PATS PR Committee Announces Three Contests!


PATS Student Symposium Attendees

There is no better way to be a resource than to help people/students in need.  The PATS Student Symposium will be held during the dates of March 22-23 at Lebanon Valley College.  The food that is collected and brought to Lebanon Valley College by each AT program will be given to the Dutchman Pantry – an on-campus food pantry for students who need assistance.  More info


The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has recently published the 2019 Poster Series promoting “ATs Are Health Care” in all areas of our field.

As National Athletic Training Month (NATM) approaches, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Public Relations (PR) Committee would like to highlight its members and what they love about the profession all while celebrating the theme of NATM 2019, “ATs Are Health Care”. See Rules here.

Student Public Relations Contest

We want YOU to become part of our committee for the month and help us promote National Athletic Training Month throughout the state! Students will have the opportunity to promote the profession of athletic training based on the 2019 NATM theme “ATs Are Health Care.” The contest is open to any Pennsylvania Athletic Training Program. Late entries will not be eligible. We are challenging students to be creative with videos, rallies, public service announcements, etc. No idea is too small! See Rules here.


2019 Special Olympic Summer Games Call for Athletic Trainers

The 50th Annual Special Olympic Summer Games will be held June 6-8th at Penn State University.  Each year this event brings together over 3,500 athletes, coaches, and volunteers from across Pennsylvania.  Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students from across the Commonwealth volunteer their time and athletic training skills to make the games a safe and competitive environment.  This event is a unique opportunity to work with a diverse population of athletes and spend a weekend having fun and making new friends and unforgettable memories!  The Coordinators of Athletic Training Services are so grateful for the time the Medical Staff puts in each year and hope to meet many more area Athletic Trainers and students, as well as welcome back those who continue to return year after year! 

Volunteer information can be found on the PATS website or by contacting Jayme Galdieri, MS, LAT, ATC ( ).  Athletic Training Program Directors should contact Justin Beaupre Ed.D, LAT, ATC (

Volunteer Form


PATS Student Scholarships

PATS, Inc. Award Nominations and Applications The PATS, Inc. Honors and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for five separate PATS Student Scholarships. Each scholarship carries a value of $2000 and will be officially presented in June at the PATS Annual Meeting and Symposium. All application materials and instructions are available on the PATS website via a PDF file format. Please note the due date for all materials to be submitted is April 1, 2019.
Questions may be directed to John Post Assistant Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee


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.

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