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Vote Now for the Next NATA President!

 09/02/2014 - 11:56am  By: JordanB 

The 2015 Presidential Election is now open for all certified members! Check your email for a message from 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.

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Presidential Election Webinar

 08/27/2014 - 10:20am  By: JordanB 

The NATA Presidential Election is quickly approaching, and it’s the perfect time to learn more about the two candidates: Russ Richardson, EdD, ATC, and Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. 

Yesterday we hosted a webinar during which each candidate fielded questions from the audience. We know this is a very busy time of year for most athletic trainers, so we recorded it for those of you who were unable to attend. Want more information about each candidate? See their full employment and... view

August/September NATA News: From the Editor

 08/26/2014 - 8:48am  By: JordanB 

You should be receiving your special combined August/September issue of the NATA News in your mailbox soon! If you haven't received your hard copy yet, it's already available online.

I've had a few members ask why we combine the August & September magazines into one double issue, so I thought this would be a great time to explain. The main reason is because our production cycle is interrupted by the convention in late... view

Gatorade & SSATC Announce New Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

 08/21/2014 - 12:22pm  By: JordanB 

The Gatorade Company has been a proud partner of NATA for 30 years and during this tenure has worked closely with athletic trainers in the secondary school setting to help ensure athletes receive the highest-quality care.  This commitment is driven by the company’s belief that athletic trainers are critical to the health and safety of high school athletes and that their importance is often overlooked.
“We know athletic trainers are at the forefront of... view

How You Feeling? HOT HOT HOT!

 08/19/2014 - 3:21pm  By: JordanB 

I can't speak for the rest of the country, but Texas is H-O-T right now. The fall sports seasons are in full swing, and many athletes are practicing and competing in triple digit temperatures.

At NATA 2014 in Indianapolis, we hosted a press conference to address exertional heat illness. We did an advanced release of an executive summary of our exertional heat illnesses position statement,... view

No Summer Lull Here at NATA: See How You Can Participate!

 08/15/2014 - 1:39pm  By: ToddC 
Just because we are in the midst of the dog days of summer doesn’t mean there is any less going on for the association. We actually have a handful of events that are in progress right now with some very important projects on the horizon. There is still time to participate, although the deadlines are approaching soon for a couple of these initiatives. Take a look at the list below to see what we have going on right now and how you can be a part of it. 
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Athletic Training Lessons Learned As an Umpire

 08/12/2014 - 4:34pm  By: JAIMIES 

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.

Last fall I showed up to a baseball game a few minutes before it was to... view

Here are the NPI Contest Standings, Heading into the Homestretch

 08/08/2014 - 12:59pm  By: ToddC 

NATA’s “Are You Being Counted?” NPI contest launched over a month ago at the convention in Indianapolis. Back then we released a flyer with the contest details as well as a post on this blog with general NPI information. If you have not participated yet or did not know about the contest, there is... view

Dallas ISD Equips Every High School with Athletic Trainer

 08/07/2014 - 2:58pm  By: JAIMIES 

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year, the total number of ATs employed by Dallas Independent School District -- ranked 15th largest in the U.S. by enrollment, and the second largest in the state of Texas -- could be counted on two hands. But with high school football practices and two-a-days resuming on campuses all over North Texas this week, the district's decision to designate a certified athletic trainer... view

Farewell, Michelle

 08/04/2014 - 2:05pm  By: JordanB 

NATA’s first-ever AT-in-Residence Michelle Vryhof, MA, ATC, LAT, has completed her year with NATA and is moving on to become an athletic trainer at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Michelle was an incredible asset to our organization and will be greatly missed, although she will remain very involved as a volunteer. We threw the future Mrs. Holt (she’s getting married in December!) a bridal shower/going away party, and afterward she took some time to reflect on her... view







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