A BIG Alamo Area Athletic Trainers Association Thank You to all the participants of the 2022 Student Athletic Trainer Workshop! We set a record with over 600 folks–students, professionals, college students, physicians, and vendors– all representing the world of sports medicine with enrichment. We had a two year pause due to the pandemic, so many were eager to gather, network, learn and compete!
Special thanks to our hosts, Southwest ISD: Superintendent Verstuyft, Assistant Athletic Director Melanie Hinson, Athletic Trainers Jacob Reyna and Daisy Ramirez as well as the Dragon Staff and Administration. The facilities and hospitality were outstanding. We appreciate the Southwest ISD community. Additional thank you goes to all our sponsors: Gatorade, Henry Shine, Bill Wissen with WissTech Enterprises and Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals with special appreciation to our Title Sponsors; Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio (SMASA), Alert Services, and Methodist Sports Medicine.
Our educational agenda was set up for a learning atmosphere and the presenters did not disappoint. Dr Curtis from SMASA led off with a dissection of the shoulder. The College Representatives, vendors, UTSA Medical team, TLU interactive spine board presenters, and Life Flight were all excellent teaching experiences and learning moments for our students. The 2019 Quiz Bowl champions from Del Rio High School defended their title and are Back-to-Back Quiz Bowl Champions for 2022. After a great lunch from Zio’s Italian Kitchen the afternoon session was filled with competition as the coveted Jim Juvenal Trophy was again up for grabs. Following COVID-19’s back-to-back wins (2020 and 2021), Johnson High School will again etch their name on the Jim Juvenal Traveling Trophy. The highly successful 2022 AAATA Student Athletic Trainer Workshop was orchestrated by Mr. Rodney Murray (Smithson Valley High School), assisted by Quinn Thomas (Stevens High School), many professionals and college students. It was a tremendous team effort, enjoyed by all.
Speaking of teams; I would be remiss if I did not mention the AAATA Executive Board. Past President Jeff Schmidt (Stevens High School), Secretary Mitch Knauth (Churchill High School), Treasurer Sam McCrary (Methodist Sports Medicine), and Vice President Tim Moore (Johnson High School) were extremely instrumental and influential in the success of this event and the operations of AAATA as a whole. A lesson for success learned many moons ago: “Surround yourself with intelligent, reliable people”. I am blessed with success to work amid this formidable group of professionals.
The Executive Board will continue to work for the betterment of our organization, Athletic Trainers, and our students. We would like to remind both high school and college students to visit the AAATA website. The Cortez/Mizicko Scholarship and Bernie LaRue Scholarship have May 1 deadlines. We are eager to hear from our Scholarship Committee about all the quality applicants, and ready to support the scholarship winners.
~Very Respectfully in Sports Medicine
Tim Kloewer, President AAATA