COPA Con 2024

COPA Con 2024

The NATA Council on Practice Advancement is hosting its fourth conference with educational content and programming that showcases the power of technology and explores the latest trends to ensure the well-being of patients in a range of settings.


View COPA Con 2024 Event



A statement of credit will be issued at the end of each course completed. You can print your certificate from inside the course in the certificate section, or to access a transcript of all completed courses, click on "My Transcript" from the left side menu.

  • Step into the past and journey to the present with four trailblazing athletic trainers –Tim Kelly, MS, ATC from armed forces, Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC representing the physician practice setting, Nancy Burke, MS, AT Ret with public safety, and Elaine Winslow, MS, ATC, EMT-B in the performing arts – as they come together for a keynote session: "Pioneers - Then and Now."

    Step into the past and journey to the present with four trailblazing athletic trainers –Tim Kelly, MS, ATC from armed forces, Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC representing the physician practice setting, Nancy Burke, MS, AT Ret with public safety, and Elaine Winslow, MS, ATC, EMT-B in the performing arts – as they come together for a keynote session: "Pioneers - Then and Now."  

    In a moderated panel with esteemed, Emmy-award winning reporter Stephanie Kuzydym, they’ll discuss the evolution of athletic training and the indomitable spirit of those who paved the way. 

    Our panelists will share stories and insights gleaned from their collective experiences. You will gain an appreciation for the progress achieved and the challenges overcome in the athletic training world. Through engaging anecdotes, reflections, and candid conversations, they will illuminate the legacy of athletic trainers and inspire the next generation to continue pushing boundaries and forging new paths. 

    Not Eligible for CEUs

    Stephanie Kuzydym (Moderator)

    Investigative Journalist

    "Stephanie Kuzydym is a sports enterprise and investigative journalist for The Louisville Courier Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. For the last decade, Kuzydym’s reporting largely focused on health and safety of athletes. In “Safer Sidelines,” a four-part series based on several months of reporting, Kuzydym uncovered the many ways high schools, athletic associations and lawmakers have failed to prepare for the worst-case scenario – sudden death in sports. The project included a first-of-its-kind searchable database of U.S. athlete deaths, as well as a survey and expert assessment of athletic emergency action plans for Kentucky high schools.

    Safer Sidelines was heralded as a catalyst for change and called "the single most impactful contribution to the health and safety of high school athletes that has ever been produced from a media source in our country’s history," by Dr. Doug Casa, the CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, who has dedicated his career to shining a light on sudden death in athletes.

    Kuzydym’s work received the 2023 National Athletic Trainers' Association’s President’s Service Award, the 2023 NATA Secondary School Committee’s Advocacy Award, the 2023 Korey Stringer Institute’s Lifesaving Education Award and the 2023 Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award."

    Nancy Burke, MS, AT Ret

    Nancy Burke is a highly accomplished and pioneering professional in the field of athletic training, with over four decades of experience in education, public safety, and sports medicine.

    Throughout her illustrious career, Nancy has held various teaching positions, leaving a lasting impact on students across different educational institutions. From her early years teaching Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education in Galax City Schools to her role as a Science instructor at George C. Marshall High School and later as a Health and Physical Education instructor at South Lakes High School, Nancy's dedication to educating young minds has been unwavering.

    Nancy's expertise in athletic training has been a cornerstone of her career. She held licenses and certifications from prestigious organizations such as the Board of Medicine, Commonwealth of Virginia, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). Her tenure as an athletic trainer spans from her early days at James Madison University, where she provided care for women's athletic teams, to her extensive work with Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Police Department.

    At Fairfax County Public Schools, Nancy not only served as an Athletic Trainer but also played a pivotal role in curriculum development, particularly in the establishment of the first sports medicine class in the county. Her contributions extended beyond the school walls as she mentored students from various universities and spearheaded initiatives to promote athletic training in public safety agencies nationwide.

    In addition to her teaching and athletic training roles, Nancy has been actively involved in research, professional presentations, and community service. Her dedication to advancing the field of athletic training is evident in her numerous publications, presentations at national and international conferences, and involvement in research projects aimed at improving safety standards in sports.

    Nancy's contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including induction into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. She continues to inspire future generations of athletic trainers through her mentorship and leadership roles in professional organizations.

    Outside of her professional endeavors, Nancy is deeply committed to serving her community, participating in various charitable events and organizations aimed at promoting health and wellness.

