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Message from the President:

Hello members,
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:
  • 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
KATS President

Register Here for KATS Symposium
Committee Chairs:
College/University Athletic Training Students –Whitney Bailey (
Governmental Affairs – Shawna Jordan (
History and Archives – Brad Jones (
Honor and Awards – Amy Cahill (
Intercollegiate Committee on Sports Medicine – Pete Manely (
KSHSAA/SMAC – Phillip Vardiman (President-Elect) (
LBGTQ+ – Jennifer Raybern (
NATA Foundation – OPEN
Practice Advancement – Steve Barrett (SteveBarrett2@Centura.Org)
Research Grants – Dawn Emerson (
Scholarship – Steve Zimmerman (
Secondary School Athletic Trainers – Justin Clark (
Symposium – Karen Garrison (
Young Professionals – Caitlin Truhe (
Getting to Know Your Board
Shawna Jordan- Government Affairs Committee Chair

What was your first athletic training job? My first athletic training job was at the University of Kansas with track and field as a graduate student
What’s your past athletic training experience and what are you currently involved with? I have been fortunate to work across many different settings: clinic, high school and collegiate. Each provided unique opportunities along the way. Currently I am only on the education side at Kansas State University but still volunteer coverage as an athletic trainer when needed.
When you’re not working- how do you like to spend your time? I love the outdoors so if it is nice hiking or just being out. Reading is my other favorite way to spend down time.
What are you currently reading? Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your newly certified self? The best advice I would give my newly certified self is to take things one day at a time and seek out a great mentor! It is invaluable to have a mentor to talk with about everything from athletic training issues but also life as you transition into the role of a professional. The other piece of advice is to continue to look for opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge.

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