Calling all Athletic Trainers! Calling all Athletic Therapists! You’ve seen the “tweet chats” on Twitter for various groups with various themes. Now is the time that Athletic Trainers and Athletic Therapists have their own! Kristi Messina and I are proud to announce the start of our own tweet chat, #ATTalk. We have selected this hashtag to allow us to discuss with our fellow ATs & any other interested healthcare professionals about the ins and outs of this great profession.

Never participated in a tweet chat before?

No problem! It is actually pretty simple to get started. You can use a variety of platforms to join the conversation. You can simply search for the hashtag #ATTalk and follow along. Also, there are a few different platforms you can use. Personally, I use Tweet Deck while Kristi likes Tweet Chat. Regardless of what you prefer, it’s easy to get started!

When and Where?
We have selected Sunday nights at 8PM Central time as our meeting time.We’re going to start with the last Sunday of the month for the time-being.  We want to hear from YOU! You can find us with the hashtag #ATTalk.

Let us know what topics you want to discuss! We will try to choose one or two topics for each tweet chat, but you can expect the conversation to take off I’m sure!


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About the Hosts

Mike Hopper, MS, ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, TX. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Management: Athletic Training from Southeast Missouri State and a Masters in Medical Sciences: Athletic Training from the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He found himself in Athletic Training after growing up in the high school sports scene as the son of a high school coach. His special interests in athletic training include hip and knee conditions of the female adolescent athlete.

Kristi Messina, ATC/LAT is in her 5th year serving as an Athletic Trainer in Rockwall Texas at a 5A high school after serving 2 years as a Head AT at a smaller 3A school in East Texas. Originally from Los Angeles, CA she moved to Chicago, IL to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Olivet Nazarene University and is currently she is finishing her Masters of Education in Health & Kinesiology from University of Texas at Tyler. Her passion for sports medicine came after an knee injury in high school, in which she was impacted by the healthcare professionals whom guided her towards the AT profession. Her special interests within sports medicine include injury prevention, knee and ankle rehabilitations and overall care of the female athletes. She also looks to become more involved within the profession promoting and advocating the need for athletic trainers everywhere.

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