    Tim Kelly, MS, ATC

    Tim Kelly has been the Head Athletic Trainer at the United States Military Academy for the past 37 years where he oversees a staff of 20 full-time ATC’s that cover 28 sports and provide athletic training services to 1,050 cadet-athletes. He has served in numerous capacities at the state, regional and national levels. He is a former NY state president and has sat on New York State Board of Athletic Training for over 13 years. He has lectured extensively on the need for more certified athletic trainers in the military and is the former President of the Armed Forces Athletic Training Society. He is graduate of the University of Iowa Athletic Training Education program and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

    Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PTA, PES

    Linda’s 30 plus years of health care experience boasts an extensive management leadership background spanning clinical, outpatient rehabilitation, business ownership, as well as national roles in expanding worth and value to ancillary services and program development for outpatient clinics. She has served for state, regional and national health care associations including the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Board of Certification, as well as the West Chester University Health Sciences Advisory Board, West Chester University Athletic Training Alumni Association Board, Harcum College Business Advisory Board and Alumni Award Committee. She recently retired as the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and is currently Manager of Clinical Operations for Rothman Orthopaedics in Pennsylvania.Linda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Student Design, Athletic Training from West Chester University and her Associate of Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Harcum College. Linda completed her Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion in 2004 at the California University of Pennsylvania.

    Elaine Winslow-Redmond, MS, ATC, EMT-b

    Elaine is the Director of Athletic Training & Wellness for the Radio City Rockettes Madison Square Garden Entertainment. She has been part of the performing arts industry for her entire career. Following her time as a Radio City Rockette, Elaine integrated her professional experience as a dancer with the profession of athletic training and created the first in-house Athletic Training & Wellness Program for the Rockettes, where she currently works as the program’s director and head athletic trainer.

    Elaine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Physiology & Nutrition from Columbia University. She is a Certified Licensed Athletic Trainer and NY State Emergency Medical Technician and has held athletic training positions in a range of settings including high school, collegiate, corporate/industrial, and performing arts.

    Elaine has served as the performing arts liaison for both the NATA’s Council on Employment and the Clinical and Emerging Practice Athletic Trainers’ Committee. Throughout her career, she has mentored many athletic trainers, teaching them the importance of demonstrating their value in their respective settings.

    In addition to her work with the Rockettes, Elaine has implemented health and wellness programs for performing arts companies nationwide including Blue Man Group, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Troika Entertainment, and The Museum of Modern Art. Elaine is skilled at designing in-house programs, all resulting in significant injury reduction, allowing performers to have lasting careers.

    She refers to dancers as performing athletes, uniting their abilities as refined artists with their capabilities as highly skilled athletes and is passionate about bringing healthcare to the performing arts industry.

  • Join us for an inspiring live session with Sara Richardson, MS, LAT, ATC, experienced athletic trainer turned successful entrepreneur. Sara will share her journey from the world of athletic training to entrepreneurship, highlighting the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned along the way. Bring your questions for the Q&A at the end of the talk.

    Join us for an inspiring live session with Sara Richardson, MS, LAT, ATC, experienced athletic trainer turned successful entrepreneur. Sara will share her journey from the world of athletic training to entrepreneurship, highlighting the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned along the way. Bring your questions for the Q&A at the end of the talk.

    Not Eligible for CEUs

    Sara Richardson, MS, LAT, ATC

    Sara Richardson attended the University of Indianapolis to receive her AT degree and her master's degree from Indiana University. Sara is the owner and founder of Myo-Fit Mobility & Therapy. Myo-Fit will celebrate 10 years of business this year! She has grown Myo-Fit from herself in a shared room at a gym to 4 offices in the central Indiana area and to 2 out of state locations- St. Louis and Atlanta. Sara has learned how to create, grow and manage a business in the healthcare world and though enjoys the business aspect of the profession, she still has a heart for providing patient-care.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentations:
    Entrepreneurial Insight

  • Join us for an enlightening live session with Brandi Anderson, ATC, CSCS, seasoned athletic trainer with extensive experience in the armed forces setting. Brandi will offer a glimpse into the dynamic world of athletic training within military settings, sharing her firsthand experiences, unique challenges, and profound insights. She will answer questions at the end of the session.

    Join us for an enlightening live session with Brandi Anderson, ATC, CSCS, seasoned athletic trainer with extensive experience in the armed forces setting. Brandi will offer a glimpse into the dynamic world of athletic training within military settings, sharing her firsthand experiences, unique challenges, and profound insights. She will answer questions at the end of the session.

