Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 PATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium Recap!

2012 PATS Annual Meeting Recap -- Lancaster, PA

PATS Leads the way on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
The 32nd Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium was held at the Marriott Lancaster – Downtown and Convention Center from June 7-9, 2012. Pennsylvania is the first state to enact a law addressing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the student athlete population. PATS lead the discussion during the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Forum in which PATS invited House Bill 1610 sponsor Pennsylvania Representative Mike Vereb, James Weber, Michael Meyer, MS, ATC, LAT, of California University of Pennsylvania, Larry Cooper, MS, ATC, LAT of Penn Trafford High School and PATS Secondary School Committee Chair and Darren Sudman of the Simon’s Fund to discuss the latest issues.

PLEASE Remind your coaches that the new PA law requires concussion training.

Department of Health Approved Regional Concussion Courses
The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania along with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society will be presenting FREE Approved Departments of Health and Education Regional Concussion Courses in all 12 PIAA Districts. The courses meet the Safety in Youth Sports Act requirements for concussion education for coaches and are being offered as an alternative to the approved online programs offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society. All attendees will be provided a course completion certificate to verify your participation in this event.

PATS Licensure Extravaganza a huge success!
With the chairperson of the State Board of Medicine, Dr. James Freeman and the Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele (she signs our license documents) on hand to give some memorable awards, PATS celebrated an accomplishment that was 30 years in the making! Taking care of business might have been an appropriate theme, but many contributions were acknowledged and complimentary hors devours and open bar as a DJ spun the tunes! Earning Licensure for our membership is a great accomplishment for our profession and has already gone a long way for increasing respect among other health care professionals and our presence has never been greater in Harrisburg where we are lucky to be well represented.

PATS Welcomes New President!
At the close of Saturday's business meeting our organization welcomed its 20th president.  Dr. Yvette Ingram of Lock Haven continues a great tradition of leading our organization to new heights. Many thanks to Greg Janik of Kings and Tom West of California of PA for their many great contributions serving in this role.

Enjoy your summer, then NATA Conference or whatever road your plans take you down.  **Remember the new CEU reporting period will end shortly after NEXT YEARS ANNUAL MEETING SO PLAN TO ATTEND the 2013 Meeting at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre, PA


Scott Dietrich, EdD, ATC, LAT, CSCS
ESU Athletic Training Education
PATS Northeastern Repesentitive

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