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October 10, 2016

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In This Issue:
   Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act
   ALATA Elections & Call for Nominations

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the U.S. Senate in its next step necessary to become a law. The Alabama lobbying effort for this was a joint effort between ALATA and the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers. Ciara Taylor from ABAT as well as myself were able to meet with our members of legislature this past June with success that included the House votes and both Senators pledging their support for the bill once it reaches the floor of the Senate. Please continue to have conversations/phone calls/emails to not only our Washington legislators but definitely with our local state members. Developing relationships with our local/state representatives is imperative to the future of our profession.

Chris King ATC
Athletic Trainer/Health Sciences Instructor
Mortimer Jordan High School
Alabama Athletic Trainers Association, President
Alabama Board of Athletic Training, Board Member
Southeast Athletic Trainers Association, Board Member

ALATA Elections & Call for Nominations

The Alabama Athletic Trainers Association has an opening on the Executive Council beginning January 1st, 2017. This opening is for: At Large Member 1. Candidates must be members in good standing of ALATA for a minimum of two consecutive years from the date of nomination. Any ALATA member may make a nomination.  Nominations must be received along with the license number of the nominator no later than midnight on November 5th, 2016. Please send nominations to:

Inline image 1Jarod Grace is the Team Sports Manager for the Southeastern portion of the US for Gatorade.  He has held this position since May of 2015.  In his role as TSM, he is the go between for the Gatorade brand and the athletic training rooms, locker rooms and weight rooms for the collegiate and professional teams that have contracts with Gatorade.

Prior to joining Gatorade he worked for Medco Sports Medicine for 3 years as the sales representative in the states of AL, FL, GA, MS, and TN.  He was a sales incentive trip winner in 2013 and 2014 for having the top performing territory in the company.

From 2004-2012, Jarod was the men’s basketball athletic trainer for Auburn University. In addition, he also oversaw the day to day medical needs of the Auburn men’s golf team and was the sports medicine manager for all of Auburn University’s athletic summer camps.

Grace earned a B.S. degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in athletic training from Auburn University in 1999. In 2002, he received a M.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina.

A native of Albertville, AL, Grace served as an athletic training intern for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and at Disney's Wide World of Sports. During his time at the University of South Carolina, he served as the interim men’s basketball athletic trainer. Grace returned to Auburn University in 2002 to work as an assistant athletic trainer with the women’s basketball program.

Grace is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association. He has also served as President of the SEC Sports Medicine Association and has served as an executive council member of the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.

Grace is married to the former Becca Cunningham of Albertville, AL. They have two children, Mary Alderson (9) and Carter (4).  They currently reside in Auburn, AL.
Inline image 3My name is Scott Lochridge, and I am running for the position of Treasurer for the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association, and would like to ask for your vote. I have had the absolute pleasure of serving as Treasurer for the last two years and would love to continue serving the members of ALATA for another two years. I am currently the Head Athletic Trainer at Cullman High School, a position that  I have had the privilege of serving in for the last 13 years. Previous to this, I was fortunate to be able to work at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. I have been a Certified Athletic Trainer for the last 22 years and a member of ALATA for the last 13 years. I am happily married to my wife Ashley, and we have one son, Cody Miller, who is also an athletic trainer.

Scott Lochridge, ATC

Voting Information and Ballot

Leah Taylor, Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Executive Secretary, will be presiding over these elections.  Please  vote online at OR print this ballot and mail so that is received by November 10, 2016 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 October 10, 2016 and closes November 10, 2016 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by November 10, 2016.