September 2020 Print

President's Report

Greetings WATA Members:

As I write this message to you, I feel a sense of excitement!  Students at all levels are returning to learning (either virtual, blended, or in my case all 3 of my kiddos are back IN school and my husband back to teaching), industries are getting back into production,  some athletic trainers are returning to their regular duties with resumption of sports, and a general feeling of our lives moving ahead.  Although we do not know what will come down the road, we have made it this far and we will continue to move forward.

Our association is also moving forward. The board of directors is working on the 2021 budget,  our governmental affairs committee is working diligently behind the scenes making enhancements to our practice act so when our legislature will be back in session this fall we can continue the progress they have made, our third party reimbursement committee is continuing to educate insurance professionals about the skill sets of athletic trainers for reimbursement. Our leadership committee is looking to develop a mentorship program, and our continuing education committee is working hard on planning our 2021 state meeting with the goal of up to 10 EBP’s for the attendees.  We are also beginning the process for the 2021 elections.

This year the following board of directors’ positions are up for election: Vice President, Treasurer, Northeast Regional Representative, and the Southwest Regional Representative.  This is your opportunity to become involved with the leadership of WATA that will shape the future of our association.  There will be additional information regarding elections coming out in October.  If you have any questions regarding the elections process, please feel to reach out to any one of the board of directors or the leadership committee.

I have had the opportunity to speak with some members over the last few months regarding the safety of our members with return of athletics at all different levels throughout the state.  WATA, GLATA and NATA have been a part of the conversations with sport associations regarding the safe return of athletics for athletes and our athletic trainers.  We had the opportunity to give our perspectives on how to safely and responsibly return to athletics.  Although it is up to each one of us to advocate for ourselves and patient/athletes at our prospective locations, know that the WATA board of directors are supporting the decisions being made by our state athletic association.  If you need additional resources, please see our COVID 19 resource page.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please reach out to any of the board of directors to share your thoughts.

Until next time,

Anna Linstedt
President of WATA


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Update from Continuing Education Committee

Hello WATA Members,

Please put the dates of the Annual Meeting on your calendar for April 2021.  The committee is working with the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point to plan for a 'COVID-style' event.  Either way - with masks and social distancing or with the ability to finally see your smiling faces and be closer than 6 feet apart - we are planning on having an in-person meeting.  There will more than likely be options to attend the meeting virtually if we need to keep health and safety as a priority.  We honestly have not worked out all the kinks yet but will keep you informed as we continue with the planning process.  The agenda will look familiar as our speakers from 2020 are working with us to offer a great meeting and we hope to have 10 EBP CEUs in the program offerings.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Stay Healthy - the Members of the Continuing Education Committee

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Board of Directors Election

Application for board of directors election is now open! Election for the 2021 open board positions include Vice President, Treasurer, Northeast Regional Representative and Southwest Regional Representative. The applications wil be collected now through January 2021.  Please submit your application to:

Any additional questions please contact Heidi Gutschow, [email protected]


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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


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Governmental Affairs Update

2020 Fall Election Preview

All of Wisconsin’s 99 State Assembly Seats are up this fall, along with 16 of the 33 State Senate Seats.  Aside from the Presidential Election, Wisconsin will not have a Statewide Election this year.  All eight Congressional Districts will have a contested race.  Due to incumbents not running again, the State Senate will have at least 8 new members next year, and the Assembly will have 13.  Republicans currently hold comfortable majorities in both Houses, with an 18-13 advantage in the State Senate (with 2 vacancies), and a 63-36 advantage in the State Assembly.  

Once again the Presidential election will put Wisconsin in the national spotlight and fill our airwaves with plenty of campaign commercials.  There are various options available to vote in the November 3rd election:     

  1. Vote in person on November 3rd
  2. Vote early in person from October 20th to November 1st
  3. Request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

When the new session begins in January 2021, WATA will be introducing our reimbursement bill and work to pass it early in the session.  We have been working closely with various stakeholders and the WPTA but with Covid and the end of the legislative session in March we were forced to push back introduction of our bill.  We have made great progress and will be ready to go when the Legislature convenes in January.

For any questions or concerns please reach out to Mike VanVeghel at [email protected].


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Twin Cities Orthopedics


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Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors


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Bellin Health

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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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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Guidance & Guidelines


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.


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.   


Strategic Alliance Statements


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:


Health Care Provider Resources




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.


Other Resources

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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!


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Marc Pro

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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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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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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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