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February Newsletter

Message from the President:
Hello members,
Just a quick update from the Executive Board. Things are getting busy for all of us this time of year but some important things for you to know:

  • KATS had to reschedule the first Hit the Hill Day because of an ice storm to March 6th, 2019. There is still time to sign up. This is an important day and we have a lot of stuff going on in the Capitol to promote our profession. If you can come even for part of the day it will be helpful! Please email Haley Timmons ( to get registered. There is still some funding available to help offset travel costs and a free CEU/social the night before for those who travel in early.
  • National Athletic Training Month is just about a week away – what are you doing to promote the profession? Please do something in your area whether it is educational, fun, or just public awareness to spread the word about all the good things you are doing.
  • The Executive Board is doing a NATM contest this year focused on the Stop the Bleed trainings. This program is designed to educate the public on proper management of major wounds. Click here to see how you can win free registration to the November Symposium. Each time you tweet or post on Facebook, please include #ATsAreHealthCare, #NATM2019, and tag KATS to be registered for the giveaways.
  • Are you in the secondary school setting? Have you been recognized as a Safe School Sports Award winner yet? There are grants available through the district and KATS to offset the costs of doing this. It is great PR for you, your school, and the district. Please consider doing this. If you have questions contact Justin Clark, Secondary School Chair (
  • We are now accepting applications for people/organizations who would like to host the November Symposium in 2019. The board will start reviewing applications April 15th.
  • Please take a minute to also congratulate our MAATA level award winners for 2019: Mark Padfield is receiving the Dr. Denis “Izzy” Isrow Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award; Dr. Phillip Vardiman receiving the Athletic Training Educator of the Year Award. They both will be recognized at the MAATA Hall of Fame Dinner. Please try to attend and recognize their hard work and dedication!

Hope to see everyone in Tulsa!
-Karen Garrison, MA, LAT, ATC
KATS President

Going to Tulsa for MAATA??? Join us for the KATS Meeting on Friday, March 29th at 11:30 for the state meetings. This is a new day/time than previous years. Hope to see you there!
Link to MAATA agenda
Follow us on Facebook @KansasATSociety and Twitter @KansasATS
Visit our website:
Committee Chairs:
College/University Athletic Training Students – Morgan Rakestraw (
Governmental Affairs – John Burns (
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 – Phillip Vardiman (
Scholarship – Steve Zimmerman (
Secondary School Athletic Trainers – Justin Clark (
Symposium – Karen Garrison (
Young Professionals – Caitlin Truhe (
Getting to Know your Board:
Each newsletter will feature a different KATS Board member.  Questions were formulated by the president.  
This month features secretary- Lynsey Payne

What’s your past athletic training experience and what are you currently involved with?
 Currently I work at Baker University with Hall of Fame legend Lynn Bott.  I went to KU and during graduate school worked with the Topeka Tarantulas of the Central Hockey League.  I also did some PRN work with what was known at the time as KCAM (now OrthoKansas).  I started at Baker right after graduate school and have been there since.  In the past I’ve served as the NAIA ATA Secretary, and the Heart Conference President.  I also currently serve on the NATA Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine and the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts AT Council.
You are also the dance coach at Baker University….if you had to pick one song to choreograph a dance that summarizes you, what would it be??
 There's so many and it depends on my mood.  I love anything by Michael Jackson but if I had to pick just one song that you can actually dance to, I'd have to pick Missy Elliott Lose Control because it's a feel good song that's just about losing yourself in music....and it has a great beat.  
What’s the best part of being an AT?
Working with student athletes.  I love seeing them return to the field or court after a long injury and helping them along that journey.
What’s the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Go on an African safari
Take that Greek Island cruise I didn't get to go on because our group got quarantined with swine flu.
What’s the best part of being involved in KATS?
The comradery.  We've got a great fun group of people and getting to know them all has been fantastic.  It's also helped me get to know many other ATs I wouldn't have necessarily got to know otherwise.  

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