Author Archives: Host of The SMB

Stem Cells and their Use

What are stem cells and how are we using them in the knee?

Today on the SMB, we are joined by Dr. Evan Meeks who helps educate us on stem cells and their use.

What is New In Knees

Dr. Meeks explains that stem cells are found within the body and they can change into other types of cells.  They can be used to treat musculoskeletal injuries (ie regrow muscle, ligament or cartilage) However, Dr. Meeks cautions us that stem cells are a “new and budding area that has theoretically huge potential for the future but the science is still in the early stages.”

What can make you a good candidate for stem cell therapy?

Type and degree of injury are important factors when considering stem cell treatment as well as the patient’s age.

How are patients prepped for this procedure?

The best preparation we can give a patient is to educate them and to manage their expectations.  

Are there ethical issues regarding stem cell treatment?

The main ethical concern is embryonic stem cells.  However, currently, it is illegal to use embryonic stem cells for treatment.  They are only used for research. Dr. Meeks cautions that embryonic stem cells are unsafe right now.  They can turn into any type of cell and we can’t control it.

As secondary school athletic trainers will we encounter this often?

Dr. Meeks explains that it is pretty rare since or population is younger and still heals well.  He does say occasionally it can be used to help surgical outcomes with meniscus repair or bone stimulation.

What is Dr. Meeks’ prognosis for stem cell usage for the next 10-20 years?

“It will be the new frontier for musculoskeletal medicine.”

What one thing should AT’s know regarding stem cell treatment?

Dr. Meek’s feels stem cell treatment is the new pitch count in athletic training.  We must educate and disseminate the correct information.

About Dr. Meeks

Dr. Evan Meeks is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Dr. Meeks specializes in sports medicine with an emphasis on arthroscopy and minimally invasive techniques to treat injuries of the shoulder, hip, and knee. During his training, Dr. Meeks worked extensively with professional and college teams in the Houston area, including the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, and the University of Houston athletic program.

As a former college athlete, Dr. Meeks has the unique ability to see injuries from the perspective of both the athlete and the physician.

Contact us:

Dr. Evan Meeks – Evan.G.Meeks@uth.tmc.edu

Jeremy Jackson

Shawn Readyshawnreadyatc@gmail.com

Ray Olivorayolivo1@gmail.com

Dr. Mark Knoblauchmaknobla@Central.UH.EDU

Dr. Layci Harrisonlharris5@Central.UH.EDU

Bob MarleyBob.Marley@uth.tmc.edu

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Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Go4Ellis Update – 609

In another Go4Ellis update, founder Ellis Mair discusses some big news.

Ellis and her team were able to double not only the number of states using her online platform which connects Athletic Trainers to per diem work but also double the number of Athletic Trainers using the platform.

Always ready for a fun conversation, John Ciecko sits down with Ellis on the podcast live from NATA Las Vegas and discusses this accomplishment and many more.

Go4Ellis Update, ellis mair, John Ciecko, Las Vegas, NATA, Go 4 Ellis

Ellis states that attending 8 of the 10 NATA district conference meetings and reaching out to every state head explaining the background, goals, and mission of Go4Ellis has certainly helped grow the platform.  

She also explains working from the top to bottom approaching leadership first is critical to communicating the vision and educating. However, working from the bottom up and reaching out to AT’s in certain communities to build growth in each state was important too.

What exciting new partnerships are happening with Go4Ellis?

A new partnership with US Lacrosse began this year requiring a mandatory AT per every 3 fields at every US lacrosse event.  

A partnership with Players Health EMR allows AT working these lacrosse events to create injury reports. These injury reports are then able to collect data for epidemiology reports being researched by MedStar.  

What makes Go4Ellis beneficial to the athletic trainer and the profession of Athletic Training as a whole?

Athletic Trainers are able to work per diem to earn extra money when they are available or when they may be facing additional upcoming expenses. 

But by increasing the presence of Athletic Trainers’ at a variety of athletic events, including most recently a rise in Quidditch events, Go4Ellis helps increase exposure athletes have to Athletic Trainers’.