    Not Eligible for CEUs

    Brandi Anderson, ATC, CSCS

    Brandi Anderson is a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist.
    Brandi’s athletic training career spans 32 years, 20 of which have been dedicated to the US Navy. Her military experience began in 1993 founding the first embedded rehab center for Naval Special Warfare at Little Creek. From there, she assumed a supervisory role for the SEAL Team contract and developed athletic training programs for area high schools. In 2014 she returned to the military, working for the physical therapy department at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Here, she was selected to build relationships and promote a positive work environment while developing a multidisciplinary clinic with physical and occupational therapists, a podiatrist, chiropractic, and orthopedic physicians. In 2020 she was recruited to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Command where she is part of a remarkable human performance team. The focus of this program is operator longevity, resiliency, and human optimization. Program development and working with the military has been a career long passion for Brandi, and she is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Armed Forces arena in athletic training.

    COPA Con 2024 Presentations:
    Exploring Athletic Training in Military Settings

  • Join us as Kyra Dodson, MBA, MS, LAT, ATC shares her passion for occupational health and discusses the evolving role of athletic trainers in the workplace. Discover how Kyra navigated her transition from traditional athletic training to the dynamic world of occupational health and gain practical advice and inspiration for your own career journey. Q & A will take place at the conclusion of the presentation.

    Join us as Kyra Dodson, MBA, MS, LAT, ATC shares her passion for occupational health and discusses the evolving role of athletic trainers in the workplace. Discover how Kyra navigated her transition from traditional athletic training to the dynamic world of occupational health and gain practical advice and inspiration for your own career journey. Q & A will take place at the conclusion of the presentation.

    Not Eligible for CEUs

    Kyra Dodson, MBA, MS, LAT-ATC

    Kyra Dodson, MBA, MS, LAT-ATC, CEAS III, serves as the Athletic Training: Prevention and Wellness Residency Program Director at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. She is also the Occupational Medicine Manager of Prevention and Wellness. She developed and now manages the department’s Worksite Injury Prevention Program; a program that utilizes Industrial Athletic Trainers at employer locations to create a healthier workforce and safer workplace through ergonomic and evidence based preventative medicine. Kyra leads the Network’s external employer -based ergonomic program. Kyra earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Western Carolina University, NC and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Healthcare Management from Youngstown State University. Clinically, Kyra has worked in a multitude of industrial and warehousing facilities, along with collegiate and semi-professional athletics. Kyra currently manages St. Luke’s On-site Employer and University Health and Wellness Clinics located in the Lehigh Valley. She is a published author in the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. She has presented in the fields of athletic training and occupational medicine in regional, district and national levels.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentations:
    Occupational Health: The AT in an Interdisciplinary Team
    COPA Talk - From Athletes to Employees: Transition to Occupational Health

  • Esports, or competitive gaming, is growing exponentially, with millions of viewers, billions of dollars of investment and a player base garnering fans around the globe. Many secondary school and collegiate programs are instituting esports teams in both varsity and intramural settings and athletic trainers are the most qualified health care professionals to address the needs of this population. There is a need for skilled professionals to manage esports-related musculoskeletal injuries across all levels of play as well as to promote optimal physical function for performance. This session will explore the physical demands of esports, its unique culture and community, the impact of peripherals and ergonomics and the role of athletic trainers. The session will also discuss how skills for treating this population are relevant in other high performance sedentary occupations such as tech workers, music producers and digital artists.

    Abstract:
    Esports, or competitive gaming, is growing exponentially, with millions of viewers, billions of dollars of investment and a player base garnering fans around the globe. Many secondary school and collegiate programs are instituting esports teams in both varsity and intramural settings and athletic trainers are the most qualified health care professionals to address the needs of this population. There is a need for skilled professionals to manage esports-related musculoskeletal injuries across all levels of play as well as to promote optimal physical function for performance. This session will explore the physical demands of esports, its unique culture and community, the impact of peripherals and ergonomics and the role of athletic trainers. The session will also discuss how skills for treating this population are relevant in other high performance sedentary occupations such as tech workers, music producers and digital artists.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Articulate the current state of health and performance in esports.
    • Connect the role of athletic training professionals to esports.
    • Categorize the relationship between posture, ergonomics and injury risk in esports.
    • Appraise current opportunities and barriers for athletic trainers in the field of esports medicine.
    • Justify implementing health and performance initiatives at the institutional level.

