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President's Message:

May 4, 2021 

We are very excited for our upcoming ALATA Clinical Symposium and Member’s Meeting in Gulf Shores, AL, May 27-30th! Your ALATA Executive Council has been working diligently and tirelessly to make it a pinnacle event. We have a phenomenal lineup of speakers and content topics culminating into 14.5 Category A and 4.5 EBP CEUs. Dubbed a “workcation” by our planning committee over a year ago, we have compounded these excellent CEU opportunities with built-in free time to network, hang out at the beach, and enjoy the scenery.


Although the room block at The Lodge has filled, there are still several options nearby. Reply to this email or contact me directly at if you would like any suggestions or recommendations.


Cannot make it in-person? We have a synchronous virtual option for those unable to attend in-person but still desire to access the content. We also have options to mix in-person and virtual should you only be able to make a few days in-person but not want to miss out on the action and presentations the other days.


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


We hope to see everyone in Gulf Shores for our annual ALATA Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting!


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


Your President,




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.

Thursday, May 27th

Kirby Kelley MA, LAT, ATC, OTC

     Wound Management: Concepts & Techniques


Bhrett McCabe PhD

     Helping the Helpers


Michael Ryan MD

     Hip Dissection with Commentary

Friday, May 28th

Breakout Sessions (In-Person Only)

     Secondary School





Tavis Piattoly MS, RD, LD

     Appearance & Performance Enhancing Substances

     Omega 3 & the Effect on Brain Function & Concussion Recovery


Joanne Baird MD

     Female Athletic Injuries


Chris King LAT, ATC

     Legislative Q&A

Saturday, May 29th

Matt Gardiner MEd, LAT, ATC & Justin Moody PhD, LAT, ATC

     Athletic Training in the Military Setting


James Robinson MD

     Covid and Athletics: A Year in Review


Ray Castle PhD, LAT, ATC, NREMT

     Bleeding Control/Mass Hemorrhaging


Rudy Harrison DO

     Performance Enhancing Drugs


Matt Gilbert MD

     Allergic to Exercise: Overview of Exercise-Induced Urticaria &  Anaphylaxis

Sunday, May 30th

Kyle Southall PhD(c), LAT, ATC, PES, CSCS & Kirby Kelley MA, LAT, ATC, OTC

     Emotional Intelligence


Lizzie Elder PhD, LAT, ATC & Jeri Zemke PhD, LAT, ATC

     2020 CAATE Standards and the Future of AT Education


Ray Castle PhD, LAT, ATC, NREMT & Ronnie Harper PhD, LAT, ATC, NREMT

     Improving Efficiency and Outcomes in Pre-Hospital Care


Lyle Cain MD

     Elbow Dissection with Commentary


A detailed schedule will be available once times and locations are finalized.

This year’s CSMM and many other ALATA initiatives throughout the year would not be possible is 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 Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association

Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center

The American Sports Medicine Institute

Henry Schein


DonJoy / Caliber Medical Solutions

Medco Sports Medicine



TherapySouth At Work

The Jacksonville State University Athletic Training Program

The University of West Alabama Athletic Training Program

Mueller Sports Medicine

Southlake Orthopedics



For more information regarding these sponsors 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 contact President Kyle Southall at

Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Election






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.  ALATA membership is not required to participate in this process.


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 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 .





NATA COVID-19 Resource Page


BOC Newsroom: Coronavirus


CAATE: Coronavirus Updates and FAQs


AHSAA COVID-19 Updates


AISA Webpage


2021 CSMM Information:

ALATA Sponsors:

COVID-19 Resources:

2021 Alabama Law Update:

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