December 15, 2017

News From our District Director

Katie Walsh Flanagan


Happy Holidays and Happy end of the semester everyone!  There is a lot of exciting news in this EBlast, so get your calendar out and start marking dates!

Before getting to new news, please refresh yourselves with this tremendous committee, ATs Care.  Training required for members of this committee is offered at MAATA next May (see below), but it is also open (limited) to any interested athletic trainer.  We are still looking for qualified, experienced ATs who want to make a difference.:


ATs Care

This peer-to-peer committee is unlike any other NATA or MAATA committee.  Volunteers are chosen to go through two days of training to provide psychological assistance to peer athletic trainers following a critical incident.  There are usually no regular meetings or conference calls. MAATA hopes to have state-based teams (committees) that are all trained to respond to critical incidents.  We are looking for experienced athletic trainers, who plan to stay local (in state) for five or more years, and who have a strong desire to make a difference. Training can be costly, and the states are doing the best they can to assist with the funding.  The first training opportunity will be at the May MAATA Symposium.  Those interested, please send a letter of interest specific to the ATs Care Committee and vita, along with your BOC, NPI and state regulation (if applicable) numbers to Lori Bristow:


If you have specific questions about this group, feel free to contact our District representative, Donita Valentine at; or contact me at



PR Committee

Christina Carillo, MS, ATC


News from North Carolina

NCATA utilized the information from the ATLAS survey to educate North Carolina school board members and superintendents about athletic trainers on Nov 13-14 at the NCSBA Annual conference. NCATA PR and Executive Board members spent two days thanking school board members that have licensed athletic trainers with raffle prizes and handouts, and educating school boards that don’t utilize ATs about the importance of having athletic trainers providing healthcare for their students. Over 500 school board members attended the conference. (Pictured top right: Scott Barringer- President, Nancy Groh PR, Nina Walker Vice President)


On Nov. 18th NCATA hosted an event honoring the student athletes that have passed away playing sports in NC, by putting a memorial tree and plaque on the Charlotte Greenway. The event was attended by Senator Jeff Jackson, Representative Harry Warren, representatives from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, North Carolina High School Athletic Association, and words from Marquise Gaddy a student athlete who sustained multiple cervical fractures and Carolina Panthers Mascot Sir Purr. See pictures right.


News from DC

On March 17, 2018 DCATA will be hosting our 2nd Annual High School Athletic Training Student Symposium, which will be funded by NATA EDAC.  If you know of any high school students interested in the athletic training profession have them save the date. Registration will open up on January 22, 2018. 

News from Virginia

2018 VATA Annual Meeting and Symposium will be held on January 6-7, 2018.  For more information, itinerary and hotel reservation information, click HERE.  To register, click HERE. Regular Registration ends Dec. 21, 2017

Research and Grant Committee

Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Congratulations to the following AT’s on the approval of their funded research:


Proposal:  Effects of gait retraining on ankle position during walking in individuals with chronic ankle instability

FUNDED:  $1,000

Rachel Koldhoven, Jay Hertel, University of Virginia


Proposal:  Acute deformation of patellofemoral cartilage following three different movements in patients with patellofemoral pain

FUNDED:  $1,000

Hyujae Jeon, Abbey Thomas

UNC - Charlotte


Proposal: Metabolic changes following sport-related concussion

FUNDED:  $1,000

Sam Walton, Jacob Resch


Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine

Andy Carter, MS, ATC

ICSM Honors and Awards Nominations close January 31st.


To All College and University Athletic Trainers:

The Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM) needs your help to make sure our profession's top contributors are recognized in 2018!  Any NATA member may nominate a colleague for one of the ICSM awards. Please visit the link below and select an award to view the description, past recipients, eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures. Nominations close January 31st.  Awards will be presented during the 2018 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in New Orleans, LA.  Link Here

Scholarship Committee

Joseph Beckett, EdD, ATC

The MAATA Scholarship Committee would like to encourage you to promote the various scholarships that are available to deserving Athletic Training students and young professionals in District III. There are some revisions to the application criteria this year, so a brief description of each scholarship or award is given below:

A.C. “Whitey” Gwynne Scholarship
The A.C. “Whitey” Gwynne Scholarship was developed to target candidates who are BOC-certified, and who are currently enrolled in a post-professional master’s degree or will have completed their master’s degree by the time this scholarship is presented, and who also plan on pursuing the profession of Athletic Training as their means of livelihood. A first place grant of $1,500.00 and a second place grant of $1,000.00 is awarded annually.

Larry Sutton Post-professional Scholarship
The Larry Sutton Scholarship was developed to target candidates who indicate an intention to continue academic work beyond the completion of the Professional Athletic Training Program level, and who plan to pursue the profession of Athletic Training as their means of livelihood. Candidates must be a graduating student during the academic year of the scholarship application or a graduate of a CAATE-accredited Professional Athletic Training program within the last year (NOTE: applicant will be either eligible to take the BOC Examination at the time the scholarship is awarded or who has become BOC-certified within the last year). A first place grant of $1,500.00 and a second place grant of $1,000.00 is awarded annually.

Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award
The Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award was developed to target students who take leadership roles in the field of Athletic Training either on or off their campus who have never had the opportunity to experience a NATA Annual Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. Applicants must also be enrolled in a CAATE-accredited Professional Athletic Training program at a college or university within District III. This award assists a student with $1,000 in funding to attend the NATA Annual Meeting and Symposium.

Edward Block Undergraduate Scholarship
The Edward Block Scholarship was developed to target candidates currently enrolled in a District III CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program (ATP) who have distinguished themselves academically and clinically while matriculating through the ATP, and who indicate an intention to continue academic work beyond the completion of the Professional Athletic Training Program level. The applicant must be enrolled in a CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program, have distinguished himself/herself academically, and have performed with distinction as a member of the Athletic Training Program.  A first place grant of $1,500.00 and a second place grant of $1,000.00 is awarded annually.


The 2018 scholarship application forms will be posted on the MAATA website by December 15, 2017. The deadline for these scholarship applications is March 1, 2018. The Scholarship Committee’s goal is to have at least one student from every CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program in District III apply for the Block, Gunn, or Sutton scholarships. Additional details along with the application forms for each of these scholarships can be located by going to the “Scholarship Information” tab on the MAATA website.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your state representative or me.

Joseph A. Beckett, EdD, ATC

MAATA Scholarship Committee Chair

Marshall University

304-696-2929 (Office)



Sharon Rogers Moore, PhD, ATC – North Carolina Representative (

Caitlyn Johnson, Med, LAT, ATC – District of Columbia Representative (

Karla Schoenly, MS, LAT – Maryland Representative (

Tracy McCallister-Gill, MS, ATC – West Virginia Representative (

Sara Pittelkau, MA, ATC – Virginia Representative (

Adam Weyer, MEd, ATC – South Carolina Representative (



Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee

George Wham, EdD, ATC/SCAT

​2018 MAATA Safe Sports School Grants  

This winter MAATA will again offer funding to assist secondary schools with the cost of applying for the NATA Safe Sports School Award in the form of MAATA Safe Sports School Award Grants (including those schools who may be seeking Safe School Status for the 2nd time!).  The grant application period will open Monday, January 22.  We encourage secondary school AT’s to review the NATA SSSA criteria this fall and be ready to apply when the grant period opens.  Remember only schools ready to apply for the NATA SSSA should apply for a grant.  When the grant period opens, go to and apply!


Recent Safe School Award Winners:

Fort Mill High School, SC – Safe Sports 1st Team, valid till November, 2020

Spring Mills High School, WV – Safe Sports 2nd Team, valid till November, 2020

Rustburg High School, VA – Safe Sports 2nd Team, valid till November 2020



MAATA Free Communication’s Program

Jena Hansen-Honeycutt, DAT, LAT, ATC, PES

The MAATA is expanding the research program at the 2018 symposium to maximize the opportunity to advance the discovery, dissemination, and application of scientific knowledge in athletic training domains. We encourage all athletic trainers in District 3 to consider submitting an abstract for presentation at this year’s meeting. If accepted you are eligible for 10 CEUs as first author or 5 CEUs second author (Category B).  We have expanded to accepting abstracts on Critically Appraised Topics and Clinical Case Series, as well still accepting abstracts on Basic Research, Qualitative Research, Survey Research, Meta-Analysis, Clinical Case Report.


We have moved to online submissions, Please submit HERE.




For specific submission guidelines, please click HERE or contact the chair of the MAATA Free communications program:



MAATA 2018 Annual Symposium Pre-conference workshops

Kim Pritchard, PhD, LAT, ATC


2018 Annual Symposium Update - Pre-Conference Workshops

Join us in Ocean City, MD May 18-20 for the MAATA Annual Symposium. The program will offer two pre-conference workshops. NATA ATs Care, a peer-to-peer support program, will offer a 13-hour workshop with training in critical incident stress management and mental health first aid will be held on May 17-18 with limited, rolling registration. Foot Management, Inc. will sponsor a 6-hour workshop, "Assessment, Treatment, and Orthotic Intervention for the Management of Sports-Related Injuries," with limited registration on May 18. MAATA intends to seek BOC approval to provide this workshop as evidence-based practice continuing education. Additionally, the Educational Program Committee expects to provide up to 5 EBP CEUs during the primary program. 



2018 Annual Symposium

Jason Mitchell, MSED, LAT, ATC


Princess Royale Hotel
9100 Coastal Hwy.
Ocean City, MD 21842
(800) 476-9253

Go HERE for more information and to

register online.

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