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President's Message:

May 15, 2023

I hope all is well with each of you!  


Save the date this year for the Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting which will be held at the Trussville Civic Center on June 2-4, 2023! We will have 15 CEUs available with the opportunity to opt-in to an additional day (Sunday June 4th) of labs and workshops for 6 additional CEUs.


You can follow this link to register!


We are pleased to announce our 2023 ALATA Awards Winners:

Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year - Brad Myrick- Gardendale High School / ATI

College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year - Derick Bothwell - Huntigdon University

Occupational and Physician Practice Athletic Trainer of the Year - Jessica McManus- TherapySouth At Work

Chris King Award of Merit - Jeff Allen - University of Alabama

Dr. James Robinson Sports Med Person of Year - Dr. Lyle E. Cain- Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center

Sponsor of the Year - Henry Schein - Doin Dahlke


We are pleased to announce our 2023 Opportunity Grant Winners!

ALATA Member With Less Than 1 Year of BOC Experience ($500):


Mick Harris - Auburn ROTC Program

ALATA Member 1-9 Years of Experience ($500): Chelsea Allen, Cahaba Medical Centers - West Blocton High School

ALATA Member More than 10 Years Experience ($1000): Krishanna Leonard, Encore - A.H. Parker High School


Lastly, we are also please to announce our 2023 ALATA Scholarship Winners:


Greta Romei - Jacksonville State University

Chyna Brown - The University of Alabama

Brittany Daley - The University of Alabama

Lindsey Harris - The University of Alabama

Aleigha Walden - Troy University



Katie Kelley - The University of Alabama

Emily Lafoy - The University of West Alabama


We hope to see many of you to celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals at our Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner at the CSMM in June!


Do not forget to follow ALATA on our various social media accounts for regular updates! There will be many as we prepare for changes and improvements in the near future.


As always, please let us know how your association can better serve you!


Your President,


ALATA Hall of Fame Class of 2023:

We’re excited to announce the 2023 Class of the ALATA Hall of Fame being Mike Jones and John Morr! We are excited to celebrate these two gentlemen at the induction ceremony June 2, 2023 as part of the 2023 Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting at the Trussville Civic Center.

2023 Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting Registration is Open:

We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 CSMM! We will have the meeting at the Trussville Civic Center June 2-4! Our CSMM Planning Committee has been hard at work to create a strong lineup of speakers and educational opportunities to promote and progress Athletic Training for our attendees. We will offer 15 CEUs with the opportunity to opt-in to an additional day for 6 more CEUs. Follow this link to register today!

Secondary School Master Contact List:

Thank you to all who have updated the Secondary School Master Contact List! If you have not already done so, have moved locations, or know of someone who has moved locations please complete the following link to update your contact information. ALATA Secondary School Master Contact List. The information will be housed by ALATA. If you need an ATs contact info, reach out to us and we will promptly connect you as soon as possible. Please share it with your peers!

Your Membership Matters!

Renewal of your NATA membership acts as a one-stop shop and pays your dues for all three levels: NATA, regional district, and state. Many of our initiatives are funded by membership dollars at the NATA, SEATA, and ALATA Levels. These range from the thousands of dollars for our monumental AT Law Update in 2021, to keeping registration costs minimal for our annual CSMM, and offering scholarships, awards, and other opportunities to our members. While NATA membership is encouraged we do understand that NATA membership is not always feasible. If this is your case, reach out to me directly at for an ALATA-only membership for $32 to stay up to date and receive all of the benefits of state membership. ALATA receives a higher benefit from NATA membership than ALATA-only membership. Not sure what all of those benefits are? Contact me directly for more information!


Renewing your membership with NATA is an investment for yourself and the future of your profession! Contact us with any questions on the benefits of membership at the NATA, SEATA, or ALATA levels!

Want to Get Involved?

ALATA is GROWING in 2023! With this growth we have multiple ways for members to get involved and serve. While our committees are currently mostly full, if you are interested in serving ALATA in any capacity, please reply to this email, or contact President Kyle Southall at We will find a way for you to be involved and grow in the association.

