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NATM in New York City

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Posted February 8, 2017

By Lauren Stephenson, MA, ATC

“Athletic Trainers Save Lives.”

“Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer.”

“We’ve Got Your Back.”

“We Prepare You Perform.”

“A Safer Approach to Work, Life & Sport.”

“Your Protection is Our Priority.”

Every March Athletic Trainers (ATs) are dedicated to promoting National Athletic Training Month (NATM) and the athletic training profession. At Stony Brook University (SBU), we began a NATM tradition in 2012 with an inaugural trip to the “TODAY Show” in New York City to help kick-off NATM. The first year, there were a total of 30 students, faculty and staff attending all wearing university attire and carrying signs promoting the NATM slogans.  The trip was a huge success!  We received recognition from the hosts of the show and enjoyed some great group activities. The activities included breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Diner on Broadway and a visit to the Body Worlds exhibit. The trip made such an impact that we decided to continue the tradition the following year.

In 2013, our group of now almost 50 including alumni (and we thought 2012 was huge), made the very early-morning, and much colder, trek into New York City for another amazing day. Our group filled an entire side of the “TODAY Show” corral with ATs and AT students. We followed this with breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Diner s and a tour with Jim Ramsay, head AT for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

With a couple of years’ experience under our belt, we decided to make an even bigger impact in 2014 by inviting our colleagues from all of District 2. This was the biggest success yet with over 200 ATs and AT students lining the entire “TODAY Show” corral.  We held signs with our new NATA logo and were proud to represent all regions of District 2, now this was huge.  Our breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Diner became a networking event for students from varying institutions. Then, the SBU crew followed that with a custom mouth guard workshop at New York City dental school.

In preparing for our 2015 event, we wanted to make our NATM kick-off tradition have an even greater impact Let’s get the word out that March is National Athletic Training Month! So we decided to not only attend the “TODAY Show”, but to also include the audience of “Good Morning America.” In addition, we invited District 1 to join us. In 2015, we gathered 100 ATs and students at each location and gained recognition from Robin Roberts at “Good Morning America.”  Our breakfast networking continued at Ellen’s Stardust Diner and several schools attended the Body World Exhibit together.

In 2016, we continued this tradition of attending 2 shows and set an all-time record of over 250 ATs and students! After breakfast, the SBU crew enjoyed an amazing experience with performing arts ATand SBU alumnus, Monica Lorenzo, MS, ATC at Radio City Music Hall. Lorenzo is an ATfor The Radio City Rockettes.

2017 marks our sixth year for NATM in New York City. It has become a tradition, not only for SBU, but for many ATs and AT programs in the northeast. We have over 13 institutions throughout Districts 1 and 2 represented and are looking forward to promoting this year’s slogan: “Your Protection is Our Priority.”

Every year we receive snap shots from people watching their TVs all over the US. They are always excited to see friends and colleagues and our NATA logo plastered across their morning news screens.  It has always been our goal to promote our profession. However, our event has evolved into an experience of camaraderie among all those in attendance, sharing an unparalleled experience of professional pride.

Being in New York City, we are lucky we have access to some of the largest morning news shows in the country. However, we recognize that travel to New York City in March is not feasible for ATs across the US. We have found this type of NATM event to be very rewarding, and we hope you join us in seeking out your local morning news show to help promote the athletic training profession in March. Here are some tips for making a successful local event:

1. Find out if your local news station allows visitors for a live audience.

2. If they allow visitors, check in with other local AT programs and ATs to see if they want to attend.

- Local AT associations also can send out a mass email with your contact info.

- The more people the greater the impact.

3. Make a spreadsheet that includes one contact for each interested institution.

4. When you a have general idea of how many will be in attendance, use the NATA PR Toolkit for NATM to create a press release and send it to the news station. You can find the NATA PR Toolkit at

5. Create an itinerary for the day and make sure you arrive very early to get a good spot.

- Be detailed so everyone knows where to go and who to direct questions from the producers to.

