WATA Research Committee Call for Abstracts

WATA Research Commitee Call for Abstracts
The Free Communication Session at the Annual WATA Symposium provides a forum for researchers, clinicians, and students to disseminate research and clinical case studies. Abstracts are reviewed and selected by the WATA Research Committee and are presented via poster and oral presentations. The WATA Research Committee also gives an award for athletic training student posters that demonstrate exemplary research and presentation quality.
45th Annual WATA Meeting and Symposium
Holiday Inn Stevens Point Conference Center, Stevens Point, WI
April 4th – 5th, 2019
Poster session presented during the Welcome Reception on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 (Posters must be up by 3pm)
Oral free communications session date and time TBD
Free Communications Session Eligibility:
  • All presenters, student or certified, must be members of the WATA in order to be eligible to present.
  • All abstract submissions must follow the applicable NATA Research & Education Foundation Free Communications Program submission guidelines (Peer-Reviewed Track: Please note that the 2019 guidelines have changed slightly from the previous years. Submissions that do not comply with these requirements will not be accepted.
  • Authors should be limited to those who meet the Authorship Guidelines provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (
  • The first author of the abstract must be present at the required times of presentation.
Submission Guidelines:
  • The abstract must be submitted electronically as a WORD document. The file should be titled with the first author’s first initial followed by their last name (i.e. ATRAINER.docx).
  • The electronic file must be sent to and received by 11:59pm on Monday, February 25th, 2019.
Decision Notification:
  • Applicants will be notified of the WATA Research Committee’s decision by Monday, March 11th, 2019.
Oral Presentation Guidelines:
  • Each presentation will be given a 15-minute time slot (10-12 minutes for presentation, and 3-5 minutes for audience questions).
  • The presenting author must provide/upload the presentation slides prior to the free communications session. Instructions will be given on how the slides must be provided/uploaded.
  • Following the NATA Research and Education Foundation Oral Presentations Guidelines is highly recommended (
Poster Presentation Guidelines:
  • The poster must be no larger than 3’ x 4’.
  • Font on the poster should be viewable from a distance of 4 feet (approximately size 16 font or greater).
  • Pictures, diagrams, tables, etc. are considered helpful and highly recommended on the poster.
  • The presentation should follow AMA Manual of Style for references, figures, tables, etc.
Free Communications Session Student Poster Award Eligibility:
  • Must currently be enrolled in an accredited professional athletic training program at the time of submission OR graduated from an accredited professional athletic training program within the last 2 years.
  • Students may submit one project for award consideration per year and may receive one award per year.
  • Any members of the research team that do not meet the above requirements may be an author but will not be eligible for the award(s).
Student Poster Awards Selection Criteria:
  • The WATA Research Committee will judge the posters and determine award recipients. If WATA Research Committee members are also authors, they will not be allowed to judge posters and determine award recipients. An alternative reviewer will be selected.
  • Award recipients will be determined based on the following criteria (in order of importance):
    1. Quality of Research/Case Report
    2. Conclusion Accuracy
    3. Relevance to Profession
    4. Originality/Novelty
    5. Visual Appeal of Poster
  • A cash prize will be awarded to the top presenters. Awards will be presented at the WATA Awards Banquet.


WATA Research Committee Call for Research Grant Applications

WATA Research Committee

Call for Research Grant Applications
The WATA Research Committee is now accepting applications for research grant funds of up to $2000 to fund sports medicine research.

Who is Eligible?

  • A Certified Athletic Trainer and WATA Member must be a critical member of the research team but does not have to be the Primary Investigator.

  • Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply!


  • Oral presentation at the future WATA Spring Meeting

Due dates:

  • Reviewed during two award cycles annually (April 1 & November 1)

If interested, please contact Research Committee Chair at for an application.


Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan
January, 2018
Ann E. Zanzig
Consultants, LLC
WATA Strategic Plan
January 20, 2018
• Our leadership stays “ahead of the curve”
• We publicly recognize contributions
• We work together in teams
• We have clarity of goals
• We are fiscally responsible
The Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. (WATA) is a professional membership organization of licensed athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession in Wisconsin. Athletic Trainers are allied health care professionals who provide care for active individuals. The WATA was originally founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1990.
The Mission of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association is to improve the quality of health care for individuals in the State of Wisconsin by the promotion and advancement of the athletic training profession and the licensed athletic trainer.
*SWOT: What are strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as we plan?
• Leadership engagement
• Professional advancement
• Resourceful
• Reimbursement / state participation
• Practice Act / legislative efforts
• Involvement with third party reimbursement / cash services
• Financially strong, current position of WATA / resources to bank ideas and growth
o (Wisconsin Management Association will add growth to Association)
• BOD keeps members at forefront of decision making
• History = foundation of what FF vision
o Licensure work
• Visionary – A.T. canes, 3rd party, licensure
• Financially
• BOD keep members at forefront of decision making
• Member engagement / involvement / communication to and from members
• Financial resources
• Clarity of governance documentation
• Accountability for leadership (direction, on task, oversight, expectations)
• Focusing on small group through third party reimbursement (too focused) (thinking of other things)
• Accountability for leadership
• Involvement of young professionals / member communication
• Financial funding
• Member engagement
• Close gap of LATs and those part of WATA (increase membership)m, need to increase benefits to members (you don’t have to be a member to be protected by WATA)
• Communicating errors / expand involvement/communication
• Member engagement = top to bottom
• Size of organization = scope of health care = keeping license, lack of funds
• Recognition across the board / lack of public knowledge
• Finance / funding to compete with other specialties (PT)
• Non-member – LAT in state
• “Athletic” trainer label
• YPC development / new AT engagement and direction
• Utilize resources (Assoc. management)
o Financial resources
• Public education of AT profession
• Increase growth and membership (increase LATs that are WATA members)
• Longer term Master’s programs
• Practice Act – leverage for more opportunities for LATS
• WAM – increase communication new ideas / processes on communication, smoother, easier process for members
• Education rise, MS programs
• Secondary school / ATEP programs – thinking outside the box
o Fire department]
o Department of Public Works
o PD
o “Occupational Athletes”
• Leverage third party reimbursement – open Practice Act to reflect current educational standards
• Model the YPC to engage members
• Membership engagement and education
o “segmentation” and unity of all members
• Leadership follow through
• Inter-professional relationships
• Practice Act changes / limitation
• DSPS: Study and deregulating (need qualified professionals, i.e., mental health, management
• Obstacle language in licensure – advance and develop
• Communication (member engagement) – bring various LAT settings together – increase value / salaries
• State legislature – regulatory
• “Financial pie” sponsorships
*What is the #1 improvement you would like to see?
• Identification of objectives and follow through
• Practice Act advancement and changes
• Increase internal and external engagement of stakeholders through education through having the financial resources
Strategic Priorities: Three Year
A. Health and Safety of Consumer
Practice Act / Reopening
B. Increased Membership and Involvement
1. Membership Benefits: What are you getting for your membership?
2. Identify, enhance and communicate benefits to members
3. Better use of social media
4. Promote resources through NATA
5. Market research to help increase salaries / membership engagement
6. Annual meeting career fair, professional development
7. Educational opportunities: state / regional / local WATA
C. Organizational Efficiencies
1. Clear objectives and directions for leadership positions
2. Review number of committees
a. Policies and procedures – working document
i. Transparent rolls
ii. Oversite
b. “Scrub” positions
i. Duties
ii. Responsibilities
3. Identify and engage potential stakeholders / future leaders
D. External Ed.
1. Overall knowledge of profession (promotion through media)
2. Training of advocates / external stakeholders
E. Financial Stability and Growth
1. Future investment of funds
2. Increase revenue by creating investment opportunities
3. Increase reimbursement through all settings
4. Membership special assessment / increase dues
WATA: Year One Action Plans 2018-2019
Strategic Priority: Health and Safety of Consumer
Point People: WATA President / WATA Lobbyist
Three-Year Goal: Revised Practice Act eliminating consulting physician requirement and improved practice language. Action Steps / Year One Participants Dates Meet with national Leadership Lobbyist / GAC February 2018 BOD review of language / develop survey WATA BOD / GAC February 2018 Survey membership at annual meeting WATA BOD April 2018 Present recommendations to membership WATA BOD April 2018 Circulation of bill for authorship Lobbyist October 2018 Measures of Success: 3 Year Mark
Revised bill / Practice Act Language Passed
WATA: Year One Action Plans 2018-2019
Strategic Priority: Increase Membership and Involvement
Point People: BOD (change to someone else specific)
Three-Year Goal: Increase overall membership. Action Steps / Year One Participants Dates Create and distribute membership benefits. Marketing Department – Management: Chris Jenny Thorpe / Alyson Kelsey April 2018 Reassess membership benefits. Chris, Management Company April/August 2018 Provide educational opportunities for athletic training students. Alicia Belant; JJ Bonk / Student Senate January 2019 Measures of Success:
1. Number of members relative to existing licensure to state
2. Number of view via electronic communication
3. Number of presentations given
4. Administration of survey and number of responses
WATA: Year One Action Plans 2018-2019
Strategic Priority: Organizational Efficiency
Point People: Anna Linstedt
Three-Year Goal #1: A complete, up-to-date working Policies and Procedures document accessible for leadership and members. Action Steps / Year One Participants Dates Identify BOD and committee members – Policies and Procedures and send out respective portions of current Policies and Procedures for review. Danielle Smith sends to BOD members September 2018 Identify ——————— of Policies and Procedures for formatting and distribution. Anna Linstedt / Management Assoc. January 1, 2019 Measures of Success:
Have the completed, up-to-date Policies and Procedures housed and accessible by April 1, 2019.
Three-Year Goal #2: Review governance structure to determine strategic and streamlined leadership. Action Steps / Year One Participants Dates Look at current committees and goals for WATA to determine need of continuance. Measures of Success:
WATA: Year One Action Plans 2018-2019
Strategic Priority: External Education
Point People: WATA Regional Representatives
Three-Year Goal: Increase external advocacy state-wide with various healthcare providers and stakeholders by promoting the profession of AT. Action Steps / Year One Participants Dates Form relationships through regional networking. Regional Reps (Patrick, Anna, Danielle and Lisa) June 2018 Create subgroups of various representatives. 5-7 December 2018 Develop market / educational materials that will be used in the promotion of the profession. (WAM) WAM / BOD Measures of Success:
By year one of implementation each region has given one presentation to a group of stakeholders.
WATA: Year One Action Plans 2018-2019
Strategic Priority: Financial Stability and Growth
Point People: Andrew Baker, WAM
Three-Year Goal: Minimum reserve account $30,000. Action Steps / Year One Participants Dates Develop investment policy. Brent / WAM April 2018 Implement / execute investment policy. Andrew July 2018 Balanced budget. Andrew December 2018 Alternative sources of revenue through sponsorships and special events. Erin / WAM January 2019 Measures of Success:
1. Transparency with reporting
2. At 18 months – $25,000 in reserve account


Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act passed by Senate!

See link below for more information:


Tim McGuine finishes study

Hello at the WATA!

I want to let you know that we have finished our study titled: “The Impact of Athletic Trainers on the Incidence and Management of Concussions in High School Athletes”.  This two year study was funded by the NATA-REF and has been reviewed and accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.

This study details how an increased level of athletic trainer availability in high schools make it more likely that a SRC is promptly identified and managed (see attached summary).

This is especially relevant to the WATA since all of the data were collected prospectively by high school  LATs on 2400+ athletes attending a diverse sample of 31 schools from across WI.

Moving forward….

  1. The UW is starting to put together a press release highlighting the study findings. If you agree, I will also ask that they include a quote from the WATA leadership in the release.

  2. I’m happy to present this research at the 2019 WATA meeting and symposium.  I think it can be paired with a recognition and or management of concussion talk and we could create a pretty good 1-2 hour EBP for attendees.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Timothy A. McGuine  PhD ATC

Dept. of Orhtopedics and Rehabiliation

University of Wisocnsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Call for Presentation Proposals- WATA 2019



APRIL 4 – 6, 2019


The Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Committee is inviting proposals for professional presentations at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium in Stevens Point, WI, April 4 – 6, 2019. Athletic Trainers and affiliated professionals are encouraged to submit proposals for both general sessions and those that may qualify for the BOC’s Evidence-based Practice (EBP) continuing education units (CEUs).

EBP Presentation topics should address athletic training domain(s) beyond entry-level knowledge or address a topic that would make a valuable contribution to the understanding of the practice or pedagogy of athletic training. EBP foundational presentations should enhance the athletic trainer’s understanding and implementation of EBP, while EBP clinical presentation should address the presentation topic using the best available evidence.  There is a separate application and proposal format for an EBP presentation, which the presenter and the WATA Continuing Education Committee will submit to the Board of Certification after acceptance of the initial proposal.

Individuals interested in presenting must complete the online application indicating the presentation title, a structured abstract (200 word limit to include rationale, overall objective, and description), measureable learning objectives (BOC resource for assistance), and desired presentation type. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the survey link.  Please contact Holly Schmies, WATA Continuing Education Committee Co-chair ( regarding any questions. Each submission will undergo review by the WATA Continuing Education Committee.

Thank you for considering sharing your knowledge and expertise with the members of the WATA!

2019 WATA Presentation Proposal Survey


41st Annual University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Symposium

University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Symposium Program Guide

Registration is open!


AB 766 signed into Law yesterday

Mike Moll, WATA member and the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine at UW Madison (pictured far right), was on hand when Governor Walker signed into law AB 766, which allows physicians licensed in other states to practice in Wisconsin if they are traveling with a sports team for a specific sporting event.  Also pictured are State Senator Howard Marklein (Spring Green) and State Representative Adam Neylon, (Pewaukee) the legislative authors of the bill.


March Update from our ATEPs

Check out what our ATEPs are doing around the state.