athletic training

It’s almost March, and we have many fun activities planned for National Athletic Training Month. The following are a few of the contests and initiatives we’ll be offering in March. We hope you’ll join the fun and help us promote the profession!
 
#NATM2015 Social Media Contest

Athletic trainers representing 24 states joined us in Washington, DC, today for our biggest advocacy event of the year, Capitol Hill Day. Attendees conducted 192 meetings with legislators in support of the three pieces of legislation introduced last week:

  • H.R. 829 / S. 436: SAFE PLAY (Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth) Act
  • H.R. 921: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act
  • H.Res. 112 / S. Res. 83: Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights

More than 185 leaders in the athletic training profession recently gathered in Dallas for NATA’s 2015 Joint Committee Meeting, an exciting weekend of professional collaboration. NATA has formed volunteer committees who lead the charge in certain topic areas and job settings, and those groups gathered together to compare notes and see how they could join forces to get even more accomplished in 2015 and beyond.

Part of the programming including the following presentations from NATA staff directors. Click through to read about each topic!

One of NATA’s primary objectives is to provide top-notch professional development opportunities for our members. Anita James, NATA’s Director of Knowledge Initiatives, oversees this department, and her team works in collaboration with several member committees to address issues related to AT education. Anita gave an overview of the group’s current efforts and upcoming plans for 2015 to attendees at NATA’s recent Joint Committee Meeting, and we have summarized her presentation below.
 
Supporting Education from A to Z

Our legislative team was very busy last week! NATA supported the introduction of three separate bills: the SAFE PLAY Act, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act and the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights.
 

H.R. 829 / S. 436: SAFE PLAY (Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth) Act

Introduced Feb. 10, 2015 in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and in the House by Rep. Lois Capps, CA-24, and Rep. Bill Pascrell, NJ-09

 

NATA is excited to announce the introduction of the Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth (SAFE PLAY) Act in the Senate and House on Feb. 10, 2015. Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and in the U.S. House by Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), SAFE PLAY also recommends a multidisciplinary approach to research and federal support to ensure student athletes’ safety in schools.

When we hear about catastrophic injury and death amongst athletes, we typically think about concussion1, cardiac arrest2 and exertional heatstroke3.  Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) is rarely mentioned alongside the “big three”, despite its insidious extension into more diverse sporting events beyond the ultramarathon, where it was first described three decades ago4.   The recent and tragic deaths of two otherwise healthy 17-year old high school football players from hyponatremic encephalopathy5,6, undersc

NATA members often ask us how we select our convention city each year. It’s a complicated process that takes into account many factors. NATA’s Director of Meeting Management Lori Marker took the time at our recent Joint Committee Meeting to explain the process to attendees. Her presentation received such great feedback that we thought we would summarize it here on the blog for those unable to attend. You have questions, we have answers!
 

For a pitcher to avoid coal in his stocking, he must throw lots of strikes over lots of innings AND stay relatively healthy.

On May 29, 2014, President Barack Obama announced an important new partnership between NATA, the NFL and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS) during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, DC.. As part of the collaboration, the NFL Foundation and NFL teams agreed to provide $1 million and NATA added agreed to contribute $125,000 to place ATs in underserved high schools in NFL markets.

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