The 2019 Safety in Hockey Campaign has begun!


Thank you to all the schools/teams who are participating in this years Safety in Hockey Campaign to spread awareness of the importance of having an athletic trainer available to all athletes!

If you have not yet joined, but would like to, please email Michael Dhesse at and visit our websites event page here!

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Welcome Kei Flechsing, AATA’s New Secretary!

Kei Flechsing joined the AATA Executive Team January 1, 2019. We are very excited to welcome her aboard! Thank you for your dedication to the Alaska Athletic Trainers’ Association and furthering our profession!

Flechsing has been apart of the Alaska Anchorage sports medicine staff as an assistant athletic trainer since September 2017.

Prior to coming north, she worked from 2014-17 as an intern and graduate assistant athletic trainer at NCAA Div. I program Fresno State, with primarily responsibility for the Bulldogs' women's equestrian and men's and women's tennis teams.

Sato earned her Master of Arts in Kinesiology from Fresno State in May 2017 with an emphasis on Sport Psychology. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from the University of Central Arkansas in 2014.

Originally from Japan, Sato moved to the United States to study after high school. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and has been a certified athletic trainer since 2014. She is also certified as a Graston Technique M1-level practitioner. Sato lives in Anchorage with her husband Nick and their dog Koko.


AATA's First Annual Safety in Football Campaign has BEGUN!

Our Safety in Football campaign commenced Friday, September 7th and will run through Friday, September 21st, 2018! We are so excited to see all the teams/administrations that are supporting their athletic trainers through this campaign and the knowledge about our profession reaching more of our community! Follow up here for any new pictures from the campaign and feel free to send in your own to! Thank you to these schools for sending us photos of your participation!

North Pole High School

Monroe Catholic High School

Chugiak High School

West Anchorage High School


Annual AATA Meeting Synopsis

Thank you to everyone who made our annual state meeting yesterday either by phone or in person! Dr. Gregory Schweiger gave a great presentation on Femoral Acetabular Impingement and Lynne Young talked about Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We have had several successful campaigns this year with our Safety in Hockey campaign and National Athletic Training Month and hope to continue that throughout the year with some other planned events for coaches education and athletic trainers CEU opportunities! Our new website was unveiled, offering educational resources for coaches, physicians and parents as well as athletic trainers. Please take some time to check it out. It contains all the forms/concussion policies/laws required for the secondary school setting, links to free NFHS coaches courses, and frequently asked questions for parents. We want this to be a central location for all those involved in sports to find information on athlete health/safety! Thank you to Bear's Tooth for donating food for our meeting!


March was National Athletic Training Month! 

Thanks to all those that participated in our social media contest and first association fundraiser through BSN Sports! #NATM2018 #CompassionateCareForAll



"Because if her boys are playing, you know she is right there to take care of them." The AATA and our community are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our own, athletic therapist Dayna Brons, and the tragedy that has struck Humboldt Broncos. We send our love and support to their community. #HumboldtStrong #PacksOutForDayna #SticksoOutForHumboldt



AATA Holds first annual #aatasafetyinhockey campaign

The AATA concluded our first annual Safety in Hockey campaign in February. It was a huge success and raised awareness in many communities throughout the state on the value of having athletic trainers! Athletic trainers were promoted through social media, an honorary puck drop for a UAA/UAF hockey game, and a feature for our local news channel! We hope our members and peers use this momentum to advocate for more athletic trainers around the state. Special recognition to our participants in the campaign including University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dimond High School, Monroe Catholic High School, Wasilla High School, Colony High School, Juneau High School, Eagle River High School, West Anchorage High School, East Anchorage High School, and Chugiak High School! 

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NATA Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Chris Dean, winner of 2018 NATA Service Award!

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Chris Dean BS, LAT, ATC

Chris Dean was named a winner of the 2018 NATA Service Award.  Chris has served our state as an Athletic Trainer for many years, also serving as our last president! The Athletic Trainer Service award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.

Past award winners include:

Lynne Young MEd, LAT, ATC, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska; Anchorage, AK- NATA Service Award 2016

Christine Volk MS, LAT, ATC University of Alaska Anchorage; Anchorage, AK - NATA Service Award 2011


National Athletic Training Month Contest

The AATA is hosting our first annual Social Media Contest for Athletic Trainers to share how they practice and promote our profession in their setting.

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Compassionate Care for All

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. In addition to providing logos, posters, press releases, sample media alerts and PR toolkits, NATA also sponsors contests for its members.

The 2018 slogan is "Compassionate care for all."

Find all National Athletic Training Month resources here: