June 2020 Print

President's Report

Hello WATA!

I hope that this message finds you well, and adjusting to all that is happening around you. I have learned how to navigate the digital learning environment with my 3 school age kids and a spouse who is an educator.  There have been many bumps along the way, but we’ve been able to take them one day at a time.  I am sure there are many who have also endured a similar bumpy path.  With each new day, our bumpy path has gotten easier to ride. We do have a light at the end of the tunnel with the end of digital learning, as our last day of “school” is June 4th.  I hope your path has become easier as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Andrea Dosedla to the board of directors.  She has accepted the board of directors’ appointment as our treasurer.  In turn, I would like to thank Lauren Hawkinson for her service to the WATA and wish her well in her new path.

I’ve had many conversations with members since March, when COVID-19 struck.  The stories of how COVID-19 has affected all athletic trainers across the state, are amazing. From members that have been fortunate enough to continue to work in their traditional environment, to members that have been furloughed, athletic trainers across the state are finding themselves in situations they never thought they would be in. I myself, have been blessed by being redeployed within my healthcare system several times, and am now working in the accounts payable department.  Some are working in dining service, door screening, or even helping in the supply chain. The resilience of Wisconsin athletic trainers is amazing. Yes, eventually we will get back to our traditional environments, but until then, continue to look forward, continue to count your blessings, and continue to take care of yourselves.

If you find that you are in need of support, our WATA ATS Cares Team is here for you.  We have recently launched the ATS Cares “hot button” that is located at the top of the website.  Please use this service if you need support.

There have been some discussions going on as to what WATA will be putting in place for our secondary high school athletic trainers for when it is time to get back to sports. I think it is fair to say that we all want our sports back, for ALL levels, but we also need to make sure we can get them back safely and responsibly. The WATA will be supporting the decisions and guidelines that the WIAA will present.  Unfortunately, at this time, we do not know what those are or what they will look like.  I encourage all athletic trainers who work in the secondary schools or collegiate levels: be proactive and have the necessary conversations with your school leadership to help with the planning process for the safe return to sports.  The National High School Federation has published guidelines for opening up athletics and activities. Please click here for a link to those guidelines.  The NCAA also published their guidelines. Please click here for a link to those guidelines. NATA has also just come out with their guidelines for secondary school AT's.  Please click here for a link to those guidelines. Please review, so you are familiar with the guidelines and keep in mind that things are fluid and ever changing.

I encourage you all to take a moment to look around and count your blessings.  However large or small they are, they remind us that we continue to take one day at a time and get excited for what is yet to come. Even though things seem to be slow moving, we are planning for the future. The board of directors is looking ahead and are in the process of developing our next strategic planning session. 

We are a resilient profession.  We all, at one time throughout our athletic training paths, have had to bob, weave, duck, cover, jump, be grounded, stand firm and adapt to the changes that surround us.  One lesson we all have learned: we can adapt and continue to move forward. 

If at any time you have questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or any of the board of directors.



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Calendar of Events

The Continuing Education Committee is working on securing the same speakers for next year.  They have added a third day to be able to have 10 EBPs available to all attendees.


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Thursday's ATs Care

ATs Care is here to support ATs during COVID-19

A critical incident impacts each of us in different ways. If you or a colleague are in need of assistance navigating a challenging situation, whether it be personal or professionally related, we ask that you seek assistance and consider contacting ATs Care.

Please join us for the next call:

June 4th @ 7:00 PM CST  -  Please click here to register for the call


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Healthy Roster

Looking to create a safer way to return to play? With schools and organizations across Wisconsin planning how to return to sports, it's crucial to implement new policies and procedures rapidly and effectively. Healthy Roster has built a new feature to help: SAFER Play - a comprehensive yet simple COVID-19 symptom tracking and alerts platform. For more information, visit www.healthyroster.com/safer-play


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Safe Sports Schools

Congratulation to these schools and ATs who have been awarded NATA Safe Sports Schools!

New London High School - Kayla Van Handel

Indian Trail High School and Academy - Samantha Atkielski

Tremper High School - Bridget Grimes

Appleton North High School - Cassie Timmers

Sauk Prairie High School (*Renewed award) - Carly Kraemer


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Twin Cities Orthopedics


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Bellin Health

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Studying the Impact of School Closures on the Health of High School Athletes

The purpose of this study is to measure how the cancellation of schools across Wisconsin this spring has affected the physical health and well-being of high school student athletes. The study was announced earlier today by UW Health via Twitter.  High school athletes are asked to click on the link to complete a short, anonymous, online survey.    The survey asks participants a series of questions regarding their level of physical activity, potential anxiety, depression and their health related quality of life.   

See the tweet


The direct link to the survey is here:


Please “like” “retweet” and pass on the twitter link or forward this email to all interested high school medical providers, coaches, parents and athletes. 


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GLATA 2021 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

Call for Presentation Proposals for the 2021 GLATA Annual Meeting and Symposium  
March 10-13, 2021

Wheeling, IL

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Committee is inviting proposals for professional presentations at the 2021 Annual Meeting and Symposium in Wheeling, IL, March 10-13, 2021. 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). Presentation formats for all sessions include: feature presentations, learning labs, and mini-courses. Further descriptions and guidelines for both types of proposals are posted on the GLATA website under the Annual Meeting tab. 

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.  In addition, if one’s EBP presentation proposal is accepted by the GLATA, the author(s) must work with the GLATA Education Committee in securing BOC EBP course approval.

Individuals interested in presenting must complete the online application indicating the presentation type, learning objectives, and resources needed as well as a structured abstract (250 word limit; see website for format). Please note there is a specific application and proposal format for an EBP presentation. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the GLATA website [www.glata.org]. Mailed or faxed submissions will not be considered. Please contact Jessica Emlich Jochum, GLATA Education Committee Chair ([email protected]) regarding any questions. Each submission will undergo review by the GLATA Education Committee. 

Submissions must be received by June 15, 2020 for consideration.



# of Speakers


Feature Presentation

1 hr

1-2 Speakers

Lecture only

Learning Lab


2 hrs total

1-2 Speakers + lab assistants

Lecture and lab combination


2-6 hrs pre/post conference (attendees register for additional


1-2 Speakers + lab assistants

Speaker’s choice of lecture, lab or combination


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Marc Pro

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GLATA Grants and Award Winners

The GLATA has multiple grants that any member can apply for, including research grants, the NATA Safe Sports Application Grant, the NATA Leadership Academy Grant.  If you are interested in more information about any of these grants, please reach out to the WATA VP, Robert Sipes at [email protected].

The following have also been given GLATA grants for the application and likely are in process.

Appleton East High School - Lucy Werley

Appleton West High School - Kayla Schneider


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Pain Or Injury? Let Us Take The First Look.

Have a sprain, strain or nagging pain? Schedule an in-clinic or virtual free assessment.

Your free assessment is a one-on-one conversation about your goals with one of our licensed healthcare experts. We listen carefully to fully evaluate your complaint so we can recommend the best treatment option for you.

Who is this for?

Our free assessment is not just for athletes and weekend warriors. No matter how your pain starts — from walking downstairs to working in the garden — let us help you get back to doing the things you love.

What can you expect:

  • 30 minute assessment, free of charge, about your pain or injury.
  • Your appointment can take place in clinic, or via a secure online video chat, called Virtual Free Assessment.
  • Convenient scheduling with appointments available at the time that works best for you.
  • Provide you with recommendations for next steps in your recovery. This may even mean starting physical therapy the same day.

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COVID-19 Updates

Call for ATs to Help

NATA and Go4Ellis have joined forces to connect thousands of ATs with understaffed hospitals and health care organizations across the United States. Learn more about how you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Update for AT Educational Programs

CAATE recently issued an update, allowing that, “Programs can immediately begin to temporarily use distance learning/online learning as required by their own institution’s Coronavirus guidelines/response plan.” Knowing that some of your institutions have made the choice to go to distance learning for now and that this is a strain on resources, we would like to remind you that as members of NATA, you have access to 10 free contact hours’ worth of on-demand content in the Professional Development Center. There are currently over 6,200 student members of NATA, and they also have access to those 10 contact hours’ worth of content for free.

As a member, your credits and your student members’ credits, for this year were placed on file as of early February. As an educator, you could review the content, determine if it meets your learning needs, and direct your students as to which courses to view by using their 10 free credits. Or, faculty can use their credits to purchase and show the course(s) to your students. Usage of these courses may serve, at your discretion, as a supplement to your distance education needs. For example, among the over 160 courses available where you can use credits, there is a four course Diagnostic Testing Series with focus on the ankle, knee, hip and shoulder. To access these courses and others where free credits can be used take the following steps:

  • Go to https://pdc.nata.org and login as a member.
  • Click course catalog
  • From the Type dropdown, select “On Demand Course”
  • Click Apply
  • Scroll through the list of available courses
  • To “purchase” a course using your credits, click on the course name
  • Click Add to cart
  • Go to your cart to complete the purchase


ATs in Action

As an athletic trainer, how are you impacting health care remotely or on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Submit your stories and photos now.

NATA Statements on Coronavirus

ATs Care Support During COVID-19- NATA Now (3-23-20)

Update on the Pandemic, Opportunity to Make an Impact- NATA Now (3-23-20)

NATA Response to COVID-19- NATA Now (3-18-20)

Statement on COVID-19 Virus- NATA Now (3-6-20)

NATA BOC Exam Study Guide Available for Free During COVID-19

Contact Tracing

Per the CDC site, “Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by local and state health department personnel for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.”*

If you are looking for ways to be helpful during the pandemic, consider contact tracing. To find positions check with your state and local health departments or with the CDC Foundation. The following articles provide further information on contract tracing and the impact it has and training required in order to fill one of these positions.   

