There have been a lot of legislative initiatives recently. Many of which will affect athletic trainers. There are some others that will also affect teachers in the public schools. If you are a secondary school athletic trainer, like me, you could possibly be affected by all of these.
This has definitely opened my eyes to several things! I will admit, in the past, when I receive an e-blast from NATA or SWATA I usually read the subject line then delete it. After becoming more involved and becoming a member of the Young Professionals’ Committee, I have made a conscious effort to read all of the communication I receive. I never realized what I had been missing out on! There is so much information conveyed in those e-blasts!
Recently, a friend of mine got a new job, and when discussing salary with his employers, they used the NATA salary survey “like it was the Bible.” However, a majority of athletic trainers licensed and certified did not participate in the survey. How will we get an accurate picture of the profession as a whole if we, the members, are not willing to provide our input?