Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
July 16, 2012

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In This Issue:
    ALATA Emergency Preparedness and Current Medical Issues Conference     2012 Election for ALATA Secretary & ALATA Executive Council Non-Officer Position #2
ALATA Emergency Preparedness and Current Medical Issues Conference

The ALATA Emergency Preparedness and Current Medical Issues Conference is a comprehensive look into various medical emergencies involved in athletic training and sports medicine.  Topics ranging from concussion assessment and treatment, to sickle cell will be covered to jumpstart the Fall sports season.  These topics are geared towards the high school athletic trainer, but can apply to any medical professional.  Physicians, orthopedic surgeons, neuropsychologists, as well as other athletic trainers will present 11 CEUs at a minimal cost.  The Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association are sponsoring, and the conference will be hosted at the brand new Mortimer Jordan High School by the Blue Devil Sports Medicine Program.  The conference will be held on Friday, July 27, from 1-6 PM and Saturday, July 28, from 10-4 PM.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.  On site registration is at noon on Friday, or you may send registration to:

See Registration Form
See Directions.

ALATA High School Athletic Training Conference 
c/o Mortimer Jordan High School
ATTN: Chris King
1920 Blue Devil Drive
Kimberly, AL  35091

2012 Election for ALATA Secretary & ALATA Executive Council Non-Officer Position #2

Candidate for ALATA Secretary

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position #2

Voting Information and Ballot

Paul Crawford, EdD, ATC
Candidate for Secretary

Paul CrawfordPaul Crawford received his BS degree from the University of North Alabama in 1988, a Masters degree from University of West Alabama in 1990, and his EdD degree from Delta State University in 1999.  He has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1989.  Paul currently works in the secondary setting at Central High School in Florence, AL as a teacher and an athletic trainer.  Paul worked as a clinical athletic trainer for the former HealthSouth Corp, from 1996-2000.  He also served as Head Athletic Trainer in the collegiate setting at Delta State University from 1992-1996.  Prior to 1992, he served as graduate assistant athletic trainer at UT-Chattanooga for a year and also worked for a year for the North Alabama Sports Medicine Institute.  Paul is also currently serving as adjunct Instructor in HPER department at University of West Alabama.

Bryan Koch, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #2

Bryan KochBryan Koch is entering his 12th year as a member of UAB’s Athletic Training Staff.  He is currently Associate Athletic Trainer and has served in that capacity for 4 years.  Koch has oversight and supervision of athletic training for both men’s and women’s varsity sports at UAB with a primary emphasis of Men’s Basketball.  His additional duties include being in charge of the department’s drug testing procedures and organizing the recruitment and hiring of graduate assistants, among other duties.

Koch has played an instrumental role in the rehab and prevention of injuries to men’s basketball players over the years.  During his time at UAB, Koch has been a part of four NCAA Tour­nament teams, including the 2004 Sweet 16 squad, and four NIT selections.

Born and raised in Vincennes, IN, Koch received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Indiana State in 1998.  He then received his master’s in athletic administration from Auburn in 2000.

After graduation from Auburn, Koch served as the head athletic trainer for the Samford men’s basketball team.  After a year with the Bulldogs, he came to UAB as a football athletic trainer.  Koch worked with the UAB football team for three seasons, along with men’s basketball. In 2003, he relinquished his football duties to concentrate his talents solely on men’s basketball.

This past year, Koch received the Beless Award, given annually to outstanding young professionals who participated in youth sports at the Vincennes YMCA.

Koch is a member of National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA) and Alabama Athletic Trainers Association (ALATA).

He is married to the former Shawna Campbell and the couple resides in Good Hope, Ala. The couple has a three-year old daughter, Campbell Brylee.

Michael Stevenson, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #2

Michael StevensonMichael Stevenson is currently the Program Manager for Huntsville Hospital's SportsCenter. Michael received his B.S. in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Cumberland University (Lebanon, TN) in December of 2003. Michael began his work at Huntsville Hospital's SportsCenter in February 2004, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the arenafootball2 league.  Michael moved the role of Assistant Athletic Trainer at Alabama A&M in October of 2004, and into the Head Athletic Trainer position in June 2005.  His coverage duties while at AAMU included men's basketball and women's volleyball, both of whom captured SWAC titles during his tenure.  He returned to Cumberland University in July 2006, completing his M.A. in Education in April 2008.  Serving as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at CU, his responsibilities included football, men's basketball, and teaching undergraduate classes in the Athletic Training Education Program.  He returned to Huntsville Hospital's SportsCenter in 2008, serving Butler High School from 2008-2011 and Huntsville High School during the 2011-2012 school year.  In addition to being a speaker at the ALATA Symposium in 2009 and 2010, Michael received the ALATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year award in May 2010.  Michael hopes to serve the member base of ALATA in any way possible while on the Executive Council, and is very honored to receive the nomination for this position.

Michael is married to the former Amanda Reece, and they reside in Meridianville, AL, with their son, Max.

Voting Information and Ballot

Leah Taylor, Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Executive Secretary, will be presiding over these elections.  Please go to to vote online OR print this ballot and mail so that is received by August 15, 2012 to:

Ms. Leah Taylor, Executive Secretary
Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers
PO Box 243011
Montgomery, Alabama  36124

Only certified/licensed athletic trainer or licensed athletic trainer members of ALATA are eligible to vote.  Voting begins July 16, 2012 and closes August 15, 2012 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by August 15, 2012