    How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
    Esports has evolved from a niche subculture into a mainstream phenomenon with millions of players and billions of viewers. Tournaments and leagues attract massive audiences, both online and in person, contributing to a booming industry at professional, collegiate, high school and community levels. As the esports market continues to surge, esports medicine has become integral to the ecosystem. The demand for specialized health care support has surged in tandem with the industry's growth, especially as varsity collegiate programs emerge. Esports athletes, or competitive gamers, face distinctive health challenges associated with their intensive practice schedules. As the industry expands, so does the need for tailored health care solutions that address the physical and mental well-being of players. "Esports medicine" has become the catch-all term to address these unique challenges. This specialized branch of sports medicine acknowledges the specialized demands of competitive gaming and aims to optimize performance, prevent injuries and enhance the overall health of esports athletes in the same way that sports medicine does traditional athletes. To keep pace with the rapid growth of esports, the field of esports medicine adopts a multidisciplinary approach. It combines elements from athletic training, sports medicine, physical therapy, psychology and nutrition to provide comprehensive care. This approach not only contributes to the well-being of players, but also aligns with an evidence-based care model in which health care professionals are integrated rather than siloed. The remarkable market size and exponential growth of esports have propelled the emergence of esports medicine. As the industry continues to thrive, the demand for specialized health care services tailored to the unique challenges of competitive gaming is set to grow, further solidifying the relevance of esports medicine within the global esports landscape.

    Level:
    Essential

    Domain(s):
    Domain 1: Risk Reduction Wellness and Health Literacy 
    Domain 2: Assessment Evaluation and Diagnosis 
    Domain 3: Critical Incident Management 
    Domain 4: Therapeutic Intervention 
    Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

    CEUs:
    1.0 Category A

    In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

    Elliot Smithson, PT, DPT, ATC, EMT

    Dr. Elliot Smithson PT, DPT, MS, ATC, EMT has been working in sports and entertainment medicine since 2013 (Walt Disney World) and Division 1 level (UCF, Marshall University), and transitioned into esports medicine in 2019. He has worked with professional esports teams such as 100 Thieves, NRG Esports, and Immortals. He is passionate about advancing the line of knowledge in the esports industry and cultivating the next generation of professionals.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    Are Esports Really Sports? The Role of Athletic Trainers in Esports Programs

    Caitlin McGee, PT, DPT, MS

    Dr. Caitlin McGee, PT, DPT, MS received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Exercise and Sport Science from Ursinus College and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. She has been working in esports and orthopedic medicine since 2015. She is the co-founder of 1HP, a company that provides health and performance services to players, professional teams, and scholastic esports programs. She also co-founded the Esports Health and Performance Institute, a continuing education platform for medical and performance science professionals interested in esports. She is an editor of the Handbook of Esports Medicine, the first clinical textbook for the field of esports health and performance; serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports; and has published research on the topic of tendinopathies in esports.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    Are Esports Really Sports? The Role of Athletic Trainers in Esports Programs

  • The athletic training profession is rapidly evolving, yet there remains a notable disconnect between the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT, and their current application in clinical and administrative settings. Athletic trainers aren’t fully utilizing AI for tasks such as clinical decision-making, policy development and efficient data analysis, which are essential for advancing patient care and optimizing operational efficiency. This session aims to bridge this gap by educating ATs about the capabilities and practical applications of AI tools. Many ATs are unaware of the transformative potential of AI in enhancing patient outcomes, improving work efficiency and staying abreast of evolving health care demands. This session will provide attendees with the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate AI into their daily practice, focusing on how ChatGPT can be leveraged in various athletic training scenarios. This session is designed to fill the knowledge gap and empower ATs to meet the unmet needs of their patients through informed AI utilization.

    Abstract:
    The athletic training profession is rapidly evolving, yet there remains a notable disconnect between the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT, and their current application in clinical and administrative settings. Athletic trainers  aren’t fully utilizing AI for tasks such as clinical decision-making, policy development and efficient data analysis, which are essential for advancing patient care and optimizing operational efficiency. This session aims to bridge this gap by educating ATs about the capabilities and practical applications of AI tools. Many ATs are unaware of the transformative potential of AI in enhancing patient outcomes, improving work efficiency and staying abreast of evolving health care demands. This session will provide attendees with the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate AI into their daily practice, focusing on how ChatGPT can be leveraged in various athletic training scenarios. This session is designed to fill the knowledge gap and empower ATs to meet the unmet needs of their patients through informed AI utilization.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify and discuss AI applications in common job-related tasks in athletic training such as clinical decision-making, developing and revising policies and procedures and rapid data review and analysis.
    • Demonstrate how to incorporate AI tools, such as ChatGPT, into essential athletic trainer administrative functions and clinical practice.
    • Assess the benefits and limitations of AI in patient care and administrative functions in various athletic training practice settings. 
    • Create a plan for integrating AI solutions to enhance patient care and optimize daily operations.

