Jeff Shields and Larry Cooper speak on radio station WHP 580

Jeff Shields and Larry Cooper from PATS join Michael Parks of radio station WHP 580 Harrisburg for a discussion on the profession of athletic training titled: "TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS"
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PATS Quarterly Newsletter is here


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Renew Your PA License - Deadline 12-31-16


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All licensees who hold an “active status” license must complete at least 2 hours of continuing education in Board-approved child abuse recognition and reporting requirements.  There is no exemption for this requirement.

Requirements specific to Athletic Trainers

Act 31 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Continuing Education Provider



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 ”.


    Become a ConcussionWise Instructor


    Become a Concussionwise Instructor by taking a 2 hour course and a webinar. PATS will pay for 40 athletic trainers to take this course through money received from the grant. We are asking for volunteer ATs who are interested in taking and then teaching the face to face forums. Link to ConcussionWise


    Free Concussion CME Available for Pennsylvania Physicians

    Thanks to a grant made possible by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) is partnering with the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), DOH, and Sport Safety International (SSI) to conduct DOH approved ConcussionWise™ trainings.

    The ConcussionWise™ DR program for physicians, accredited for CME by PAMED, is an online education initiative to provide all Pennsylvania physicians with culturally competent, skills-based traumatic brain injury (TBI) education and ensure they are knowledgeable on current peer-reviewed research about the evaluation and management of concussions.

    Normally $59, this online course offering two credits of CME, is available for free to the first 475 Pennsylvania physicians who sign up. More info and link found here


    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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