Houston Texans Play Safe Sports Medicine Summit

Target Audience: Play Safe Sports Medicine Summit is an interactive program designed for athletic trainers, physical therapists and other professionals who specialize in the care of all athletes.
Date: June 11, 2016 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Houston Methodist Training Center
8335 Lantern Point Drive | Houston, Texas 77054 | Across the street from NRG Stadium

Fee: Athletic Trainers: $75 Physical Therapists / Physical Therapy assistants/ occupational Therapists: $100
CEU Info:  Houston Methodist is a BOC category “A” and an EBP provider – # P3841. An application has been sent to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for approval as a continuing competency activity for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. This event offers 6 hours of Category “A” CEUs and 2 hours of EBP credit for athletic trainers.

Please contact Kristin Salinas at 281.435.2544 or knsalinas@houstonmethodist.org for questions.

Click here to view program and registration: https://events.houstonmethodist.org/PlaySafe2016

Contribute to TSATA GAC Matching Grant Initiative and Win a Free SWATA Registration

You could win FREE SWATA registration!!!

For every $10 in donations you make to the TSATA for the NATA’s GAC matching grant initiative, you will be entered for a drawing to win FREE SWATA registration.* (see details below).

The NATA’s Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) has initiated a legislative grant program that offers to match up to $4,000 of TSATA member donated or generated funds for governmental affairs. To be eligible, funds must be donated by TSATA members, or through events organized and supported by TSATA members. The purpose of the matching grant is to complement the investment of members in their legislative and regulatory efforts. The SWATA Executive Board has graciously granted a FREE SWATA registration for SWATA 2016.

The TSATA maintains an active legislative agenda annually, keeping the services of Hillco Partners on retainer. Currently the TSATA has expenses nearing $22,000 for our legislative agenda and other services of Hillco Partners. Some of the recent and current issues we are working on include: (a) working with the TEA to recognize the Licensure of Athletic Trainers in Chapter 21 in TEA Code; (b) working with legislators in the upcoming legislative session; (d) hosting a “hit the hill” state lobbying and LAT recognition day; (e) continuing to work with the UIL to introduce legislation and guidelines on student-athlete safety measures.

YOU can help the TSATA support Texas LAT’s by donating to the governmental grant program via the PayPal link or by mailing a check or money order to:

c/o Spanky Stephens
1676 Coushatte Rd
Bellville, TX 77418

When sending a check or money order, please specify that the funds are for the GAC matching grant. Please be sure to include your name and which region of the TSATA you are from for record keeping purposes.

*Additional details:
• For every $10 you make in donations, you will receive one entry for the drawing. A $10 donation gets you one entry for the drawing, $20 gets you two entries, $30 gets you three entries, etc.
• Donations must be received by 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
• Donations are not refundable.
• Must be a current member of the TSATA to win.
• Membership dues do not substitute for or count as donations.
• Limited to the first 500 entries.
• One winner will be decided by a random drawing from all entries conducted by a third party.
• Members of the TSATA Board of Directors or SWATA Executive board are not eligible.


Athletic Trainers’ Program Transfers to TDLA October 3, 2016

TDLR is pleased to announce that we will begin issuing licens­es and performing all regulatory duties associated with the Athletic Trainers program on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Until October 3, 2016, all licensing, compliance, and enforcement responsibilities for the Athletic Trainers program will remain at DSHS. For assistance in these areas, please visit the DSHS Athletic Trainers home page.

Below is a summary of the timeline leading up to the program launch date at TDLR:

  • Feb. 9: Post Statement of Work to select vendors for contract to convert the transferring programs to TDLR-managed hardware and software (IT contract)
  • Feb. 22: Bids due to TDLR for IT contract
  • March 19: Contract award
  • April 3: Conversion Project Kick-off
  • Oct. 1: Effective date of TDLR administrative rules
  • Oct. 1-2: Athletic Trainers program inactivated at DSHS / Go live at TDLR
  • Oct. 3First day of business for Athletic Trainers program at TDLR

2016 TSATA Board Elections

We currently have 1720 professional members, and 499 student members.   Thank you for being a member!  There is always room for more of your students, peers and colleagues!


A Call to get involved…

We have begun the nomination process for regions 2-5-8.  John Overton will continue to accept nominations until March 22, 2016.

He will sent out election ballots on April 4, 2016, that will run until May 3, 2016.


John’s contact information is JOVERTON@howardcollege.edu or cell – 432-816-9483 to nominate a person from your region!