking a recommendation of a Purdue grad he might hire, and as they say, “the rest is history.”

I spent 16 seasons with the New York Jets as an Assistant AT.  In 1991, the Jets Director of Player Personnel, Ron Wolf (2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee) became the general manager of the Green Bay Packers.  He called me in early 1992 and asked me if I would be interested in becoming the Head AT of the Green Bay Packers after the late Dominic Gentile retired.  I wasn’t quick to jump at the offer, as the Packers had been through a rough stretch of 25 years of mediocrity.  (I also thought it was truly the “frozen tundra” with more snow than grass.)  Several months later, I decided this was the right decision for my family.  Dominic retired after the 1992 season, and I joined the Green Bay Packers January 1, 1993.

Describe your typical day:

My typical day is the same as most any full-time AT working the “daily grind.”  We come in when it’s dark, and we leave when it’s dark.  There is not a typical day as each has its varied challenges depending the time of year, intensity of the week and a never-ending administrative load.  I firmly believe all ATs feel an unceasing commitment to try to get the job done every day.  Over the years, I’ve learned that it is never done. We could work 24/7, and we’d never get everything done because healthcare is never done.  Sadly, athletic training is not a 9-to-5 job. It’s a serious commitment. Those who passionately embrace it succeed.

So many things are happening:

With the exponential pace of technological advancements, the athletic training world rides along.  It makes for an exciting time, and future, as the technological growth advances our techniques, overall attitudes and initiatives.

Technological advances become tangible through diagnostics, enhanced MRI and digital X-ray systems (now retrievable on the sideline), concussion and helmet studies, foot/ankle/turf interface advancements, computer enhanced modalities, infectious disease control, rehabilitation techniques, injury statistical/video analysis, bracing and protective gear enhancements, electronic health records (EHRs), telemedicine diagnostics and more.

National initiatives, by the likes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and multiple professional sports leagues, make us more introspective about how we go about our business.  Such initiatives address concussion care (as with the Zack Lystedt Law), acute spine injury protocol reviews and DEA enforcement of controlled medications with athletic teams. It is no longer “business as usual.”  We’re looking to evidence based research to refine everything we do in, and about, the athletic training facility.  It becomes evident athletic medicine is no longer just local, it is national and international.

In the early 70s, Pinky dreamed of an endowed NATA scholarship, and now there are dozens.  He was excited to welcome the first female member of the NATA, and now women are our majority. They are past presidents, executive directors and employed in many male-dominated sports.

To think, I look back at “computer, arthroscopy and MRI” as the major advancements in my time.  What will be your “computer, arthroscopy and MRI” to look back on and say, “Wow, how far have we come and how far will we go?”

Athletic Trainers contribute significantly to making football safer, but it is inherently a collision sport. We cannot eliminate injuries.  People say to me, “Keep ‘em healthy.”  I respond, “That’s God’s work; I just do the helpin’.” If we are going to take credit for a team being healthy, we better be ready to assume credit when they are not.  I choose not to take any credit.  If you are going to take credit for the good, you better take credit for the bad too.

What do you like about your position?

Game day is undoubtedly the “glitz and glimmer” of the NFL.  Game days are special. They’re electric. The more important the game, the bigger the “high” is of a win – or the lower the “low” of a loss.

For anyone who has ever been in a fraternal group – like with the military, police, firefighters or various teams – there is nothing compared to the relationships you build in the locker room.  There is not a player who retires from the game who says they miss lifting weights, being sore and getting beat up.  They always say, “I’m going to miss the locker room.”  You can’t help but appreciate the people and relationships.  I love being relevant and included as a part of the locker room.

I think there is an inherent ego that comes with the glitzy jobs, whether they are in with a big-time college, professional team or the Olympics. It’s just an honor to be a part of it.  There is something to be said for the NFL – the travel, resources, budget, glitz and glamour – and I believe it can become addicting.

You never grow tired of walking out of the stadium tunnel, listening to the home-field introductions and the national anthem being played. It’s a super rush if there is a military fly-over!  It wasn’t until last season, after 37 years in the league, that I realized something. Packers Equipment Manager Gordon “Red” Batty and I were out on the field during a timeout, when he said to me, “Pepper, think about this. None of those people on the sidelines can walk out into the middle of the field during a game, and you and I can. How fortunate are we?”  I had never thought of it that way before.  The assistant coach, video staff, security or ball boys cannot venture out into the middle of the field.  It falls under the moniker of nothing compares to game day.  Sometimes you fail to realize how good you have it; I’ve been very, very, very fortunate.

