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2018 Special Olympic Summer Games

The 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games are May 31-June 2 at Penn State University!
Each year over 2,000 athletes, coaches, and volunteers come together to compete in a variety of athletic events and activities at Penn State. Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students provide medical coverage and care at events such as softball, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, swimmings, and track and field.  Housing and meals are provided to all volunteers.  Athletic Trainers continue to be a vital role in keeping the athletes safe, healthy, and competitive!  If you are interested in volunteering this year, please email Jayme Galdieri or Justin Beaupre.

Justin Beaupre, Ed.D, LAT, ATC

Jayme Galdieri, MS, LAT, ATC

SOPA Volunteer form





Changes in C-Spine Protocols and initiating dialogue with EMS providers

With the recent changes in C-Spine Protocols form both the NATA and Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, the PATS Executive Board is recommending that Licensed Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth address the following:

  • Review and implement the recommendations in the article “Back to School” on pages 16-18 in the July, 2015, edition of the NATA News.
  • Review “What’s New in Pennsylvania EMS Spinal Care Fast Facts for Athletic Trainers ” that was a combined effort between the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council and PATS. There is a link for this document below.  The first page is a Q&A format to address the changes in the Pennsylvania EMS Protocols concerning ‘spinal motion restriction’ vs. the previous term of ‘spinal immobilization’. 
  • Schedule a meeting with your local EMS provider(s) prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year to review the changes in the EMS protocols and how they compare to the NATA protocols. This would be an opportunity to demonstrate the removal of football equipment as described in the:  “APPROPRIATE CARE OF THE SPINE INJURED ATHLETE Update from 1998 document”, June 2015, as well as an opportunity to review and update Emergency Action plans with EMS providers.
    • When calling EMS for a suspected C-spine injured athlete, be sure to give a full description of the Mechanism of Injury as well as signs and symptoms so EMS is aware of your concerns for the level of care that may be appropriate.  Please reference the “What’s New in PA Spinal Care Fact Sheet ”.


    PATS announces extensive athletic training coverage of secondary schools in Pennsylvaia.


    See listing of PA schools that utilize ATs
    See listing of PA schools that do NOT utilize ATs



    FREE Online Concussion Education


    Concussion Wise


    PATS has partnered with Sport Safety International to provide “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals. The courses are FREE for coaches, parents, and athletes and can be found at The partnership coincides with the Governor’s recent signing of the “Safety in Youth Sports Act”, an Act establishing standards for managing concussions and traumatic brain injuries. At the completion of the course, learners will receive a completion certificate.



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