    How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
    This session will provide opportunities for all emerging settings to understand the role of AT, such as a ChatGPT. Additionally, the various applications of ChatGPT are translational across emerging settings. For example, reviewing or creating policies and procedures, proposals, or generating patient/client letters are based on similar requirements just different contexts. Also, rapid data analysis is highly beneficial for developing patient-care decisions.

    Level:
    Essential

    Domain(s):
    Domain 1: Risk Reduction Wellness and Health Literacy 
    Domain 2: Assessment Evaluation and Diagnosis 
    Domain 3: Critical Incident Management 
    Domain 4: Therapeutic Intervention 
    Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

    CEUs:
    1.0 Category A

    In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

    Ray Castle, PhD, LAT, ATC

    Dr. Castle is a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (since 1991), LSBME credentialed athletic trainer (LAT since 1994), and is an American Red Cross Instructor (since 2005). Dr. Castle has an extensive background in education, clinical practice, and professional service spanning over 28 years. Dr. Castle's clinical practice background has included experiences at the high school, college, and international (1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; USOC Sports Medicine Staff for 2003 Pan American Games; and 2004 US Women's Bobsled) levels.

    Dr. Castle is a highly active member of the athletic training profession, having made more than 120 presentations at the local, state, national and international levels, numerous publications, as well as serving on various organization committees at state, district, and national levels. Dr. Castle served as Vice President (2013-16) of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association. At the national level, he has served as chair of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee (2004-08), a member of the NATA's Education Council Executive Committee (2004-08), board member of NATA Research and Education Foundation (2010-12), and board member on Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (2011-2017).

    Dr. Castle has been recognized for his service efforts in the athletic training profession, and has been the recipient of the following honors including:  Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association (LATA) Hall of Fame (2019); Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Bob and Lynn Caruthers Service Award (2018); LSU College of Human Sciences and Education Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2018); National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2017); LATA President’s Award (2016); Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA)  Hall of Fame (2014); SEATA Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit (2011); SEATA Education/Administration Award (2009); NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2007); SEATA District Award (2005); and Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF) College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year Award (2001).

    Dr. Castle is the owner of Action Medicine Consultants, LLC. His company provides sports medicine coverage, sports medicine consulting, and related services for organizations and events. He currently serves as medical coordinator for several large-scale events, including the RiverRoux Triathlon, Tiger 10K, Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, and the Louisiana Marathon.  He is married to Katherine Castle since January 2004 and has a son, William, who is a Sports Administration major at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT’s Role in Enhancing Patient Care and Work Efficiency in Athletic Training Practice Settings

  • The focus of athletic training education has always been on the traditional settings. There is little, if any, time spent on emerging pathways, such as business modeling and development. The lack of time spent on business basics makes it harder for an athletic trainer to consider business ownership as an option. This session is meant to help fill that gap and stay ahead of a growing trend in the athletic training profession.

    Abstract:
    The focus of athletic training education has always been on the traditional settings. There is little, if any, time spent on emerging pathways, such as business modeling and development.  The lack of time spent on business basics makes it harder for an athletic trainer to consider business ownership as an option. This session is meant to help fill that gap and stay ahead of a growing trend in the athletic training profession.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the different ways that athletic trainers can develop and build a business.
    • Compare business structures and determine which might serve an athletic trainer building a business.
    • Provide examples of what else will be needed for success as an entrepreneur, beyond the typical skills of an AT.
    • Enhance the scope and quality of patient care in athletic training by incorporating comprehensive education on business modeling and development.

    How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
    A business can focus on any setting of athletic training. Some may create a business modeled around the collegiate or secondary school settings, others may focus on public safety or outreach. Business ownership can be done by any athletic trainer.

    Level:
    Advanced

    Domain(s):
    Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

    CEUs:
    1.0 Category A

    In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

    Michael Donahue, DAT, MEd, ATC

    Michael Donahue was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He went to the University of Iowa where he double-majored, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and a Bachelors of Science in Health and Sports Studies. He went on to complete a Master’s in Higher Education at Iowa State University where he worked as an athletic trainer for the football team. After graduating, he founded The ATR in the summer of 2014. He then completed his Doctorate in Athletic Training from Temple University Since 2015, he has become involved with the Iowa Athletic Trainer’s Society where he currently serves as Secretary.  He is also the Chair of the Private Practice and Emerging Settings Committee with NATA COPA.  He lives in Des Moines with his wife Kaitlin and his two year old daughter Evelyn.  


