2021 VATA Virtual e-Learning

This page will be available January 10 – February 7, 2021.

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The Use of Thoracic Spine Mobilization/Manipulation in the Treatment

of Cervical and Shoulder Pain

Michael Higgins Phd, ATC, PT, CSCS

University of Virginia


This presentation will discuss the evidence behind the use of Thoracic spine mobilization/manipulation in the treatment of cervical and shoulder pain and dysfunction.  The theory of regional interdependence will be discussed and well as the neurophysiological theories of why manipulation is effective for reducing pain.  Lastly mobilization/manipulation techniques will be discussed as well as thoracic spine mobility exercises in the treatment of your patients.

Presenting Value to Support Our Worth

Lucas Bianco, DAT, LAT, ATC, CSCS

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Taking into consideration the many settings Athletic Trainers have expanded into, it is impressive to think about our profession demonstrating value. Normally considered the "behind the scene" support, Athletic Trainers are starting to share their value and now there are many tactics being used. Listen to this presentation, to gain a snapshot of how to present your value and help advance the profession.

Emergency & Primary Care for Abdominal
& Genitourinary Trauma

Dr. Jim Berry, SCAT, ATC, NREMT, ITATRocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT

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While relatively rare in the athletic setting, abdominal trauma can and does occur.  This presentation will offer the participant an opportunity to learn about the general anatomy of the abdominal region; the various types of traumas involving the abdominal and genitourinary systems; appropriate emergency and secondary assessment of abdominal injuries; and appropriate care for specific abdominal and genitourinary injuries. The presenter will also discuss appropriate actions for Athletic Trainers to take when dealing with injuries related to sexual assault.

The Use of Advanced Airways VATA 2021

Maegan R. Daniels, EdD, LAT, ATC

James Madison University


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Mobilization with Movement for
Acute Lateral Ankle Sprain

Dr. Robert Bonser DAT, LAT, ATC, PES

Liberty University


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Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

Scott Powers, MS, LAT, ATC
& Paul G. Rupp, MS, LAT, ATC

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This presentation is designed to encourage Virginia Athletic Trainers to think about how and why we make the decisions we do. We begin by discussing the terms, ethics, morals, virtues, and professionalism.. We then discuss the professional overseeing bodies’ (NATA, BOC, and Virginia Department of Medicine) ethical responsibilities. We finish with discussing some scenarios that Athletic Trainers find themselves in, and how those actions may be assessed.

Health Care Needs of Diverse Patient Populations, Including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Community

Caroline Wesley, MS, LAT, ATC
& Patricia Aronson ,PhD, LAT, ATC

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Athletic trainers have an obligation to provide compassionate, equitable care to every patient, and to maintain a clinic environment that is free of discrimination. Following this presentation, attendees will have an understanding of the unique healthcare needs of LGBTQ+ patients; be able to describe existing health care disparities and potential negative outcomes for these individuals; and be empowered with information to make positive changes in their own work setting. The focus of this presentation will be a range of action steps that athletic trainers can take to make their clinic more inclusive. 

Biofluid Markers of Sport Concussion:

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Jacob E. Resch, PhD, AT


For over 20 years, a multidimensional approach has been recommended for the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion (SRC). However, this multi-faceted approach is neither time nor cost effective. Biofluids have been touted as promising alternative clinical measures to detect the presence and resolution of SRCs at all levels of sport. The current presentation will (a) briefly review the current state of clinical measures of SRC, (b) review the pathophysiology of concussion and the associated neuroanatomy in relationship to currently investigated biofluids, and (c) address the evidence surrounding the clinical utility of biofluids for the diagnosis and management of SRC.

Instructor Versus Feedback Manikin Assessment of CPR Skills

Emily Evans, EdD, LAT, ATC

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Healthcare professionals perform high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to increase the odds of patient survival during cardiac arrest.  Accurate assessment and feedback are required for acquisition and enhancement of these life-saving skills.  If CPR instructors lack the ability to accurately assess CPR skills, objective assessment would be required for accurate feedback.  This research compares instructors’ assessment of CPR skills to objective assessment of these skills.

Applications of BFR Rehabilitation

John Goetschius, PhD, ATC


Blood flow restriction (BFR) is a muscle training modality that involves partially restricting arterial inflow and fully restricting venous outflow during exercise, which has become a popular for lower-extremity musculoskeletal rehabilitation. This presentation will review some basic physiologic mechanisms of BFR, current evidence examining the use of BFR in patients with a history of lower-extremity joint injury, and current clinical recommendations for BFR parameters and exercise protocols.

Sudden Death

Steven L. Cole, MEd, ATC

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Implementation of a Novel Return-to-Ride Concussion Management Policy for Collegiate Hunter/Jumper Equestrian Athletes

Devon Serrano, DAT, LAT, ATC, NREMT

As equestrian continues to grow collegiately, more information is needed for athletic trainers to be able to properly care for these athletes. The "Implementation of a Novel Return-to-Ride Concussion Management Policy for Collegiate Hunter/Jumper Equestrian Athletes" focuses on the needs of athletic trainers in managing concussions for equestrian athletes as well as education related to the sport. 

The Missing Link: Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills to Improve Patient Care, Leadership and Job Satisfaction

Kevin J. Silva, EdD, MSAT, ATC 

Emotional intelligence (EI) is an individual’s ability to recognize, understand, and utilize emotions to navigate, manage, and, influence emotional and social situations. EI skills have been shown to improve leadership skills, psychological wellbeing, and job satisfaction, as well as, reduce stress and anxiousness among healthcare professionals. Yet, few athletic trainers receive formal instruction on EI skill theories and skill development. This presentation will review available evidence and original research on EI skills in athletic training.

Pivoting as a Preceptor During a Pandemic

Heather Murphy, MS, LAT, ATC

This presentation illustrates one example of hybrid clinical education for 2nd year master athletic training students. It will cover skills and instructional strategies that effective preceptors should use during clinical education. It highlights the use of evidence-based practices for preceptors as well as introducing EBP concepts for students. The combination of virtual learning and face to face was shown to be viable option for clinical education during the Fall of 2020 with the use of Google drive and folders and standardized patients.

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