What do you dislike about your position?

I’ve said this a thousand times; my least favorite part of the job is the grind of the hours.  With the typical hours an Athletic Trainer works, it takes a concerted effort to maintain some normalcy to family/home and leisure life.

I would say another thing that I find challenging is the vast corporate world of the NFL.  The players have multimillion dollar salaries.  I struggle with the politics of dealing with all that comes from an entourage of agents, medical consultants and caregivers who advise and direct the players beyond our concerted efforts.  Many of these folks have nothing more than a business relationship with the player, yet, in season, we spend more waking hours with them than we do our own families.  The pressure on the players gives rise to a challenge of balancing the many outside influences their personal medical advisors bring to the table in relation to the care rendered in our facility.

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

Choose the best school that fits your circumstances.  Build an impressive résumé and network with people in your chosen field.  I started my career by choosing a school that featured a pioneer in the athletic training field.  I was able to build and develop the skill set that helped shape me for the profession and the career I sought.

I tried to never turn down an opportunity to build my résumé through volunteering, taking an additional class or seeking insightful experiences. Students and young ATs need to understand there is mega competition for the glitzy jobs. There are many bright, highly educated students, but so many of the résumés look exactly the same.  I think a goal for a young AT should be to make their résumé likely to move from the big pile to the small pile.  You have to seek people who can advise you how to best accomplish that.  It is not by having the fanciest paper with the designer font.  It’s by having loads of experiences in and out of your desired field/profession that makes your résumé pop.

Every year, we receive piles of résumés from students and professionals who are applying to be a summer or seasonal intern.  My preference is that the résumé not be in a tiny font to make it all fit on a page.  I am not a proponent of the 1-page résumé.  If your hobbies, interests and voluntary efforts could move your résumé from the big pile to the small pile, isn’t that worth an additional page?

Little mistakes can also make a big difference in the review of a cover letter and résumé.  We get letters via surface mail that have not been signed.  I understand that void with emails, but not taking the time to sign a hardcopy is a mistake.  Maybe it’s a small thing, but it is attention to detail and it catches my eye.  The ultimate transgression is a mismanaged mail merge that combines a staff member’s name with the wrong team name.  Proofread your letter and make sure you have the correct information included.

Certainly you can’t understate the need to network.  There is no better place to network than your local, state, district and national NATA meetings.  Realize the classmate or AT intern you sat next to in a lecture hall may one day be in a position to recommend, or even hire you, for a job. You cannot afford to be short-sighted about networking, meeting other students, competitors and show exhibitors. Take the time to put a name and handshake with a face.

Résumé references are important and especially good if they happen to be known to the staff you are applying to for a position or internship. For a potential employer to know a reference by name and reputation puts some “oomph” to their recommendation.  Some of the teams give preference and geographic loyalty to in-state institutions, whereas some offer opportunities to those from around the country.  Just take the time to construct your letter and résumé in such a way it has a better-than-average chance to move from the big pile to the small pile.

Don’t set your sights on attaining “average.”  That just means you are better than some folks, but a batch of folks are better than you.  Lastly, don’t set you goals too low; you are liable to reach them!



September 23rd is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

By Beth Wolfe, CAGS, ATC

September 23rd is the first day of the fall season and is also National Fall Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD).  Across the United States, groups of advocates and survivors will gather at State Houses and on Capitol Hill to show their support in preventing falls..  Why should Athletic Trainers (ATs) be aware of FPAD?  How can we as a profession prevent a fall?  Let us go to the numbers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that1:

1. Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.

2. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19. Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This adds up to almost 2.8 million children each year2.

3. In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion.

4. The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

One may associate a fall with those who are primarily at high risk, specifically those with gait or balance disturbances, or those who are frail, elderly or in poor health.  However, young and physically active people are just as at risk for falls as the elderly.  From simple slips and trips during your activities of daily living, to a fall while participating in sports, falls happen often. Fortunately, they are preventable!

