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  • 11 May 2015 10:06 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)

    I hope all who are reading this newsletter are having as fine of a spring as I am. I am keeping busy, but not TOO busy and this school years finish line is in sight.

    The 31st Annual Clinical Symposium of the RMATA was excellent. From all indications we broke an all-time attendance record. Heather Downs and her crew do an excellent job! Few people have a clue just how many hours are donated by a very dedicated group of members to put on our Annual Clinical Symposium. I am aware and I want to publicly thank Heather Downs, Jason McWilliams, Jeff Hurst, Patty Fahringer, Sheri Lampin, Jim Turk, Brad Nelson, Shannon Courtney, and David Gallegos for their hard work. I also wanted to thank Michelle Gonzalez and all other AzATA members for being wonderful hosts.

    While in Mesa I gave my “Directors Report” it was a very quick snapshot (62 slides in 60 minutes) of all the work being done on behalf of athletic trainers across the nation. It is an exciting time to be an athletic trainer.  If you did not get a chance to attend my presentation keep an eye out for notice from Jim Turk as to when the presentations will be online – go and heck it out. It was not cool enough to be EBP, but it was probably the best presentation there. 

    I also wanted to offer my congratulations to our two RMATA award winners: Bart Peterson was inducted into the RMATA Hall of Fame and Carrie Meyer for being honored as RMATA Distinguished Educator. Both were well deserved.

    I am planning on taking a little different approach to this month’s director newsletter. The marketing and communications department at the NATA will be distributing a monthly “NATA National Briefing” to board members, committee chairs and members and state leaders. I plan on using several of the items in the document as the “meat” of my newsletter. So it is safe to say that the “quality of journalism” will be much higher than you have grown accustomed to with my director newsletters.

    As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.


    Chris Mathewson
    Director -- NATA District 7

  • 05 May 2015 7:20 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)
    Dear RMATA Member,

    This is your official notice that the 2015 RMATA election voting period is now open. The voting period will be open from Friday, May 1st through Friday, May 15th. 

    In regards to the District 7 Director position. After the close of the nominating period, the acceptance period opened up. When the acceptance period closed, only one of the two nominated candidates accepted their nomination. In following RMATA election policies, the RMATA board declared Chris Mathewson the winner. Therefore, no vote is needed from the membership regarding the District 7 Director position. 

    Your official ballot will come to you in the form of an email from brownt@suu.edu through surveymonkey. If you do not receive this email in your inbox, please check your spam, junk or trash to see if it got placed in one of those areas. If you are unable to find this email, please contact Todd Brown the Election Committee Chair at brownt@suu.edu. If you wish to cast your vote on a hard ballot, please contact Todd Brown via email with your request and a hard ballot will be provided to you.

    Thank you for your participation in the 2015 RMATA election.


    The RMATA Election Committee

  • 05 Apr 2015 10:54 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)
    The UATA honored two of its members at the December 2014 meeting in Ogden, UT. Congratulations to both!  Mark Harris with Pine View High School was honored as the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year. Kelby Hofheins with Dixie State University was honored as the College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year.

  • 05 Apr 2015 10:53 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)

    Jimmy Smuda, former UNM athletic training graduate, is highlighted in an article from the Albuquerque Journal, January 23, 2015,  depicting his role in the USA mens soccer team.  Full article can be viewed at:


  • 05 Apr 2015 10:50 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)
    The AZATA handed out their annual awards at their 38th Annual Winter Symposium in Tempe January 24-25.  Leading the way was 2015 AZATA Hall of Fame inductee Laurie White. Kiana Lang, Madison Pertusha and Jirdyn Talerico were presented with the Lanny Williams Scholarship.  Scott Ellis was the recipient of the Warren Lee Arizona Athletic Trainer of the year Award. Scot Raab was awarded the Service Award, Thomas Reed earned the President’s Award and Dr. Javier Cardenas was named an Honary Member.

  • 02 Dec 2013 8:51 PM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)

    The NMATA Board of Directors would like to invite individuals to present at the NMATA annual meeting. This year’s meeting is scheduled for May 29th-June 1st, 2014 in Aztec, NM. We will be waiving the out of state fee for all attendees to the NMATA meeting. We would like to invite all of our neighbors to join us and attend.

