Welcome to the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association (TSATA). The TSATA was created to own, operate, and maintain an association exclusive to the promotion, enhancement, and advancement of the athletic training profession and of the association’s members. The TSATA is “by Texas athletic trainers, about Texas athletic trainers, and for Texas athletic trainers” and strives to serve as the voice of athletic trainers in Texas.

TEA Clarifies Requirements for Sports Medicine Course Instructors

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Spanky Stephens, Dennis Hart, and David Anderson met with Texas Education Agency Associate Commissioner for Standards & Programs Monica Martinez, Managing Director of Curriculum Shelly Ramos, Chief Legal Counsel David A. Anderson, and Deputy Chief Legal Counsel Von Byer.
The meeting was requested to discuss the recent TEA determination regarding the certification requirements for instructors of the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Sports Medicine I, II, and III courses. That determination was that instructors for those three state approved innovative courses are required to have a valid teaching certificate, beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The TSATA leadership requested reconsideration of the ruling, which led to this meeting.

During the meeting, the TEA staff outlined the two options for a Licensed Athletic Trainer to teach any of the three innovative courses:
1) The LAT must hold a valid teaching certificate.
2) The LAT must hold a School District Teacher Permit issued by the school district that employs the LAT, per the provisions of the Texas Education Code, Chapter 21, Section 21.055.
In the conversation, Chief Counsel David A. Anderson and Managing Director of Curriculum, Shelly Ramos, noted that School District Teacher Permit option was simple and straight-forward. Both anticipated that the applications would be approved by the Commissioner, consistent with the existing review and approval process. There are no repercussions or penalties from TEA for school districts that utilize this option. School districts have always had the authority to require the LAT to have a valid teacher certification before the district assigned the LAT to teach the Sports Medicine I, II, and/or III courses.
After consideration of the situation, a final appeal to the Commissioner of Education was considered. Staff in that office indicated that the Commissioner would uphold the decision of the Chief Counsel on teacher certification.

The TSATA recommends all certified instructors of the TSATA Sports Medicine I, II, and III courses who DO NOT CURRENTLY HOLD a valid teaching certificate initiate the process to obtain the District Teaching Permit. The application is available on the TEA Website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147500508&cmsMode=Preview.
For a school district to offer the TSATA Sports Medicine I, II, and/or III Innovative Courses, the instructor shall:
1) Be a licensed athletic trainer.
2) Have completed the Sports Medicine Instructor’s Curriculum Course.

The TSATA website contains additional information on the courses and training.

The TEA contact person for all innovative courses, and specifically for the Sports Medicine courses, is:
Debbie Gonzales
Program Coordinator
Curriculum Division
Texas Education Agency
phone: (512) 463-9581
email: debbie.gonzales@tea.state.tx.us

Ms. Gonzales and Chief Legal Counsel David A. Anderson will provide a letter, supported by the Commissioner of Education that explains and supports the District Teaching Permit option for Sports Medicine Course Instructors.

For additional information on this issue from TSATA, contact:
Dennis Hart
TSATA Sports Medicine Instructors’ Course, Coordinator
Spanky Stephens
TSATA Exective Director

Sun City Athletic Trainers Association 31st Annual Professional Symposium

The Sun City Athletic Trainers Association 31st Annual Professional Symposium will take place in El Paso, TX on Monday May 12, 2014.

The Symposium will be held at:
EPISD Staff Development Unit 6500K Boeing
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 230-3000

Symposium CEU Info:
*The Clinical Symposium is estimated at 7 CEUs.
*SCATA is an approved BOC provider for continuing education.
*SCATA is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE activity.
*BOC Provider Number is P554.

Symposium Schedule:
Monday May 12, 2014
8:00-9:00am: Registration
9:00-11:00am: Concussion Management Certification
Dr. Arthur “Tony” Islas, MD and Dr. Justin Wright, MD
11:00-12:00pm: Early History of Athletic Training
Matt Webber Author of “Dropping the Bucket and Sponge: An Early History of Athletic Training”.
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch/SCATA Meeting (Lunch will be provided)
1:00-1:50pm: Sports Diabetes
Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD
2:00-3:00pm: Lumbar Spine Physical Therapy
Harry Koster, PT, Cert. MDT

If you have any questions, please e-mail SCATA at Suncityata@gmail.com.

Registration and payment can be made online at our website suncityat.com/SCATA_Symposium.html.
(Deadline- Monday May 5th, 2014)
LATE FEE of $10 will be applied after May 6th.

TSATA Scholarship Form

2014 TSATA Regional Director Elections

TSATA Regional Director Elections 2014

At this time we are asking members to nominate anyone they think would serve the TSATA as a Regional Director to the Board. Members are allowed to nominate one person they believe will serve in the best interest of the Licensed Athletic Trainer of Texas for their respective region.

The Regions up for election this year are Region 3 (Panhandle), Region 6 (Greater Houston), and Region 9 (South Texas-Valley Region).

The person nominated must be in good standing as a member of TSATA along with the individual nominating them.

Currently the sitting members of the Board from Regions 6 & 9 have stated they would like to run as the incumbent for their respective regions. Those individuals are Bubba Wilson (6) and Terry Greenup (9).

Nominations should be sent to Red Ganus Vice-chair TSATA at dganus@kisd.org

Nominations will be accepted from February 24, 2014 to March 26, 2014.

Ballots will be sent out electronically to the address you have listed on you NATA registration or TSATA registration, whichever means you have renewed or joined TSATA.

Elections will begin April 2, 2014 and end May 2, 2014.