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AT Spotlight: Chelsea Davis

 03/20/2015 - 10:00am  By: JordanB 

We're starting a new series where we spotlight an athletic trainer or AT student each month. Our first AT spotlight is Chelsea Davis, a senior AT student (who just passed her certification exam!) at Montclair State University.

Chelsea has taken a very interesting path to this point, overcoming homelessness and other hardships to achieve her dream of becoming an athletic trainer. She was nominated by Marsha Grant-Ford, PhD, ATC, who said: "She is an extraordinary young woman... view

Where’s Your Poster? Show Us and You Could Win!

 03/20/2015 - 10:40am  By: ToddC 

We are past the midway point of National Athletic Training Month but there is still plenty of time to promote the profession and maybe even pick up a prize along the way. The past two weeks we have highlighted some of the great photos and videos that ATs have been posting with the #NATM2015 hashtag, which qualify for the NATA Social Media Contest. But there is another way that you can qualify for a prize and that is by showing us a... view

Benchmark Study Released

 03/17/2015 - 9:27am  By: JordanB 

The Journal of Athletic Training has recently published an important study about AT services in secondary schools that we believe is a valuable advocacy tool.

Athletic Training Services in Public Secondary Schools: A Benchmark Study,” is the first published data from the CATCH ON - Collaboration for Athletic... view

ATEC Recap

 03/13/2015 - 1:39pm  By: JordanB 

A snowstorm in Dallas couldn't stop us from having our biggest Athletic Training Educators' Conference of all time last week! The event's 598 registrants was an all-time record.

NATA Hall of Famer Dave Perrin, PhD, ATC, FNATA, the dean of the College of Health and Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah, delivered the keynote speech to a packed crowd at the HIlton Anatole on Feb. 28. Couldn't make it to the event? We are publishing excerpts... view

NATM Challenge Project From Marsha Grant-Ford and Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation

 03/12/2015 - 10:41am  By: ToddC 

Marsha Grant-Ford has partnered with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation to create a challenge project for undergraduate students to celebrate National Athletic Training Month. The DJCF Reading Challenge Contest is for Athletic Training Student Clubs associated with CAATE approved athletic training education programs. The challenge will take place from March 15 to April 4.

Grant-Ford has written a children’s picture book about the... view

Video Highlights From NATM 2015

 03/12/2015 - 9:23am  By: ToddC 

We have already seen some great photos posted over the past two weeks using the #NATM2015 hashtag. These all qualify for inclusion in our Social Media Contest, but they are not the only way to do so. Videos promoting National Athletic Training Month have been showing up as well and they will be counted too. So if you are feeling the creative motivation, or just are more comfortable working with the moving image, feel free to post... view

Genetic Testing, A Crystal Ball For ATs?

 03/11/2015 - 9:00am  By: ToddC 

This year’s theme for National Athletic Training month is “We prepare — you perform.” One form of preparation for athletic trainers involves being ready for any possible injury.
Another, however, is to prepare injured athletes to return to play and to assist coaches with the preparation of healthy athletes in ways that make injury less likely.
Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if the athletic trainer had some type of crystal ball... view

2015 Youth Sports Safety Summit

 03/10/2015 - 5:04pm  By: JordanB 

In a continued effort to keep young athletes safe, NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance hosted the sixth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, Texas on March 2. This year’s forum built on the success of prior summits and addressed the day-long theme of Navigating the Athletic Health Care System, focusing on athletic play in community/league sports as well as school-based athletics. James Andrews, MD, internationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeon, provided the keynote address... view

Great First Week For NATM 2015

 03/06/2015 - 4:34pm  By: ToddC 

National Athletic Training Month 2015 got off to a great start this week! The #NATM2015 hashtag was all over social media. Posts that used the hashtag and included images also qualified as an entry for our Social Media Contest. A second way to win is by posting a photo with this year’s NATM poster. We’ll be keeping tabs on all the #NATM2015... view

Is Derrick Rose Injury Prone? Who among us is not?

 03/04/2015 - 11:28am  By: ToddC 

It's appropriate that March is National Athletic Training Month. Given events of the last week, Bulls athletic trainer Jeff Tananka and Blackhawks athletic trainer Mike Gapski will be more than earning their pay over the next four weeks – and longer.

Gapski will be busy with Johnny Oduya, who is out another week or so with an “upper body” injury, suffered nine days ago. Then, just two days later, leading scorer Patrick Kane suffered an “upper body”... view







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