athletic training

Hawaii Baptist Academy’s Sam Lee, ATC, recently sent us an email sharing his excitement about earning a Safe Sports School Award.
 
In that email, Sam wrote: “Thanks for allowing us, helping us, enabling and empowering us to do something good for our community; not so much for the individual glory, but that people might see what a wonderful resource may be available to them with athletic trainers in their communities.”
 

The 2015 Presidential Election is now open for all certified members! Check your email for a message from elections@vote-now.com containing your secure registration code and instructions for voting online or using a phone ballot. (If your member profile does not include an email address, you will receive a postcard this week.) If you prefer to vote using a paper ballot, the email or postcard will provide a phone number to request one.

By Jeremy Hawkins, PhD, ATC

I have three boys who love to play baseball.  As a parent who tries to be involved as much as possible in their individual pursuits, I am at times asked to do things tha are out of my comfort zone; umpiring a baseball game has been one of those things. However, serving in this role has helped me to see being an athletic training student in a new light.

 

For the first-ever research issue of NATA News last month, we used Twitter (@nata1950) to ask members to share their current athletic training research projects. These are some of the responses we received. Following submissions from our members, we are looking forward to what’s on the horizon for the profession.
 
1. MICHELE RAYA, PHD, ATC, PT, SCS
University of Miami

Despite feeling slightly exhausted, we at the NATA national office returned to Texas still motivated from such a successful week in Indianapolis! We've especially enjoyed reliving some of the convention's most special moments through photos, videos and attendees’ posts on social media.

Although she’d never hiked a day in her life previously, the idea for a fundraising hike seemed to pop into her head naturally. Ruhf, MS, ATC, LAT, athletic trainer for Lower Moreland School District in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., attended a church retreat with Phyllis Falcone in October, whose two children were known to have progeria, a genetic disease that causes shortened lifespans and usually leads to strokes and heart attacks.

Now in his 14th season with the Atlanta Hawks, Head Athletic Trainer Wally Blase, MS, ATC, CSCS, has become somewhat of a fixture in NBA sports medicine. The Midwest-raised Blase, a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, started out volunteering with the Chicago Bulls in his spare time before he eventually earned a spot as an assistant AT. After receiving a master's degree in sports psychology, Blase continued working with Bulls through two championship seasons before heading South for warmer weather and a new opportunity: serving as head athletic trainer of the Atlanta Hawks.

The May issue of the NATA News is always one of my favorite magazines each year. It's our opportunity to spotlight the best and brightest in the profession, the newest members of the NATA Hall of Fame.
 

By Judy Pulice, NATA Senior National Manager of State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
 
Recent conversations with a number of NATA members indicate there may be confusion about the new Safe Sports School Award. Down here in Dallas at NATA Headquarters, we feel it’s important that members – especially those working in the secondary school setting – have the correct information about the award and understand its intent.
 

By Benjamin Towne, MA, ATC

Two months ago, I was given the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream by serving as an athletic trainer for the USOC Medical Staff for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  A common question I hear is, “How did you get involved?” Like anything in life, there are multiple paths to get to the same destination, but I can certainly share mine.

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