- Breakfast or a fun event afterward is always a bonus.

6. If you can’t get a large group together, just get started with your own group and it will grow from there.

If you’re interested in attending NATM in New York City or would like some guidance on starting your own event, please contact You can follow our event on Facebook at  or on the “TODAY Show” or “Good Morning America” on March 3, 2017.

Happy National Athletic Training Month!




How did we start off National Athletic Training Month (NATM)? With an annual visit to the “TODAY Show!”

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Posted on March 10, 2016

Beth Wolfe

By Beth Wolfe, CAGS, ATC

Dark and early on March 4, a group of about 100 Athletic Trainers and students from District 1 and District 2 volunteered to stand in the snow and 30 degree weather to show their support for our profession. Due to the weather and national news headlines, the celebrities of the “TODAY Show” spent very little time outside on the plaza. However, Al Roker did take the time to shake hands and talk to a group of Hofstra athletic training students off camera, after reporting the weather from the plaza. Regardless of the limited live coverage from outside on the plaza, many of our posters made it on live TV during the interview with the United States Olympic gymnasts Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patternson and Nastia Liukin.

This year is special, as there are 2 chances to join the NATM in New York City events! We are going back to New York City on March 18 to be on “Good Morning America!” Be sure to set your DVRs and take pictures of your TVs and tablets as over 200 Athletic Trainers and students will be present to support NATM.

Each year this event continues to grow and become a spotlight for celebrating NATM. A special thanks to Lauren Stephenson and the Stony Brook Athletic Training Program as this event would not be possible without their efforts and support. The NATA is appreciative of your time and efforts to run this great event each year!

Would you like to join us next year? Follow the event on Facebook for the latest updates and news on NATM in NYC 2017:

About the Author

Elizabeth “Beth” Wolfe is the Injury Prevention Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Tufts Medical Center Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in Boston, Massachusetts. Wolfe received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina (2010) and master’s in Health Education (2012) and CAGS in Sport Psychology (2013) at Boston University. Wolfe is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Health Science in Healthcare Administration and Leadership at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A few of her research interests include bike and pedestrian safety; fall prevention; concussion/head injury documentation and coding; and performance/quality improvement programming for the profession of athletic training. Wolfe is an active medical volunteer for the Boston Athletic Association and numerous other races/events throughout the greater New England area. In her free time, Beth loves to ride her bike around Boston and participates in local rugby and softball leagues.

"TODAY Show" interview with the United States Olympic gymnasts.

National Athletic Training Month signs as seen on the "TODAY Show!"



















Wrapping Up National Athletic Training Month 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society at NBC Today Show Rockefeller Center NYC.

March was an amazing month for National Athletic Training Month (NATM), and it was great to see what everyone did to promote "We’ve got your back" and the profession.

Al Roker and Scott Dietrich.

Scott Dietrich, an athletic training professor at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in Pennsylvania, was one of the organizers of an NATM Today Show trip to New York City. Students and faculty from ESU attended the Today Show for the first time on February 28th, thanks to a Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Fundly online campaign to get sponsorships and donations to finance the trip. Students had the opportunity to attend with just an expense of $10. PATS members and students were grateful for the contributions that helped spread the word about the profession.

Lauren Stephenson, an athletic training faculty member at Stony Brook University located in New York, coordinated the agenda for the NYC-NATM day, while Scott coordinated the poster party at ESU and charter bus. A group of about 60 people, which included students and faculty from ESU, Lock Haven University and California University of Pennsylvania, gathered at ESU the night before and ate pizza while making posters for display on camera. The bus left at 4:30am for the 70-mile drive and arrived at the Today Show at 5:45am just in time to fill out waivers and get through the gates. It was 7 degrees out, but everyone was thrilled to join close to 150 others people from District 2, all waving signs and proclaiming National Athletic Training Month! Athletic Trainers (ATs) were even appropriately mentioned by Al Roker in this TV clip.