We also ontinue to educate National Governing Boards of a variety of youth sports on the importance and necessity of an AT at all of their events and give us as Athletic Trainers’ an opportunity at each per diem event to educate and advocate for our profession. 

Can you only make money by working an event?

No, through their 4werks.com referral system, AT’s can refer an organization or event to Go4Ellis for coverage and if the event runs that AT will receive a check for 125.00.

What are Ellis’ future goals for this next year?

Increase the number of operators of events, AT’s involved as both operator’s and per diem and partner with more NGB’s. 

Be actively working in all 50 states.

Renew partnerships with the NATA and become more involved in data collection on the field. 

Work the Players Health EMR into their app.  

Need more Go4Ellis info?

If you would like to contact Ellis Mair feel free to email her at Ellis@go4ellis.com  As you’ll hear during the podcast, she is really good about returning emails quickly.

Contact us:

Jeremy JacksonHost of The Sports Medicine Broadcast

John Ciecko – jciecko@bloomfield.org

Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Mike Hopper – Mike.Hopper@bishoplynch.org

Clint Sanders – clint@dragonflyathletics.com

These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Publishing Books – 608

Brien currently has 50 Athletic Training related projects in his cue for publishing books.

As a kid Brein loved reading the Snowshoeing Through Sewers series, Todd is currently loving David Goggins's books. I only remember reading one book as a kid and it was pretty much the same as the Adam Sandler movie “Click”

We previously discussed writing and publishing books with Dr. Knoblauch and Dr. Konin: sportsmedicinebroadcast.com/Publishing-A-Book/

Background on Brien and Publishing Books

  • SLACK Incorporated has publishing roots that extend back to 1923.  We are a 300 employee health care information provider/publisher located in southern New Jersey.
  • Our company entered the Athletic Training market in the mid-nineties with a goal of publishing textbooks for athletic training students, faculty and staff (Jeff’s books some of the first) We do some resources for practicing ATs too.
  • Brien joined the company in 2005 with a marketing background. Entered into acquisitions in 2007. He has been managing the AT line since about 2010.  Brien also manages the OT, SLP and in the past, has managed the PT line as well.

The publishing business is acquiring, developing, and publishing books. It all starts with acquiring authors, proposals, and manuscripts. Acquisition is the lifeblood of a publishing company. Without a steady stream of new content, the publishing company would cease to exist

Brein Cummings – 2019 on the Sports Medicine Broadcast

Where do we start?

Lots of people have Ideas about publishing books, but it not common at all for someone to put those ideas down on paper in an outline format.

Another important part of publishing a book is the MARKET NEED

At SLACK Inc. Brien helps potential authors share their ideas, write the manuscripts and get the ideas over to the editors.

What if I am not a university Ph.D. AT Faculty?

Most of the authors Brien works with are AT Faculty as they usually are the ones doing research to contribute to textbooks. However, there is still a lot of opportunity for the AT in the secondary setting to contribute and add value in publishing books.

Many specialty products look to people other than ATs to contribute to their books. For example, When discussing ankles the author may seek out the advice of an orthopedic surgeon.

An Athletic Trainer in the secondary setting with experience creating community buy-in, Admin approval, building consistently good programs, designing and opening new AT facilities all might be asked to write a section or chapter.

How can YOU contribute?

Been an expert in your field. If you are really good at, let's say, podcasting then begin podcasting, present at conferences about podcasting, write blogs and print articles about podcasting. Be known for your knowledge about and being able to teach about podcasting.

Just replace “podcasting” with your expertise area

John Ciecko has presented, written about and been interviewed about Vaping. He is becoming known as a great resource for the harmful effects of vaping.

What if I do not fit the “textbook author” mold?

SLACK Inc. focuses on Textbooks.

Human Kinetics – publishes some different style books.

There are other options, the key is to find one that fits your needs and you fit into their ecosystem. YOu have the power to choose what is best for you as an author.

