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2022 Annual

Winter Symposium

January 29-30, 2022

Thank you for attending!

Your CEU checklist and schedule will be available at registration for all attendees.

Please do not print prior to arrival to utilize the printed documents we have for you.

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Bonus On-Demand

~0.5 CEU's Cat. A

Number of CEU's are Dependent on Sessions Attended

Bonus Content

Recorded sessions will be made available for attendees to view on-demand

Prescribing "Rest": How to Optimize Recovery (0.5 CEU)

by Steven Bacham, MS

Saturday January 29th, 2022

Live In-Person @ Sheraton

~7 CEU's Cat. A

Number of CEU's are Dependent on Sessions Attended

All Session Times are MST

Bonus Content

Recorded sessions will be made available for attendees to view on-demand


Registration Opens & BOD Coffee Chats

What questions do you want to ask, or topics do you want to discuss with our AzATA Board of Directors?


Welcome and Meeting Overview


General Session

Dry Needling: What's the Point? (1.0 CEU) 

-Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT 




General Session

Approach to Lower Extremity Injury (1.0 CEU) 

-Keisuke Kanno, PT, DPT, FAFS, CSCS




General Session

Concussion Nutrition (1.0 CEU)

-Russell C. Teames, DC, DACNB
10:55-11:00am Break


General Session 

Ultrasound Guided Interventions, Including Biologics

-Evan Werk, MD & Cody Petrie MD


Member Meeting

Honors and Awards


General Session 

Dry Needling Panel(1.0 CEU) 

-Expert from Private Sector, Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT

-AzATA President, David Mesman, DHA, ATC, AT

-AzATA Governmental Affairs Committee




General Session 

Trauma Systems (1.0 CEU)

-Merideth Gradowski, BSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN & Kara Mitchell, MSN RN CPEN




The Role of the CAATE in Advancing Educational Practice: Contemporary Professional Standards and Specialist Training (1.0 CEU)

-Eric Sauers, PHD, ATC, FNATA


7th Annual AzATA Casino Night

See Flyer Here!!! Casino Night is included in your symposium registration fee.

Sunday January 30th, 2022

Zoom Only

~6 CEU's Cat. A

Number of CEU's are Dependent on Sessions Attended

All Session Times are MST

Bonus Content

Recorded sessions will be made available for attendees to view on-demand

8:30am Zoom Opens 



General Session 

Health Care Needs for Transgender Athletes (1.0 CEU)

 -Amy Wiezorek Schork, MA, LAT, OTC (she/her)




General Session

Nutrition Panel: (1.0 CEU)

Female Athletes, Hormones, and Nutrition Strategies for Health and Athletic Performance

-Rachel Patrick, RDN

RED-S and Disordered Eating in Athletes

-Katie Ullery, RDN




General Session

BOD Engagement

-AzATA Board of Directors




General Session

Extending our Own Career: How to Take Care of the Athletic Trainer's Mental Health and Wellness (1.0 CEU)

-Stephanie M. Singe, PhD, ATC, FNATA


Lunch Break


General Session

AIA SMAC Update (0.5 CEU)

-Dr. Kristina Wilson, MD, MPH, CAQSM

-David Hines, Executive Director, AIA


 General Session

COVID-19 and Cardiology Concerns (0.5 CEU)

-Arash Sabati MD FACC

2:25-2:30pm Break


General Session

EMR Panel (1.o CEU)

-Amy Devies ATC

-Bart Peterson ATC

-David Hayward ATC

-Lindsey Loughran ATC

3:25-3:30pm Break


General Session

Bridging the Gap: Updates to the NATA Concussion Position Statement (1.0 CEU)

-Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

   Thank you for attending!


Saturday January 29th, 2022

Live In-Person @ Sheraton

Number of CEU's Dependent on Sessions Attended

Breakout sessions will not be recorded

9:00-10:00am (Option 1)

10:00-11:00am (Option 2)

1:30-2:30pm (Option 3)

Common Joint Reduction Techniques for the Athletic Trainer (1.0 CEU)

-Kostas Economopoulos MD


AEDs & Maintenance (1.0 CEU)

-Gloria Cornis

10:00-11:00am (Option 1)

2:30-3:30pm (Option 2)

Dry Needling: What's the Point? (1.0 CEU)

-Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT


Approach to Lower Extremity Injury (1.0 CEU)

-Keisuke Kanno, PT, DPT, FAFS, CSCS


Elevated HS Programs: Roundtable on Clubs, Curriculum, and Student Engagement (1.0 CEU)

-Melissa Portela ATC

-JD Burgess ATC

-Matt Blackburn ATC

-Elizabeth Carnesi, Arizona HOSA

-Cindy Gutierrez, M.Ed. CTE (CTE & Arizona Dept. of Education)


Sports Massage (1.5 CEUs)

-Davonna Willis MA, ATC, LMT

Thank you for attending!

  • Information on mailing your payment will be included in your registration confirmation email. A $10.00 fee will be charged for any returned check. If you wish to pay by PO, please register online and provide the invoice to your school for payment.

  • A 100% refund will be given with written request to Casey McKay (treasurer@azata.net) before January 15, 2021. After this date, no refunds will be given.

