To provide some context, in July 2015, the Texas Legislature’s Sunset Advisory Commission adopted a management action (nonstatutory) directing collaboration between the University Interscholastic League and UT Southwestern (SUNSET TEXAS, 2015) :
“…As a management action, direct UIL to immediately take all proactive steps to commence establishing a collaborative relationship with UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, a state-funded initiative to promote innovative research and education, with the goals of accelerating translation into better diagnosis and revolutionizing care for millions of people who suffer brain injuries each year…” (Representative Four Price, Vice Chair – Sunset Advisory Commission).
The Texas Sports Concussion Network Registry (CON-TEX) is the first step toward the development of one of the first state-wide concussion registries in the United States. The project aims to document and track concussion incidence, examine injury characteristics, and identify risk factors among school-aged athletes. The CON-TEX registry will set the stage to begin collecting data on concussions in high school athletes attending Texas UIL schools.
In sum, for the 2016-2017 academic year, the UIL will ask for voluntary participation from all Texas public and charter schools to enter concussion data into the ConTex registry. Post-concussion, the student athlete will be approached by the trainer to participate in the registry. If student athlete is below 18, it is required that his/her parent or legally authorized representative also sign the consent. Each school will retain their routine injury information on each player.
We are looking forward to working with you and your ISD’s to deploy this important state-wide initiative. Currently, we are finalizing on the concussion reporting tool and look forward to staying in close touch in the coming weeks. We would greatly appreciate disseminating this information down to the administrators, fellow trainers, and coaches within your ISD. Thank you again and I look forward to updating you as we continue to move forward.
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.
• 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.
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:
Tarleton State University is proud to announce its new
Entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training degree!
The first cohort will start in July 2016. Applications are being accepted!
Only one spot remains open.
Please see website for further information.