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Tips for AT Students to Foster Resilience

 05/09/2014 - 2:50pm  By: ToddC 

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

The life of an athletic training student can often be a stressful one, especially at the end of a semester. This time means that deadlines are on the horizon for semester projects, assignments for a variety of courses are coming due, and finals are around the corner. These academic responsibilities become only one part of the equation for students as they progress. For juniors, looking towards summer... view

New Protocol Changes Address EMS Transport of Spine-Injured Athletes

 05/07/2014 - 10:41am  By: Anonymous 

by Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA, ATP Clinical Coordinator, University of New Hampshire

Dear Fellow ATs,
A dramatic protocol change in how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will transport patients to hospitals is creeping up across the country. To be more specific, in certain cases with suspected cervical spine injury, EMS will no longer immobilize a patient to a spineboard for transport. Instead, patients may be transported with a cervical collar... view

Interviewing Tips for Athletic Training Jobs

 05/02/2014 - 1:58pm  By: ToddC 

By Brian Bradley, MS, LAT, CSCS, Head Athletic Trainer Bishop Moore Catholic High School

So you have already found that job posting on the NATA Career Center, applied, and been contacted for an interview. Other than getting your suit cleaned and copies of your resume printed, what else should you do? Most people will prepare for the usual questions they are asked (“What are your strengths and weaknesses?... view

AT Kits: Then and Now

 05/01/2014 - 3:31pm  By: Anonymous 

By Matt Webber, ATC

Athletic training kits have been around almost as long as athletic training. Initially, and for quite some time afterward, they were usually a leather physician’s satchel. Athletic trainers were known to carry whatever could possibly be needed to complete their duties. While this may not seem possible in those small bags, we athletic trainers have been known for a long time for our ability to put a lot in a field kit.

In 1911, William “... view

Professional Advice from 2014 Hall of Famers

 04/29/2014 - 12:03pm  By: JordanB 

The May issue of the NATA News is always one of my favorite magazines each year. It's our opportunity to spotlight the best and brightest in the profession, the newest members of the NATA Hall of Fame.
I may not be an athletic trainer, but every year I am inspired by the athletic trainers who are selected for our Hall of Fame. We already know athletic trainers are some of the busiest people around, and yet these... view

Legislative Success in the State of Washington

 04/25/2014 - 1:57pm  By: ToddC 

By Craig Bennett, MA, ATC, Washington State Athletic Trainers' Association President 

On April 3, it was my profound pleasure to inform the membership of the Washington State Athletic Trainers’ Association that we had made history!  The day before, a few of us had traveled to Olympia to watch Governor Jay Inslee sign HB 2430 into law.
Briefly, when the new law goes into effect on June 12, the Washington State Department of Labor... view

2014 Boston Marathon: More Runners, More Security, More ATs

 04/24/2014 - 3:27pm  By: Anonymous 

Of the 36 Boston Marathon events he’s worked as a medical volunteer, Brian FitzGerald, BSN, ATC, LAT, the event’s longtime athletic training coordinator, said this year was the most memorable.

With many more individuals running the race this year — about 36,000 in total — the number of medical volunteers increased to almost 2,000. Of that group, 230 were athletic... view

Introducing Our 2014 Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker

 04/23/2014 - 12:16pm  By: JordanB 

We are thrilled to announce our 2014 Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker is Captain Mark Kelly, a homegrown hero!
Kelly’s resumé is extensive: combat pilot in Iraq, astronaut on four space shuttle missions, commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, prostate cancer survivor and best-selling author. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011... view

NATA Commemorates JATO Partnership in Tokyo

 04/17/2014 - 1:40pm  By: Anonymous 

President Jim Thornton recently traveled to Tokyo to commemorate a new affiliate partnership with NATA. Read on to find out more about his trip, what the partnerships means for NATA and what he loved most about Japanese culture.

Why did you go to Japan? Was it your first time?
It was my first time to Japan. The reason I went was because we were going to formally announce the JATO – the Japan Athletic Trainers’ Association – as an official... view

Creative Idea for Inspiring Students

 04/16/2014 - 10:26am  By: JordanB 

Ashley Reed, MS, ATC, an ATP faculty member at Kent State University, recently shared the way her program helps motivate and inspire students:
“Within our program we encourage our students to be motivated and inspired by each other.  We feel that when we support each other, we are each individually stronger.  I had our students create an inspiration board in our ATP classroom. It is full of sayings, quotes and things that help remind each... view







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