Sports Medicine, Business Practice Featured Topics for Thousands at National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting

Educational offerings and trade show highlight group's June 25 to27 event in St. Louis

DALLAS (June 11, 2003) -Sports medicine, health and fitness, and business practices will be featured topics for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) 54th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, to be held at America's Center in St. Louis, June 25 to 27, 2003. The meeting, the largest of its kind, is expected to draw some 10,000 people, including certified athletic trainers representing high school, collegiate and professional sports, as well as industrial, hospital and clinical settings. More than 100 educational programs will be offered, ranging from sport-related concussion assessment options and neurological conditions of the upper extremity, to evidence-based approach to nutritional supplements and management of shoulder injuries in the National Hockey League. A number of programs will be led by physicians and athletic trainers from Missouri institutions, including Washington University of Medicine, Southwest Missouri State University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis University and Washington University. "We expect a record turnout this year, and St. Louis provides a central location for our widespread membership," said NATA President Julie Max, MEd, ATC. "Aside from the meetings and trade show, our members will enjoy a golf tournament at Whitmoor Country Club, a night with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, and a 5k fun run walk at Forest Park." This year's meeting also features Beck Weathers, MD, and track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Weathers will present the Johnson & Johnson keynote address on June 26, and will share lessons learned as a survivor of one of Mount Everest's deadliest expeditions. Kersee will speak on June 28 at the session entitled, "Asthma and Athletic Trainers: Issues Affecting Ethnically Diverse Populations." The session is sponsored by NATA's Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee. The meeting will include a researchers' forum, special interest group meetings and job placement center. The annual blood drive is cosponsored by NATA and the National Basketball Trainers' Association. Meeting planners anticipate that as many as 300 exhibitors taking up more than 450 exhibit booths will fill America's Center. Company representatives will be educating NATA members about current trends, products and services in the sports medicine and health care industries. In recognition of the athletic training profession, Missouri Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell has proclaimed June 25, 2003, as National Athletic Trainers Day in Missouri. For more information about the NATA annual meeting, go to About NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. Featured Topics At Meeting

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