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society at NBC Today Show Rockefeller Center NYC.

PATS does not limit promoting the profession to just the month of March. On April 1st, they took to the state capitol in Harrisburg, PA, to speak with more than 16 legislators to encourage hiring ATs in the approximately 150 schools that currently do not have access to AT services. On April 27th, the athletic training programs in Northeastern PA will host the 12th annual NEPA Athletic Training Scholarship 5K race to raise money for a student scholarship. This event has been going on for the past 12 years, and the combined effort with King’s College, Marywood, Alvernia and East Stroudsburg Universities has earned over $22,000 in scholarship funds.

What was your favorite part about NATM? Share your moments in the comments.

Written By:
Brittney Ryba

Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Not only is March National Athletic Training Month, but the commemoration also coincides with Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. According to The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year. About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), according to the BIAA Fact Sheet.

Among the things which increase the anxiety level of parents of children playing contact or collision sports, or any sport for that matter, is the fact that many high school programs don’t employ Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) who have education in treating sports injuries, including heat illness, spine and neck injuries, sudden cardiac arrest, and in recognizing the often subtle signs or symptoms of a concussion.

It is often important to document the extent of an individual’s cognitive deficits when he or she has suffered an injury. This can be difficult to establish in children and adolescents since they are continuing to develop. Read more about pre-concussion screening of children and adolescents.

Brain Injury Awareness Day is March 12

Brain Injury Awareness Day is today. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), along with champions on Capitol Hill, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force co-chairs Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), will help bring awareness on Brain Injury Awareness Day.

Youth Sports Safety Alliance

The Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) held its 5th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. During Monday’s conference, many spoke, including Brian Hainline, M.D. and Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC.  Dr. Hainline is the NCAA Chief Medical Officer and stated that ATs are crucial professionals in the care of student athletes.

Dr. Broglio is the Associate Professor and Director with the NeuroSport Research Laboratory. As a Certified Athletic Trainer, Broglio stated that 1.86-3.8 million sports/recreation concussions happen each year.

The YSSA has worked to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. High school athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 200,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. They have many resources on their website to answer questions and provide guidance on how to make sports safer, including information about concussions and brain injuries.

Written By:
Brittney Ryba

National Athletic Training Month 2014! We’ve Got Your Back

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

March is here, and so is National Athletic Training Month (NATM). It’s time put away the khaki pants and break out the khaki shorts, and it’s also time to start promoting our profession and spread awareness about all the work Athletic Trainers (ATs) do. Most people hang the posters and signs and tell people that it is National Athletic Training Month, which is great. Information on this can be found on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) website (

But I want to share some ideas of different ways to educate people about what ATs do and know.

Secondary School: Hold a raffle/quiz for athletic training themed prizes. Create a quiz for students, staff and parents, and require that they score 90% or so in order to enter the raffle. The prizes can be first aid kits, extra water bottles, towels, etc. You can also use this as a fundraising opportunity and sell raffle tickets.

Colleges and Universities: Host an Open Athletic Training Facility Night where students, faculty and staff, and local community members can come in and see what an athletic training facility looks like, how it runs and what ATs actually do. AT Students: Set up an evaluation booth at the school’s campus recreational center. Have a preceptor supervise and offer free evaluations and rehabilitation exercises for other students, faculty and staff.

Hospital and Clinical: Hold a free taping clinic to the local community (coaches, athletes, etc.). This will help them understand part of your background, and you can inform them about what else you can do to help be physically fit and stay safe.

