Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
March 31, 2008

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In This Issue:
•   Important!  Your Urgent Action Needed NOW!
•   Jarod Grace elected to ALATA Non-Officer Position
•   ALATA Annual Meeting set for May 16-18
Important!  Your Urgent Action Needed NOW!

March 30, 2008

Dear ALATA Members,

As you may know the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers’ acts as the governing body of athletic trainers across the state and serves to protect and preserve our ability to practice our profession in the state.  It is with that intention that HB 565, which currently exists as our Practice Act with proposed language amendments, has been introduced into the Legislature and currently stands in the House Health Committee.  By now you may have already heard that the Bill has been met with some opposition due to the proposed amended language.  Please understand that by the proposed language amendments it is not the intent of the Board nor of the Association to broaden our scope of practice; but to strengthen the laws that currently allows us to work in the settings that we are currently employed.  It is also the intent of the current proposed amendments to allow us as a profession to not be prejudiced as to the location where the injury occurred but to be able to treat the injury based on the pathology of the injury as we have been trained and certified to do so.

In this eBlast you will find a letter along with the names of the House Health Committee Members.  I am challenging each member of the state to please view this list, print and sign the attached letter and send it to the Representative for your district.  It is extremely important that you act immediately.  This is extremely time sensitive and I am urging you as members to contact colleagues and urge them to do the same.  I promise as President of the Association to do what I can to continue to strengthen and protect our profession here in the state, therefore I implore upon you for your help.  I thank each and every one of you in advance for your time and diligence in this matter; and should have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me in my office at (205) 939-6932.


Heloise Belarmino Jones, MAE, ATC, LAT
Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association

Click HERE for the Suggested Letter to Representatives
Click HERE for the House Health Committee Contact Info

Jarod Grace elected to ALATA Non-Officer Position
Congratulations to Jarod Grace of Auburn, AL who has been elected to the Non-Officer position on the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Executive Council.
ALATA Annual Meeting set for May 16-18

The Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting will be at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on May 16-18, 2008.  Several excellent presenters will be providing the educational program with the opportunity to obtain 16 total continuing educational credits.

The registration fee is $100 for early registration (by May 1st) and $130 for late and on-site registration.  This price is for ALATA and Non-ALATA members.  The registration form is available in Word or pdf, respectively at and  For $100 you get 16 quality continuing education credits.  Room rates start at $139 plus tax and must be reserved by April 15, 2008.  The last day to early register is May 1st, 2008 for the ALATA Meeting.  *Remember April 17 is the cutoff date to get discounted room rates so please reserve your room prior to this date.  We look forward to seeing you there.


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