Message from the President:
I hope you are having a great fall! Things have been busy for the KATS Leadership this summer/fall and I felt an update was prudent:
- The Safety in Football campaign has completed and we believe it was a success. We had 56 schools sign up and 14 colleges. We had a tremendous amount of social media traffic, new account likes, and some newspaper and television stories. Thank you to everyone who participated, shared social media posts, and created conversations all over the state!
- The registration for the KATS November Symposium is open. The Symposium is November 17th at the Stormont Vail Pozez Education Center in Topeka, KS. There are 5.0 Category A CEUs and 1.0 EBP CEUs available. The first 100 professional registered people get a free KATS travel notebook and pen so don’t procrastinate! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-kats-annual-symposium-and-meeting-tickets-65071159590
- At the Symposium we will be recognizing our 2019 KATS Award winners. Please join us in congratulating the following recipients:
AT of the Year: Mark Cairns
The KATS Service Award: Steve Zimmerman
The John “Doc” Baxter Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award: Gary Stevanus
- Through the summer the KATS Executive Board has been working with Dr. Rich Bomgardner, who did all the research on “best language” in concussion legislation, and our GAC Chair, Shawna Jordan, to draft some language to update the concussion legislation in our state. This fall we have worked with physicians and other stakeholder groups on preferred language. The Kansas Medical Society will be evaluating the draft language and we hope to move forward in January with legislative action to pursue the update. Special thanks goes to Rich and Shawna for all of their work in the language develop. Please be aware that in January we may be requesting ATs contact their legislators regarding the legislative update.
- Shawna Jordan is in the preliminary planning stages for the 4th Annual Hit the Hill AT Advocacy Day. We plan to have the date set by the Symposium so you can plan accordingly but it will likely be the middle to end of January. Stay tuned!
Hope to see you all in November at the Symposium!
-Karen Garrison, MA, LAT, ATC