I have my idea, what is the next step in publishing books?

Contact Brien and have a conversation about your idea. He can get a feel for your needs as well as the needs of the company and give insight to the current market.

Next, you would submit the required background info

Then, Brien would send it to marketing and it would go to a peer-review process to ensure you and the company fit together.

How do I know you won't steal my book idea?

“Longevity and trust is the best possible asset you can have as a publisher. People talk and if word gets out that you are stealing ideas then the author will not go with you.”

However, working in a niche market of AT there have been some simultaneous book ideas.

As a smaller publisher SLACK focuses more on the relationship than the bottom line.

What else can I do to get and stay on your radar?

  • Present, write, speak about your topic
  • Get involved with similar projects
  • Become a proposal reviewer
  • Continue to find ways to positively interact with the company and community
  • Positive reputation and social media following also help you stand out

What if I have already been rejected?

  • Do not take it personally.
  • Keep going
  • Keep fine-tuning
  • Find other ways to deliver your content.
  • Find ways to increase the reader's engagement and experience

Brien loves publishing books with Athletic Trainers

Some of the reason AT s a great to work with include:

  • Full of energy
  • Younger side of healthcare
  • Lots of new ideas
  • Constantly improving the professional level of students
  • Proactive and aggressive

Brien's favorite project so far?

Case scenarios book for ATs – provides real-world scenarios for ATs that would not be taught in classrooms. if nothing else it creates a jumping-off point for conversation.

Book Publishing Resources

Healio.com

SLACK Inc.

Contact Us

Brien Cummings:  bcummings@SlackINC.com

Todd Sabol: @toddsportsmed on IG, Twitter and FB

Jeremy Jackson – @MrJeremyJackson on Twitter, FB, IG

Sponsors who love what ATs are doing


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MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

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DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Appropriate Medical Care “PASS” – 607

Bart Peterson and Larry Cooper join John Ciecko to discuss how we can ALL strive for Appropriate Medical care in our settings.

One way the NATA is working to improve the practice of secondary school athletic trainers is through a new online tool launched in 2019 called PASS (Some features require NATA login credentials). 

Today on the podcast John talks with Bart and Larry about the online tool they helped create through an entire year of data collection, research and collaboration.

Appropriate Medical Care Best Practices

What is PASS?

PASS is an online tool available to secondary school athletic trainers that are NATA members.  The tool takes the AT through 12 standards with narratives and annotations that can help ensure that can help elevate the care at a secondary school and ensure that you are practicing at the highest level.

Who should use PASS and how should it be used?

Bart and Larry encourage all secondary school AT’s to login and process through the PASS system.  Their goal is for at least 20% of all HS AT’s participating in PASS so that they can then pull of data of each state and assess where each state is meeting the standard and what needs improvement.

They recommend that an AT take approx 1 month to go through each standard and at the end of the year (12 standards) each secondary school will have a comprehensive collection of their policies, procedures, EAP’s and other administrative information.

How can an AT use PASS to move towards appropriate medical care?

The standards provided in PASS will ensure the AT is practicing at the highest level of care.  Each standard includes evidence and case law for compliance.

The standards are also a great tool to present to stakeholders within your school to encourage change.  For example, there is a standard of clean and safe facilities. If you as an AT are struggling to get your AT room and equipment cleaned properly, this standard can be taken to a stakeholder in the district and will help them understand the need for and importance of clean facilities.

The PASS system is also a great way to transition between AT’s in your school.  All EAP’s, policies, etc are stored on the PASS sight for the next AT at that high school.

We are already a NATA Safe School.  Should I still do PASS?

Bart and Larry encourage even Safe School Award winners to process through PASS.  “If they have already been awarded the Safe School Award, they have probably already completed 70-80% of PASS.

Bart’s dream is to have Safe Schools and PASS connect so that AT’s are not only participating in PASS but also apply for the Safe Schools Award.

What is the end product of PASS?

