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WATA Hosts Fall Symposium - Nov 11, 2010


WATA is hosting the National Conference on Revenue & the Business of Athletic Training starting today.

There is still time to register and attend. The conference is being held November 11-13th at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport.

For more information please click on the link below.


“2010 National Conference on Revenue and Business of Athletic Training”

Concussions News Story - Aug 26, 2010


Please check out this link to the story “Athletes, coaches no longer playing head games with concussions” by Dennis Semrau in the Madison Newspapers.


Madison Newspapers Concussion Story

Athletic Training Story - Apr 24, 2010


Please check out this links to a story “Teams Use Caution with Concussions” in the Post Crescent.


Post Crescent Story

Athletic Training Stories - Mar 26, 2010


Please check out these links to stories about athletic trainers throughout Wisconsin during National Athletic Training Month.


Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Milwaukee Fox Channel 6





Governor Signs AT Practice Act Bill - Mar 16, 2010


On Monday, March 15th, 2010 SB 482 was signed by Governor Doyle completing the passage of our amended athletic training practice act. Please visit the Legislative Watch page on the WATA website for more information and a photo of the signing. Special thanks are extended to Representative Molepske and Senator Hansen for their leadership and willingness to take authorship and ownership of our bill. The entire WATA can be proud of how everyone involved in this process conducted their affairs in a respectful and professional manner especially in the proactive engagement of other professional associations and interests.

WATA Fall Symposium - Mar 10, 2010


The WATA is pleased to announce information on this year’s WATA Fall Symposium.


"2010 National Conference on Revenue & the Business of Athletic Training"

November 11-13, 2010

Milwaukee, WI
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

For more information, please visit the WATA website at: http://www.watainc.org/news/fallsymposium.html

Annual Meeting Registration Available Online - Feb 18, 2010

Online Registration is available for this year's WATA Annual Meeting. Follow the link below to register online. Early registation ends April 7th, 2010. Please take a look at the 2010 Annual Meeting Flyer and the 2010 Annual Meeting Program. Check WATA Updates and the website for details and further info. We hope to see you in Eau Claire at this year's Annual Meeting.

Click here to Register Online

Mail in Registration


March is National Athletic Training Month - Feb 14, 2010

Get ready for NATM March 2010.  The theme this year is "Safety is a Team Effort."  Please go to http://nata.org/natm/index.htm for ideas on how you can promote our profession during NATM.  There is a whole PR kit as well as sample media alerts and PA announcements that you can use.
Here are some really simple ideas on how to celebrate NATM 2010.  These are quick and easy ideas especially if you don't have time to organize a big event or promotion. 

  1. Add the logo for NATM 2010 to your email signature file.
  2. Have the announcer at local athletic events recognize NATM with a brief description of our profession, you can find a specific script at  http://nata.org/natm/index.htm.
  3. Change your voicemail message stating that March is NATM.
  4. Send a press release to your local newspaper.  Sample press releases are also found on http://nata.org/natm/index.htm

Please send all NATM 2010 events and promotions to Jolene Strifler, PR Chair at jstrifler@uwhealth.org.  You may be entered to win the NATA PR Contest.


WATA Legislative Day - Sep 15, 2009

The 2009 WATA Legislative Day will be held Wednesday, September 23rd. The day will begin at the Madison Concourse Hotel and finish with a visit at your respective legislator's offices in the State Capitol. Please make every possible effort to attend this very important event!

As you know, the WATA Governmental Affairs Committee has spent the past 2 years amending our Athletic Training Practice Act. We are ready to present our amendments to the legislature and we need your help to make our introduction a success. The day will consist of a morning symposium which will include guest speakers and legislators followed by complimentary lunch and an early afternoon visit with YOUR legislators.

There is NO COST to attend the event but you MUST preregister. Registration is simple and easy and only requires a simple email or phone call to Mindy Walker at Stenger Government Relations. A tentative agenda and registration information are listed below.

1. Participants will understand the specific changes to our practice act.
2. Participants will gain an understanding of the duties of the affiliated credentialing board
3. Participants will learn effective lobbying strategies
4. Participants will understand the role legislation may play in third party reimbursement
5. Participants will meet with their specific legislators and or staff

8:30 - 9:00 AM               Registration
9:00 - 9:15 AM               Joe Greene: President's Message / Welcome
9:15 - 9:30 AM               Mike Van Veghel: Practice Act Update
9:30 - 10:00 AM             Scott Stenger: Effective Lobbying
10:00 - 10:15 AM           Legislator
10:15 - 10:30 AM           Steve Nass: Your Affiliated Credentialing Board
10:30 -10:45 AM            DRL Secretary Celia Jackson
10:45 - 11:00 AM           Dan Trampf update on Reimbursement
11:00 - 11:15 AM           Legislator
11:15 - 11:30 AM           Legislator
11:30 - 12:30 PM           Lunch and Q&A
12:30 - 1:30 PM             Legislator Visits

E-mail Mindy Walker at: mindy@stengergov.com or call 608-287-0403 (Mindy's office number).  Please include the following in your e-mail:

  1. Include Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Home Address
  4. Work Address

Directions: http://www.concoursehotel.com/hotel/directions

To facilitate planning we ask that you pre-register TODAY! You are welcome to show up on a "walk-in" basis but we cannot guarantee your lunch or a meeting with your legislators if you do not pre-register.

We will provide you with everything you need for your legislative visits including a packet of "leave behind" materials describing our education, our professional practice and our amended licensure act.

