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Helpful Hints For NATA Awards Candidates and Nominators

 07/31/2015 - 1:18pm  By: ToddC 

Applying for an award
Please keep the following tips in mind when completing your candidate profile:
·        While the entire profile is considered for the Gail Weldon Award, an area of particular importance is the mentorship provided to women in athletic training.
·        Honorary Membershipis awarded to a... view

The Future of Biking in America?

 07/30/2015 - 10:04am  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

A common refrain in this space is “exercise is medicine.” And if you are looking for proof, go no further than the current edition of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
In one segment, the host doubles as field reporter and offers some startling numbers on just how much in health care savings the citizens of Copenhagen realize by biking to work.
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Awards Season Begins August 1

 07/27/2015 - 9:54am  By: ToddC 

A new award season is upon us! 2016 nominations begin on August 1. The final day to nominate colleagues for a national honor is September 15 and all application materials are due by October 1.

Members of the Hall of Fame, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, Fellows, Specialty and Athletic Trainer Service Award committees work diligently to be fair and considerate to each nominee, regardless of their work setting, district or... view

Post-Convention Resources Available

 07/24/2015 - 12:06pm  By: ToddC 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a month since the convention, but in that time we have had the chance to finalize a bevy of related resources. We thought it might be helpful to compile all of them in a central location, so below you will find videos, photos, educational content and more. 

For attendees:

2015 handout library
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Heat Illness Handout

 07/21/2015 - 3:22pm  By: beths 

As temperatures around the country continue to rise – reaching the triple digits in some areas – it's important to remind parents, coaches and student athletes of the dangers of heat-related illnesses. There are several types of heat illness, but athletes are specifically at risk of exertional heat stroke, which is caused by intense exercise in the heat. To help you keep community members informed, the National Athletic Trainers' Association has created a... view

NFL Gameday Advocacy

 07/16/2015 - 10:03am  By: ToddC 

NATA has partnered with USA Today Health and Human Services in a marketing effort to promote athletic trainers to NFL game attendees. This NATA advocacy ad will be featured in the gameday programs of the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and the New York Giants during the 2015-2016 season. Our message will focus on “Who is taking care of your kids?... view

Students: The Power of Three Little Letters – A, T, C

 07/15/2015 - 7:34am  By: JordanB 

By Jeremy Hawkins, PhD, ATC, ATP Director, Colorado Mesa University

It is that time of the year when recent graduates, and some not-so-recent graduates, are finding out whether or not they passed their Board of Certification, Inc. examination.  Undoubtedly, for many, the taking of this exam marks the end of many late nights studying, long hours on the practice field working to perfect their craft, having to take numerous classes with varying levels of enthusiasm, and... view

Expansion of Athletic Trainer Outreach Program Announced

 07/09/2015 - 3:21pm  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Four weeks from today, Indiana high school athletes will be in day two of official preseason fall practices. Meanwhile in Illinois, summer vacation will only have eight days left.
Of course, a coach or coaches will be on the field or in the gymnasium with your son or daughter but will an athletic trainer (ATC)?
Naturally, the National Athletic Trainers... view

AT Spotlight: Elicia Leal

 07/02/2015 - 8:20am  By: beths 

Having survived an aneurysm and stroke in July 2014, McKinney North High School athletic trainer Elicia Leal, MEd, ATC, LAT, has progressed leaps and bounds during her recovery. Throughout her journey, which  included emergency surgery and extensive rehabilitation, Leal has remained positive, finding strength and support in her friends and loved ones.

Her road to recovery is detailed in the July NATA News, but we asked a few more... view

Update to Appropriate Care of the Spine Injured Athlete

 07/01/2015 - 9:33am  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

There are roughly 33 incidents of non-fatal spinal cord injury (SCI) nationally each day. That translates to 12,000 cases per year. Most receive barely a mention in the local press. However, nearly all lead to some type of disability and many are entirely catastrophic, leaving victims with permanent paralysis.

Consequently, when a sport is involved -- which is only 7-9 percent of the... view







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