March 2020 Print

President's Report

Dear WATA membership:

As I write this last message to you as your president, I cannot help but look back at this great organization and think about not only the past few years but the past few weeks.  We are now definitely seeing unprecedented times and it has been incredible to see how our profession has been stepping up and helping each other in times of need.  We all have new norms to deal with daily which will continue for some time now.  The WATA will continue to strengthen through all of the world’s adversity and I could not be prouder of an organization and profession.  It has been an honor for me to serve as your president these past two years and I want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication.  You have a tremendous incoming board of directors who are eager to continue leading you forward in the next few years. 

Your new board of directors will officially take over on April 1st and we have been working through a transition with the new members to ensure a smooth turnover.  I want to thank the two outgoing regional representatives, Danelle Smith (NW), and Lisa VanHoose (SE) for all the hard work and dedication to the association.

As COVID-19 continues to cause alterations in our daily routines, you are all out there performing amazing work in keeping everyone safe and working where needed.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel the spring conference, which unfortunately is our largest fundraiser.  As a result, the board has decided to halt all non-essential spending at this time to ensure financial responsibility and viability.  The board will have some hard, short-term decisions to make and ask for your support.  We were still able to award the 2020 scholarships since this money is not tied in with operational funds. 

Included in this newsletter are the updates as we know from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, NATA, Go4Ellis, BOC updates and next year’s conference updates.  Please read this information thoroughly and stay safe!


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Incoming President's Report

President Letter March 2020

Hello WATA Members, I hope this message finds you healthy and settling into your “new normal.” I know that I am still trying to navigate our new norm with three school aged children and a husband who is navigating an all online teaching environment.  Every day is a new day. We know and understand this is going to be a lengthy process so we need to take each step with an open heart and a little bit of grace.  We are all in this together!  I look forward to serving the association as the President for the next 2 years.  As Heidi had mentioned, we have an incredible board that will continue to educate and advance our profession.

 Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings with a unique set of skills and perspectives. This allows us to adapt to an ever changing world, even when these changes seem to be happening daily or even hourly. Athletic Trainers across our state are being called upon to utilize these skills in new capacities to help deliver the healthcare needs within our communities.  There are links to materials that you can share within your local health system on how to best utilize Athletic Trainers and their unique skill set to provide high quality care to the community during this crisis.  I encourage you to continue educating others on the amazing abilities Athletic Trainers bring to healthcare.

I want to take a moment and let you know that we are currently and will continue to work on advancing our association and profession.  We are reviewing our strategic plan and continue to find opportunities for our members become more engaged.  We are looking at opportunities within our committees to engage more members into our vision.  With the cancellation of our state meeting, the continuing education committee is looking to increase the number of CEU’s for our 2021 annual meeting being held again in Stevens Point. We want to help meet the needs of our members during a reporting year.  Our Governmental Affairs committee is working diligently to make much needed changes to our Practice Act.  Our Third Party Reimbursement committee continues to be focused on assisting companies around Wisconsin realize the benefits of having Athletic Trainers on staff.  These are just a few of the exciting examples of the tremendous work our association is accomplishing.  If you have ideas or would like to become more involved, please reach out to myself or the leadership committee chair.  All board members and committee chairs contact information can be found at

I encourage you to go to the website, log in, and review the content that is posted.  Our committees are adding new information and links to keep our members informed.

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

I am looking forward to working with you to continue to move forward.

Anna Linstedt, LAT


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COVID-19 Updates


NATA will continue to add helpful resources and post important information here for members to access during this unprecedented time.

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

NATA Statements on Coronavirus

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

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

NATA 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)

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

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



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Governmental Affairs

With the State Legislature being closed until next session - Third Party Reimbursement Bill was placed on hold and the governmental affairs committee will continue to monitor the situation and act again in the next session fall. 


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CPR Questions

We have been getting questions on CPR recertifications at this time and here is the answers on the BOC website.  We do not have any updated information from the state at this time .

This is from the BOC website:

Q: My emergency cardiac care (ECC) course got cancelled (due to COVID-19), and I will have a lapse in certification, what should I do?

A: Take an ECC course as soon and safely as you can. The BOC will work with all ATs knowing there will be lapses in ECC certification and issues finding a class in the near future due to course cancellations.

When you log into BOC Central to report your continuing education on the “AT203 Continuing Education Reporting Form,” you will be asked about continuous ECC certification. If you have a lapse in continuous ECC certification, report this as such and lapses due to COVID-19 will not be considered a disciplinary matter. Visit the ECC section of the BOC website for more information.

Visit the American Red Cross for their course safety measures.

Please visit the following web page for updates:

WATA has been in contact with the DSPS regarding CPR requirements. The DSPS is aware of the situation and are working through this and we will keep you updated when we hear back.


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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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2020 Scholarship and Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship and Award Winners! The Hall of Fame and Outstanding Educator will be presented their awards at the 2021 Awards Ceremony!

Founding Fathers Leadership Scholarship

   Alyssa Gorecki, Marquette University

Mueller Professional Scholarship: 

   Madeline Gutsch, Concordia University

   Leah Smith, UW Madison

Outstanding Educator:

   Cordial Gillette

Hall of Fame:

   Dan Trampf


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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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Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors


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Bellin Health

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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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Marc Pro

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National Athletic Training Month

Please click here for more information on NATM!


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State Association Advisory Committee

The State Association Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a special election to determine the new Division 3 representative to the committee. In order to identify candidates, we are seeking nominations from interested individuals.  Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.  If you are interested in running for the open committee vacancy, please follow the election nomination instructions HERE.

Please email nomination materials to the SAAC Chair ([email protected]) no later than March 30. Those elected will have the opportunity to participate in committee activities this spring and will officially begin their term as committee members in June.


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Twin Cities Orthopedics


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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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JOIN THE CONVERSATION WITH OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: Have you "Liked" WATA Facebook page yet? Follow us today! The WATA website is also filled with information and resources so connect with us there too.

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