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April NATA News: From the Editor

 04/01/2014 - 1:26pm  By: JordanB 

When we were offered the chance to shadow athletic trainers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for our April NATA News, we jumped at the chance.  Our Managing Editor Jaimie Siegle worked diligently to set this trip up for months and months, and it suddenly came together in a whirlwind back in February. Special thanks to Joshua Yellen, EdD, ATC, LAT, and Bruce Nieschwitz, ATC, LAT, for navigating the strict NASA regulations to get us in the door that day.
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Emphasizing Ethics in Education

 03/31/2014 - 2:49pm  By: JordanB 

My name is Jeremy Hawkins.  I am the Athletic Training Program Director at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.  I have a passion for athletic training professional education and am excited to be a regular contributor to NATA Now.

When approached about the possibility of contributing to NATA Now, I jumped at the chance. Today is a great day and age to be an athletic trainer, and I love that I get to spend time each day preparing athletic... view

Down The Homestretch of NATM 2014

 03/28/2014 - 3:17pm  By: ToddC 

National Athletic Training Month 2014 is coming to a close, but not before we give you one more update on the NATA Social Media Contest. This week, we’re mixing it up a little with a couple of videos and a handful of photos that have caught our attention. You probably saw the video for “What Does The Fox Say?” by Ylvis last year but students at Oregon State University gave it an AT spin with their version, “... view

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, Too

 03/26/2014 - 12:02pm  By: JAIMIES 

Coinciding with the March madness of National Athletic Training Month, the 5th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit and NATA’s annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., there is another March designation that deserves your attention: Brain Injury Awareness Month. Spearheaded by the Brain Injury Association of America and its affiliates, the goal is to improve quality and access of care to the 2.4 million Americans who will sustain a brain injury this year. “Brain... view

Show Us Your Poster And You Could Win (Again)

 03/21/2014 - 9:41am  By: ToddC 

National Athletic Training Month is still going strong. And with just over a week left, there is still plenty of time to promote the profession and maybe win something along the way. You can always post a photo or video using the hashtag #NATM2014 to qualify for the NATA Social Media Contest. But this year, we have expanded the contest to include a second way to win. We created an... view

Job Shadow Day at NATA

 03/19/2014 - 3:32pm  By: JordanB 

It’s been a fun day at the office today! We just said goodbye to 22 fun and energetic 8th graders who visited our office as part of the NATA Job Shadow Day tradition. The students from Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Middle School in Dallas came to our NATA headquarters to learn more about athletic training and working for associations.
After playing an icebreaker scavenger hunt with staff to kick things off, the students listened to NATA Associate Executive... view

NATA in Asia: Setting Standards for AT Education

 03/19/2014 - 2:25pm  By: JAIMIES 

Much of the International Committee’s responsibilities consist of determining global standards for athletic training education. In January, NATA Director of Member Services & Business Development John Honaman represented both the IC and the World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy (WFATT) as he met with educators from Beijing Sport University and National Taiwan Sport University in Taipei. Honaman... view

2014 Youth Sports Safety Summit Recap

 03/17/2014 - 8:58am  By: JordanB 

Last week (April 10-11) we hosted our 5th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. As founding members of the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, NATA hosts this summit for other Alliance members  and ATs each year as a way to have quality dialogue on the current issues and trends related to youth sports safety. Since its inception in 2011, the Alliance has grown to include more than 140 organizations.
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NATM Social Media Contest More Than Just Photos

 03/14/2014 - 2:17pm  By: ToddC 

The response has already been amazing this year for the NATA Social Media Contest. We have seen lots of great photos (like the one in the teaser image by @SU_SportsMed) from ATs posted with the hashtag #NATM2014. As a matter of fact, you can see an extensive selection of these photos on the NATA Tumblr page. But that’s not the only... view

NATA's AT-in-Residence Reflects on First Hill Day Experience

 03/12/2014 - 5:36pm  By: JAIMIES 

Since trading in a spot on the sidelines as a "traditional" AT for a cubicle at the national office in Dallas, Michelle Vryhof, MA, ATC, has continued to keep busy, from compiling research and assisting with event planning to offering her fresh perspective on NATA initiatives and events. This past weekend, Michelle joined staff, ATs and AT students for Capitol  HIll Day and the Youth Sports Safety Summit, where she participated in lobbying efforts and met with fellow Alliance... view







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