Own Your Impact – 597

Do YOU Own Your Impact as an Athletic Trainer?

What does “Own Your Impact” look like for leadership

Tory Lindley hit the ground running when he was elected president of the NATA in June of 2018.  During the NATA symposium in June 2019, Alisha M Pennington caught up with him to talk about his vision for athletic trainers to Own Their Impact, what we can do as individuals to advocate for the profession and what the NATA board of directors and 29 committees have been working on to continue to elevate the profession in every setting.

Own Your Impact

Tory's biggest accomplishment since taking office?

The collaborative agreement between the NATA and APTA.  There is now a door open and expectation that the national level of collaboration will have some effect on the ways that AT’s are practicing at the state level.

What can we do on a daily basis to Own Your Impact and advocate for the profession?

Every athletic trainer has an individual responsibility to advocate for the profession and to advocate for ourselves.  

“If you look like health care individually then the advocacy thing happens because people are paying attention.”  Tory Lindley

Every AT needs to get their NPI. 

Even if you aren’t going to be billing at the third party level, you need to register because it is how we are counted as health care professionals.

What initiatives will Tory investigate and pursue?

CMS recognition will help with not only billing but also for recognition and acceptance as a health care profession.

Salary initiatives for increases in a variety of settings and also ensure that we close the gender gap.

What does Own Your Impact look like to Tory?

“We are super humble as health care providers.  We like to work behind the scenes, and yet we can still be humble and be bold enough to tell our story when it makes sense to have our story told.”

All AT’s have an opportunity through social media to write their narrative.  To talk about things that they are doing and educating people on a daily basis of what we do.

How will we continue to see great things continue to happen?

“When the AT is given the opportunity to practice at the top of their skill set, great things will always happen.  We need to make sure that is something every AT can do.”

Ever wondered what Firefly Recovery is?

Jeremy closes out the podcast today by talking to Anthony Kjenstad from Firefly Recovery about the products from Firefly that can help with increasing blood flow to decrease recovery time and help with delayed onset muscle soreness.  

The product is being promoted by athletic trainers who have been using the tool in their training rooms and have had success.  

You can find more information on Firefly Recovery here or catch them on Instagram @fireflyrecovery

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

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