    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    AT Entrepreneurship: Staying Ahead of the Curve

    Alan Reid, ATC

    Alan Reid brings over 20 years of clinical experience and a wealth of knowledge.  After graduating from TCU in 2003, he completed a post-professional Master’s in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  Just three years ago, Alan opened Rally Time Athletic Therapy, a small AT clinic offering one-on-one therapeutic and rehab services to the active population of Fort Worth.  Previously to opening the business, he has gained valuable experience working in a variety of settings from Major League Soccer and Minor League Hockey, to working at an Independent K-12 School and serving as the Clinical Education Coordinator at TCU for 1 year.  Professionally, Alan has presented at regional conferences on a variety of rehab-related topics, served on the NATA-Professional Education Committee, and worked as an adjunct professor and preceptor for multiple AT Programs.  Alan lives with his wife, Deven, in Fort Worth and they enjoy traveling via air or long road trips whenever they get a chance.  


    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    AT Entrepreneurship: Staying Ahead of the Curve

  • Cannabis used as medicine dates as far back as 2,700 years ago documented in Asia. Cannabis has been reported throughout history to treat ailments such as rheumatism, constipation, gout, edema and infectious wounds, to name a few. In 1611, hemp reached America via Jamestown settlers and was acknowledged as a plant-based drug and added to the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1850 only to be removed in 1941 and later moved into a Schedule I drug in 1970. In 1988, the CB1 receptor was discovered in the human body, opening the door to understanding the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis is utilized by the human body. The discovery of this receptor led to a new direction of research and study to uncover information regarding the system to which the CB1 receptor is a component, including how it is impacted by pharmacology and the effects this system has on other systems and the global person. In February 2022, the NCAA announced a new policy that would increase the threshold for THC from 35 nanograms per milliliter to 159 nanograms per milliliter. This session will provide useful content to athletic trainers who may be tasked with providing advice or care to subjects who seek to treat conditions with cannabinoids.

    Abstract:
    Cannabis used as medicine dates as far back as 2,700 years ago documented in Asia. Cannabis has been reported throughout history to treat ailments such as rheumatism, constipation, gout, edema and infectious wounds, to name a few. In 1611, hemp reached America via Jamestown settlers and was acknowledged as a plant-based drug and added to the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1850 only to be removed in 1941 and later moved into a Schedule I drug in 1970. In 1988, the CB1 receptor was discovered in the human body, opening the door to understanding the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis is utilized by the human body. The discovery of this receptor led to a new direction of research and study to uncover information regarding the system to which the CB1 receptor is a component, including how it is impacted by pharmacology and the effects this system has on other systems and the global person. In February 2022, the NCAA announced a new policy that would increase the threshold for THC from 35 nanograms per milliliter to 159 nanograms per milliliter. This session will provide useful content to athletic trainers who may be tasked with providing advice or care to subjects who seek to treat conditions with cannabinoids.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize the components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
    • Explain the mechanisms by which cannabinoids interact with the ECS.
    • Describe the physiological effects of cannabinoids at the cellular level on the global person.

    How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
    CBD utilization and understanding how it can be beneficial in the health care setting is a means of advancing one’s current clinical practice.

    Level:
    Advanced

    Domain(s):
    Domain 1: Risk Reduction Wellness and Health Literacy 
    Domain 4: Therapeutic Intervention 

    CEUs:
    1.0 Category A

    In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

    Donita Valentine, DAT, CCISM

    Dr. Valentine is passionate about making quality health care available for all active individuals, especially adolescent athletes, and delivers quality athletic health care, preparing students for emotional and physical participation in sports. Dr. Valentine also consults with Historically Black Universities to help build educational curricula to prepare students for matriculation into athletic training programs.

    After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sport Science with a concentration in athletic training, from Frostburg State University, Donita returned to Frostburg to receive a Master of Science Degree in Human Performance. Dr. Valentine completed her Doctor of Athletic Training Degree at A.T. Still University where she researched and implemented movement assessment into the pre-participation physical exam and developed an interest in the biopsychosocial aspect of patient care focusing on muscular dysfunction related to trauma and tension. The focus of Dr. Valentine’s active research centered on implementing a systematic process of movement screening into the pre-participation evaluation process.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    CBD, the Endocannabinoid System & the Athletic Trainer

    Brandon Holland, DAT, ABD

    Dr. Brandon Holland is currently his 18th year as an athletic trainer in secondary schools in Prince William County, Virginia, where he is responsible for the prevention and treatment of injuries for over 900 athletes annually. In addition to this role, Dr. Holland serves as a preceptor for the athletic training programs at George Mason University, and he also holds positions as an adjunct professor of kinesiology at Concordia University of Chicago St Francis College, and Frostburg State University.

