Current News & Updates

  • 06 Mar 2014 9:18 AM | Kenneth Lam

    We are getting prepared for AT Day at the Capitol 2014 on Wednesday, March 12th, and we are excited and hopeful that you will be able to join us. We are in an election year and AT Day will provide an opportunity to establish relationships with elected legislators. These relationships will pay dividends in our future efforts to protect and improve the AT practice act, address third party billing, and other important AT initiatives.

    AT Day at the Capitol is designed to educate members about the political process, assist members in establishing positive relationships with their elected legislators, and increase the political profile of the athletic training profession in Arizona.  

    Plan to arrive at the Capitol at 9:00am, and we will meet out on the front lawn or just inside the House building. Activities will include:

    • Registering to speak at available kiosks
    • Attendance at the Health Committee meeting (start time between 9:30 and 10:00)
    • Group meetings with legislators (we'll schedule these for you)
    We will be sending additional information about talking points in the coming days, but we wanted to get you some basic information so that you have a general feel for the morning.  Driving directions can be found here.

    Also, if you are planning to attend AT Day at the Capitol, please send us a confirmation email ( so that we can get legislative meetings organized for you.

    We are looking forward to getting involved with legislative activities on the 12th of March and hope that you are, too!

    Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, AT
    Co-Chair, AzATA Governmental Affairs Committee

  • 03 Feb 2014 12:04 PM | Deleted user
    The National Athletic Trainers' Association issues an official statement on the new program "Friday Night Tykes". Read More...
  • 28 Jan 2014 12:12 PM | Deleted user

    There have been numerous questions regarding the legality of padded elbow and knee sleeves that are being worn by high school basketball players.

    Simply put:
    Elbow and knee pads that have a "sleeve" like extension that extends above the shorts or above the sleeves are legal.

    What is illegal is a sleeve without the padding.  That still needs medical approval and an OK from the AIA Office.

    We realize that this seems like a circumvention of the rule, but under current rules, it is legal.  The National Rules Committee may take up this topic at the rules meeting in April.

    Gary Whelchel | AIA State Commissioner of Officials I 7007 N. 18th Street I Phoenix, AZ I 85020
    AIA Staff

  • 23 Jan 2014 10:55 AM | Deleted user
    March is National Athletic Trainers' month and the Phoenix Coyotes are excited to host and honor all Athletic Trainers in Arizona. Join us for a fun filled night out at Arena.  Discounted tickets are available, while supplies last.
    Sunday, March 2nd
    6:00 pm Game
    Phoenix Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues Arena
    Athletic Trainers are going to be recognized on the big screen, as well as a PA announcement and recognize the Coyotes Athletic Trainers.  We would like to have a good representation of Certified Athletic Trainers present! Please add to your calendar! We encourage all Athletic Trainers and their families to attend. For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • 10 Dec 2013 1:14 PM | Kenneth Lam
    Download your copy of the December AzATA newsletter by clicking here.  Included in this issue are updates from AzATA President Michelle Gonzalez and the PEC, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council on sport-related concussions in youth athletes, and a strategic alliance statement from the CAATE, NATA, NATA REF, and BOC regarding the legal and ethical responsibility to report unregulated practice, and information for the upcoming AzATA Winter Symposium.
  • 14 Nov 2013 3:12 PM | Kenneth Lam

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 11, 2013 - Omaha, NE - The leadership of the Strategic Alliance, which includes the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the NATA Research and Education Foundation and the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), has concluded that it is necessary to issue a formal statement to remind institutions, employers, Athletic Trainers (ATs) and athletic training students that the practice of athletic training by unregulated individuals must be reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities. Just as unregulated practice is unethical and unprofessional, so is the failure to report this practice. Regulatory mechanisms exist to protect the public and to ensure safe and effective athletic training practice. ATs have both a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the public from those who engage in the practice of athletic training without a proper authorization from a state regulatory agency.  Read more.

  • 25 Sep 2013 11:18 AM | Barton Anderson (Administrator)
    Download your copy of the September AzATA News. Included in this issue are updates from AzATA President Michelle Gonzalez, Professional Education Committee, information on legal issues for athlete water systems, and Arizona athletic training education program updates.
  • 20 Aug 2013 9:00 PM | Deleted user
    NATA made an official statement regarding calling crown of the helmet violations in football. To read the statement, click here:
  • 05 Aug 2013 11:17 AM | Kenneth Lam
    The Barrow Concussion Network will be launching a kickoff program on August 24, 2013 from 9am-12pm.  This program will be hosted by the Arizona Cardinals in collaboration with AT Still University and Barrow Neurological Institute.  The program will be free to certified athletic trainers and has been approved by the Board of Certification for a maximum of 3.0 hours of Category A continuing education.

    The Barrow Concussion Network Training Program is designed to provide participants with fundamental knowledge of sports concussion education, research, and concussion consultation.

    Course Objectives
    • Access concussion education and resources via the Barrow Concussion Network.
    • Explain how to submit concussion events to the concussion registry.
    • Submit concussion cases for consultation.
    • Describe the process of computerized neuropsychological baseline evaluation.
    • Demonstrate post-injury neuropsychological interpretation.

    Please see the below link for additional information and registration details.

  • 17 Jun 2013 12:33 PM | Barton Anderson (Administrator)
    Download your copy of the June AzATA News. Included in this issue are updates from AzATA President Michelle Gonzalez, Professional Education Committee, NAU and ATSU Education Programs, and Summer Symposium information.

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