Students: Please make every effort to attend and encourage your ATEP program instructors to make arrangements for you to do so. UW LaCrosse will be sending their senior students and we challenge all of our ATEP programs to do the same.

The importance of this day cannot be overstated. This bill defines your practice and will substantially affect how and on whom you may practice your profession. Please register today so we may effectively present our case to the legislature on September 23rd! See you in Madison!!

Mike Van Veghel LAT CSCS
Chair WATA Governmental Affairs Comm.

WATA Golf Outing - Jul 31, 2009

On July 31st, 2009, 64 golfers welcomed the arrival of summer at the 13th annual WATA Scholarship Golf Outing. Foxfire golf club in Waupaca provided a fun, challenging course that tested the skills of better golfers while playing fairly to those of lesser abilities. The outing was a foursome scramble and played host to many WATA members and friends of the WATA. All proceeds from the annual golf outing are earmarked for the WATA Scholarship Fund.


The scramble was divided into Championship and Co-Ed teams. Placing first in the Championship flight with a score of 13 under par was the team of Larry Lemberger (Lifetec Inc), Charlie Lemberger, Steve Coenen and JohnMcCulley. The Co-Ed flight title was claimed by the team of Heidi Gutschow, Jeff Gutschow, Lori Neilitz and Don Huggins. Congratulations to this years winning groups!


Any event requires an energetic membership and the generous support of sponsors and friends. A grand “thank you” goes out to all of the following individuals and organizations whose contributions helped make this years outing a success!


Major Event Sponsor:

John Orwin MD - UW Health Sports Medicine


WATA Gold Level Sponsors: 

Mueller Sports Medicine

RM Rehabilitation/Donjoy/Aircast/DJO

Lifetec Inc


Hole Sponsors:

Chippewa Valley Orthopedic

Thor Medical

Prevea Sports Medicine

JVA Sales

Waymar/Bledsoe Brace Systems 

Concordia University ATEP Program

Stenger Government Relations


Prize/Gift Donors:

Roger Caplinger/Milwaukee Brewers

Kurt Fielding/Green Bay Packers

Doug Agnew/Milwaukee Admirals

Lori Radean/Milwaukee Bucks

Larry Lemberger/Lifetec

Art Kleine/Johnsonville Sausage

Jerry Nauert/Jerry’s Custom Clubs

UW Madison Sports Medicine

Greg Brandner/Payne and Stratton College

Larry’s Distributing, Sheboygan, WI


The Bull @ Pinehurst Farms

Foxfire Golf Club


Thank you to all who attended and participated in the outing and scholarship raffle. Special thanks go to Foxfire Golf Club PGA Professional Chris Schultz and the staff at the Waupaca Ale House for making our outing, banquet and overall event a total success! If you wish to help in the planning of next years outing please contact Mike Van Veghel LAT at mvanveghel@uwhealth.org

Annual Meeting Hotel Registration Deadline is March 24th - Mar 9, 2009

Make sure your reserve your room for the 2009 WATA Annual Meeting in Madison before March 24th to receive the reduced rate of $119/night.  After March 24th you may not be able to receive the reduced rate.  For more info or to Register online for the WATA Annual Meeting, please visit the Annual Meeting Page on the WATA Website.

March is National Athletic Training Month - Mar 1, 2009

March is National Athletic Training Month.  For more information on NATM and to find out how you can help promote the athletic training profession, visit the NATA Website at http://www.nata.org/natm/index.htm.  We would love to hear what our members have done to promote athletic training month.  Please send information about your promotional efforts to WATA PR Chair Jolene Stifler at mailto:JStrifler@uwhealth.org.

WATA February Newsletter - Feb 17, 2009

The WATA February Newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the following link:  WATA Newsletter.  The newsletter contains important info regarding State legislative issues and WATA BOD Nominations..

WATA Legislative Day is March 25th, 2009 - Feb 7, 2009

WATA Legislative Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  For more information and a Governmental Affairs Committee Update, please check out the most recent WATA Legislative Update.

WATA Annual Meeting Online Registraition is Available - Feb 3, 2009

Online registration is now open for the 2009 WATA Annual Meeting and Symposium being held April 23rd - 25th at the Madison Marriot West. This year's program, themed "Adding Value to Your Practice," allows you to earn up to 16 CEU's with the new three day format. Our featured speaker is Dr. Michael Collins from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He will present a series of presentations on head injuries and managing sports concussions. A variety of other speakers will present as well. Several focused workshops are also available. Don't miss the Annual Business Meeting, Awards Banquet, and other activities over the course of meeting.

Please visit the Annual Meeting Page on the WATA website to register and find out more details about the meeting. 

Oshkosh Paper Features Local Athletic Trainers - Dec 2, 2008

Oshkosh Paper article on November 30th features story regarding local athletic trainers Joe Fox and Andrea Barribeau who both work with Affinity Health System.  To view the article please click here.

Athletic Training Story on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" - Oct 21, 2008

This past Sunday morning (10/19/08), ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” included an excellent story on high school football deaths and the need for athletic trainers.

To access the piece,   go to the ESPN OTL Page  and then click on “Outside the Lines second impact syndrome.” Kevin Guskiewicz did an outstanding job. The story also includes part of a previously aired interview with Kira Au, ATC.


Wisconsin State Journal Column - Apr 10, 2008

Please click on the link below to view columnists Andy Baggot’s article regarding athletic training that appeared in April 9th edition of the Wisconsin State Journal :


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