Professional Sports: Contact your team’s PR department and inform then that it is NATM. Offer ideas for articles they can write or videos they can show. Examples are, “A Day in the Life of (insert name), The Athletic Trainer for (insert team name)” and the video, “Behind the Scenes with a Certified Athletic Trainer.” (

Occupational Health: Change your signature in your email account. Add a small picture of the NATM logo and possibly a little sentence about ATs. For example: Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Taken from

Military: Create a bulletin board for NATM and have a section that introduces yourself as an AT, what you do in the setting and a little bit about yourself (work experience, family life, how you improve patient outcomes, etc.)

Performing Arts: Set up a “Trade Places for a Day” with one of your performers. Have the performer try to teach you some of the activities that they do, and you can teach/show them what it is like to be an AT.

Public Awareness: Contact your local government official and try to get a proclamation in the town or county you work/live in. NATA has information on how to do this with sample proclamations. This can be found on the NATA’s website (

Physician Extender: Ask your physician if it would be okay to wear a shirt or scrubs that say “Athletic Training” or the name of the college or university you graduated before you became an AT. When patients ask about your shirt inform them about NATM and what an AT does. In the end, anything you do to help promote the athletic training profession will be great.

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


New Year’s Resolutions for the AT Profession

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

Written By:
Brittney Ryba

BOC Blogaversary: Top 13 Blogs in 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

This week marks the third anniversary of the BOC blog. Thank you to our volunteer bloggers for their contributions and readers for your comments, support and ideas for new blogs. We want to share the most popular blogs from the past year. If you enjoy making a difference to the athletic training profession through writing, photography and sharing your ideas, join the BOC blog team today by emailing

AAN Releases New Guidelines for Managing Concussions posted September 4th.

NPI Numbers Essential for All Healthcare Providers posted August 28th.

Promoting Awareness for Athletic Trainers posted July 30th.

An In Depth Look with….Larry Heck, ATC posted July 3rd.

College World Series: Meet the Athletic Trainer posted June 20th.

Happy Mother’s Day posted May 12th.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the Athletic Trainer posted April 18th.

National Athletic Training Month Challenge posted March 5th.

Victory: Athletic Trainer in AP Stylebook posted February 27th.

An In Depth Look with an AT at the US Navy SMART Center Naval Hospital posted February 22nd.

Athletic Training: Why I Love My Job posted February 14th.

Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer: NATM Coming Soon posted February 11th.

Athletic Trainers Fight MRSA posted January 30th.

2013 National Athletic Training Month Successes

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Local Athletic Trainers with Omaha Mayor


March was an exciting month to promote and celebrate the athletic training profession. The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) held a National Athletic Training Month (NATM) proclamation luncheon with local Athletic Trainers (ATs). We were honored to have Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle attend and give the proclamation, along with speeches from BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel and Athletic Trainer Director Rusty McKune.  View the proclamation event on the BOC’s YouTube channel.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle Gives NATM Proclamation

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has enrolled 382 licensed ATs and the BOC is proud to have certified over 42,000 certified Athletic Trainers nation-wide.

Athletic training students and professionals participated in a variety of activities during NATM to promote the profession and make a positive influence within their communities. Gustavus Adolphus College athletic training students held a week long food drive to collect items for the local food pantry. BOC blogger, Paul LaDuke, was part of the group of Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) members who went to the state capitol for their annual Hike to Harrisburg. Chris Lenker, Head Athletic Trainer at Tusculum College, managed podcast interviews of ATs in support of 2013 NATM.

BOC Staff with Omaha Mayor

March may be over, but don’t let that prevent yourself from promoting your athletic training credential the profession year-round. You can also share the importance of ATs with April being National Youth Sports Safety Month.

Written By:

Brittney Ryba

National Athletic Training Month 2013! #AT4EveryBody

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Shared from the Young Professionals in the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association blog.

National Athletic Training Month 2013! #AT4EveryBody #NATM2013
Happy National Athletic Training Month 2013! Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer!

Springtime is one of the busiest times of year for a secondary school Athletic Trainer (AT), so it’s nice to take some time to remember why we love what we do.  I was recently out on maternity leave and was given time to truly see why I decided to be an AT.

