2017 Award Winners

The UATA recognizes its annual award winners during the UATA Business Meeting on December 2, 2017 at Southern Utah University, Cedar City. These individuals have shown commitment to the Utah Athletic Trainers' Association and their profession. 

This year, UATA inducted Mike Tolman, ATC as AT of the Year for Secondary Schools, Rhett Farrer, ATC as AT of the Year for Administration, and Ricky Mendini, ATC as AT of the Year for College setting. 

UATA is proud to announce, Ben Davidson, our newest member to our UATA Hall of Fame. Prior to retirement, Davidson served the SUU Athletics community. He volunteered his time on many occasions, working with the Utah Summer Games and olympians, serving on the RMATA Board, UATA Board, NATA committees, and the BOC Examination Committee.   

The UATA would like to congratulate our 2017 award winners!

 Award winners pictured from left to right: Ben Davidson, Ricky Mendini, Rhett Farrer. Not pictured, Mike Tolman

Award winners pictured from left to right: Ben Davidson, Ricky Mendini, Rhett Farrer. Not pictured, Mike Tolman

 Ben Davidson is inducted into the UATA Hall of Fame. Picture with him is (left to right) Corinne Nyman, Lisa Walker, Valerie Herzog.

Ben Davidson is inducted into the UATA Hall of Fame. Picture with him is (left to right) Corinne Nyman, Lisa Walker, Valerie Herzog.

UATA Holds Annual Meeting in Cedar City

On December 2, 2017, the Utah Athletic Trainers' Association held their annual meeting at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.  Kregg Lunt, MSPT began the morning speaking on shoulder rehabilitation while Alyssa Gomez finished out the conference speaking on sports nutrition for the collegiate athlete. Overall, the day focused on prevention, surgical techniques, and rehabilitation of the ACL. Ron Chamberlain, PhD, CC-AASP discussed with the attendees the psychological considerations when working with ACL patients.  Other speakers included Cody Bremner, PhD, LAT, ATC (Recommendations to Increase NMES Training Intensity), Robert Nakken, MD (Prevention and Surgical Techniques of ACLs), and Jona Droubay, DPT, ATC (Post-operative ACL Rehabilitation Protocol and Progressions.

BOC Recognizes Utah's Representative Paul Ray

The Board of Certification for athletic trainers awarded Rep. Paul Ray from the state of Utah the Public Advocacy Award. The ward was presented on July 14, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 Lisa Walker receives the award for Rep. Paul Ray

Lisa Walker receives the award for Rep. Paul Ray

Paul has been and continues to be an advocate for the public and athletic training. He has served as the voice of athletic training in the Utah legislature since about 2005. He has helped draft and support legislation that has brought athletic trainers into a position of recognition in Utah. Sponsored bills have included: athletic training licensure, listing athletic trainers as health care providers in key sections of the Utah code, protection of youth athletes mandating an athletic trainer in every high school, concussion legislation, and third party billing for athletic trainers.

Join the RMATA at the Houston Astros

The RMATA just purchased 120 tickets for the Wednesday night (June 28th) game.  The Astro’s will be playing the A’s, and I believe, if their website is correct, that it’s $1 hot dog night at the ballpark. Tickets can provided for MEMBERS of the association…but not for friends, associates, or colleagues from other places.  If you will be in Houston at the NATA Conference and would like to attend, please let Lisa Walker know, (lisa.walker@nebo.edu), so your ticket can be reserved.  Tickets are available on a first come/first serve basis.  

Hope to see you there!

UATA Offers Safe Sports School Award Scholarships

Have Your School Nationally Recognized

The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. Take this quick 9-question quiz (pdf) to see if your school is an ideal applicant for the award.

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must do the following:

  • Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provide or facilitate injury intervention
  • Create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

-taken from nata.org

The UATA is offering to reimburse award winners. To apply for the award go to nata.org and apply. 

Previous Utah award winners include: Canyon View, Cedar, East, Enterprise, Highland, Hunter, Logan, Park City, Parowan, Snow Canyon, Springville

Nominate Your Peers

Members, so many times we fail to recognize our own for the contributions they make. Don't miss the opportunity to nominate someone deserving for this year's Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. It's easy! Just take a look at the criteria below and submit your nomination to Nancy Weir by November 19.

Athletic Trainer of the Year Criteria

  1. Member in good standing with the UATA
  2. Minimum of 5 years of Service
  3. Made contributions to the Athletic Training profession that has brought distinction to the UATA.

Nominations will close November 19, 2016.

Please send nominations to: Nancy Weir at:  nweir@weber.edu

It's Election Time: Meet the Candidates

We will be voting very soon for our upcoming UATA Board. Look for an email to arrive shortly on the voting process and ballot submission.

Please take a look at the candidates bios below.

FOR PRESIDENT

Valerie Herzog

  •  Currently works as Weber State University's Graduate Athletic Training Program Director
  • Previous AT leadership roles: Current President of UATA, Former UATA Vice President, BOC Board of Directors, President of the West Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association, Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, District 7 Rep for NATA Governmental Affairs Committee.

FOR VICE PRESIDENT

Brian Coles

  • Currently works as the Health Analyst for the Intermountain Power Service Corporation in Delta
  • Previous AT leadership roles: Current UATA Vice President, UATA Legislative Committee Chair, UATA Secretary, NATA Awards Committee, UATA Public Relations Committee Chair

Marcus Homer

  • Currently works at Intermountain Healthcare, assigned as the athletic trainer for Hurricane High School and the Hurricane Valley Physical Therapy Clinic
  • Previous AT leadership roles: UATA Legislative Committee Chair, UATA Secondary Schools Committee member

FOR SECRETARY

Patty Fahringer

  • Currently works as the Head Athletic Trainer and teacher at Provo High School
  • Previous AT leadership roles: Currently RMATA ACS Registration Coordinator, RMATA webmaster, UATA webmaster, UATA registration manager

Sara Beaudry

  • Currently works on the Athletic Training Staff at Westminister College
  • Previous AT leadership roles: Currently on the UATA Public Relations committee