How can we as a profession prevent a fall in our athletic training facility as well as in our personal lives and communities?

1. De-clutter work and treatment spaces.  Move wires, shoes, clothing, bags and equipment away from high traffic areas to prevent tripping.

2. Wear rubber-soled shoes in wet areas (bathroom, shower and near immersion tubs) and avoid slippers and flip flops.  Add grip tape in showers and areas where water collects instead of mats, as mats can slip and move when water accumulates.  Wipe up spills and water quickly to avoid slipping.

3. Ensure all work spaces, hallways, closets and stairways are adequately lit and equipped with handrails, if applicable.

4. If you have children, ensure that you have window guards installed on open windows to prevent a child from falling out of the window.  Installing gates on stairs and at doors with steps is also a great way to prevent a child from falling.

5. DON’T BE IN A RUSH!  Rushing to turn off a hose in a wet room, picking up the phone in another room and carrying too many objects while going up and down stairs (laundry, children, groceries, etc.)

Family Health and Fitness Day

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

By: Brian Bradley, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Saturday, September 26, 2015, is National Family Health and Fitness Day.  The purpose of this event is to promote family involvement in physical activity.  Many organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events.  These events will include low-impact exercises, health screenings and health information workshops.  An estimated 10,000 families will participate in this event at over 500 locations nationwide.

Between the late nights and early mornings we work as Athletic Trainers, it is difficult to stay healthy ourselves and try to keep our families healthy.  It is, however, very important to be active and try to keep our families healthy.  The CDC reported that as of 2012, 18 percent of youths aged 6-11 and 21 percent of youths aged 12-19 were obese.  That is up from 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively, in 1980.

Here are some ideas on how you can integrate health and fitness into your family life:

1. Go for a family hike/walk on a weekend or after dinner

2. Be creative. Make a home exercise video and have the children be the stars in it.  Then, post it to and see how many views you can get

3. Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator at stores and in buildings

4. Try to embrace technology. If your family can afford activity tracking devices, have a weekly contest to see who can do the most steps, burn the most calories, etc. Your children are going to play video games, but try to get them to play games that involve being active (Wii Fit, Xbox Kinect, etc.)

5. During halftime of the football game, go outside and have a pickup game of football with the family.  Maybe reenact some of the great plays you just saw on TV

6. Have a Family Olympics Day where you go to the park and hold events (running, baseball toss, push-ups and sit-ups, obstacle course, etc.) and the winner gets a homemade trophy.  You can also document the times/numbers.  Make it a regular event and see if anyone beats their marks

For more information on National Health and Fitness Day and to find events in your area, go to


Pre-Participation Examinations are an Important Opportunity

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

By Mike McKenney, MS, ATC, NASM-CES

Pre-participation examinations (PPEs) are often considered a nucleus of densely packed chaotic activity with numerous orbiting particles and a singular goal in mind: to determine if an individual can safely participate in athletic activity.  PPEs come in all shapes and sizes ranging from full movement screens with performance testing, to simply collecting paperwork.  While this process is often fraught with mountains of paperwork and stress, we must not lose sight of what it really is: an opportunity.

During the PPE process, we have the opportunity to see into an athlete’s medical history, and analyze the information for red flags or other points of emphasis that may negatively impact their ability to participate safely.  A prime example can be found in the newly published NATA position statement on exertional heat illness.1 Table 2 in this document contains questions to include in PPE questionnaires or verbal screenings to help identify athletes who may be at risk for heat illness.  Additionally, the NATA position statement2 on pre-participation physical examinations contains numerous other recommendations to discover potentially harmful conditions.  But once these potentially serious conditions are ruled out, what other opportunities exist in a PPE?

Arguably, one of the most unique domains of athletic training is injury prevention, and the PPE process can be a source of information to prevent orthopedic injury.  In addition to an in-depth history2, there are many types of movement screens and technologies available that can be employed to establish a baseline movement profile.  This information can be used to guide rehabilitation and strength training strategies focusing on targeting areas of opportunity for each athlete.  However, in order for this process to be effective, the Athletic Trainer must act on the information they obtain.  Similar to pre-participation questionnaires, the results of movement screens are meaningless if they do not influence the decision-making of the sports medicine team.  It is crucial to implement an early intervention for an abnormal movement pattern that could potentially have an adverse effect on an athlete’s participation.

