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A Busy Week for AT Legislation

 02/16/2015 - 4:20pm  By: JordanB 

Our legislative team was very busy last week! NATA supported the introduction of three separate bills: the SAFE PLAY Act, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act and the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights.

H.R. 829 / S. 436: SAFE PLAY (Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth) Act

Introduced Feb. 10, 2015 in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and in the House by Rep... view

In the Works: Website Redesign & Targeted Communications

 02/11/2015 - 2:50pm  By: JordanB 

Tamesha Kennerson Logan, NATA’s Director of Marketing & Public Relations, gave a presentation to the attendees at the NATA Joint Committee Meeting in January 2015 that outlined several strategic initiatives in the national Marketing & Communications (MARCOMM) Plan for 2015. Two of the most exciting projects include the national website redesign and targeted communications plan.   

Website Redesign is getting a... view


 02/11/2015 - 9:45am  By: JordanB 

NATA is excited to announce the introduction of the Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth (SAFE PLAY) Act in the Senate and House on Feb. 10, 2015. Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and in the U.S. House by Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), SAFE PLAY also recommends a multidisciplinary approach to research and federal support to ensure student athletes’ safety in schools. NATA had an integral... view

Interesting Results From Recent Studies on Youth Sports

 02/10/2015 - 4:20pm  By: ToddC 

In 1991, during the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual meeting, the keynote speaker was the Red Sox team physician at the time, pediatric orthopedic surgeon Arthur Pappas, MD.
An avuncular sort, Pappas served as Boston’s Medical Director from 1978-2004. His tenure in that position was not without controversy because, during its latter stages, he also held a limited partnership in the team.
Now in his 80s, he is no longer... view

Deadline For Physician Extender Workshop Abstracts This Week

 02/03/2015 - 1:30pm  By: ToddC 

The Committee on Practice Advancement is once again proud to support the Athletic Trainer as Physician Extender Workshops as part of the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. This event will be held on Tuesday, June 23. In an effort to encourage the continued growth and usefulness of this workshop for athletic trainers across this setting, the event organizers are currently calling for abstracts from potential speakers to... view

Examining Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia

 02/03/2015 - 11:18am  By: JordanB 

When we hear about catastrophic injury and death amongst athletes, we typically think about concussion1, cardiac arrest2 and exertional heatstroke3.  Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) is rarely mentioned alongside the “big three”, despite its insidious extension into more diverse sporting events beyond the ultramarathon, where it was first described three decades ago4.   The recent and tragic deaths of two otherwise... view

How Do We Choose Our Convention City?

 02/02/2015 - 11:47am  By: JordanB 

NATA members often ask us how we select our convention city each year. It’s a complicated process that takes into account many factors. NATA’s Director of Meeting Management Lori Marker took the time at our recent Joint Committee Meeting to explain the process to attendees. Her presentation received such great feedback that we thought we would summarize it here on the blog for those unable to attend. You have questions, we have answers!
Right now the NATA... view

ATs in the News

 01/30/2015 - 2:27pm  By: ToddC 

Although we are still working to educate the public about the value and contributions of athletic trainers, it’s always exciting to see the news media present stories that highlight the... view

Peyton Manning and the Fog of Injury Terminology

 01/22/2015 - 4:27pm  By: ToddC 

Was it a strain? A tear? In his latest column, John Doherty looks at the injury Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning suffered and the lack of clarity when it came to identifying it.
Against the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 14, Manning supposedly strained his right quadriceps. In the aftermath of the loss to the Colts, though, other stories started seeping out.
The injury was no everyday strain. It apparently was a torn rectus femoris muscle, one of... view

Students: Enhance Your Experience By Embracing the Little Things

 01/20/2015 - 4:21pm  By: ToddC 

By Jeremy Hawkins, PhD, ATC

I set a goal in 2014 to jog, bike, or hike/walk 1,000 miles. I am pleased to report that I passed that goal on Dec. 27. The last few days were a bit cold and snowy, but it was an accomplishment for me. My year end breakdown was 491.43 miles on my bike, 470.7 miles jogging and 52.78 miles hiking/walking. Now, for some, that is nothing to write home about. But I share this with you because of something that I realized as I reviewed my exercise for 2014.... view







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