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Educational Objectives

SPATS provides a relaxed educational forum for all members of the sports medicine team to discuss current concepts relating to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play for physically active people, from competitive professionals to weekend warriors. Sports medicine team members will be presented current trends, techniques, and procedures related to prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of common and uncommon injuries and conditions found in a variety of settings or situations. The SPATS Committee intends to provide attendees with educational resources to assist them in developing prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play strategies necessary for positive outcomes in patients under their care. Professional networking, to enhance collaboration and cooperation with other healthcare providers involved in a patient's care, is encouraged.​

At the conclusion of the 2015 SPATS, atendees will:

  • be able to use supplemental oxygen, know when to administer, and know indications and contraindications relating to the use of oxygen.
  • be able to describe and use best practices in managing the care of the exercising diabetic patient.
  • be able to describe common evidence based yoga interventions used in the management of low back pain.
  • be able to review and identify musculoskeletal, neurovascular structures of the hand and wrist and discuss their function and interaction.
  • understand current concepts and tools of concussion recognition and management and how these can be incorporated into a modern management program.
  • be able to discuss concepts of real life situations as a 1st year athletic trainer.
  • understand new concepts in ACL reconstruction.
  • understand basic legal issues facing athletic trainers and physical therapists.
  • be able to use current evidence to assess and provide interventions to athletes who have undergone ACL reconstruction.
  • understand and implement the PRICE Program into their clinical setting for prevention and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries.
  • be able to plan an effective post pitching recovery routine for their athletes.
  • be made aware of potential situations regarding medial epicondylitis and typhoid fever in athletes and best practice protocols.
  • be able to explain the indications, contraindications, current research, and methodology behind cupping.
  • be up to date on bills moving through the Texas legislature focusing on topics relevant to athletic trainers and healthcare professionals.
  • be up to date on recommendations, changes, and issues brought up before the UIL Medical Advisory Committee in the past year.
Target Audience

The Valley Athletic Trainers Association is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. Hours earned during this seminar may also be used to satisfy CE renewal requirements for Licensed Athletic Trainers. 

Individuals in allied health professions other than athletic training and high school or college coaches are welcome to attend SPATS. However, the Valley Athletic Trainers Association cannot guarantee that continuing education hours will be accepted by their professional credentialing board. Atendees will still be issued an appropriate certificate, but individuals who are not athletic trainers will be responsible for contacting their credentialing board to receive credit. The Valley Athletic Trainers Association will not be held responsible and refunds will not be given, if hours are not accepted by a credentialing board other than the BOC, Inc.

Contact Hours

The SPATS general session has been approved, by the BOC, Inc., for a maximum of 13 hours of Category A continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.

SPATS has also been approved for a maximum of 2 EBP Category hours for Certified Athletic Trainers.

Licensed Athletic Trainers may claim a maximum of 15 contact hours for renewal requirements.

Fees & Cancellation Policy

The following fee structure will be in effect for the 2015 SPATS:

  • Athletic trainers, other allied healthcare professionals, coaches:
    • $175.00 for registration by May 27
    • $200.00 for registration after May 27
  • College Students
    • $100.00 for registration by May 27
    • $125.00 for registration after May 27

The following cancellation policy will be in effect for the 2015 SPATS:

  • Cancellation requests must be made online. Log in to your registration HERE
  • Cancellations made by May 27 will receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made after May 27 will be refunded minus a $25 administration fee
  • Refunds will not be issued once the seminar has started
  • Refunds will be issued in the same form as payment was received
Level of Difficulty

According to the education levels described by the NATA Professional Development Committee, the South Padre Athletic Training Seminar is considered to be Essential Level.

Schedule & Format

All SPATS educational sessions are in a clinical lecture format. Program schedule with instructor names and credentials can be found HERE



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