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President's Message:

April 12, 2021 

It has been a great start to 2021 for ALATA and its members. We have overcome major hurdles to update our Athletic Trainers’ Law and are in the process of working with the Board of Medical Examiners and Attorney Generals’ office to implement it in the coming year. We also continue to navigate through the pandemic which has affected many and I am proud to see the resiliency of our members as we learn from it and show growth going forward. Your ALATA Executive Board is diligently planning an extraordinary annual meeting and continue implementing initiatives to serve our membership and ultimately better the profession in our great state.  


We hope to see everyone in Gulf Shores for our annual ALATA Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting! We have a phenomenal line up of speakers on a wide range of applicable topics culminating into 14.5 Category A and 4.5 EBP CEUs for this “workcation.” Please see our CSMM schedule for more details on speakers, topics, social networking opportunities, and CEUs for ~$10/CEU. We also have a virtual option for those not able to attend in person but would like to access the content.


For more information on ALATA, the CSMM and resources our website so visit for updates.


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



Your President,




ALATA, Alabama’s professional association for athletic trainers, will be holding an election for two vacancies effective 12/31/2021 on the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers, the licensing and regulatory agency for the State of Alabama.  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), one vacant position is to be held by a “Black” Athletic Trainer and the other by an “Athletic Trainer who is also a licensed Physical Therapist.” To qualify, a nominee must be a citizen of the United States and have acted as an Athletic Trainer for at least three years within Alabama immediately preceding appointment.  Any athletic trainer who is currently licensed in the State of Alabama has the right to nominate, attend, and vote on the Board position. 


If you are an Alabama-licensed Athletic Trainer and would like to nominate a qualified licensee for the upcoming position, please email your nominations to ALATA Secretary Allyn Abadie 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 Alabama license number.  If you are nominating someone for one or both positions, please indicate which Board Position is receiving each nomination. Please email your nominations beginning May 3, 2021, and no later than May 17, 2021.  Nominations close at Midnight on May 17, 2021; and 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 Friday May 28th 2021, at 5PM taking place in Gulf Shores, AL. Please see the ALATA website for more on the location of the meeting at  Eligible voters must be present in-person to vote.   For more information, please contact ALATA at or the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers at



We are excited to hold our ALATA Annual CSMM in Gulf Shores, AL from May 27th-30th, 2021! We look forward to sharing this time with you on the beach! Rooms at the conference hotel are full, but there are several great places to stay around the area! 


Also remember to register prior to Sunday May 23 at 11:59PM CST below. Registrations are filling up quickly and there is a capacity limit to both in person and virtual options. Do not miss out on this great learning, networking and “workcation” opportunity!


To see the CSMM’s Schedule please click here.














Updating our AT Law has been a major feat and will propel our profession forward in our state. The support that ATs and our stakeholders showed during the legislative process was outstanding and makes us excited for the future. A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed! This update has made Alabama a flagship state in respect to Athletic Training Legislation nationwide!


While the Law is signed and will go into effect July 1, there are many months of work ahead to fully implement the changes. A major section of the ALATA Annual CSMM in Gulf Shores will be dedicated to the law, what it means to athletic training in the state and general timelines on seeing it implemented. If you are unable to attend the CSMM in person or virtually, please do not hesitate to reach out to an ALATE EC member for questions and clarifications.




NATA COVID-19 Resource Page


BOC Newsroom: Coronavirus


CAATE: Coronavirus Updates and FAQs


AHSAA COVID-19 Updates


AISA Webpage


Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Election:

Upcoming ALATA Events:

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COVID-19 Resources:

2021 Alabama Law Update:

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