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President's March Newsletter



March is National Athletic Training Month!  Please do your part to help promote the profession in whatever ways you can. This can be a poster, updating social media, or larger scale promotional efforts. Feel free to contact our NMATA PR Rep, Tracie Stone, with pictures and special stories relating to NATM as well as other efforts and remarkable stories through the year. 

Email Tracie @


The Trevor Matuszak Memorial Scholarship

The NMATA is proud to announce the creation of the "Trevor Matuszak Memorial Scholarship". Trevor was a 19 year old student from Los Alamos, NM and was in the Athletic Training Education Program at New Mexico State University. He was a long-time part of our AT family as he is the son of our colleague and Los Alamos HS Athletic Trainer Mick Matuszak. 


On July 24, 2017 while out on a hiking trip, Trevor suffered a tragic accident and passed away from the injuries he sustained. As Trevor touched many people in life, the NMATA is helping to continue to keep his presence felt in our Athletic Training community. This scholarship is directed towards the college students, as that is where Trevor was in his education. 


We are initially looking to fund this scholarship from donations and will set up future ways to generate the money needed to keep the scholarship going. We are asking for a small donation from each of our members, if possible. Please be on the lookout for an email soon to follow with information about this, along with the Tim “Doc” Acklin Scholarship for graduating HS seniors. Help spread the word as we are always looking for sponsors/donations as well as student applicants. 


Governance Affairs Committee (GAC)

The GAC group lead by Mike McMillan had another great legislative session this past January and February. The presence of the Athletic Training community has continued to grow among the legislators and that is due to the efforts of our members. There are many things that each one of you can do to support the current and future efforts in Santa Fe. To find out how to help, contact Mike @


Upcoming meetings and CEU opportunities:



RMATA April 12-15, 2018 Salt Lake City, Utah            25.75 CEUs and up to 14 EBPs.

Go to for registration info

Sheraton Salt Lake City

150 West 500 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84101



The upcoming NMATA Clinical Symposium and Business meeting is loaded with a great lineup of presenters. It will be hosted in Las Cruces, NM the weekend following Memorial Day. We will also be hosting a golf tournament to help raise money for our scholarships. Please try to attend, whether as a team or as an individual and help to locate possible sponsors. Information about this will be emailed in the near future. 


NMATA June 1-3, 2018 Las Cruces, NM.                    18 CEUs   

Look for information to be delivered by email soon!

Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Building B, 3600 Arrowhead Drive

Las Cruces, NM 88003


The NMATA is also in the process of creating shirts and other items for sale. Want to show your support for the profession and the NMATA?  Be sure to grab one when they become availible!



Please see the attached update from the NATA as it gives a lot of information about what the NATA is doing. If you see something of interest on there, feel free to contact the appropriate committee, whether it be at the national, district, or state level. Also be aware that it takes small efforts to start a new initiative so if there is something you are passionate about, feel free to make that contact. 


NATA July 26-29, 2018 New Orleans, LA.                  20 CEUs and 5 EBPs

Go to for registration information 

New Orleans Convention Center


SCATA                                                                            6 CEUs

The Sun City Athletic Trainers’ Association is hosting a 1 day symposium in El Paso, TX on Monday April 16. For more information, visit


A Dry Needling course is being hosted in Albuquerque May 18-20 at the University of New Mexico. For information on the course, go to


Secondary Schools

Please be sure to update your school's information on the ATLAS website. This should be done yearly and if it is updated it is a great resource for information on the availability  of AT services at each school, as well as their contact information. David Maldonado is our NMATA Secondary Schools Rep, feel free to contact him with any questions at




At the conclusion of each high school sports season, the NMATA helps to facilitate AT coverage for NMAA state tournament events. If you are interested in working, please contact Missy Archibeck @ or visit and look under the tab Sports Medicine. 


The 19th annual NMAA Athletic Training Challenge will be held on Sunday April 22nd in Alamogordo, NM. Once again all schools with Sports Medicine programs that have Student Aides are encouraged to attend.  This is a great opportunity for the students to test their knowledge as well as be exposed to multiple facets of Athletic Training. For more information please see the attached flyer or contact Kim O’Connell-Brock @ with any questions or support. 


Honors and Awards

Please be sure to nominate your peers as seen fit for the various awards that have been established within the NMATA, RMATA, and NATA.  Go to their respective website to get requirements and the application process. For NMATA awards, please contact Corey Christensen @


Thank you for all that each and everyone of you do, even on small levels it has an impact. Please do not hesitate to get involved in any way you think fits you best. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any NMATA board or committee member. 


Good luck to each one of you and your teams!


your NMATA Board,


Jeff Archuleta, President


Aaron Stem, Vice-President 


Joe Mora, Secretary/Treasurer


Tanya Watson, Southern Representative


Chad Jones, Northern Representative


Andy Krentz, At-Large Representative 


Louis Mayer, College Student Representative 

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