Please do not forget that your

BOC CEU Reporting

is due TONIGHT before midnight!



The deadline for the Jack Cramer Scholarship is today as well! 

A deserving high school senior who is planning a career as an athletic trainer in the secondary school setting will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.

The online application can be found at: https://www.nata.org/Jack%20Cramer%20Scholarship%20Student%20Application


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This member spotlight is on Brian Sifferlin. We asked Brian to be this newsletter's spotlight due to a recent event he was involved with which demonstrates the critical importance of Certified Athletic Trainers at every high school! 

-Hello everyone. I am happy to be here with you for this OATA newsletter and share my experience with you.

On October 6th, I was working as the assigned athletic trainer for the Manchester High School football game against Northwest High School. During the game our quarterback ran the ball to our sideline and was tackled violently with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

When I got to the athlete he was unconscious for approximately 5 seconds. After regaining consciousness, he complained of neck pain and numbness in his arms. As I stabilized the helmet, the athlete was able to talk with me and was very coherent, knowing exactly what happened. Using our Emergency Action Plan skills, I signaled Dr. Ben Burkam to get the ambulance.  Once the EMS staff arrived to the athlete, I had the EMT stabilize the head and neck so that I could remove the facemask. With everyone in place, we backboarded and blocked the head of the injured athlete. My medical team consisted of Dr. Ben Burkam, Dr. Sarah Decker, and the EMS staff, and we all worked together as one to accomplish a safe transfer for the athlete. 

The athlete was eventually transferred to Akron City Hospital and then had surgery by Dr. Ehrlers' Crystal Clinic staff. The athlete presented with perched vertebrae at C5 and C6. Upon entering the anterior neck, the surgeon found the C5 was in multiple pieces and removed it along with replacing it with a cadaver vertebra. He stabilized a fracture in C6 also with plates and screws that were placed from C5-C7.  He stabilized from the anterior and posterior positions on the athlete. The athlete was hospitalized for a week and then released on a special diet and a neck brace in place.  He is currently doing fine and looking forward to rehabilitation in the near future. Currently there are no symptoms of paralysis and none are expected at any point in the future. He has since been able to return to school. 

My advice to young athletic trainers entering the profession is to get extensive hours in your area while working on your skills. Listen to your instructors and fellow professionals. Never feel entitled, never accept average, and be able to communicate. Relationships are the single most important thing I do when practicing athletic training.  

I have worked in many settings that include colleges, professional sports, and high schools. The single most fun I am having now is working for a great coach in Jim France and a great football program at Manchester Local Schools. It is a very rewarding experience for someone like me who has been doing this for a very long time.

I love being a father to 3 unbelievable children, and I support them in all their activities. I enjoy going to work every day, going hunting, fishing, and working at home.-

Thank you Brian for all that you do for the profession of Athletic Training!            

If you know of someone who you would like highlighted in our newsletter spotlight, please email Deb.WalkoAT@gmail.com. 


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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year to you all!

I am hopeful that each and every one of you is in the midst of having a joyful and happy holiday season, filled with many happy new memories with family and friends.

As we finish up 2017 and I begin stepping away as your president, I find that we have had a great two years. During this time, we have seen many challenges and many successes. We have seen some rough times and some of the greatest times in our association. We have seen some of our dearest friends lost and have made new memories with new and old friends that will last a lifetime. All of these are because of your passion and dedication to our profession and our association.

The last two years have been some of the best years of my career. I have had the opportunity to travel around our great state and meet many new people and establish some great new friendships. I have met many fellow athletic trainers who, every day, bring their best to their patients and in turn help those patients become better in every way possible. I have been humbled to see peers whose passion for our profession knows no boundaries and who strive to give our profession to the next generation better than when they began. I have seen students become the teachers and help us all see our profession in new and glorious lights. It has truly been a blessing, and I will never forget how each and every encounter made me remember, time and again, how lucky I am to be in our profession and how lucky I have been to serve you all.

As I write this final newsletter entry as your president, I want to thank so many who have inspired me through their passion and their friendship. Siobhan Fagan, our new president, you have been a faithful friend and a leader that I have been able to look to in times of need. Our tenure together has been amazing and from the beginning of this journey and along each step of the way you have been by my side. We are all very lucky to have you as our next president, and I am looking forward to the great things that our association will be able to do under your leadership. I want to thank Kurt McClurg for his continued wisdom. This wisdom  I will carry throughout the rest of my life. Dave Rauch, Katie LaRue Martin, and Candy Norman – F-RIATA  forever – your friendship, leadership and constant work to make our profession and our association better, has been and will always be inspirational to me. Mike Medich, thank you for your passionate inspiration and your willingness to step back into the association leadership and help us treasure the past and push into the future. Joyce Kastl, thank you for the countless hours you spent to make sure we could stay our course and be the best association possible for our members. Thank you to our student senate. You are our future and I know because of your work, we are in for great and wonderful times. Thank you to all of the "Hall of Famers" and all of our past presidents, especially Gary Lake, Hollie Kozak, JW, Bob Gray, and Dale Googins.  Your words of historical prospective, encouragement, and most of all your support throughout the last two years has helped me in ways that you may never know and has shown me how much giving back to our profession truly makes us all stronger.

Finally, I want to thank all of you. Your passion and service has been the biggest inspiration to me throughout my two years as your president. I have seen so many of you do great things when most people were not watching. I have seen you lead your patients and your peers to become better. I have seen you teach the future, and I know because of those teachings, we will continue to move forward and have a bright new world to live. I have seen you smile, laugh, and cry in times of such great emotion that you will always be in my mind and in my heart. Thank you all for serving our profession, our association and most of all for serving as the best healthcare professionals for your patients.

