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President's Message:

June 20, 2021 

It was great to see so many of you for our 2021 ALATA Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting in Gulf Shores. The meeting was a huge success, and all the thanks goes to you as the members! We ended up having 158 individuals involved representing 9 states both in person and virtually. Seeing so many ATs from their many backgrounds getting together in networking, learning, and meeting each other makes the mission and vision of ALATA come alive!


For next year’s meeting we will be back in Birmingham! Be on the lookout for more information as we have it.


Do not forget to follow ALATA on our various social media accounts. There will be updates on future learning and networking opportunities through ALATA in the coming weeks.


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

Your President,


2021 ALATA Award Winners:

As part of our Town Hall meeting every year ALATA names several individuals highlighting their achievements in the form of our ALATA Awards. This year’s award winners are:


Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year – Joy Crouse, Cottage Hill Christian Academy, Mobile, AL

Collegiate and University Athletic Trainer of the Year – Terry Smith, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL

Sponsor of the Year – Andrews Sports Medicine, Birmingham, AL

Sports Medicine Person of the Year – Lobbyist Curt Lee, Representative Arnold Mooney, and Senator Jabo Waggoner for their support of Senate Bill 73

Clinical, Industrial, & Corporate Athletic Trainer of the Year – Kirby Kelley, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Birmingham, AL

2021 Undergraduate Scholarship – Logan Cook, Troy University

2021 Graduate Scholarship – Anna Catherine Sasser, The University of West Alabama

Chris King Award of Merit – Kyle Southall, Briarwood Christian Schools, Birmingham, AL


To recognize Chris King and his continued diligent efforts to better the profession in the state of Alabama the Executive Council voted to rename the ALATA Award of Merit to the Chris King Award of Merit.


We extend our congratulation to these individuals for their dedicated service to the profession and their stakeholders in the state of Alabama!


We look forward to this aspect of the meeting every year! If you know of someone going above and beyond as an athletic trainer in Alabama visit to nominate them! Nominations will re-open in the fall/early winter of 2021.

ALATA 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 this year’s CSMM possible:


The Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers

The Southeast Athletic Trainers Association

Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics

The American Sports Medicine Institute

Henry Schein – Medical Sports Medicine


Encore Rehabilitation

DonJoy / Caliber Medical Solutions

Medco Sports Medicine / Performance Health



TherapySouth At Work

The Jacksonville State University Athletic Training Program

The University of West Alabama Athletic Training Program

Mueller Sports Medicine

Southlake Orthopedics – Sports Medicine and Spine Center



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


Interested in becoming a sponsor or donor to ALATA and one of its many initiatives to support its members and stakeholders? Please reply to this email or contact President Kyle Southall at

Want to Get Involved?

ALATA is GROWING! With this growth we have multiple ways for members to get involved and serve. If you are interested in serving ALATA in any capacity, please reply to this email, or contact President Kyle Southall at

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