Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
October 25, 2011

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Letter from ALATA President, John W. Morr


ALATA High School/Clinical Athletic Training Seminar





Letter from ALATA President, John W. Morr
Seems like the summer has passed us by and the new athletic season has quickly come upon us.  I hope that each of you had time to finish up on some of your personal projects and quality time with your families.  There have been significant changes over the summer months with new concussion legislation across the country and in Alabama as well.

Just as a reminder, do not forget to renew your Alabama State licensure.  The Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers has a website now, after several years of requesting funding from the state to complete this project, it is now a reality.  Please thank Leah Taylor for seeing this through.  You can find a link on the ALATA website as well at Also, please remember that the BOC fee changes begin this year.  If you have questions as to the particulars of this change, you may find them at  In essence, as a member of the NATA you may capitalize on a discounted rate of $34.00 if you select the option when renewing your NATA member dues.  If you do not select this option, then you will receive an invoice for $50.00 for the non-discounted 2012 BOC recertification fee.

I wish to congratulate Chris King and Jarod Grace on being elected to the At-Large positions on the 2012 Executive Council.  Jennifer Kramer will be assuming the Treasurer’s position and Karen Straub-Stanton will continue her role as the Vice President and Paul Crawford as Secretary.

At the July 12th ABAT meeting, several interesting topics were discussed, one of which was the new concussion law and how it may affect a previous statute, which required an interpretation from the Attorney General.  Discussion on how best to monitor any proposed legislation that would affect the athletic training profession in the state is another area of attention and concern.  Additionally, we discussed ways of generating more communication between ABAT, ALATA with the membership.  If you have any suggestions or input on these or other ABAT matters, please communicate with ABAT directly or through an ALATA representative.

The legislative plan for the coming year is in motion.  Normally, ALATA has a Hit the Hill day during the legislative session; however, I am proposing an alternative, Hit the Hill at Home.  Instead of trying to visit your legislator while they are at their work and at their busiest time of their year, I am challenging each of you to visit them while they are not in session.  It does not require you to make the trek to Montgomery from your home/work.  You do not need to take time away from your family either.  I want you to call them to set up a meeting over lunch, etc., to introduce yourself and discuss the topics that are relevant to your profession.  You will be surprised by the availability of your legislator and also how much more at ease you and they will be.  You know what it is like to have someone who wishes to discuss their important issues with you while you are working - it just isn’t easy.  Let’s do this in more informally and then when you need to make a phone call or write a letter, they know who you are and are much more willing to listen to you.  I would like updates from each of you after your meeting with your legislator.  ALATA will send a note of appreciation to the legislator on your behalf.  I want to do this from November 1st thru December 15th.  This is a large window of opportunity for each ALATA member to accomplish this task.  Can you do this?  Let me know if you need assistance or information.  If you do not know your legislator, go to and then on the right side of the page is a column to "find your legislator" by your zip code.  If you do not wish to do this, let me know.  We need to contact as many legislators as possible, if you wish our profession to continue to grow.
ALATA  High School/Clinical Athletic Training Seminar
Alabama State University
John Buskey Science Building
Dec. 11, 2011

ALATA will host its second one day high school/clinical athletic training seminar on December 11, 2011 at Alabama State University  Click here for link to registration form.  Click here for link to schedule.


IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 21, 2011 – Omaha, NE –The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) has revised the 2012 recertification requirements for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs).  Recertification requirements outline the commitment for ATs to maintain their BOC certification.  These requirements include completing continuing education (CE), meeting emergency cardiac care (ECC) requirements, submitting the BOC recertification fee and adhering to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice.

The following revisions will strengthen the entire certification program

  • Certification Statuses – The nine current statuses will be replaced by four simple statuses: Certified, Expired, Suspended and Revoked.  Due to the elimination of the Inactive status, the BOC will no longer accept inactive status applications.  These changes will be reflected in the new Professional Practice and Disciplinary Guidelines and Procedures, which will be updated on the BOC website in early 2012.  View details at
  • Recertification Deadline – The BOC is eliminating staggered CE reporting and returning to one common expiration date for AT recertification.  Please note that ATs with a 2011 expiration date are still required to complete and report required CE by the end of 2011.  ATs with an expiration date of 2012, 2013 or 2014 will soon have a new expiration date of 12/31/2013.
  • CE Reporting – The current CE categories A, B, C and D and calculation of CEUs will not be changing.  However, ATs will see a new form simplifying CE reporting.
  • Recertification Fee – This change was announced in April 2011.  National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) members will receive a discount if they pay the BOC recertification fee with their NATA membership dues at the time of NATA renewal.  The discounted 2012 BOC recertification fee is $34, and the non-discounted 2012 BOC recertification fee is $50.
  • In preparation for 2014 recertification requirements, the BOC is announcing plans to move from a 3-year reporting period to a 2-year reporting period.  Currently, ATs are required to report 75 continuing education units (CEUs) every 3 years.  Beginning 1/1/2014, ATs will be required to report 50 CEUs every 2 years.  Review the chart online called "Looking Ahead to 2014" for further details.

The BOC, a national credentialing agency, has been certifying Athletic Trainers and identifying, for the public, quality healthcare professionals with certainty since 1969.  More than 39,000 individuals have earned the ATC® credential worldwide.  The BOC is headquartered at 1415 Harney Street, Suite 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68102.  For more information, call (877) 262-3926 or visit the BOC website at