Elevated care within the secondary setting and moving from a model where a non-medical professional evaluates the AT to a medical model where the health care team works together to not only evaluate the AT but also to evaluate all the policies and procedures with the high school.

Got Questions??

Send us your specific questions to AppropriateMedicalCare@sportsmedicinebroadcast.com so we can respond individually or address it publicly if needed.

Watch the LIVE interview on Facebook

Best Practices of Appropriate Medical Care in the Secondary Schools – Bart Peterson & Larry Cooper

Best Practices of Appropriate Medical Care in the Secondary Schools – Bart Peterson & Larry Cooper

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Contact us:

Bart Peterson – arizatc@cox.net

Larry Cooper – coopatc1@gmail.com

Jeremy JacksonHost of The Sports Medicine Broadcast

John Ciecko – jciecko@bloomfield.org

Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Mike Hopper – Mike.Hopper@bishoplynch.org

Clint Sanders – clint@dragonflyathletics.com

These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Appropriate Medical Care, MioTech, John Ciecko, PASS, Bart Peterson, Larry Cooper

Communicate to Grow – 606

How do you prefer to communicate? Does that style match the people you are working with?

Can you grow in your communication, make improvements, be more clear?

communicate, todd sabol, growth, understanding, Larry Cooper, Cari Wood

I struggle to communicate

I like to keep to myself, do my thing and not bother you unless I need something. Usually, when I do I am pretty cut and dry. I do not like to pretend to be interested or make small talk. However, this often appears I am only talking to you if I need something, and have no interest in you or your day, life, struggles, and joys.

Podcasting has helped me learn.

Marriage has helped me learn.

Conflict has helped me learn to communicate.

How can you grow?

Larry Cooper, Communicate, Rob Huggins, John Ciecko

Larry Cooper is a returning podcast guest and an old school AT (he is already retired). He joins Cari Wood and Todd Sabol as we find common ground between the new AT and the old.

Communicate; Cari Wood; Larry Cooper; Todd Sabol

Cari and Larry came up with a list of topics based on the most common complaints they see on AT social media.

Top 10 Communicate to Grow areas

1. Coaches (last min changes, late-night texts/calls, don't send athletes to you)

2. Parents (ER trips for no reason, don't trust you, come on the field when kid hurt)

3. Officials (Don't appreciate your safety concerns, flirt/demeaning, powertrips)

4. Athletes (Exaggerate everything, get info wrong or don't do it, don't show up)

5. Spectators (interject advice, stand in front of you, don't know what we do)

6. School Staff (take supplies, send you PE kids, let kids in AT room, unlocked)

7. Athletic Director (doesn't back you, no communication, low budget)

8. Colleagues (no communication, unprofessional on social media, don't help your kids at games)

9. Teams/Sports (SB-cheers from the dugout, Track – shin splints, Cheer – drama, etc)

10. Social Media (people who disclose too much, extreme responses that the commenter would never actually do, negativity toward the profession, etc)

Watch the conversation on Facebook

Communicate to Grow

Report that coach!!!File a complaint with the officialDemand to be part of the team gear handouts…Sometimes the things we complain about are our own fault because we have not invested in relationships that foster communication…BUT someitimes it's not.Cari Wood, Larry Cooper and Todd Sabol share thoughts and experiences on how ATs on Social Media can grow by communicating.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Thursday, December 5, 2019

Contact Us

Larry Cooper – coopatc1@gmail.com

Cari Wood – cari.wood@redmondschools.org

Todd Sabol – ToddSportsMed on Social Media

Jeremy JacksonMrJeremyJackson on Social Media

Keep the content coming


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Communicate, miotech

Social Media Etiquette – 605

Dinner etiquette means starting with the outside and working your way in with the silverware. Social Media Etiquette is an everchanging environment but certain truths hold solid.

Is Social Media important for the Sports Medicine Professional?

YES! – there is so much to learn. Find a good knowledge stream on twitter or facebook and you will be completely filled. It can be a source of customers and advocacy as well as connection and mentoring.

