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Dallas AT works with others to save referee’s life

 12/01/2015 - 10:39am  By: beths 

As an athletic trainer for 44 years, Robert Ramos, MS, LAT, ATC, is used to staying on his toes and being ready for whatever may happen. These skills were put to the test Oct. 26 when he was working a Gateway Charter Academy home game in the Dallas area and a referee needed lifesaving assistance. 
Ramos, AT coordinator with Lakewood Orthopaedics, was at the Gateway vs. Wortham High School football game as part of his athletic training outreach duties, which he began... view

The #BetterTogether Winner is

 11/23/2015 - 8:11am  By: ToddC 

Last month we unveiled the new website for the 67th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo and the corresponding theme for the convention which is #BetterTogether. We also launched the #BetterTogether contest and asked ATs to show us their take on the... view

Environmental Cold Injuries Handout

 11/20/2015 - 9:50am  By: beths 

Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean outdoor activities need to come to a halt. To help you keep your athletes and members of your community safe and active this winter, NATA has created an Environmental Cold Injuries Handout, found on p. 42 in the December NATA News. In it, you find information on the four common environmental cold injuries—hypothermia... view

Help Us Choose the #BetterTogether Winner!

 11/16/2015 - 10:41am  By: ToddC 

The #BetterTogether contest ended last week and the participation from athletic trainers across the country was great. We received nearly 200 photo and video entries! So who will win a free trip for two to the convention in 2016? Well, that’s where we need your help. We were so impressed by the creativity shown in the number of entries we received that we had a hard time choosing who we thought was the... view

Abstaining From Road Trips Could Benefit Injured Players

 11/13/2015 - 11:46am  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Last night, Bears running back Matt Forte’s streak of 52 straight starts came to an end. Forte not only missed the start, he missed the trip to San Diego.

For good reason.

Airplane trips and swollen joints are a bad mix. It is a matter of simple physics. For an airplane to safely climb to altitude, the air pressure inside the cabin must be lowered from that found at sea level to that found at 6,000-8,000 feet above sea level.... view

One Week Left For #BetterTogether Entries

 11/06/2015 - 1:32pm  By: ToddC 

Time is running out to qualify for a chance to win two free trips to Baltimore for the 2016 convention. There is only one week left to submit entries for our #BetterTogether contest. The winner will receive free housing, registration and airfare for NATA 2016, plus free housing, registration and airfare for their friend (who must also be an AT or AT student). All you need to do is post a photo of you and a friend using the... view

AT in Residence Shares Experience at the Malignant Hyperthermia Task Force Roundtable

 11/06/2015 - 9:32am  By: beths 

By Katie Scott, MS, ATC, LAT
NATA Athletic Trainer in Residence

Having been the athletic trainer in residence at NATA for almost five months, one of the perks of my position is having the opportunity and privilege to network with some of the United States’ and world’s leading researchers and clinicians... view

AT Spotlight: Mike Prybicien

 11/02/2015 - 10:14am  By: beths 

When Mike Prybicien’s son, Aiden, was diagnosed as diabetic at the age of 4, Prybicien relied on his background as an athletic trainer to help his family – including wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Abigail – navigate through their new circumstances.
Now, nearly three years later, Aiden is a happy, active 7-year-old, and Prybicien has taken on a new role: advocate for student athletes with diabetes. Prybicien discussed his work, including speaking engagements to New... view

Concussion: Differentiating from concern and paranoia

 11/02/2015 - 10:20am  By: beths 

By Beth Sitzler
In recent years, there has been an upswing in concussion awareness and the dangers that surround repeat traumatic brain injuries. While this awareness has increased research, education and even legislation surrounding concussions, the pendulum may have swung too far in the opposite direction, creating paranoia.

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, distinguished professor and senior associate dean for natural sciences at the University of North Carolina at... view

#BetterTogether Contest Check In

 10/30/2015 - 12:36pm  By: ToddC 

Athletic trainers are better together, and convention is more fun with a friend! To help promote this theme, we launched the #BetterTogether contest two weeks ago to coincide with the new website for the 67th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. The contest provides a chance to win two free trips to Baltimore for the 2016 convention. The winner will receive free housing, registration and airfare for... view







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