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.
Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association Official Statement On ‘Friday Night Tykes’
In support of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association statement from January 2014, the TSATA would like to additionally comment regarding this issue. In Texas, as across the country, athletic trainers work hard to keep athletes safe at all levels of competition. Player safety is first and foremost in each healthcare provider’s mind, and the TSATA is also deeply disappointed with the Esquire Network’s decision to air a show that demonstrates such recklessness and disdain for safety. The television show ‘Friday Night Tykes’ undermines the great efforts athletic trainers make in communities across the country to provide excellent healthcare and safety. It is our hope that media will use its platform to positively influence youth sports through proper education, portrayal of safe sports environments for all children, and raising awareness for the employment of athletic trainers in all settings to care for the needs of student athletes.
February 3, 2014
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. Read on…