    Brandon was born and raised on the south side of Baltimore City. He attended Frostburg State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree in 2004. Immediately following, he took a graduate assistant position, also at Frostburg State University, while he completed his Master of Science in Human Performance degree, which he finished in 2006. Brandon completed his Doctor of Athletic Training degree at A. T. Still University in 2017. His research included patients’ self-report of function in the first 10-14 after lateral ankle sprain. Currently, he is a student in a PhD program at Concordia University Chicago, where he is studying Leadership with a Doctoral Focus in Health and Human Performance. His current line of research involves identifying factors that contribute to low levels of diversity in athletic training students and professionals. In his pursuit to improve diversity in education and diversity of athletic training, Dr. Holland has developed specializations in curriculum development, curriculum instruction, and coordination of clinical education.

    Dr. Holland is passionate about advocating for the profession of athletic training. He currently holds a seat as the Virginia State Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee, and he serves as a mentor in multiple programs, including programs at George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, Prince William County Schools. His clinical work includes experience with over 30 different sports at varying competitive levels, from youth and amateur adult to professional and international athletes.

    Dr. Holland currently lives in northern Virginia with his wife and two sons. His hobbies include music, working out, grilling, and entrepreneurship. He sees every single event as an opportunity for learning and improvement, and he LOVES to answer questions!



    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    CBD, the Endocannabinoid System & the Athletic Trainer

  • Despite a wealth of knowledge in sports medicine and health care, athletic trainers often struggle with workplace stagnancy and finding new ways to enhance patient care. This session addresses the gap between current standards of care and innovative approaches from other industries that can ignite creativity, connection and service excellence within athletic training/health care teams. Specifically, it tackles the lack of understanding around how concepts from disciplines including business, employee and customer experience and technology can elevate athletic training practices. By attending this session, athletic trainers will gain insights into strategically applying fresh concepts to their settings in order to boost patient outcomes, advance the profession and improve workplace connection and camaraderie. Overall, this session is essential for athletic trainers seeking to inject creativity into their teams and practices by looking beyond traditional health care alone. This session will equip attendees with game-changing ideas to elevate their workplace team and carry their athletic training practices forward.

    Abstract:
    Despite a wealth of knowledge in sports medicine and health care, athletic trainers often struggle with workplace stagnancy and finding new ways to enhance patient care. This session addresses the gap between current standards of care and innovative approaches from other industries that can ignite creativity, connection and service excellence within athletic training/health care teams. Specifically, it tackles the lack of understanding around how concepts from disciplines including business, employee and customer experience and technology can elevate athletic training practices. By attending this session, athletic trainers will gain insights into strategically applying fresh concepts to their settings in order to boost patient outcomes, advance the profession and improve workplace connection and camaraderie. Overall, this session is essential for athletic trainers seeking to inject creativity into their teams and practices by looking beyond traditional health care alone. This  session will equip attendees with game-changing ideas to elevate their workplace team and carry their athletic training practices forward.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify three innovative concepts from employee and patient experience, business and technology concepts that can be applied to enhance outcomes in athletic training practices.
    • Discuss two strategies, based on insights from other industries presented, for boosting workplace connection and camaraderie within workplace teams.
    • Analyze personal athletic training practice or workplace team dynamics to determine two areas most in need of fresh, innovative approaches to spark positive change.
    • Develop an action plan outlining three outside-the-box ideas that will be implemented over the next year to elevate patient-care quality and fuel creativity in the workplace setting.

    How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
    The concepts presented will empower ATs in attendance to strategically harness relevant trends and technologies shaping other industries. It will focus specifically on identifying cutting-edge trends, innovations and technologies happening in other industries outside of health care that could be strategically leveraged by athletic training teams to enhance patient care and workplace culture. The concepts covered range will from new technological advances that promote collaboration and foster creativity to larger workplace/management trends that cultivate greater employee engagement and satisfaction. By highlighting case studies and providing tactical takeaways throughout, this session will equip attendees to implement technological tools, systems and modern processes to stimulate positive change in their practice. The discussion will center on how athletic trainers can proactively and positively disrupt their own field – much like entrepreneurs in the tech sector – by applying fresh eyes from beyond health care alone. This embodies the ethos of leveraging "trends and technology" from the world at large rather than just health care.