I work with a wonderful AT who made sure I did not feel any guilt or have any worries while I was out, and he took over all of my work duties.  I am very grateful to be able to work with someone like this, who was constantly reminding me that my family came first. He worked extra taking care of all of our athletes and still made time to come visit my family and wish us well while I was out.  You see it’s what ATs do; they take care of each other because every body needs an athletic trainer.

I also get to work with great student athletes.  For example, while out on leave a student athlete  contacted me, begging that I attend the last home game of the season and her senior night.  I had spent many hours over the last two years working with her in rehabilitation from two different surgeries.  I was so touched that she wanted me there to watch her compete in her last home game, but just before the game she publicly thanked me over the loud speakers for helping her return to competition.  I did all I could not to tear up!

We work each day as ATs never expecting a thank you. When you receive one, in that manner, it’s the greatest feeling – especially when you get to watch them achieve their goals after sitting out so long. We get the opportunity to help an athlete through tough times; we push them physically, mentally and emotionally to help them get back to the sport and activity that they love. Seeing them return is really the only thank you we need! Student athletes need athletic trainers; every body needs an athletic trainer.

I work with crazy and fun coaches. My office door is always open (whenever I am actually in it) and one of my favorite things when a coach steps in just to vent a little or a lot.  As ATs we are often the sounding board and safe spot for coaches to vent about a rough day, hard fought loss, frustrating athlete or anything else on their mind.  Coaches need athletic trainers, every body needs athletic trainers.

I get to work with an awesome nurse. At our school the nurses and ATs try to work closely with each other to provide care for all of the students and staff on campus.  We try to use each other’s strengths in different situations. We are called in most emergencies and for musculoskeletal injuries and all concussions that occur on campus.  So the student body needs athletic trainers, the nurse needs athletic trainers, every body needs athletic trainers.

I love being an AT, working with a variety of people and caring for variety of different needs.

Share why you love your job and why every body needs an athletic trainer on twitter, using #AT4EveryBody #NATM2013.

Written By:

Stephanie Nelson, ATC


National Athletic Training Month Challenge

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Shared from the Young Professionals in the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association blog.

National Athletic Training Month Challenge

Last year while watching a basketball game, I happened to notice our cheerleaders out on the gym floor doing a basket toss.  Most of the time I try not to watch our cheerleaders because just their normal stunting makes me nervous, but I just happened to look up and see a girl flying through the air.  Now, I am not an expert on cheerleading by any means, but I do know, from working for the Universal Cheerleading Association for a couple of summers, that basket tosses are not supposed to done unless there are mats underneath.  I addressed this with our athletic director and he said that we definitely needed to look into it.

Well, this year I look up and we are doing basket tosses again.  When I confronted our cheer sponsor about it, she said that she had discussed it with our athletic director.  They had decided that it was a fine print rule and that, if they were going to follow that rule, there were a lot of other rules they would have to follow and it would cost too much money.  Unfortunately I did not agree with this statement.  If we are going to have cheerleading at our school, we need to make sure to follow the safety measures put in place in order to protect our athletes.

I decided to address this one more time with our athletic director, just to make my above opinion known.  Apparently there was some miscommunication between him and the cheerleading sponsor because he agreed with me and said that we would do what needed to be done.

Now not all situations work out as well as this one did when dealing with rules, regulations, and compliance, but I just wanted to give everyone a reminder, as we head into National Athletic Training Month, that we need to remember the purpose of our profession.  Sometimes we may have to have uncomfortable conversations or be the annoying person who keeps bringing up safety hazards, but we are all in this career because we want to provide safe environments in which our athletes and patients can perform.

So this month, do not just put up banners or make T-shirts in order to get the word out about athletic training (although those are great things to do).  Take the time to address an issue or concern that has to do with the safety of your athletes because, after all, that is what athletic training is all about.

Written By:

Shaya Hancock, ATC