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Strategic Alliance Releases Statement: Legal and Ethical Responsibility to Report Unregulated Practice

The leadership of the Strategic Alliance, which includes the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the NATA Research and Education Foundation  and the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), has concluded that it is necessary to issue a formal statement to remind institutions, employers, Athletic Trainers (ATs) and athletic training students that the practice of athletic training by unregulated  individuals must be reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities.  Just as unregulated practice is unethical and unprofessional, so is the failure to report this practice.  Regulatory mechanisms exist to protect the public and to ensure safe and effective athletic training practice. ATs have both a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the public from those who engage in the practice of athletic training without a proper authorization from a state regulatory agency. 

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Revised Post-Professional Degree Standards Released!

The 2014 Standards for Accreditation of Post- Professional Athletic Training Degree Programs (2014 Post-Professional Degree Standards) are now available for download.  The 2014 Post-Professional Degree Standards were approved unanimously by the Commission during the August 16-17, 2013 meeting.  The 2014 Post-Professional Degree Standards will be in effect July 1, 2014 and all accredited post-professional degree programs must be in compliance by July 01, 2015.

CAATE appoints new Executive Director

After a nationwide search the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education is pleased to announce the selection of Micki Cuppett EdD, ATC as our Executive Director.  Dr. Cuppett is currently a Professor and Director, Athletic Training and the Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. She previously served as the college’s Director of Educational Design & Technology in the Office of Educational Affairs.

Dr. Cuppett holds an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in higher education, accreditation and athletic training to this post. Dr. Cuppett has served as a program director for professional programs in athletic training at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate level and also has 12 years of experience as an assistant and head athletic trainer. Dr. Cuppett will assume the duties of the Executive Director on May 8, 2013.

We would like to thank the search committee, which included Dr. Greg Frazer, Dr. Paula Maxwell, and Dr. Pat Sexton, for their hard work in screening the strong applicant pool and conducting several rounds of interviews.