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Finish 2015 on a High Note and Prepare for 2016

By Cherie Trimberger

Communications Coordinator

The end of the year is only a few weeks away.  While your mind may be filled with family, holidays and travel, there are some important things for you to remember in order to start your new year on a high note.  Maintaining your certification and planning for your professional development are important steps to starting your year off right.  Below is a list of the top 5 items that should be on your radar as 2015 ends and 2016 begins.

1. The current reporting period ends December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm CT.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are required to complete the following to maintain their certification.  Log in to BOC Central™ at www.bocatc.org/BOCCentral to check your requirements.

Standards of Professional Practice - ATs are required to comply with the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, which consists of Practice Standards and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Emergency Cardiac Care - ATs must maintain ongoing Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification at the Basic Life Support/Professional Rescuer level or beyond.

Certification Maintenance Fee - ATs are required to pay an annual certification maintenance fee.

2. Start the new reporting period off right by taking the BOC self-assessment exam.

During the 2014-2015 reporting period, did you feel unsure of what continuing education (CE) programs would be the right fit for you?  The BOC self-assessment exams can help by determining your strengths and weaknesses.

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you plan for the 2016-2017 reporting period so you can select the best CE options for you.   To take a BOC self-assessment exam now, follow this link https://sae.bocatc.org/.

3. Safety is the key for a great new year.  Is your athletic training facility safe?

An easy-to-use online resource can help you gauge your athletic training facility’s compliance with applicable regulations and best practices.  Available at www.bocatc.org/facility, the BOC Facility Principles online tool lets you assess accessibility, privacy and confidentiality, employee safety, safe handling of hazardous materials, emergency preparedness and more. The information is also compiled in the BOC Facility Principles document, downloadable in PDF format from www.bocatc.org/facility.

4. Start planning for National Athletic Training Month in March.

National Athletic Training Month is coming up in March and 2016’s theme is “A safer approach to work, life and sport.”  Now is a great time to think about how you can promote the athletic training profession and your work as an AT.

Start by promoting certification and National Athletic Training Month on your social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other you might prefer.  Another simple way to get the word out about athletic training is to request our promotional images, which represent a variety of sports and activities.  Requests can be made at www.bocatc.org/awareness.

5. Don’t miss out on the 67th National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. Come check out the BOC exhibit at the 67th National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.  The meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 23-25, 2016.  Learn more and resister at http://convention.nata.org/