Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
March 25, 2010

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In This Issue:
    From ALATA President, Heloise Belarmino     Begin Registering Now for the ALATA Annual Meeting - May 13-16, 2010
    ALATA Presidential Election Not Needed        
From ALATA President, Heloise Belarmino

Dear ALATA Membership,

For the last three years we as an Association have proposed legislation in Montgomery to benefit and protect athletic trainers in this state.  Since the adoption of our Practice Act in the early 1990’s we as a state have not made any amendments in our practice act.

Times have clearly changed in our profession and so have the demands and work settings of our profession not just at the state level but nationally as well.  With these changes it would be impractical for us as Allied Healthcare Professionals to maintain our current Practice Act.  The current proposed legislation (SB 454) makes the necessary amendments to accommodate our ever growing profession.

Despite what opposition forces lead the public to believe, we are and always will be highly qualified healthcare professionals trained and skilled in prevention, rehabilitation, recognition and evaluation just to name a few of our domains recognized by our own governing board, the Board of Certification.  No matter what setting we may practice in, traditional or non-traditional; co-morbidities or without it is time our opposition realize that we are educated and skilled to perform these jobs.  It is also time for our elected officials to realize the importance of our roles in the communities, and that we take our profession seriously.  Our elected officials must be educated in the field of athletic training and the domains that we are educated in.  If our opposition truly believe that we as athletic trainers’ should only deal with “healthy” athletic populations; then they must ask themselves why they feel that we are encroaching on their territory. Of which we are not, we simply want to be treated and respected as healthcare professionals that we are.

Therefore, I charge each of you as practicing athletic trainers in this state to stand up for your profession, protect your profession and be heard by your elected officials.  We MUST take a stand and the time is NOW.  Please see the link below to read SB 454 if you have not done so already.  Make contact via e-mail, telephone or personal visit to your local Senators.  We have taken care of their family members, whether it be a son or daughter, a spouse, or relative and we will continue to take care of them.  Please understand the urgency and importance of this Bill.  Thank you for your continued support and should you have any questions regarding the Bill please do not hesitate to contact me at 205-914-9676.

Go to to read the bill.

Go to to find your Senator and his/her contact information.

Heloise Belarmino, MAE, ATC, LAT

Begin Registering Now for the ALATA Annual Meeting - May 13-16, 2010

Please join the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association for the annual meeting at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on May 13-16, 2010.

The registration fee will be $100 for early registration, $130 for late registration, and $150 for on-site registration.  Non-ALATA members that live in the state of Alabama will have a $10.00 charge added.  The last day to early register is May 1st, 2010 for the ALATA Meeting.

Please call Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to reserve your room by April 22, 2010.   Reservation Fax: 850-267-8221, Reservations: 850-267-8000, Group Reservations: 800-267-8000,  (When registering give them ALATA’s Group/Promo Code: ALATA,  You can now register online using the above Group/Promo code on their website)

If there are any questions, please contact course chairman, Mike Jones @ 205-975-9257 or mail to:

We hope that you will join us for a great time and the most economical educational opportunity on the coast.  The registration form is available in Word or pdf and further information regarding the Schedule of Events and Directions will be posted on the ALATA website.

Please send your registration to:

Brittany Wilkes
1600 7th Avenue South
ACC 402
Birmingham, AL  35233

ALATA Presidential Election Not Needed

Please be advised: Heloise Belarmino is able to complete her term as ALATA President while she begins her VP term with SEATA according to the SEATA and ALATA By-Laws.  A person in good standing with ALATA as well as NATA will be appointed by Heloise to serve on the SEATA Executive Board until her ALATA position is completed on December 31, 2010.  Therefore, there will be no interim presidential election.