ALATA eBlast News
May 4, 2014

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In This Issue:

ALATA Executive Council Call for Nominations


Call for Nomonations for Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers


ALATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Symposium


Survey of the Opinions of Certified Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students Regarding a Potential Transition of Athletic Training Education Programs to an Entry-Level Masters

ALATA Executive Council Call for Nominations

Please note that there will be 3 vacancies on the ALATA Executive Council as of December 31, 2014.  The non-officer positions currently held by Jarod Grace and Chris King, and the Treasurer position currently held by Jennifer Kramer.   Pursuant to the ALATA Bylaws section 3.6B, an election will be held to fill these positions.  The persons elected to the positions will serve from Jan 1, 2015 until Dec 31, 2016.

The nomination period will open May 1, 2014 and close on June 1, 2014 at midnight.  Elections will begin immediately and proceed for 30 days; and upon the completion of voting, the elected official shall take office January 1, 2015.

All Officers and Non-Officer Members of the Executive Council must be either a Certified/Licensed or Licensed member in good standing of ALATA, Inc.  All Executive Council Members must have been a Certified/Licensed or Licensed member of ALATA, Inc. for a minimum of two (2) years immediately prior to nomination.  A member entitled to vote on ALATA, Inc. affairs, as set forth in Article I in the Bylaws, may nominate an eligible member for a position on the Executive Council.  Nominations must be made in writing, to include email, to the Secretary of ALATA, Inc.  When making nominations please include your ALATA/NATA member number for verification as well as the name, place of employment, and contact information of the person you are nominating.
ALATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Symposium

The 2014 ALATA Annual Meeting and Symposium site will be at St. Vincent's Bruno Conference Center in Birmingham, Alabama on May 30-31, 2014.  Details regarding schedule, CEU's will follow.  Please make plans to join us in Birmingham!  Go HERE to register.

Call for Nominations for Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers

Please note that there will be a position vacancy on the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers effective 12/31/14.  In accordance with Section 34-40-3 of the Code of Alabama 1975 (the portion of the Athletic Trainers Licensure Act which stipulates Board composition by race and other factors), this position is to be held by a “Black” athletic trainer.  Nominations are limited to Alabama-licensed athletic trainers who meet the preceding criteria, are citizens of the United States, and have acted as athletic trainers for three years within this state immediately preceding appointment.  Only athletic trainers currently licensed by the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers are able to nominate a qualified athletic trainer meeting the above requirements, and only licensed athletic trainers are able to vote.  ALATA is conducting this election on behalf of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers; therefore, please email your nominations to ALATA Secretary Paul Crawford at  If you are nominating someone, please provide their full name and their place of employment so that their eligibility and acceptance of the nomination can be verified.  Please provide your full name and Alabama license number as well.  Please email nominations by May 4,  2014.  Nominations will close on May 4, 2014, at midnight if at least one qualified person is nominated for this position.  ALATA reserves the right to reopen nominations only if one qualified person is not nominated for this position. Voting for this election will be held only during ALATA Town Hall Meeting on May 31, 2014, at 11:00 AM in Birmingham, AL.  Eligible voters should make plans to attend.

Survey of the Opinions of Certified Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students Regarding a Potential Transition of Athletic Training Education Programs to an Entry-Level Masters

Perhaps the single most important issue currently facing the athletic training profession is the debate over the proposed transition of the entry-level degree for professional practice from the current Bachelors level to the Masters level. A decision of this magnitude, will have implications that could affect not only the direction of the athletic training educational programs, but also the future of the entire profession for decades to come.

The purpose of this survey is to provide as many of the 39,000 members of the NATA as possible who are not usually given the opportunity to have direct involvement in the decision making process with a chance to give their input on this controversial issue. We are distributing this survey to some members via email. But we are going to rely mainly on the power of the social media- Facebook, Twitter, professional blogs, etc., so please distribute the site of this survey to as many of your athletic training colleagues or professional friends as possible including educators, clinical staff, and even undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. You may access this totally anonymous survey using the Qualtrics Online Survey at the following URL:

This is not the time to sit back and be apathetic or resigned to the fact that a decision has already been made, because it has not. This 28-question survey may take as little as 10 minutes to complete or it may take considerably longer depending on the extent of the comments you wish to include. I have heard many athletic trainers complain that they never get a chance to express their ideas. Well this is your chance to voice your opinions.  So we strongly encourage each of you make an effort to express your concerns and opinions about this potential transition.

Bill Prentice, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA