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Athletic Trainer Initiative Contest

 10/09/2015 - 9:18am  By: JordanB 

The NFL Foundation’s AT Grant Initiative launched with a bang in May 2014 when President Barack Obama announced an important new partnership between NATA, the NFL Foundation and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS) during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, D.C. As part of the collaboration, the NFL Foundation and NFL teams agreed... view

AT Spotlight: Hope and Nysa Allen

 10/06/2015 - 9:52am  By: beths 

The October NATA News highlighted the accomplishments of University of La Verne athletic training students and sisters Nysa and Hope Allen. The twins, both graduating in May 2016, shared the challenges that came with being student athletes, what interested them in athletic training and what they hope to accomplish in the future. Continue reading to learn more about the O’ahu, Hawaii, natives.
This summer,... view

Safe Sports School Award Honorees June to August

 09/30/2015 - 2:37pm  By: ToddC 

The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. The recipient list continued to grow this summer with 96 additional schools honored. The schools represented eight NATA districts. You can see the full list below. If you are interested in learning more and/or applying there is an information packet available that includes the ... view

Concussion Information Should Be Viewed With Discerning Eye

 09/30/2015 - 2:50pm  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Too many members of the media, too enthralled with concussion, apparently subscribe to Mark Twain’s notion that one should “never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
The most egregious example of late is this Yahoo headline from 11 days ago: “Study reveals 96 percent of NFL players' brains tested positive for CTE.”
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Fractures to Key Players Could Influence Seasons

 09/18/2015 - 1:31pm  By: ToddC 

By John Doherty, ATC, PT

Within fairly short order last week, three teams vying for two different championships had their hopes fractured by one type of injury: a broken bone.

On Friday, an MRI to N.Y. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira’s right tibia confirmed what had been obvious for weeks. A foul ball on Aug. 17 had not inflicted a mere bone bruise, but a stress fracture instead.
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Legislative Update

 09/16/2015 - 8:53am  By: JordanB 

Our Government Affairs team has been working hard to help these three pieces of legislation gain traction. Here are the latest updates on each bill:

H.R. 921: The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

  • H.R. 921 clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.
  • Currently has 82 co-sponsors... view

ATEC Subcommittee Seeking Presenters

 09/08/2015 - 9:56am  By: ToddC 

The Athletic Trainers’ Educators Conference (ATEC) planning subcommittee is currently seeking dynamic individuals to present at the 2016 NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. The title of the presentation is Best Practices in Delivering Full-time Clinical Education. For the purpose of this presentation, the working definition of full-time clinical experience includes 30-40 hours per week without concurrent competing classroom time. We invite you to... view

Get To Know Your Legislator

 09/02/2015 - 11:01am  By: JordanB 

Contributed by the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee
Written by Cindy Clivio, MEd, ATC

Worried about your budget? Worried about job security? Want a say in legislation that affects you like concussion laws or AED policies? One of the ways is to develop a relationship with your local legislators including School Board Members.

First understand the adage that “all politics are local” is true.  If you are seeking improvements... view

Communication in the Secondary School Setting

 09/02/2015 - 9:26am  By: JordanB 

Contributed by the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee

Communication is key in all levels of athletic training, but the secondary school setting presents unique communication challenges. Here are some tips for communicating with parents, coaches and physicians.

Communicating with Parents: Making Parents Allies
By Lori Johannessen, ATC, LAT

I have heard it said by ATs working outside of the secondary school... view

AT Spotlight: Angela Sneed

 08/26/2015 - 12:30pm  By: beths 

Since becoming an athletic trainer, Angela Sneed, ATC, has found a place in motorsports, caring for pit crew members. While caring for these industrial athletes, who oftentimes work nonstop during the 38-week season, is challenging as well as rewarding – especially when someone who was previously hurt excels, said Sneed, who merged her company Advanced Athletic Training Solutions with OrthoCarolina in 2013.
Sneed details the challenges she faces working with pit... view







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