NSATA Newsletter


President’s Message

Nebraska is a Good Place

Hello all, I sit here in St. Louis surrounded by the energy of our professional colleagues coming together.  There is something exciting about being around our own kind!

Recently the NSATA hosted the Summer Conference in Columbus, NE.  I hope everyone that attended found it valuable.  I’m not sure why it’s so easy to turn into a little kid when a helicopter flies in, but that’s how I felt when the “bird” flew in for our lab portion of Saturday’s talk.  Many thanks go to Amy Behrhorst, Rebecca Wardlaw, Mike Sloup, Denise Marshall, Brooke Hughes, and Rob Marshall for pulling together and providing us with an amazing event.

That event was also combined with our Honors & Awards Event.  We inducted four new members into our Hall of Fame and it is always so humbling for me to sit and listen to their stories and learn about how they got to this point in their lives.  It was a wonderfully special night, especially for the inductees.  More thank you’s to the above folks for their hard work in also putting together this piece of the weekend.

For those of you who missed our business meeting, we have made some good strides in beginning to connect with the membership.  In March, we identified 3 key areas of concern during the open forum time in the business meeting and have started action in regards to those areas.  First, we have asked the Governmental Affairs committee to investigate the position of President-elect and submit a recommendation to us regarding whether we should move to that model of leadership. Secondly, we have energized the Honors, Awards, Nominations & Memorial Resolutions committee with the charge of pulling us back on task with regards to elections and procedures as outlined in the bylaws.  Our hope is they will be able to invigorate those around us and spur on productive nominations and elections.  Lastly, we have created a salary task force to identify where we are as a state, where we would like to be, and how we can get there.  Thank you for the feedback and I will update you on the summary of things discussed in Columbus as soon as I can.  (It’s been a very busy June!)

As I mentioned, I am in St. Louis and spent my day yesterday in the State Leadership Forum.  Hearing about other states and the problems and good things going on out there, I always become acutely aware of the type of people I am surrounded by in our state’s athletic training community.  Some of our key leaders at the District and National level come from Nebraska.  The people that volunteer for this organization continue to make me search for words that could convey enough appreciation and I always come up short.  You, the membership, are hard working, dedicated, competent people who strive every day to excel at what you do.  You are the face of our organization and thank you for representing us well! All around Nebraska is a good place to be an athletic trainer.

I’ll leave you with a final thought that might seem random.  I recently read the book Tribes by Seth Godin.  A quote from that book continues to stick with me.  “Defending mediocrity is exhausting”.  I have personally found myself stuck in a rut of being defensive over why I do something or how a process is supposed to go rather than spending time on better ways to think about and do things.  This summer I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and find ways in your life you can alleviate the exhaustion.

Thank you for your time!

PS – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Town Hall conference call. Details can be found in the Upcoming Events section.

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Honors & Awards – Hall of Fame Event

The class of 2015 was inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame June 5th, 2015.  Inductees included Michael “Mac” McCuistion, Russell J. “Rusty” McKune, Rob Marshall, and James Johnston (posthumous).  The ceremony also included the recognition of Kurt Behrhorst, winner of the George F. Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year award as well as four scholarship winners.  Lots of laughter and candid moments were shared and it was a great event.

To view the inductees biographies and photographs, please visit www.nsata.org.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Left Photo (pictured left to right):  Rob Marshall, Michael “Mac” McCuistion, Russell “Rusty” J. McKune
Right Photo (pictured left to right): Mike Peterson, Kurt Behrhorst, Dave Schultz

State Games of America Needs You!

The State Games of America is being hosted this year in conjunction with the Cornhusker State Games.  Over the years many athletic trainers from our Association have lent their time to serve as volunteers to help cover various events.  This year, with the National Games going on, they are expecting well over 10,000 athletes competing in venues in Lincoln and Omaha.  There are various sports that are still in need of coverage in both cities.  If you are available and willing to share your time, it would be very much appreciated.

Event:  State Games of America
Location:  Various Venues across Omaha and Lincoln
Dates:  July 28-August 2, 2015
Overview of responsibilities:  The expectations are that medical volunteers will act in a first-aid capacity only.  This is not an event that is sponsored by the NSATA.  All volunteer information will be acquired and provided by the State Games of America and the Nebraska Sports Council.

To sign-up for as a medical volunteer:  http://www.sga2015.com/volunteer
General Information about the games:  http://www.sga2015.com/

Young Professionals at the Saltdogs Game

The Nebraska Young Professionals recently gathered for a Lincoln Saltdogs game.  If you are interested in particpating in events for YPs contact Cassie Metzner, the Young Professionals committee chair.  Her information, along with all committee chairs, can be found on www.nsata.org.

YPs at the Saltdogs

Pictured left to right:
Becky Wardlaw, Cassie Metzner, Stacy Dahlkoetter, Kelli and Sam Wilkins, and Millie and Jen Krueger.

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Committee Chairs
Clinical & Emerging Practice
Brooke Hughes, ATC

College & University Athletic Trainers
Samantha Wilson, ATC

College & Unviersity Athletic Training Students
Melanie McGrath

Amy Behrhorst

Don Watt

Aaron Madsen

Michael Roberts

Governmental Affairs
Jason Ensrud

Hall of Fame
Mike Sloup

History & Archives
Danielle Kleber

Honors, Awards, Nominations & Memorial Resolution

NSAA Championship
Kurt Behrhorst

Rob Marshall

Scott Martens

Public Relations & Webmaster Advisory
Jen Krueger
Public Relations

Eric Smoyer

Mike Roberts

Scholarships & Research Grants
Drew Erks

Secondary Schools
John Carda

Young Professionals
Cassie Metzner

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