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ATLAS Project update – 614

Secondary school AT?  Then you should be familiar with and completed the ATLAS Project survey.

Today on the podcast John Ciecko catches Larry Cooper and Rob Huggins for an update on the ATLAS (Athletic Training Location and Services) program which started in 2015 as a joint initiative between the Korey Stringer Institute and the NATA.

The ATLAS project is designed to track to AT services, improve communication between athletic trainers and produce research for the advancement of the profession of Athletic Training in the secondary school setting.

ATLAS Project update

What are the updates from ATLAS?

Rob reports that ATLAS has had a successful year.  Over 13,488 schools are reporting AT services in the US and that is 66% of schools.  Over 16,000 AT’s have completed surveys in the last 2 years and they are finding an increased response rate from AT’s and schools.  

Why the increased response from Secondary AT’s?

Larry believes that the BOC adding a reminder at the end of our reporting document is aiding in more AT’s taking and re-taking the survey.  State levels continuing to push it at the grassroots level are also helping.

The state of Florida is only 70 schools away from 100% participation, and the goal is for every state to reach that level.

How does ATLAS help AT’s in the secondary setting?

Data collected and reported from ATLAS to the individual states is helping push legislation through for things like AT presence at every school and cold water immersion tubs.

“ATLAS supports the policy initiatives that are making even bigger impacts in this country than this project is.”

Aside from the numbers of which schools have AT’s, what else do we learn from these surveys?

We are learning about how socioeconomic status affects the likelihood of an AT being at a high school.  In the EATA Districts 1 and 2, there are 10 times greater odds of AT services in upper-class areas versus lower class and a 4 ½ time greater odds in middle versus lower class areas.

This information can help states or districts get AT services in those areas and present to those who have high stakes in youth athletics (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) and together we can come up with creative solutions to manage this public health crisis.

Has ATLAS had a direct effect on legislation?

Absolutely!  Recently in Arkansas, there was legislation brought forward threatening the practice act in that state for AT’s.  Jason Cates used that data while sitting with his legislator to show him the actual numbers of students, teachers, and families that would be affected if this law was passed and that data helped the legislator block the bill.

What is the future goal of ATLAS?

We would like to have 100% participation in the ATLAS survey and we would like the data we collect to drive AT services throughout the country so that every school has an AT.  

Rob encourages everyone in the secondary setting to please complete and update the survey each year.  He believes that ATLAS “can make the biggest impact in what is arguably the largest area for growth in our profession, secondary schools.”

If you have questions please reach out to Rob via email at robert.huggins@uconn.edu or Kelly.coleman@uconn.edu  Their goal is to return emails in 24-48 hours.

ATLAS Project update – Larry Cooper & Rob Huggins

ATLAS Project update – Larry Cooper & Rob Huggins

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

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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.

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

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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

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Leading into Retirement – 483

Are YOU Green and Growing?

Larry Cooper returns to the Sports Medicine Broadcast talking about how he is Leading into Retirement (and still leading ATs after retirement.)

Brandy Currie just explained why experience is not the best teacher rather reflection on experience.

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Larry Cooper is reflecting on his leadership in Athletic Training over the years.  John Ciecko has plenty of questions for Larry about leadership failures and successes.

Join our journey to grow our influence as Athletic Trainers, as co-workers, spouses and parents.

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Goal Setting in Athletic Training with Brandy Currie

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Manger of Athletic Training with Christina Eyers

Leading Into Retirement with Larry Cooper

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ATLAS project Update – 478

Rob Huggins and Larry Cooper discuss the ATLAS project, some of the finding and some of the cool things that are coming from it.
Take the time to update your ATLAS project information.  Help keep all of the records up to date so that we as a whole can continue to move AT forward.
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The ATLAS Project – 392

To adequately address the needs of the secondary School Athletic Trainer we need data.  Who is covered, what are the ratios of athlete to AT, Budgets, class loads, un-coverd events, un-covered schools. In step Robert Huggins and Larry Cooper to discuss the ATLAS project and why it is important.
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