Similar to an annual review of your athletes’ health records, taking time to review your current PPE process to evaluate weaknesses and strengths is always a useful exercise.  It is also never too late to review available literature and add to your PPE for an upcoming season or for next year.  Further information can be found in the 2 sources included in this post, which provide an evidence-based guide to planning your next PPE, including instructions for a basic movement screen.2


1. Casa DJ, DeMartini JK, Bergeron MF, et al. National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: exertional heat Illnesses. J Athl Train. 2015;50(9):000-000

2. Conley KM, Bolin DJ, Carek PJ, et al. National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: Preparticipation physical examinations and disqualifying conditions. J Athl Train. 2014;49(1):102-120.

King-Devick Test Follow Up: Science vs. Media

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Claudia Percifield, MS, ATC

The King-Devick Test for Concussion Evaluation has quickly been gaining popularity in the news.  A simple Google search for King-Devick Test will pull up pages upon pages of articles and blogs written just in the month of August alone.

Initially, media outlets were calling for it to be the answer to concussion testing. They sensationalized the speed and ease with which it could be administered, stated minimal training is involved in administering the test and boasted about the percentage of concussions it could correctly diagnose.  As a healthcare professional taught to critically evaluate research and not take things at face value, I was extremely skeptical.

My first thought was, “Would we as clinicians throw out every special test we had used for decades to evaluate ankle sprains if someone wrote a few news articles about 1 new quick test that could replace all ankle tests currently in practice?” This thought led to my first post, which can be found here.

News articles focused on promoting it as the test rather than as an additional resource. They promoted the use in situations where no Athletic Trainer may be present, while inferring those administering the test would in fact be diagnosing the test.  All of these things concerned me.

After my initial post, I was contacted by Danielle Leong, OD, FAAO, Senior Director of Research with King-Devick Test to discuss my article.  In light of our conversation, I was inspired to debunk myths and shine light on what may be a more scientific way to look at the test and the current research.  Leong spent time explaining from a neurological perspective the multiple cortexes the King-Devick Test evaluates during the exam, in addition to hitting the cerebellum and brain stem.

This test was previously used on military patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this research, testers microscopically examined their patients’ eye movements and saw abnormalities in the movement patterns, leading to further research.  The size of the numbers used in testing are at a 20/100 level, minimizing the effect that not wearing corrective lenses could have on the exam.

Leong was quick to mention that while the King-Devick Test is able to be administered quickly and easily with minimal training, it is meant to be a screening tool, not a standalone resource for diagnosing concussion. She said non-healthcare professionals administering the test (especially in youth sports), should immediately remove these athletes from play and refer them to the appropriate healthcare professional for further evaluation, NOT diagnose these athletes as having a concussion.

Most notable to me, she cited a University of Florida study1 that examined the percentages of concussions captured using the King-Devick Test alone (79%); a modified SCAT3 that included the SAC, symptom checklist and the BESS alone (50%); and encompassing all testing (100%).  This study most directly addresses the call to incorporate both exams into our sideline arsenal to protect our athletes. Again, it’s one retrospective research study, but it is one with compelling results. Out of everything I’ve read and heard in researching for both of my posts, this is what stood out to me the most.  This is what calls me clinically to evaluate my methods of examination for concussion as I go forward in my clinical practice.

Science vs. Media. It’s a powerful thing these days; they can paint 2 different pictures.


1 Marinides Z, Galetta KM, Andrews CN, et al. Vision Testing is Additive to the Sideline Assessment of Sports-Related Concussion. Neurology: Clinical Practice. July 2014.

Why Should You Vote for the new Athletic Trainer Director?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

By: Cherie Trimberger

BOC Communications Coordinator

This time of the year, election campaign messaging is all around you. With local, state and national candidates appearing on the news, in TV ads, online and on signage, you might start to feel overwhelmed with elections, campaigns and the whole process. To top it off, there are elections for clubs, church councils and professional organizations you’re involved in, like the Board of Certification (BOC).

With so many campaigns and elections, you might start to think, “Why should I pay attention to another election? How does an election for the BOC Athletic Trainer (AT) Director affect me?”