CAUTION!!! – Social media can also become a breeding ground for decay if you choose to follow and engage with “dead fruit.”

Do these things

  1. Know your WHY
  2. Start with ONE
  3. Know your LIMITS
  4. be YOURSELF
  5. Remember there are real people reading these
  6. CHECK your spelling and grammar
  7. PROTECT patient privacy
Social Media Etiquette

Don't do these things

  1. Use foul/inappropriate language
  2. Use inappropriate pictures
  3. Share pictures of videos with ANY injury details
  4. Think “permission to post” clears you legally
  5. Forget there are real people on the receiving end
  6. Be too serious
  7. Forget your WHY

Tips and Tricks

  • Be a sponge first
    • If you are new to Social Media start with one platform and be a creeper for a little while. Read posts, watch others and see what is normal for that platform.
  • Use different apps for different accounts
    • TweetDeck for Personal and Twitter app for Bussiness or
    • Hoot suite for all personal accounts and native apps for professional
  • Tools to check that spelling
    • Grammarly – checks spelling and grammar
    • PhraseExpress – allows me to type “SMB” and it automatically gets expanded to “Sports Medicine Broadcast”
    • TextExpander is another option

Social Media Etiquette for Sports Medicine – Jeremy Jackson LAT

Social Media Etiquette for Sports Medicine – Jeremy Jackson LAT

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Monday, 10 June 2019

Contact us:

Jeremy Jackson

Shawn Readyshawnreadyatc@gmail.com

Ray Olivorayolivo1@gmail.com

Dr. Mark Knoblauchmaknobla@Central.UH.EDU

Dr. Layci Harrisonlharris5@Central.UH.EDU

Bob MarleyBob.Marley@uth.tmc.edu

These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Hoist logo; rapid hydration; social media etiquette

Polos and Khakis Live – 604

What would cause two young MAT students to start a podcast called Polos and Khakis?

Today on the SMB live from NATA 2019 Mike Hopper got a chance to ask Dan and Lizzy, co-founders of Polos and Khakis that and several other questions.

Lizzy says that the podcast started selfishly.  They were preparing for an exam from Dr. Rebecca Lopez at USF and she hadn’t studied enough.  She searched to find a podcast on the topic they were being tested on and she couldn’t find one.  Because they saw a need, they decided to create one.

What topics do they cover on Polos and Khakis?

Dan says they cover a lot of topics during their tenure.  Heat illness, concussion, spinal injuries and management, nutrition and ACL injuries are just a few.  They try to cover topics that can help AT’s refresh on their knowledge of situations and emergencies they may face and want to provide exposure to their listeners of the many directions AT’s can go.  

What’s coming up on the podcast?

Recently, Dan and Lizzy sat down with staff from Maryland to talk about the Jordan McNair tragedy and what we can learn from it and how we as AT’s move on from tragedy.  

ATs Care is a phenomenal service to help ATs process catastrophic loss and injury.

Future episodes include physicians and how best to build relationships with them and the Cirque Du Soleil AT’s.

What does the future hold for Polos and Khakis?

Dan and Lizzy hope to continue the podcast.  They want to be advocates for the profession and remind AT’s that they need to eat.  They don’t know where they will end up after graduation but with technology and their mentor Jeremy, who they are very grateful for, they hope to continue even if they are in different parts of the country.

Polos and Khakis Live

Watch Mike, Dan and Lizzy live at NATA 2019

Starting early as a professional advocate – Polos & Khakis

Starting early as a professional advocate – Polos & Khakis

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Contact us:

Jeremy JacksonHost of The Sports Medicine Broadcast

John Ciecko – jciecko@bloomfield.org

Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Mike Hopper – Mike.Hopper@bishoplynch.org

Clint Sanders – clint@dragonflyathletics.com

These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Monitoring Mental Health – 603

What are you doing to Monitor Mental Health? Do you have an easily replicable process? Care to share that with lots of ATs and SMB fans?