Now when I sit back in the rocking chair and serve my last two years as immediate past president, it is my hope that each one of you continues to remember that we have only borrowed this profession and in turn it needs to be returned better than it was before we all began.

Thank you, God Bless and may your New Year be better than any year before!


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News from the Secondary School Committee


Do you ever feel like you are alone? 
Do you feel that you can use some help but don't know where to turn?

The OATA Secondary Schools Committee is currently working on a project called the
 "Not Forgotten AT." 

This project involves filling out a survey so that our committee can determine how we can help you. Your voice will be heard and you will not be forgotten.

If you work in the middle/secondary school setting, please complete this short survey:  Not Forgotten AT survey



Do you have a Safe Sports School banner hanging in your gym?

We do great work in Ohio and we want this to be noticed by our communities!
 If you refer to the Atlas map, there are about 70 schools in Ohio currently listed as 
Safe Sports Schools
and most of these are in southwest, west and central Ohio.


Why not promote yourself and your program by applying for funding through a grant from GLATA?

Let's keep Ohio as a leader in this initiative!!!


Here is a testimonial from SSC sub-chair Eric Bortmas, Licking Heights High School, 1st Team SSS Award recipient as funded by GLATA

“The ease of use of the GLATA Grant Application is extraordinary. Once I obtained the necessary signatures for my application and submitted it, the turn-around from submission to being informed of its acceptance was within 10 days. And because of the method of delivery of the news, the NATA receives your application for the Safe Sports School Award along with your congratulations and within 2 days, I was awarded my 1st Team status, which was an upgrade from my previous application status as 2nd Team. The grant helped tremendously in motivating my renewal and upgraded status!” 



Have your read the NATA's Best Practice Guidelines for Athletic Training Documentation?

This is a must read especially since included in our practice act (OTPTAT, 4755-41-01, D3 of the Code of Ethics)is the following statement:

"Athletic trainers should keep accurate records for all areas of injury management. These shall include, but are not limited to, written referrals, personal injury reports/initial evaluation, and daily care rendered/rehabilitation logs. These records shall be in paper or electronic format."



The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee recently sent a memo to the OHSAA pertaining to a recently published research study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the purity of supplements.  A summary of this research study on nonsteroidal selective androgen receptor modulators include these facts:

52% of the products tested actually contained the chemical it claimed to contain.
39% contained other unapproved drugs.
9% contained no active chemical at all
41% had the active component and dose matching the labeling.

A CNN story on this research can be found at : http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/28/health/sarms-unapproved-drugs-study/index.html



 GLATA meeting will be held in Wheeling, Illinois on March 13th through the 17th.

There will be a short secondary school business meeting on Thursday the 15th at 3 pm in which everyone is welcome to attend.

On Friday the 15th at 12:30 pm there will be a secondary school peer-to-peer session which has been very successful in the past.


Robert Sweeney, from Ohio, will be taking over as the new NATA District 4 Secondary School Committee Rep. 

Bob will take over during the NATA meeting in June. 


The NATA Secondary School Committee has some great resources which you may find helpful at  https://www.nata.org/professional-interests/job-settings/secondary-school

 Use this site to subscribe to the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers quarterly e-newsletter: 



Have you completed the ATLAS survey this year?

This survey helps update athletic training services throughout the United States.

Here is the completion rate for each state in GLATA: 
WI 23%; IL 35%, OH 38% MI 50%; IN 54%; MN 55%  

Ohio needs to lead this list!
Please go to https://ksi.uconn.edu/nata-atlas/  
and complete the survey! 




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Please consider contributing to the Political Action Committee (PAC)? 

Full participation by all ATs is crucial!



Remember to rehearse your Emergency Action Plan for winter sports season venues.

Avoid the burnout!

Be sure to spend some quality time with family and friends throughout the holiday season!

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Congratulations and welcome to the new OATA Student Senators!

 We are also incredibly excited for the OATA Student Symposium and Quiz Bowl on January 13th, 2018, hosted by The Ohio State University.

We look forward to seeing all students there!

Also, please visit our website,


to learn more about the Student Senate


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We are in need of local volunteers

from Central Ohio!

The OATA State Meeting will be back at the Embassy Suites in Dublin near Columbus on 

May 11-12, 2018.

Please email Planner@oata.org 

if you are interested in volunteering.

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Dedication of the renovation of the Grover Center at Ohio University took place on Friday, August 25th. 

The College of Health Sciences and Professions is proud to announce the completion of its 24,000-square-foot Grover Center renovation project   The renovation has created new spaces for exercise physiology, nursing, WellWorks, nutrition, and athletic training, including the new Charles "Skip" Vosler Clinical Education Facility. There are also new interprofessional simulation and classroom spaces, a renovated computer lab, a new student collaboration area, and a new location for the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame. We look forward to the many new opportunities this space will allow!

There is space for well over 30 years of future HOF plaques.

New touch screen system will allow for real time updates and will be available for view online in the near future. The touch screens contain Hall of Fame inductee pictures and biographies and will be an ongoing project for updates and additions.

The project has been funded by HOF members, OATA members, and private donations and will allow for future upgrades.

If you would like to contribute to our Hall of Fame, please go to  https://www.ohio.edu/advancement/gift.cfm and follow these guidelines:

  1. Select make a one time gift (unless you want to make a recurring gift!)
  2. Under "Gift Designation" click the box "The fund I want to support isn't listed above."
  3. Under Allocation Fund type: "OATA Hall of Fame"
  4. Under amount, type in amount of your gift
  5. Proceed to follow instruction to complete your transaction, entering your name/address/credit card info, etc

 Thank you!

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