Achieving AT Goals Amid Challenges of SMA
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1w ago
Kurt Beach, ATC is an outreach Athletic Trainer (AT) practicing at Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio. He has been a certified AT for 23 years. He loves his career and said, “Getting athletes back in the game by making them better after an injury and being able to save people’s lives as a member of a health care team is so rewarding.” Growing up Beach felt most at home as an athlete and was inspired to pursue a career in athletic training from working with his high school’s AT. Just before college, Beach was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare form of muscular dystrophy ..read more
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New BOC Practice Analysis and Fee Changes – Highlights for the BOC Exam Candidate Handbook
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1w ago
The “BOC Exam Candidate Handbook,” which covers administration policies and requirements for exams March/April 2023 through January/February 2024, is now posted to the BOC website. Items to highlight: The “BOC Practice Analysis, 8th Edition” is now available. PA8 is effective for the BOC Athletic Trainer exam beginning with the March/April 2023 administration. Fees related to the candidate process have been updated as well and are effective immediately. Refer to the document for the latest details ..read more
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IDEAS Committee Update: Demographics Expand the View of ATs
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2w ago
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Strategies (IDEAS) Committee began assessing the demographic profile of Athletic Trainers (ATs) as one of its first projects in 2020. Members evaluated what data was being collected from ATs through their individual administrative profiles. To gather a broader perspective and be able to better serve the individualized needs of ATs, the range of specific attributes were expanded to better encompass a wider range of AT demographics. In preparation for the launch of the new BOC360 portal in 2021, new demographic fields were added to the BOC’s AT prof ..read more
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2022 BOC ANNUAL CERT FEE DUE THIS YEAR BY DEC. 31, 2022
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1M ago
To avoid a late fee, Athletic Trainers should log into their BOC profile and click “Pay 2022 Cert Maintenance Fee” on “My To Do List” no later than Dec. 31, 2022 to process payment. Certification maintenance fees are now due annually. Your 2022 Annual Requirements: Read and submit 2022 annual confirmation statements Pay 2022 annual certification maintenance fee no later than Dec. 31, 2022 (a $20 late fee will be assessed starting Jan. 1, 2023) NATA members: BOC certification fees are no longer included in your NATA membership payment Enter or verify your NATA member number in your BOC pro ..read more
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Orthopedic Specialty Certification: Demonstrates Positive Impact
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1M ago
The BOC’s Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (BCS-O) credential – the premier certification in orthopedics for Athletic Trainers (ATs) is moving into its second year. The most recent exam administration took place in August 2022 with a new set of ATs earning the BCS-O credential. There are now 32 BCS-O credential holders since the specialty’s launch in fall of 2021. The BOC conducted an initial survey of the first cohort (included BCS-O credential holders from October 2021 and February 2022 exams) which resulted in some interesting results. The survey’s objective was to capture what mo ..read more
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CARE Conference Provides State Regulators with a Meaningful Educational Experience
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3M ago
The BOC hosted the CARE Conference 2022, from July 15-16, 2022, in Omaha, Nebraska. Attendees from both the athletic training and regulatory industries participated in the two-day event, offering regulatory best practices for the Athletic Trainer regulatory industry. Here is what members among the 60 attendees, representing 29 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, had to says about CARE Conference 2022: Great educational experience. It has made me think of how the association and regulatory boards could work together for the Athletic Trainers in the state. Very well-done conference. F ..read more
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New AT Directors Named to BOC Board
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3M ago
The Board of Certification (BOC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Marra, MS, ATC, CSCS and Lynne-Marie Young, M.Ed, LAT, ATC as new Athletic Trainer (AT) directors to the BOC Board of Directors. Both will take office in 2024, following a year of mentorship and learning as AT director appointees. Marra is currently owner/service provider of Athletic Training Services by Jeremy Marra, PLLC in Lake Placid, New York and previously spent years in the collegiate athletics setting at the University of Michigan. Marra currently serves the BOC as a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, E ..read more
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British Association of Sport Rehabilitators Officially Joins the International Arrangement
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3M ago
The organizations of the International Arrangement (IA) are pleased to announce that the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT) is now a fully accepted organization of the IA. BASRaT was originally granted provisional acceptance while they accumulated data on their newly implemented exam. The data provided by BASRaT demonstrates that their exam is valid and reliable. As a result, Sport Rehabilitators registered by BASRaT can apply to take exams of the Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI), Board of Certification (BOC) and Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA ..read more
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BOC Approved Provider Focus Group Results: CE Tools to be Enhanced and Refined
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3M ago
Over the past 18 months, the BOC surveyed BOC Approved Providers and identified that support in the area of continuing education (CE) program development and implementation was key. To dig further into what is needed from the BOC to assist with CE support related to delivery and development of quality programs, the BOC conducted three one-hour focus groups with BOC Approved Providers from various types of organizations from July 25-28, 2022. Discussion in these groups centered around what is important to BOC Approved Providers, what they envision and expect from an accreditor, as well as what ..read more
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Athletic Trainer’s Use of Dry Needing in Practice
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3M ago
Dry needling has become a popular topic within Athletic Trainer (AT) state regulation resulting in efforts by states to address the issue of dry needling for ATs to use in practice. Brian Hortz, PhD, ATC is the Director of Research and Education at Structure and Function Education in Phoenix, Arizona and discusses the important things state regulators need to know about dry needling. What is dry needling? Dry needling refers to the insertion of thin monofilament needles, without the use of injectate. Dry needling is typically used to treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, sca ..read more
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