  • Any questions regarding registration/payment should be directed to Casey McKay (treasurer@azata.net)

  • Membership will be verified online using the latest NATA/AzATA records. Individuals whose membership lapses prior to the start of the Winter Meeting will receive an invoice at the time of check-in for the amount of the difference between member and non-member registration for the category and day/days for which registered.

  • If you should need a copy of the proof of credit/certificate, there will be a $15.00 reissue fee.

Symposium Objectives:

Upon completion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess the physical status of the impaired lower extremity.

  2. Develop general exercise progression leading to return to a sport/a specific physical activity.
  3. Understand the impact of adding dry needling to the practice act for athletic trainers in Arizona.
  4. Understand the legislative process in changing a practice act.
  5. Identify the changes to clinical practice for athletic trainers in various settings and scenarios.
  6. Learn and develop sport-specific treatment plans based on information and techniques learned.
  7. Use and apply the type of massage techniques needed to be applied in pre-event massage.
  8. Discuss the physiological responses to dry needling at the local, segmental and systemic levels

  9. Identify appropriate patients for dry needling, including identifying contraindications, precautions and indications

  10. Understand and describe safety issues when dry needling
  11. Understand how female athletes’ physiology impacts training and recovery.
  12. Review why eumenorrhea is important and how it is impacted by training and nutrition.
  13. Discern the impact of oral contraceptives on nutrient status and health.
  14. Apply strategies to help your athletes replenish nutrients essential for energy, recovery, and immunity.
  15. Identify the organizational factors that can contribute negatively or positively to one’s mental health and wellness.
  16. Discuss gender differences among perceptions of stress, management strategies, and implications on health, wellness, and work life balance.
  17. Examine the individual aspects to mental health and wellness and how they contribute increased levels of stress.
  18. Pinpoint possible strategies for individuals in their own systems to help mitigate the negative impact that work and life stress can have on the individual to decrease role overload/burnout and enhance patient care and overall well-being of the athletic trainer.
  19. Describe contemporary evidence that has led to a gap in the 2014 concussion position statement.
  20. Discuss elements of the position statement that will be updated.
  21. Identify areas where ATs can improve their own concussion policy.
  22. Understand terminology as it relates to transgender patients and health care.
  23. Identify health care challenges that transgender patients face.
  24. Evaluate health care practices in patient settings for inclusion.
  25. Identify differences between non-trauma center emergency services and designated/verified adult trauma centers and capabilities of definitive treatment.
  26. Identify the difference between Pediatric versus Adult Trauma Centers

  27. Identify and understand the Pediatric resources available at a Pediatric specific center

  28. Describe the role of the CAATE as the educational accreditor in defining and advancing the clinical practice of athletic training.

  29. Highlight specific professional standards that were implemented to advance the future practice of athletic training.

  30. Describe the eight areas of specialty practice defined by the CAATE and the role of residency and fellowship training to create specialists and sub-specialists, respectively.

  31. Understand the pathophysiology of common joint dislocations that occurs in athletes.

  32. Practice common on field reduction techniques

  33. Determine which dislocations should be handled on the field or in the emergency room

  34. Identify and review the types, styles, and features of multiple brands of automated external defibrillators

  35. Identify and review battery and pad types, manufacture dates, expiration dates, usage guidelines

  36. Identify legal considerations and requirement related to AEDs

  37. Review maintenance and post-use procedures

  38. Identify strategies to develop and maintain successful student and student-aide engagement

  39. Discuss the requirements and recommendations to develop and maintain preceptor relationships

  40. Review career and technical education (CTE) requirements and strategies

  41. Review HOSA-Future Health Professionals requirements and strategies

  42. Describe what RED-s is, be able to recognize if an athlete is under fueling and create a plan for what the right steps to take to help them reach their performance goals, including finding creative fueling sources.

  43. Review the purpose and composition of the AIA SMAC

  44. List key initiatives of the AIA SMAC for 2021-2022

  45. Describe the cardiac manifestations of COVID-19

  46. Describe the reasons for both short term and more long term sports restriction after COVID-19 infection.

  47. Identify various EMR systems available to athletic trainers and describe major benefits and drawbacks of each system

  48. Explain components of appropriate documentation for athletic trainers as healthcare providers, and discuss barriers and solutions

  49. Illustrate the utility of ultrasound-guided interventions for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

  50. Describe the rapidly evolving field of "biologics" and "regenerative medicine."

  51. Evaluate the appropriate use of ultrasound-guided interventions.

  52. Discuss various nutrition strategies, including protein, carbohydrates, hydration and supplementation to support recovery post training.

  53. Identify strategies to support good sleep hygiene

  54. Describe how understanding and tracking internal and external load can impact training and recovery.

  55. Identify effective nutritional therapeutic options for concussion outside of the historical norms of physical and neurological and incorporating the importance of metabolic insult management aka inflammation and barrier management.

  56. Describe “pre-treatment” as a 1st step towards addressing post concussion syndrome

  57. Identify at-home/immediate therapies that can decrease the probability of long term illness in relation to PCS

AzATA (BOC AP#: P333) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of (18.5) hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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