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Nebraska Mayors Recognize Athletic Trainers for Commitment to Healthcare

Posted March 31, 2017

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert acknowledges March as National Athletic Training Month. Mayor Stothert signed a proclamation on Friday, March 3, 2017 which was delivered to the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer’s headquarters located at 1415 Harney Street, Suite 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68102.

This recognition honors Athletic Trainers (ATs) for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and keeping people healthy and active. The theme for National Athletic Training Month is: Your Protection is Our Priority. (#NATM2017)

The Mid-America Athletic Trainer’s Association (MAATA), annual meeting on March 16-18 took place in La Vista, Nebraska. On March 17, La Vista Director of Recreation Scott Stopak joined the MAATA attendees on La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig’s behalf to present a signed proclamation in honor of National Athletic Training Month.

Stopak delivered a few words on behalf of Mayor Kindig. Stopak says, “The focus on care and awareness of head and spine injuries in recent years has been astounding.”

“While I am not a medical professional like all of you, I strongly believe that research, education and coordination we’re all working towards is crucial for not only the care of student athletics but also the public. Thank you for your work in making head and spine injuries recognition and care part of the daily conversation for coaches, parents, athletes and, medical professionals.”

During this presentation, the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) Board President Russell McKune was also awarded the MAATA Athletic Training Service Award. MAATA consists of ATs from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas and topics included visual dysfunctions following concussion, appropriate care of the spine injured athletes and much more.

Mid-America Athletic Trainer’s Association

Last summer, ATs in Nebraska helped to support the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act and the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights during Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C. The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act would protect ATs who provide services for their team in a secondary state. The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights addresses the health and safety of youth athletes. Learn more at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association website.

ATs are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Several activities are organized nationally to increase the awareness of the athletic training healthcare profession in celebrating National Athletic Training Month.

The BOC was incorporated in 1989 as a not-for-profit credentialing agency to provide a certification program for the entry level athletic training profession. The BOC establishes both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC also works with state regulatory agencies to provide credential information, professional conduct guidelines and regulatory standards on certification issues. The mission of the BOC is to provide exceptional credentialing programs for healthcare professionals to assure protection of the public. The BOC also has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the United States and has mutual recognition agreements with Canada and Ireland.

For more information, contact Cherie Trimberger at CherieT@bocatc.org. Visit the BOC website at www.bocatc.org.