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Complete List of NATA Foundation Auction Items

 06/13/2014 - 3:01pm  By: ToddC 
The 2014 NATA Research & Education Foundation Silent Auction will feature some great items again this year. Find the Silent Auction booth in the NATA Connect section of the AT Expo in Indianapolis. All proceeds from the auction go toward funding athletic training scholarships and research grants. 
Below you will find the complete list of items that will be up for bidding in Indianapolis, some of them accompanied by photos. If you want to see... view

AT Plans Fundraising Hike to Benefit Research, Families Affected by Progeria Disease

 06/12/2014 - 4:15pm  By: Anonymous 

Although she’d never hiked a day in her life previously, the idea for a fundraising hike seemed to pop into her head naturally. Ruhf, MS, ATC, LAT, athletic trainer for Lower Moreland School District in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., attended a church retreat with Phyllis Falcone in October, whose two children were known to have progeria, a genetic disease that causes shortened lifespans and usually leads to strokes and heart attacks.

Starting June 20, Ruhf hopes to raise $25,000 for... view

Students: Making the Most of the NATA Convention

 06/10/2014 - 10:10am  By: JordanB 

By Jeremy Hawkins, PhD, ATC, ATP Director, Colorado Mesa University
Soon, athletic trainers and AT students from across the country will gather for the NATA Convention. I would like to take a minute to discuss a few things that athletic training students can do to prepare for the annual event. Since I know that not everyone can attend the convention, I will break my suggestions into two sections: one for those who will be there and one for those who will not.... view

Quiz Bowl Field Set!

 06/06/2014 - 2:26pm  By: ToddC 

The 10 teams that will compete at the 2014 NATA Quiz Bowl in Indianapolis have been determined. Scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 27 at the convention, the Quiz Bowl is now in its sixth year and features teams from each district in a two-round Jeopardy-style competition. More than bragging rights will be on the line as the winning team receives $1,000 toward the school’s athletic training program or club. The second and third place teams will receive $500 and $250 respectively. In addition... view

The First NATA Meeting

 06/04/2014 - 9:05am  By: JordanB 

By Matt Webber, MA, ATC,

When NATA meets for the 65th time this June, the athletic trainers who attend will find a well-planned symposium with a wide variety of topics. Few of the 10,000 or so attendees will stop to think about the difficulty of successfully pulling off such a large meeting. This is a credit to both the innumerable volunteers and NATA staff, for there was a time when a meeting 100 times smaller could not be... view

PR Contest Winners Announced!

 05/30/2014 - 3:45pm  By: ToddC 
We are excited to announce the winners of the 2014 NATA Public Relations contest. 

For complete coverage of the PR Contest winners and their efforts, be sure to read the article about them that will be featured in the July issue of the NATA News.

Best Student Effort:
2 Winners

University of Montana
... view

President Obama Announces NATA/NFL Collaboration

 05/29/2014 - 12:50pm  By: JordanB 

NATA, in collaboration with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society, will support a national initiative to place athletic trainers in underserved high schools in NFL markets during the 2014 football season. The National Football League Foundation and NFL teams will provide $1 million, with NATA adding another $125,000, to improve the health and welfare of those student athletes. President Barack Obama announced this initiative during the White House Healthy Kids and... view

Process to Update the Standard Occupational Classification System Announced

 05/27/2014 - 12:01pm  By: JordanB 

NATA is planning to submit a response on behalf of the athletic training profession requesting a change to the classification of athletic trainers in the Standard Occupational Classification system. The Department of Labor announced the update process, which includes a public comment period, on May 22. Updates to the classifications are infrequent, and ATs are currently classified at the technician level.

NATA has a strong belief... view

Doug Casa, Dr. James Andrews...and the Knicks City Dancers?

 05/23/2014 - 2:40pm  By: ToddC 

We're seeing more and more video content related to athletic training being posted all the time. In addition to news stories and photos, it’s nice to see another outlet being utilized for educational, promotional and entertainment purposes. Here are a few videos posted over the past two weeks we thought you might like. 

The Korey Stringer Institute's Doug Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, offers tips on keeping athletes... view

Behind the Scenes at Philips Arena with NBA Head AT Wally Blase

 05/22/2014 - 3:48pm  By: Anonymous 

Now in his 14th season with the Atlanta Hawks, Head Athletic Trainer Wally Blase, MS, ATC, CSCS, has become somewhat of a fixture in NBA sports medicine. The Midwest-raised Blase, a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, started out volunteering with the Chicago Bulls in his spare time before he eventually earned a spot as an assistant AT. After receiving a master's degree in sports psychology, Blase continued working with Bulls through two championship seasons before heading South for warmer... view







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