Monitoring Mental Health, Car Wood, Todd Sabol, Mental Health Survey

Cari Wood joins Todd Sabol and host, Jeremy Jackson, to discuss what this looks like in various AT setting and how you can easily maintain this process.

How is Cari Monitoring Mental Health?

This started with a tragic story of losing an athlete. A 3-sport player that committed suicide without anyone noticing signs or symptoms of something being off.

Cari's late athletes family provided funding for the “Your Life Matters Video”

After this Cari knew something had to be done to help identify mental health struggles.

What steps is Cari taking:

Every other year during Impact and Sway baseline testing Cari speaks to each team about the Monitoring Wellness survey. She does not tell them it is “Monitoring Mental Health”

  • Small groups work best
  • Tell them “this is important to me”
  • “I want to know how you are doing”
  • “I am the only one who sees the responses”
  • Use the Remind App to send out the google form
    • Have the QR code ready for baseline testing day
    • Schedule the survey to come out each week to automate the process
  • Sunday evenings have given her the best response rate

Who is Cari Wood?

  • Cari Wood graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Education-Physical Education/Health. 
  • She returned to her home state of Oregon to work as the first Athletic Trainer at Redmond High School in 1994.
  • She built an athletic training program from scratch and has remained in Redmond ever since. 
  • Cari served on the NATA Board of Directors from 2012-17 and was President/Director of District 10 concurrently.
  • She served District 10 as the Secretary and was the President of Oregon Athletic Trainers' Society.
  • She has had multiple NATA, NWATA, and OATS committee assignments over the years.
  • Currently, Cari is the chair of the NATA Specialty Awards Committee. 
  • Cari was a recipient of the NATA Outstanding Service Award, is an OATS Hall of Fame member.
  • The first woman inducted into the NWATA Hall of Fame in 2017. 
  • She is married to Jon and is incredibly proud of their two children, Bradi (20)and Riley (18).

How have the surveys helped?

Cari helped a soccer coach change the atmosphere of the team by identifying where multiple athletes were reporting negative feelings towards the team. The coach was able to build in more fun and team building activities based on the survey results.

One kid answered all “0”s but did not leave a comment. Cari sought out the athlete but he was absent. The coach contacted him to find out he had been kicked out of his house and having serious family issues. they were able to step in and support him during a very tough spot in his life.

How can you implement these into your system?

  • Ask your IT people to help you set this up for your setting
  • Discuss with your campus admin
  • Test it out in small groups first
  • Share your story
Monitoring Mental Health

What are you doing to monitor the mental health of your athletes?Is it a repeatable process?Can you automate it?What are you doing with the results?Join the conversation or complete the survey to share yours with all of us.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Need a copy of the form?

Here is the sample form that you can copy to your drive:

There will be a button next to the title that will allow you to save it to your drive

Monitoring Mental Health

Then select File -> Make a copy

Monitoring Mental Health
If you do not make a copy everyone will see your students submissions…BAD IDEA

Now set up the spreadsheet:

Monitoring Mental Health, Spreadsheet, instructions, Cari Wood

Cari's instructions to set up a Monitoring Mental Health survey

Have your own form to share?

Other resources for Monitoring Mental Health

Youtube video instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3o4Y46leqM&t=518s

NATA SSATC – Wellness survey info https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/wellness_screening_guidelines_for_secondary_school_ats.pdf

NATA mental health EAP https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/mental_health_eap_guidelines.pdf

Contact Us:

Cari Wood – cari.wood@redmondschools.org

Todd Sabol – @ToddSportsMed

Jeremy Jackson@MrJeremyJackson

These folks allow me to continue paying the podcast bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

PhysicalTherapy.com; 1freecourse; continued

Relative Energy Deficiency – 602

Christina Curry-King joins Ray Olivo to discuss her presentation on Identification & Implication of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Update.

Relative energy Deficiency, Christina Curry king

Baseline tools to ID REDs

Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) is a syndrome in which disordered eating (or low energy availability), amenorrhoea/oligomenorrhoea, and decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis and osteopenia) are present.

wikipedia

Questionnaires – leafq is a lengthy 50 – 75 questions

BEDA9 – is a shorter 9 question survey and a great place to get started.

