Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
April 30, 2011

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    From John W. Morr, ALATA President  
From John W. Morr, ALATA President
I do not know how to construct this particular letter to the membership, but I will do the best I can.  As you are probably all-too-aware, the State of Alabama has had its share of natural disasters and it was with heavy hearts that we went through another one this past Wednesday.

While the tornadoes have affected my home town of Tuscaloosa, I recognize and sympathize with the many ATs in Alabama who are in similar situations.  The many emails, texts and voice messages to me & other members of the The University of Alabama Athletic Training family are greatly appreciated.  We have received offers of assistance from ATs from across Alabama and our neighboring states and we feel truly blessed by all of them.

Pride in our profession wells up in me as we carry on to do our job of caring for those in need.  This is what we do and who we are.  This is why we do what we do.  We do this daily, but under far different circumstances.  We basically just want to help someone in need; it doesn't matter who the patient is.

All of our education, experience and abilities prepared us for this week.  Organized, immediate assessment of the problem was followed immediately by a plan to carry out each task with efficiency and, above all, caring hearts and souls.  That may sound a bit warm and fuzzy, but deep down this IS athletic training.  I cannot speak for all those affected this week, but I truly believe that other ATs in Alabama are doing the same things that we have been doing in Tuscaloosa.

I truly am proud of the UA Athletic Training Staff, Faculty and Students and can't imagine a finer group to work alongside each day.  If you wish to assist with the recovery, please contact me and I will be happy to point you in the appropriate direction.  You can reach me by email at  Please keep all of those affected by these storms in your thoughts and prayers.