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NFL Rule Change Momentous For Athletic Trainers

 03/25/2015 - 11:04am  By: ToddC 

Yesterday, during the NFL's annual owners meetings several rules changes were announced by the Competition Committee. One of these was especially significant because it will affect the athletic trainers who act as independent injury spotters during games. The new rule gives them the ability to stop a game if a player appears disoriented.
This is an unprecedented granting of power from the league as it will be the first time a third party besides the referees can halt... view

Students: Look for the “Flecks of Gold”

 03/24/2015 - 10:26am  By: JordanB 

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

In my last blog post I encouraged you as athletic training students to pay attention to the little things that help you become an athletic trainer.  Ideas included to be present, seek out opportunities, and to incorporate foundational behaviors of professional practice.  Since writing that post... view

AT Spotlight: Chelsea Davis

 03/20/2015 - 10:00am  By: JordanB 

We're starting a new series where we spotlight an athletic trainer or AT student each month. Our first AT spotlight is Chelsea Davis, a senior AT student (who just passed her certification exam!) at Montclair State University.

Chelsea has taken a very interesting path to this point, overcoming homelessness and other hardships to achieve her dream of becoming an athletic trainer. She was nominated by Marsha Grant-Ford, PhD, ATC, who said: "She is an extraordinary young woman... view

Where’s Your Poster? Show Us and You Could Win!

 03/20/2015 - 10:40am  By: ToddC 

We are past the midway point of National Athletic Training Month but there is still plenty of time to promote the profession and maybe even pick up a prize along the way. The past two weeks we have highlighted some of the great photos and videos that ATs have been posting with the #NATM2015 hashtag, which qualify for the NATA Social Media Contest. But there is another way that you can qualify for a prize and that is by showing us a... view

Benchmark Study Released

 03/17/2015 - 9:27am  By: JordanB 

The Journal of Athletic Training has recently published an important study about AT services in secondary schools that we believe is a valuable advocacy tool.

Athletic Training Services in Public Secondary Schools: A Benchmark Study,” is the first published data from the CATCH ON - Collaboration for Athletic... view

ATEC Recap

 03/13/2015 - 1:39pm  By: JordanB 

A snowstorm in Dallas couldn't stop us from having our biggest Athletic Training Educators' Conference of all time last week! The event's 598 registrants was an all-time record.

NATA Hall of Famer Dave Perrin, PhD, ATC, FNATA, the dean of the College of Health and Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah, delivered the keynote speech to a packed crowd at the HIlton Anatole on Feb. 28. Couldn't make it to the event? We are publishing excerpts... view

NATM Challenge Project From Marsha Grant-Ford and Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation

 03/12/2015 - 10:41am  By: ToddC 

Marsha Grant-Ford has partnered with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation to create a challenge project for undergraduate students to celebrate National Athletic Training Month. The DJCF Reading Challenge Contest is for Athletic Training Student Clubs associated with CAATE approved athletic training education programs. The challenge will take place from March 15 to April 4.

Grant-Ford has written a children’s picture book about the... view

Video Highlights From NATM 2015

 03/12/2015 - 9:23am  By: ToddC 

We have already seen some great photos posted over the past two weeks using the #NATM2015 hashtag. These all qualify for inclusion in our Social Media Contest, but they are not the only way to do so. Videos promoting National Athletic Training Month have been showing up as well and they will be counted too. So if you are feeling the creative motivation, or just are more comfortable working with the moving image, feel free to post... view

Genetic Testing, A Crystal Ball For ATs?

 03/11/2015 - 9:00am  By: ToddC 

This year’s theme for National Athletic Training month is “We prepare — you perform.” One form of preparation for athletic trainers involves being ready for any possible injury.
Another, however, is to prepare injured athletes to return to play and to assist coaches with the preparation of healthy athletes in ways that make injury less likely.
Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if the athletic trainer had some type of crystal ball... view

2015 Youth Sports Safety Summit

 03/10/2015 - 5:04pm  By: JordanB 

In a continued effort to keep young athletes safe, NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance hosted the sixth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, Texas on March 2. This year’s forum built on the success of prior summits and addressed the day-long theme of Navigating the Athletic Health Care System, focusing on athletic play in community/league sports as well as school-based athletics. James Andrews, MD, internationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeon, provided the keynote address... view







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