2021 Virtual Orthopaedic Symposium

Gundersen Medical Foundation is hosting a 2021 Virtual Orthopaedic Symposium.


Divine Savior Cross Training PT's, OT's, AT's and Surgical Personnel

We Are In This Together

We are all implementing COVID-19 coping strategies, but special “hats-off” to our Rehab and Surgery staff for completing our recent MedSurg C.N.A cross-training course. 40 staff including PT’s, OT’s, AT’s and Surgical personnel attended the cross-training program which consisted of a day of training & simulation followed by a shift on the MedSurg floor where they shadowed a RN’s & CAN’s before their names were included in the labor pool. Andy Acker, ATC, LAT participated in the training and is seen in the back row with his hands in the air. We are in this together!


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 athletic training related 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 Annual Meeting
Due dates:
  • Reviewed during two award cycles annually (April 1 & November 1)
If interested, please contact Dr. Naoko Giblin, Research Committee Chair, at [email protected] for an application.



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


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.