Congratulations to Craig Denegar, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA for receiving the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award and Gary Morin, PhD, ATC, LAT for receiving the Athletic Trainer Service award at the NATA 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo last week in Indianapolis, IN.
The CATA is working on proposing an update to the practice act to reflect the evolution of the profession. We want to insure that ATs can practice in practice settings consistent with national trends. As the CATA gears up to finalize changes to the current CT scope of practice, we wanted to ensure that our membership understands these changes. This is a long process and we still have a long road ahead but we feel confident and would like to share a summary of these changes with you.
The last town hall meeting will be held via webinar/webex the week of the CATA symposium - pre registration is REQUIRED and a link will be sent to you with directions on how to access the web ex. This is for CATA members ONLY. Click Here to Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cata-town-hall-meeting-webinar-tickets-10648388617
If you are interested in assisting the CATA with the scope report or other issues related to the scope of practice, please contact Eleni Diakogeorgiou, Co-Chair, CATA Governmental Affairs Committee firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the Executive Council members (CATA Executive Council).
HB 5113 An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions passed by consent in the Senate early this morning. The CATA has received a great deal of recognition within the legislature for our efforts on the bill this session. Betty Gallo, Joe Grabarz and everyone else at Betty's firm have been instrumental in helping us get the changes in language we wanted, and in advocating on our behalf for the bill.
Roger K. Guyas – 1932-2014
We in Connecticut have lost a longtime colleague this week and would like to send out our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends around Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut and the country. Anyone who knew Roger knew of his gentle, warm, and happy spirit laced with a very witty humor. This is a time for everyone to remember and celebrate his life.
Please see link for his obituary and arrangements.
April 24, 2014: Substitute HB 5113, "An Act Concerning Student-Athletes and Concussions" was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in the CT General Assembly today. The bill will move next to the Senate. The bill would require education for athletes and parents, and for parents to receive and provide informed consent about the risk of concussions. It will also require schools to report concussions to the State Dept. of Education. An amendment was added to create a task force to study concussion-related issues in youth sports (non-school related). CATA would be included in the task force.
The bill does not place limits on contact in football practice or apply to referees and other officials.
Click here to read the version of the bill (LCO #4151) that was passed
Click here to read the amendment (LCO #4192) creating the task force.
Check your e-mail for an action alert with information on how to contact your State Senator!
Sports Medicine Conference will be held May 29th, 2014 hosted by Tabor Academy Sports Medicine Department in conjunction with the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council.
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Lyme-Old Lyme High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award, making it the first school in Connecticut to do so.
Click here to view the official press release