What do you do after Identifying those at risk?

Sit down and get a 24-hour recall of what they are doing and eating.
– Could be inadvertent due to scheduling
– Or people who are struggling do to eliminating certain foods.

What about the subjective portion of the evaluation?

Athletes struggling with relative energy deficiency may report still being tired ad lethargic.

Try these things:

  • getting some good nutrient-rich food in around those training times
  • Ask about sleep
  • probe deeper
    • Are you fearful of certain foods?
    • Was it from reading an article
    • Weight gain
    • Hesitant to eat before or after the event
    • Not being able to perform
    • Bad experience with certain food

Recommendations for AT involvement with cafeteria 

Something is better than nothing

  • Add color
  • Bring some fruit and veggies from home
  • Pre-activity quick snack
  • Some sort of granola bar
  • Or banana
  • Applesauce
  • Shelf-stable and portable
  • Even juice like apple or orange on the way out the door

What about the fast-food budget family

Is there a grilled option or fruit and yogurt option?

Thoughts on supplementation?

You will get more bang for your buck by buying real food…you will get more energy in food then you will ever get in a supplement

Certain supplements have a place if the other standards are met first.

Sleep calculations – 

Hands down top recovery tool

8-9 hours per night sleep minimum is critical for injury prevention.

Watch the presentation on Relative Energy Deficiency

Identification & Implication of Relative Engery Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) – Christina Curry King, MS, RD, LD

Identification & Implication of Relative Engery Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) – Christina Curry King, MS, RD, LD

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Monday, June 10, 2019

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Christina Curry King – christina.curry@memorialhermann.org

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David Gallegos discusses COPA – 601

What is COPA?

Have you ever asked yourself what COPA stands for and what purpose they serve the membership of the NATA?

Today on the podcast David Gallegos from District 7 and the current director of COPA or the Committee on Practice Advancement joins Alisha M Pennington live from the Dragonfly Max Podcast Lounge.

David Gallegos discusses COPA

Why is COPA a committee and not a council?

At its formation, they took into consideration what the membership was asking for and what they needed.  They realized that there was a variety of emerging settings within athletic training and they wanted to have a broader perspective and more voices. 

To meet that need COPA consists of 10 committees that each has 3 members and 1 chair (8 practice-based committees, 1 analytics and outcome, and 1 public health) and these committees represent the future of practice advancement.

What need does COPA address?

David believes that representation matters.  We give a voice to the variety of emerging settings in Athletic Training and offers members resources to help them investigate these emerging settings and connect with other professionals in these settings. 

Since June 2018 they have been tracking their progress and have seen improvements.

What is the triple aim of health care and how can data and analytics benefit athletic training?

The triple aim of health care is the simultaneous pursuit of:

  • Improving the patient experience of care
  • Improving the health of populations while
  • Reducing per capita cost in health care

The sub-committee on Data and Analytics has been able to use data from Bobby Lee a health care economist to help show how athletic trainers in a variety of settings can improve the triple aim of health care.  Bobby Lee’s data showed that an AT in a secondary school reduced the costs of Medicare/Medicaid by 10-12%.  

What Does David think will be the leading job settings in the future of athletic training?

COPA settings allow people to move back and forth between settings as an athletic trainer that match where they are in their life at that time.  

How can you help COPA and the NATA?

Realize that COPA is part of the NATA.  Speak up if there is a setting you want to investigate or be a part of the committee.  Get involved and be the change you wish to see

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Tag us on social media posts so we can help you grow in an area you need.

COPA – David Gallegos

COPA – David Gallegos

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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David Gallegos – d7director@rmata.org

Jeremy JacksonHost of The Sports Medicine Broadcast

John Ciecko – jciecko@bloomfield.org

Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Mike Hopper – Mike.Hopper@bishoplynch.org

Clint Sanders – clint@dragonflyathletics.com

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Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

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HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

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