    Level:
    Advanced

    Domain(s):
    Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

    CEUs:
    1.0 Category A

    In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

    Ryan Stevens, MS, ATC, CSCS

    Driven by his mission to empower, support, and guide others in recognizing, achieving, and celebrating their potential, Ryan Stevens, has showcased passion and optimism as a specialty-trained leader, coach, speaker, and clinician across a spectrum of healthcare, wellness, fitness, and sports settings since 2004. A speaker and organizational coach via "cATalyzing Coaching & Consulting'', he is known as "Your guide to creating Awesome Teams!" and is the host of "The cATalyzing Podcast". A 2003 graduate of Penn State University's Athletic Training program, Ryan has led large rapidly-expanding interdisciplinary teams across wide geographic regions for three healthcare systems, was the Staffing Lead for two COVID-19 Vaccine Megasites (including the largest in New Jersey), and was Vice President of a start-up fitness business. A specialist in the realms of employee experience, team development, servant leadership, & workplace advocacy, he brings a uniquely-trained background inclusive of his Masters degree in Humanistic & Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. His leadership approach has garnered a best-in-class employee Net Promoter Score, and his Press Ganey "Employee Engagement Team Power Index" and "Leader Index" scores ranked among the highest in NJ’s largest healthcare system. Based in New Jersey, Ryan is a proud father of 4, and can be found across social media via @cATalyzingATs


    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    Creative Concepts from Beyond Health Care To Ignite Your Work Team and Elevate Your Practice

  • Despite the wealth of data available, many health care providers struggle to effectively collect, understand and utilize this information. This session aims to address this gap by providing comprehensive insights into efficient data-collection practices, understanding different data structures and the strategic use of this data in clinical decision-making.

    Abstract:
    Despite the wealth of data available, many health care providers struggle to effectively collect, understand and utilize this information. This session aims to address this gap by providing comprehensive insights into efficient data-collection practices, understanding different data structures and the strategic use of this data in clinical decision-making.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Outline the methods and technologies used in health care data collection.
    • Distinguish between different types of data and their structures in health care.
    • Examine the various ways data is used to inform clinical decisions and improve patient care.
    • Discuss strategies for effectively communicating data findings to health care teams.
    • Provide a roadmap for implementing operational changes to adopt advanced data collection and analysis practices.

    How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
    This session will explore the transformative role of data collection practices in various settings such as hospitals, clinics and research institutions. It will detail the methodologies, types of data and strategic implementation to optimize health care outcomes and operational efficiency.

    Level:
    Advanced

    Domain(s):
    Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

    CEUs:
    1.0 Category A

    In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

    Anna Applegate, ATC

    Anna J. Applegate is a digital transformation and operations specialist in the healthcare technology sector. After earning her BSc in Athletic Training from Boston University, she pivoted into healthcare tech. She's held pivotal roles in implementing the patient portal and ambulatory care in Northern Ireland and spearheading an interoperability initiative for Canadian customers during COVID-19. Leading teams of over 60 analysts in the customization of software and design of workflows,  Anna excels in guiding healthcare professionals in meaningful technology and data utilization. Since leaving Epic Systems, she has begun working with WaveOn to change the way Athletic Trainers deliver care. Her current focus lies in operations, scalability, and process strategy, emphasizing a 'people-first' approach and robust solution assessment. Anna's expertise makes her an influential voice in health technology, combining strategic vision with operational excellence.""

    Anna J. Applegate is a digital transformation and operations specialist in the healthcare technology sector. After earning her BSc in Athletic Training from Boston University, she pivoted into healthcare tech. She's held pivotal roles in implementing the patient portal and ambulatory care in Northern Ireland and spearheading an interoperability initiative for Canadian customers during COVID-19.
     
    Leading teams of over 60 analysts in the customization of software and design of workflows,  Anna excels in guiding healthcare professionals in meaningful technology and data utilization. Since leaving Epic Systems, she has begun working with WaveOn to change the way Athletic Trainers deliver care. Her current focus lies in operations, scalability, and process strategy, emphasizing a 'people-first' approach and robust solution assessment. Anna's expertise makes her an influential voice in health technology, combining strategic vision with operational excellence.



    COPA Con 2024 Presentation:
    Data Collection and Utilization: Strategies for Success in Any Practice