Irving, TX – This past weekend, the National Athletic Trainers' Association hosted the Joint Committee Meeting which brought almost 200 athletic trainers and NATA staff on over 12 committees together to discuss and plan for the future of the profession of athletic training.
Of the nearly 200 athletic trainers participating in the JMC, two were Iowa State’s own: Mark Coberley and Amanda Brown. Mark, who will begin his three year service on the NATA Board of Directors in June, participated in BOD discussions and was able to sit in on various committee meetings. One of those meetings was the Young Professionals’ Committee where Amanda has spent the past year and a half serving as the District 5 Chair. Two alums of Iowa State were also present. Serving on the BOD, representing District 9, is MaryBeth Horodyski and serving on the Public Relations Committee is Ryan Weible.
Above: YPC meeting with President Jim Thornton, Pres. Elect Scott Sailor and Executive Director David Saddler
The event kicked off with a dinner followed by short presentations from all 12 committee chairs:
COPA – Committee on Professional Advancement
CUATC – College and University Athletic Trainers Committee
DST – District Secretaries and Treasurers
EDAC – Ethnic and Diversity Advisory Committee
NATSC – National Athletic Trainers Student Committee
PRC – Public Relations Committee
SSATC – Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers Committee
SAAC – State Association Advisory Committee
IC – International Committee
GAC – Governmental Advisory Committee
ECE – Executive Committee for Education
YPC – Young Professionals’ Committee
On Saturday, committees met for ten hours discussing and planning for the direction of the profession. Prior to those meetings; the YPC and NATSC met allowing district and student leaders to collaborate on future initiatives. The hot topic at this year’s JCM was that of internships. How do we as a profession define an internship, what are the benefits, what drives people to take an internship, what does it mean to be an intern etc. Those discussions will be used to help formulate a survey to gather data on what an internship means in our profession.
Exciting things to come for ATs in 2015. Are you ready?