Contact Tracing 101

How to Find a Job as a Contact Tracer

States Nearly Doubled Plans For Contact Tracers Since NPR Surveyed Them 10 Days Ago

*Contact Tracing : Part of a Multipronged Approach to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Strategic Alliance Statements

BOC Statement

CAATE Statement

State Leader Resources

Help educate state and local hospitals, health care organizations and local government officials to ensure that all are aware of this opportunity and how ATs are uniquely qualified to support during this pandemic.  Here are some resources that will help:

COVID-19 NATA AT Flyer (pdf)

Customizable letter for hospitals and health care organizations (docx)

Health Department Spreadsheet (xlsx)

Local Health Departments by State (docx)

COVID-19 Resources for State Leaders (pdf)

Health Care Provider Resources

Information for Healthcare Professionals- Center for Disease Control

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States- Center for Disease Control

Interim U.S. Guidance for RIsk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- Center for Disease Control

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings- Center for Disease Control

Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- Center for Disease Control

Youth Programs and Camps During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Workplaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To view more information form the Wisconsin Department of Health please click here


Medicare Telemedicine Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet

A Day in Telehealth History: Access to Telehealth Services Expanded, Requirements to Facilitate Virtual Visits Relaxed in Response to Coronavirus

Telehealth Services (pdf)

Coronavirus - Action on Telehealth (pdf)

General Telemedicine Toolkit (pdf)

Telemedicine Implementation Checklist (pdf)

Committee-Created Resources

These resources have been created by NATA committee members for the purposes of assisting the general membership-at-large. While we have attempted to provide resources that are both accurate and reflective of the information available at the time of creation, NATA makes no express or implied representation or warranty as to the information contained herein. NATA and the respective authors shall not be liable nor responsible to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage arising from its use. Athletic trainers should consult and act consistent with all applicable laws, including local and state practice acts, and other rules and policies.

Occupational ATs Work Scope (doc)

Athletic Trainers as Healthcare Providers in a Public Health Crisis (docx)

Billing and Reimbursement Guidance (pdf)

COVID-19 Resources for State Leaders (pdf)

Dancing Safe At Home (doc)

ICSM Return-To-Campus Recommendations (pdf)

Facility Document Introduction from ICSM (pdf)

Key Facts About Detraining (pdf)

Cultural Competency During COVID-19 (pdf)

COPA HCA Unemployment Staffing Guide (doc)

Temperature Flowchart (pdf)

Virtual Clinical Education Resources (pdf)

Other Resources

COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine



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WATA is looking for Committee Volunteers

Looking to Connect, Share, and Grow with WATA?  Getting involved on one of the committees is a great way to do that plus give back a little in support of the organization.   The time commitment is minimal but the reward is tremendous so let us know how we can get you connected!

WATA Research Committee is looking for two new members to serve on the committee. If interested, please send the letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Naoko Aminaka, PhD, ATC, via [email protected].

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Go4Ellis Partnership

Hello ATs,

It is an understatement to say that we are living in unprecedented times. ATs are facing tough challenges on a scale greater than many have experienced in their lifetime. As I speak with members throughout the country, I’m reminded of how incredibly resilient we are, how we are natural problem solvers and are willing to go above and beyond for the health and well-being of those in our care. The tireless response to this crisis by members across the globe makes me so very proud to be an athletic trainer.

This year's NATM theme “ATs Impact Health Care Through Action” has never been more applicable than now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals across the country are stressed and demand for more beds, added medical facilities and staffing is at an all-time high. We can help.

Global recommendations and efforts to contain the virus inadvertently leave the country with thousands of available qualified athletic trainers who are educated, trained and willing to help through this unprecedented time.

NATA and Go4Ellis, a mobile per-diem job platform, have joined forces to connect thousands of athletic trainers with understaffed hospitals and health care organizations throughout the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal was originally designed to provide sporting/local events with appropriate health care for youth athletes; however, in light of the current health care needs, it has been modified to support hospital systems and health care organizations in need of COVID-19 support.

As athletic trainers, we are skilled in the full continuum of care, from prevention and diagnosis to rehabilittion. We work alongside physicians in a host of industries – sports, higher education, military, clinical, occupational health, performing arts and public service. Our skills are not based on any specific industry, but rather an understanding of health care. Many of our members have already joined their peers in the clinical setting to support with testing, transport and documentation. We are proud to have a partner in Go4Ellis that quickly and easily connects those in need of help with athletic trainers who are ready to serve.

Thrive on,

Tory Lindley, NATA President


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Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors


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