    If you are interested, please complete the attached form and save it in a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file. Save the file with your last name (i.e., Jones.doc). Please email this file to mboham@nmsu.edu to be reviewed by the NMATA board of directors. You will receive a confirmation email when a proposal has been received. Proposals are due by December 15th, 2013. Acceptance or denial decisions will be made by January 15, 2014.

    The Board of Directors are hoping to get many presenters in order to offer as many CEU opportunities as possible.We are also attempting to offer some Evidence Based Practice CEUs pending BOC approval.

    2014 NMATA Annual Symposium Call for Proposals 11.8.2013.docx

  • 18 Oct 2013 7:52 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)

    There is a course being held on November 16 & 17 in Jackson Hole, WY in Advanced Kinesio Taping Fundamentals.


    Upon completion of this course, including the lecture, demonstration and lab, the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the concepts of Kinesio Taping.
    • Review muscular anatomy as it is related to Kinesio Taping.
    • Explain and apply the concepts of the Kinesio Taping Method.
    • Describe the unique qualities of the Kinesio Tex Tape.
    • Recognize the principles of Kinesio Tex Tape application.
    • Utilize and demonstrate application skills in guided laboratory sessions.
    • Demonstrate application skills during lab sessions.
    • Practice the various cutting techniques and their clinical application.
    • Apply Kinesio Taping method to relax and stimulate muscles.
    • Apply Kinesio Taping methods for pain, swelling, joint mobility and stability.
    • Apply various taping techniques for treatment of the spine, and upper/ lower extremity dysfunction
    • Apply various taping techniques for treatment of unique conditions using the concepts and principals of the Kinesio Taping Method.

    Who Should Attend?


    Seminar Fee:

    $499 for 2 day course. Deadline to register is 10/25/13. Call 307 733-1777 for questions or more information. Please make checks payable to East Meets West Healthcare. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards.

    Price includes a full-color reference workbook, 60 day KTA Membership with access to reference database, Kinesio Tex Tape to use during lab sessions, and refreshments.

    Cancellation & Refunds: Registration fee, less 20%, will be refunded if written cancellation is received 30 days prior to the seminar. No refunds will be given after that date. East Meets West Healthcare reserves the right to cancel at any time with full refund.

    Enrollment: This course fills quickly and space is limited. Early registration is highly encouraged.

    Contact for registration:

    Rebecca Hawkins
    Phone: 307 733-1777 Fax: 307 733-1781

  • 18 Oct 2013 7:39 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)

    Dropping the Bucket and Sponge

    Dropping the Bucket and Sponge was the product of thirty months of research and writing.  Thousands of newspaper, magazine and journal articles were consulted to find what the athletic trainers, and their practices, were like in these early days. The book covers the people and events, from 1881 to 1947, that affected athletic training.

    There are many biographies, long and short, for some of the athletic trainers, during this era. Many athletic training supplies, equipment and practices were detailed. Athletic trainers in both the collegiate and the professional ranks, mostly in baseball, are profiled, along with their practices and facilities. There were very few high school athletic trainers during this time, but what little was found was included.

    There is a chapter on the Cramers and their influence on early athletic training. There are also chapters on the original NATA and the athletic trainers' activities during World War II. General practices have four chapters dedicated to them and baseball has five chapters.  One chapter is on Andy Lotshaw, the nutty athletic trainer for the Chicago Bears and Cubs. The other chapters detail the lives and activities of the collegiate athletic trainers.

    All together, the stories of the athletic trainers and their practice weave the story of athletic training in its' earliest years. For the first time, that story is told by Dropping the Bucket and Sponge.

    Find the book and more information on the website, http://athletictraininghistory.com/book

  • 06 Oct 2013 10:26 AM | Patty Fahringer (Administrator)
    Donny Bills, athletic trainer at Provo High School, Provo, Utah shares his experiences with concussions with The Daily Herald.  Donny has been working on his master's thesis on concussions and gives his own personal experience with concussions in this article.  Find out more on the Herald Extra website.
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