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District 6 (Arkansas and Texas) ATs Care Team would like to welcome you. The D6 ATs Care Team is comprised of athletic trainers who are here to assist you through your crisis. The ATs Care program is designed to offer crisis management training opportunities for athletic trainers dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident. The mission of the ATs Care Commission is to aid ATs and AT students who have been through a critical incident by utilizing a peer-to peer-system to assist, monitor and encourage these individuals to seek initial support through state or regional ATs Care teams.

If you or someone you know responds to an emergency or experiences a traumatic event, please contact ATs Care. Critical incidents can cause stress that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While it is normal to have an emotional reaction, most of us will need assistance processing these new emotions. Our teams have been trained to help you deal with these challenging situations. If you are in need of assistance, we ask that you seek assistance from grief experts and consider contacting ATs Care.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800.273.8255

Text “HOME” to 741741 anytime in the U.S. and connect to a crisis counselor

To seek support for yourself or a fellow AT or student visit the ATs Care Website.


  • Pre-Incident Education: What is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)?
    • Provide athletic trainers and collegiate athletic training students with educational materials about critical incidents, post-traumatic stress and the effects of each in the workplace and in one’s personal life.
  • Training
    • Offer training to ATs and athletic training students at national, district, and potentially state meetings and create a network of athletic trainers trained in psychological first-aid.
  • Post-event Assessment
    • Provide psychological and emotional support to athletic trainers through phone calls, on-scene assessment support, demobilization intervention, post-incident defusing or one-on-one interaction, group debriefings, and follow-up.

The goal of ATs Care is to develop regional and state CISM teams located throughout the country that are readily available to respond to the needs of AT colleagues, students, and staff after a critical incident. These team members are certified AT colleagues specifically trained in critical incident stress management techniques who understand not only the issues you face during a critical incident but also the reality that ATs continue to provide care and coverage to a team following the event. ATs will be able to provide you and your staff the support you need to navigate through a critical incident.


Bubba Wilson, LAT, ATC, CCISM
Amanda Groller, MS, Ed., LPC

Jennifer Asberry, MS, ATC, LAT
Terry DeWitt, PhD, AT, EP–C
Stephen D. Hornor, MS, LAT, ATC
Chad Sturkie

Adam Annaccone, EdD, LAT, ATC, CES, PES
Candle L Carmichael, LAT, ATC
Alanna Dennison, DAT, Med, LAT, ATC
E.J. Hairston MS, ATC LAT, FST II
Justin Hargrove MS, ATC, LAT
Chad A. Helberg, ATC, LAT
Mitchell Knauth, LAT
Kathryn LaLonde, MS, ATC
Tom Lechtenberg, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, USAW, CKTI, CES
Loree M. C. McCary, LAT, ATC, MESS
Christanie Monreal, DAT, ATC, LAT
Shawn Ready MS, ATC, CSCS, USAW L1, CF-L1
Roy Rudewick. LAT, ATC, MED
Joanna Soles, DHSc, ATC, LAT
Jenna Tubbs LAT, ATC
Coy L. Van Valkenburgh, MS, ATC, LAT
Melinda Watts PhD, LAT, ATC
Joshua Yonker, MS, LAT, ATC
Daniel F. Young, MAT, ATC, LAT