2021 VATA Virtual e-Learning



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Tyler MacDonnell


(919) 407-0745



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Amanda M. Caswell, PhD, LAT, ATC

Director, Athletic Training Education Program




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Peter Ginnegar


(818) 209-7713



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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


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Michael Higgins, PhD, ATC, PT, CSCS, LAT

Professor/Director Masters of
Science in Athletic Training Program

Department of Kinesiology

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

Prevention Program Manager


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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 Care for Abdominal Injuries
and Genitourinary Trauma

1 Category A CE

Rocky 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.

Airway Management: The Use of Advanced Airways in Prehospital Care

Maegan Daniels, EdD, LAT, ATC

Athletic Training Program

Clinical Education Coordinator

James Madison University


The use of advanced airways in patients who are suffering from respiratory compromise can be beneficial in a prehospital setting to achieve better patient outcomes, however, athletic trainers have a knowledge gap related to this skill.  This presentation will discuss the types of advanced airways available, the indications and contraindications of each, and review special situations that advanced airways can be useful in athletic training settings.

Mobilization with Movement for the Treatment of Acute Lateral Ankle Sprains:

An Evidence-Based Review

Robert Bosner, DAT, LAT, ATC, PES

Associate Professor / Co-Clinical Coordinator

Allied Health Professions Department

Liberty University


Traditionally, the RICE method has been accepted as a gold standard for treating acute lateral ankle sprain patients, but more recently is has been reported that a Mobilization with Movement technique aimed at restoring positional faults may significantly enhance the quality of life and return to play outcomes for patients with acute lateral ankle sprains (LAS). Although this method has been mentioned in the NATA Position Statement on treating LAS, it is not often discussed or utilized as a method in many clinics or amongst educators. In this video, Athletic Trainers will get to explore the latest literature on the topic and leave with a tangible “clinical bottom line” that translates directly to patient care/education.

Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
1 Category A CE

Paul G. Rupp, MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer

Oakton High School


Scott Powers, MS, LAT, ATC

Team Lead Athletic Trainer

Sentara Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

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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.

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

1 Category A CE

Caroline Wesley, MS, LAT, ATC
Director of Athletic Training Services

University of Lynchburg

Patricia Aronson, PhD, LAT, ATC

Professor of Athletic Training

University of Lynchburg

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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.

Biofliuds in Concussion Management:
Is the Juice Worth a Stick?

1 Category A CE

Jacob E. Resch, PhD, LAT, ATC

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology

University of Virginia


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.

Association of Sleep Symptoms
and Concussion Recovery

.5 Category A CE

Catherine Donohue, M.Ed, LAT, ATC

University of Virginia

PhD in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine Student

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Disrupted sleep duration and quality is a common complaint of SC and has been identified as a potential modifier of a protracted recovery following injury. This presentation will discuss how the physiology of sleep and concussion recovery are intertwined through data that demonstrates individuals that experience sleep-symptoms in acute phase of concussion may take twice as long to become asymptomatic

Instructor Versus Feedback Manikin Assessment of CPR Skills
.5 Category A CE

Emily Evans, EdD, LAT, ATC

Clinical Education Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Faculty Mentor - Swimming

University of Lynchburg

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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.

Blood Flow Restriction
1 Category A CE

John Goetschius, PhD, LAT, ATC

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Professions

James Madison University


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.

Management of Dislocations

1.5 EBP CEs

Steve Cole, M.Ed, LAT, ATC

Cole Consulting Services, Inc. 

MAATA President


This workshop will provide the athletic trainer with the skills to appropriately evaluate and manage, on the athletic field/sideline, an athlete, with a joint dislocation.

Preparing for Sudden Death
Situations in Sports


Steve Cole, M.Ed, LAT, ATC

Cole Consulting Services, Inc. 

MAATA President

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This presentation will provide the athletic trainer with the skills to appropriately evaluate and manage, on the athletic field, an athlete, in athletic protective equipment with a Sudden Death condition.

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

Devon Serrano, DAT, LAT, ATC, NREMT

Director of Sports Medicine

NCAA Athletics Healthcare Administrator

Title IX Representative- Athletics

Sweet Briar College


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. 

Do Athletic Training Students Demonstrate Behaviors Associated with Emotional Intelligence Skills?
 1 Category A CE

Kevin Silva, EdD, MSAT, ATC

Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Clinical Education, Athletic Training

Salem State University

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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 well being, 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.

Precepting: Pre and Post-COVID

1 Category A CE

Heather Murphy, MS, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology


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 a viable option for clinical education during the Fall of 2020 with the use of Google drive and folders and standardized patients.