To start, it’s not such a bad thing to live in a country and society where we are overwhelmed with the opportunity to vote. Voting allows you to have a say in not only your government but in organizations that have a hand in your life. The BOC election for AT Director is no exception.

The new AT Director will serve on the BOC Board of Directors. As BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, you have the right to have a say in who is elected to the BOC Board and who makes decisions affecting your certification. You also have a responsibility to yourself and the athletic training community to help elect new board members.

Again, you might be wondering, “How do the BOC Board members’ decisions affect my certification?”

Take a look at the major ways this election can affect you.

1. BOC Board members make decisions on certification standards for ATs.
2. BOC Board members make decisions on continuing education (CE) requirements.
3. BOC Board members’ decisions on certification standards and CE requirements ultimately affect an AT’s ability to work within the profession.

There are 3 candidates who are running to be the new AT Director. They are Randy L. Aldret, EdD, LAT, ATC; Kimberly Detwiler, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS; and Catherine “Cat” Stemmans Paterson, PhD, LAT, ATC. Take the time to learn more about these candidates by visiting

Then, don’t forget to vote in the election! Voting opens September 8 and closes October 15, 2015, 11:59pm CT. To vote, you must access your official ballot. Login information will be provided starting September 8 via an email from

There is still plenty of time for you to have a voice in this election. Remember, it does affect you!

VIDEO: Virtual Town Hall Meeting Answers Questions About Evidence Based Practice

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel answers questions about Evidence Based Practice (EBP) during an August 28 virtual Town Hall meeting.  The questions discussed in the virtual Town Hall meeting are listed below.  Tune in and Be Certain ™ your EBP questions are answered!

Questions Answered in Virtual Tour Hall Meeting

1. As a high school athletic trainer, what are the advantages of using EBP in my practice?

2. Why was notification about EBP late and we still need 10 hours?

3. Are there EBP CEUs offered as part of our yearly NATA membership fees? What can be done to offer more EBP CEU opportunities that can be purchased with CEU Bucks? Why does the NATA not allow us to use all of our CEU bucks for EBP courses?

4. Is the Clinical EBP application process going to be simplified?

5. Why do the Home Study courses with textbooks and an actual graded test not count toward EBP CEUs?

6. Why are there not any EBP courses on nutrition? Many of us practice in different settings! For example - health & wellness coach. Why aren't there any wellness related EBP courses?

7. Will there be more EBP courses available before the end of the year? The choices are still limited and do not necessarily meet my needs.

8. Will there be more EBP courses available before the end of the year? The choices are still limited and do not necessarily meet my needs.

9. EBP is a very broad concept. Is a system being developed to make it easier for us to know the type? For example, does the program use new research vs. meta-analysis?

10. Why do we have to do 10 extra EBP CEUs? That is very expensive.

11. Would it be better to make ALL CEUs meet EBP requirements? What makes EBP so special that it needs to be in a separate category? Why is there a separate EBP category when the current emphasis in most courses we take are on the current evidence?

12. Why was EBP added?

13. Why does it cost to have an EBP application reviewed?

14. How can the quizzes at the end of an EBP program be better used? If the goal is to improve practice, then shouldn't the quiz be practice-focused and not regurgitation?

15. Why are so many EBP test questions statistical and not medical injury care?

16. Most of the EBP programs are limited in content and very expensive (register, travel, hotel, meals, etc.).  Why can't the BOC make it free?

17. Why is there now a 2-year reporting period, instead of the previous 3 year period?

18. How was the number 10 determined for EBP CEUs?

19. May an AT attempt to "test out" of an EBP course?

20. What are the BOC's strategies for Athletic Trainers to incorporate evidence based principles in every-day practice?

21. Will there be changes in how EBP CEUs are reported by BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (number of CEUs, separate category, etc.)?

22. Why is it difficult to get presentations approved for EBP?

23. Can masters’ level courses in Research Methodology or other college courses be counted as EBP?

24. Do online EBPs have the same value for time spent as "hands on" EBPs?

25. Why are you holding this webinar in the middle of a work day?

26. How does the Mayo Clinic in Rochester possibly get all 11 hours EBP and those seminars in the Twin Cities can hardly get 1-2?

27. After an EBP course expires, can the provider use the original verbiage & update w/current research based info?

28. What criteria does a course need to meet be considered an EBP course?