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CANCELLATION OF TAMPA EMR DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA. We need to cancel our EMR scheduled for Sep 8-10 2017.  This decision was reached in collaboration and consultation with our host due to the risk associated with potential destructive weather associated with Hurricane Irma.  We are rescheduling the EMR for Oct 27-29, 2017.  You can either reschedule through SPTS for this new Tampa date, or for another course.  Either way, please communicate your desires to Mary Wilkinson at SPTS at mwilkinson@spts.org.  Any CPR mask order that you may have placed with us will be available for you at your new course.  Our thoughts are with all impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Action Alert: Reintroduction of Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act
April 4 saw the reintroduction of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S. 808) in the Senate. Introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), this bill would provide added legal protections for sports medicine professionals when they're traveling with professional, high school, college, or national sports teams by extending the provider's "home state" professional liability insurance to any other state the team may visit.

This bill, passed out of the House in January, originally didn’t include PTs but our advocacy from the Sports Section, along with support from APTA staff, led to PTs being included in the list of eligible providers. We are extremely thankful for the overwhelming support this legislation received in the House and want to continue this momentum in the Senate, hopefully seeing passage and the bill being signed in to law during the 115th Congress, but we can’t achieve this without your support.

This legislation is imperative to gaining the necessary protections to allow us to continue to provide these crucial sports medicine services to athletes as they travel across the Country. Please email your Senators through APTA’s Legislative Action Center and request that they cosponsor this bill today!

Please contact Ken Sprague at kensprague@apta.org with any questions.


EMR courses are now NATABOC approved for CEU’s.  SPTS is an approved provider (approval number P754), Cogent Steps is here to deliver!

With your SPTS Certificate from Cogent Steps, LLC, students will be granted NATA CEU’s.


Congratulations to our very own

Al Crothers, who was recently awarded the Lucy Blair Service Award by the APTA!


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Cogent Steps, LLC, is an independent, woman and service disabled veteran owned small business, serving as consultants for a myriad of related services under Emergency Management, including 
• education
• large venue event management
• international security cooperation
• cross cutting strategic planning  

Cogent Steps, LLC is an NATABOC provider offering the Emergency Medical Response course for the Sports Physical Therapy Section. EMR registrants may include students and licensed providers in athletic training, nursing, physical therapy and physicians.

Cogent Steps, LLC is not an approved educational provider for firefighters and EMT professionals who need to complete training and testing for the national registry exam. 

Cogent Steps, LLC also provides other services including sports medicine continuing education, consulting and training in emergency management, first aid, and Red Cross certified babysitting.

Cogent Steps, LLC, is owned by I. Reid Bessenger and Michele Leavitt Weinstein, PT, MS, SCS, ATC. Cogent Steps, LLC Consultants have a depth of experience providing direct support to private clinics, universities, professional and national athletic organizations and other organizations. Cogent Steps, LLC bring their clients the skills and knowledge needed in the area of Emergency Management.

If your organization is interested in scheduling an Emergency Medical Responder Course at your facility, please contact Reid Bessenger of Cogent Steps, LLC at 703.971.4834 or by email at reid.bessenger@gmail.com.