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Low Back Surgery Requires Serious Consideration

 10/16/2015 - 9:20am  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Tiger Woods had his first low back operation in March of last year yet still managed to play in seven PGA tournaments in 2014. This year was better only in the sense that he played in 12 tournaments. However, he never finished higher than 10th, missed the cut four times, and withdrew — after only 12 holes — from another.

The withdrawal occurred at the start... view

New Funding Available For Safe Sports School Award

 10/13/2015 - 10:11am  By: ToddC 

Updated 1/18/16

The Safe Sports School award is an NATA initiative to promote youth athlete safety, injury prevention, as well as athlete and parent education among secondary schools. District and state associations are showing their support by offering assistance to minimize the cost of applying for the award.
If your district or state is interested in starting a grant program, please... view

Athletic Trainer Initiative Contest

 10/09/2015 - 9:18am  By: JordanB 

The NFL Foundation’s AT Grant Initiative launched with a bang in May 2014 when President Barack Obama announced an important new partnership between NATA, the NFL Foundation and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS) during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, D.C. As part of the collaboration, the NFL Foundation and NFL teams agreed... view

AT Spotlight: Hope and Nysa Allen

 10/06/2015 - 9:52am  By: beths 

The October NATA News highlighted the accomplishments of University of La Verne athletic training students and sisters Nysa and Hope Allen. The twins, both graduating in May 2016, shared the challenges that came with being student athletes, what interested them in athletic training and what they hope to accomplish in the future. Continue reading to learn more about the O’ahu, Hawaii, natives.
This summer,... view

Safe Sports School Award Honorees June to August

 09/30/2015 - 2:37pm  By: ToddC 

The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. The recipient list continued to grow this summer with 96 additional schools honored. The schools represented eight NATA districts. You can see the full list below. If you are interested in learning more and/or applying there is an information packet available that includes the ... view

Concussion Information Should Be Viewed With Discerning Eye

 09/30/2015 - 2:50pm  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Too many members of the media, too enthralled with concussion, apparently subscribe to Mark Twain’s notion that one should “never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
The most egregious example of late is this Yahoo headline from 11 days ago: “Study reveals 96 percent of NFL players' brains tested positive for CTE.”
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Fractures to Key Players Could Influence Seasons

 09/18/2015 - 1:31pm  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Within fairly short order last week, three teams vying for two different championships had their hopes fractured by one type of injury: a broken bone.

On Friday, an MRI to N.Y. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira’s right tibia confirmed what had been obvious for weeks. A foul ball on Aug. 17 had not inflicted a mere bone bruise, but a stress fracture instead.
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Legislative Update

 09/16/2015 - 8:53am  By: JordanB 

Our Government Affairs team has been working hard to help these three pieces of legislation gain traction. Here are the latest updates on each bill:

H.R. 921: The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

  • H.R. 921 clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.
  • Currently has 82 co-sponsors... view

ATEC Subcommittee Seeking Presenters

 09/08/2015 - 9:56am  By: ToddC 

The Athletic Trainers’ Educators Conference (ATEC) planning subcommittee is currently seeking dynamic individuals to present at the 2016 NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. The title of the presentation is Best Practices in Delivering Full-time Clinical Education. For the purpose of this presentation, the working definition of full-time clinical experience includes 30-40 hours per week without concurrent competing classroom time. We invite you to... view

Get To Know Your Legislator

 09/02/2015 - 11:01am  By: JordanB 

Contributed by the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee
Written by Cindy Clivio, MEd, ATC

Worried about your budget? Worried about job security? Want a say in legislation that affects you like concussion laws or AED policies? One of the ways is to develop a relationship with your local legislators including School Board Members.

First understand the adage that “all politics are local” is true.  If you are seeking improvements... view







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