Election for Vacancy on the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers:

ALATA, Alabama’s professional association for athletic trainers, will be holding an election for two vacancies on the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers (ABAT), for positions held by licensed Athletic Trainers (AT). This licensing and regulatory agency (ABAT) for the State of Alabama is comprised of 9 members and an ex-officio member.  An election will be held in June for two AT vacancies on the ABAT effective January 1, 2024.


ABAT members serve a 4-year term and are allowed to serve three consecutive terms. Current Board members are the following:


  •   Mr. Christopher King, Board Chairman (AT Member)                                  Term Expiring: 12/31/2023

  •   Ms. Ciara L. Taylor, Board Vice Chair (AT Member)                                      Term Expiring: 12/31/2025

  •   Ms. Lydia Thurston, Board Secretary (Licensed PT)              

    Term Expiring: 12/31/2025

  •   Mr. S. Wesley Richardson, (AT Member)                                                       Term Expiring: 12/31/2023

  •   Dr. James Robinson (Medical Association appointed member)                  Term Expiring: 12/31/2023

  •   Dr. Eric Law (Medical Association appointed member)                                Term Expiring: 12/31/2024

  •   Mr. Stephen Guthrie (AT Member)                                                              Term Expiring: 12/31/2024

  •   Dr. Robert Agee (Medical Association appointed member)                         Term Expiring: 12/31/2026

  •   Mr. Derick Bothwell (AT Member)                                                               Term Expiring: 12/31/2026

  •   Mr. Kyle Southall, Ex-Officio Member (ALATA President)                           Term Expiring: 12/31/2026


In accordance with Section § 34-40-3 of the Code of Alabama 1975 (the portion of the Athletic Trainers Licensure Act, which stipulates Board composition by race and other factors), positions on the Board shall include three minority Athletic Trainers and one “Athletic Trainer who is also a licensed Physical Therapist.”   The two individuals serving on the Board, whose terms are expiring on December 31, 2023, are eligible to be nominated and serve another term. Any Athletic Trainer who is currently licensed in the State of Alabama has the right to nominate, attend and vote on the Board-member election.


To qualify for nomination, the AT must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State and have acted as an Athletic Trainer for at least three years within Alabama immediately preceding appointment to the Board effective January 1, 2024.


All Athletic Trainers holding a current license shall have the right to attend this election meeting, nominate and vote for the Athletic Trainer licensees to serve on the Board in these two vacancies. If you are an Alabama-licensed Athletic Trainer and would like to nominate a qualified licensee for the upcoming positions, please email your nominations to the ALATA secretary at


  •  Please provide the nominee’s full name and place of employment so that eligibility and acceptance of the nomination can be verified.

  • Also include your full name and your Alabama (active) license number.

  • Please email your nominations beginning immediately, and no later than May 15, 2023 to

  • Nominations close at midnight on May 15, 2023.

  • No nominations will be accepted once nominations close unless ALATA deems it necessary to  reopen due to lack of qualified nominees.


The position will be voted on during the in-person ALATA Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, June 3, 2023. at 6:15 PM, taking place at the Trussville Civic Center located at 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL 35173.   Eligible voters must be present to vote.

For more information, please contact

ALATA 2023 Sponsors:

Our ALATA initiatives throughout the year would not be possible if not for the outstanding sponsors and business partners that we have. We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to the following donors and sponsors who have made the educational aspect of the 2023 CSMM and initiatives beyond possible:


National Athletic Trainers Association

Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers

Gatorade Performance Partners

Southeast Athletic Trainers Association

Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Centers

UAB Sport and Exercise Medicine

American Sports Medicine Institute

Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine and Spine Center

ATI Physical Therapy

Encore Sports Medicine

Alert Services

TherapySouth At Work

The University of West Alabama Athletic Training Program

The Jacksonville State University Athletic Training Program

Medco Sports Medicine


DripDrop - Emailed asking


Connect Alabama

Henry Schein


Interested in becoming a 2023 sponsor or donor to ALATA and one of its many initiatives to support its members and stakeholders? We have many opportunities from the individual to corporate level and committee to CSMM scale. Please reply to this email or contact President Kyle Southall at

For more information regarding or to contact any of our sponsors please visit our website at

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