Special Olympics Pennsylvania

WANTED: Athletic Trainers
WHERE: Villanova University
WHEN: Thursday Nov. 1, 2018 to Sunday 3, 2018




License Renewal


All Licensed Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth are required to renew their license by December 31, 2018.  A condition of renewal is the completion of 2 hours of approved training on the topic of child abuse and recognition and reporting.  The training must be completed from an approved provider by the Department of Human Services (DHS).  For those in the secondary school setting, the approved training by the Department of Education will most likely not be approved by DHS.  You will need to make sure that the hours are approved by DHS or you will not be able to receive your license.  The hours will be submitted to the state electronically by the provider and may take up to 7 days to be made available.  The following link is an approved provider and has no cost.  

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center: Online at



Weight Assessors Workshop


Saturday October 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Penn Trafford High School

3381 Route 130
Harrison City, PA 15636

Sunday October 7, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wilson High School
2601 Grandview Blvd
West Lawn, PA 19609

More info


Changes in C-Spine Protocols and initiating dialogue with EMS providers

With the recent changes in C-Spine Protocols form both the NATA and Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, the PATS Executive Board is recommending that Licensed Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth address the following:

  • Review and implement the recommendations in the article “Back to School” on pages 16-18 in the July, 2015, edition of the NATA News.
  • Review “What’s New in Pennsylvania EMS Spinal Care Fast Facts for Athletic Trainers ” that was a combined effort between the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council and PATS. There is a link for this document below.  The first page is a Q&A format to address the changes in the Pennsylvania EMS Protocols concerning ‘spinal motion restriction’ vs. the previous term of ‘spinal immobilization’. 
  • Schedule a meeting with your local EMS provider(s) prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year to review the changes in the EMS protocols and how they compare to the NATA protocols. This would be an opportunity to demonstrate the removal of football equipment as described in the:  “APPROPRIATE CARE OF THE SPINE INJURED ATHLETE Update from 1998 document”, June 2015, as well as an opportunity to review and update Emergency Action plans with EMS providers.

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