News and Announcements

LAS CRUCES IS A SAFE CITY
All 4 High Schools in Las Cruces, NM were awarded 1st Designation of the Safe Sports School Award.

The schools and ATs are Centennial HS (Daryl Wooten), Las Cruces HS (Anita Reta), Mayfield HS (Tracie Stone) and Onate HS (Omar Fercha). Here's the article to prove it. This award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. To learn if your school meets the Safe Sports School criteria, click here. 

AWARDS GIVEN AT NEW MEXICO ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Several AT’s were presented with awards at the NMATA’s 2014 Clinical Symposium.

Rex Bullard was inducted into the NMATA Hall of Fame, Kim Brock and Jose Barron
were presented with Outstanding Service Awards, Mike O’Larey was awarded the Most Distinguished AT and Missy Archibek the 20 Year Service Award.


AT STUDENTS RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Several RMATA Athletic Training Students received special recognition at the NATA Annual Symposium in Indianapolis during the Pinky Newell Scholarship and Student Leadership Breakfast this June.

Kiyun Lynch from the University of New Mexico received the Warren Lee Memorial Scholarship. Claire Ely of Weber State University accepted the Pete Demers Scholarship sponsored by the PHATS. Michelle Galvin, University of Utah took home the NATA Foundation Scholarship sponsored by the PBATS, while her classmate Katherine Hughes received the Gary Delforge Reunion Scholarship: Honoring Alumni of the University of Arizona and AT Still University. Christopher Toone, University of Utah accepted the Gary Delforge Scholarship and Andre Fario de Filho of Fort Lewis College received the NATA’s Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award.

UTAH'S IRON COUNTY ADDS AT SERVICES IN HIGH SCHOOLS The Iron County School District added AT services for 3 of their schools. Check out the news article.

75 NEW MEXICO HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETE IN AT CHALLENGE Aztec High School hosted the 15th Annual NMAA HS AT Challenge on April 27.

The 15th Annual NMAA HS AT Challenge was held April 27th at Aztec High School.  Over 75 HS AT students competed across written and oral/practical exams.  Centennial HS was awarded the NMAA State Championship followed by Gadsden HS in 2nd and El Dorado HS in 3rd.  The top 3 individual finishers were Aliana Munoz of Gadsden HS, Monica Lopez of Centennial HS and Dimitri Viramontes of Santa Teresa HS. AT’s from across the state and AT students from the University of New Mexico and Fort Lewis College were on hand to help with the event.


COLORADO TO HOST VARIOUS AT ACTIVITIES

The 1st Annual International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress will be held June 13-14 in Boulder, CO. 

The Rocky Mountain Sports Medicine Foundation will hold their 2nd annual symposium August 8-9 in Durango, CO at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Registration 

The Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Annual Spring Symposium and Business Meeting will be held on May 31st- June 1. Check the COATA website for upcoming details.

Fort Lewis College will host their 2014 High School Athletic Training Camp July 18-20.  For more information or to register: http://www.goskyhawks.com/sports/2013/11/20/Camps.aspx or contact Meghan Powell at: mpowell@fortlewis.edu


NESBITT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
Northern Arizona University Athletic Training recently awarded the 2014 Michael E. Nesbitt Scholarship to Ben Kmetz and the ATEP Program award to Kim Rodgers. (Ben Kmetz pictured below)


ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOLS HOLD AT OLYMPICS
Salpointe Catholic and Tucson Magnet High Schools held an Athletic Training Olympics to promote NATM2014. Students participated in both educational and competitive activities.  

AIA MEMBER SCHOOLS RECEIVE FREE BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING
The Barrow Concussion Network (BCN) will be implementing several important changes for the 2014-2015 school year, including FREE baseline testing for ALL AIA member schools and training sessions for all athletic trainers.  Detailed information about the BCN can be found at:  http://www.azata.net/Resources/Documents/BCN%202014-2015.pdf

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY HONORS MIKE NESBITT
Northern Arizona University will honor long time Athletic Trainer Mike Nesbitt during homecoming weekend October 24-25 2014.  

