ATOM & RIATA Call for Presentations

The Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association are seeking presenters for the 2017 annual Spring Conference. Please submit your application by December 31st 2016 to Rachel Millen at For application click here.

In Memoriam    John G. “Jack” Baynes

Former District One Director and NATA Hall of Famer Jeff Stone has written a moving tribute to Jack, which captures his spirit and lists his many accomplishments, including his outstanding service to ATOM, District One, District Seven, and the NATA. Click HERE to read Stoney’s Tribute to Jack Baynes.

Legislative Update: ATOM leadership worked until the last minute of the legislative session and were unable to move the Bills to the floor for a vote. This does not mean we were unsuccessful. Although the Bills did not pass, we have continued to build excellent relationships with representatives and have educated many more on the various roles of an athletic trainer. We've built momentum and are confident we'll make strides in this upcoming cycle. Many thanks to all of you that attended events, reached out to your representatives and wrote letters of support. We're going to need you again come December!

Rules and Regulations
: ATOM leadership testified at a the Division of Professional Licensure to provide feedback on the proposed Rules and Regulations by the Board of Allied Health Professions.

Helmet Recall:
The NFHS was just alerted to a football helmet recall for about 6,000 football helmets (August 17, 2017), from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the football helmet manufacturerXenith.  The recall involves the Xenith Epic Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E Varsity and Youth football helmets with a gloss or metallic-painted polycarbonate shell sold or factory-reconditioned between May 1, 2015 and March 18, 2016.  

NATA Honors and Awards
: Closes Thursday! Make sure to get your nominations in!


NATA National Awards Timeline:

August 1- Nominations open

September 15- Nominations close 

October 1- All award materials are due

For more information, please visit

H.R. 921 Passes in the US House: After several years of collaborative work with members of Congress, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R. 921) was passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, September 12, 2016, a historic event for NATA and the athletic training profession.

Now that H.R. 921 has been approved by the House, the bill will move to the Senate for consideration.  Once the bill receives a passing vote in the Senate, it will go to the president's desk for the final signature to make it a law. 

What can you do to help?  Contact your U.S. Senator TODAY and encourage them to co-sponsor the Senate version of the bill, S. 689.  There is a very limited time left in the legislative calendar, and we need quick action from the Senate.
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