Northern Arizona University will celebrate the career of Mike Nesbitt during the NAU v. Eastern Washington football game on Saturday, October 25. For more information please contact mark.urick@nau.edu

HIGH SCHOOL AT’s FROM RMATA STATES HIGHLIGHTED 
High School AT’s from RMATA states were highlighted in a recent article in the Daily Herald.  This article comes after a successful District 7 (RMATA) annual meeting.   The  article entitled, Tough Issues Face High School Athletic Trainers From Intermountain Region,  highlights common concerns among Secondary School AT’s including concussion, environmental and lightening protocols along with common conflicts and values. Daily Herald Article

FACEBOOK WEEKLY TRIVIA CONTEST
The RMATA Facebook Page has teamed up with AT Matt Webber and www.athletictraininghistory.com to offer a weekly trivia contest.  Make sure to “like” the page and get in on the action! Click here for the Facebook page.

RMATA QUIZ BOWL CHAMPIONS
The top 3 finishers at the 2014 RMATA Quiz Bowl were Metro State , University of Utah and Fort Lewis College.  The Metro State team will represent District 7 at the NATA Quiz Bowl this summer. 

RMATA REMEMBERS FRANK FREEMAN
RMATA Honorary Member and part of the Cramer Family, Frank Freeman passed away recently. Frank and his support of the athletic training profession will be greatly missed. 



 







ATHLETIC TRAINER SAVES A LIFE IN NEW MEXICO
Nathanael Smith performed CPR and revived a patient who lost consciousness
and stopped breathing while rehabilitating an injury.

Albuquerque NM: During a routine visit to The Institute of
Community Wellness and Athletics (ICWA) in Albuquerque NM, a
patient lost consciousness and stopped breathing. Athletic
Trainer (AT) and Co-Owner of ICWA, Nathanael Smith, ATC, LAT,
CSCS immediately began performing CPR. Smith summoned
emergency medical services and performed 2 rounds of CPR.
The patient was revived on-site and was transported to a local
hospital. The patient has made a full recovery and is anxious to
return to ICWA and his rehabilitation program.
 
Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who specialize in
the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries
and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic
musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational
activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic
trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health
care. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association represents
and supports members of the athletic training profession located
in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Visit
www.rmata.org for more information.






MIKE O’LAREY NAMED MOST DISTIGUISHED ATHLETIC TRAINER
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (RMATA) has honored New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) Head Athletic Trainer as their Most Distinguished. 

Provo Utah, April 12th 2014 – The RMATA awarded its 2014 Most
Distinguished Athletic Trainer designation to NMSU’s Mike O’Larey. The
Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award recognizes an RMATA member
who has been active in the membership for a minimum of 15 years and
who has made significant contributions to the profession. O’Larey joins
a list of only 9 other athletic trainers (AT) that have received this
prestigious award.

Mr. O’Larey is the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director
for Athletic Health Care at NMSU. He has been employed at NMSU for
25 years, 21 of which as the Head Athletic Trainer. At NMSU, Mike
oversees all aspects of athletic training services for 17 National
Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I intercollegiate
sporting teams.

Mike has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association
(NATA) since 1977 and licensed as an athletic trainer in the State of
New Mexico since 1990. Mr. O’Larey has served in several capacities
for the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Association (NMATA) and was a
Professional Member of the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Practice
Board. A Tacoma Washington native, O’Larey received a Bachelors
degree from Washington State and a master’s degree Northern
Arizona University. 

Associate Athletic Director for Student Development and Academic 
Support James Hall said of O’Larey’s honor “It gives me great pleasure
to congratulate Mike O’Larey. Mike’s passion, dedication and
commitment to New Mexico State University, the Department of
Athletics, Athletic Training and most importantly, the quality treatment
of our student-athletes for the past 25 years is unparalleled. We are
extremely proud of this recognition for Mike as it is well earned and
deserved.”
Mike lives in Las Cruces, NM with his wife Dee. In his spare time he
enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and cheering for the
Seahawks.









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