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Behind the Scenes at Philips Arena with NBA Head AT Wally Blase

 05/22/2014 - 2:48pm  By: Anonymous 

Now in his 14th season with the Atlanta Hawks, Head Athletic Trainer Wally Blase, MS, ATC, CSCS, has become somewhat of a fixture in NBA sports medicine. The Midwest-raised Blase, a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, started out volunteering with the Chicago Bulls in his spare time before he eventually earned a spot as an assistant AT. After receiving a master's degree in sports psychology, Blase continued working with Bulls through two championship seasons before heading South for warmer... view

Students: Success Starts in the Summer

 05/20/2014 - 1:37pm  By: JordanB 

By Jeremy Hawkins, PhD, ATC

In Disney’s Frozen, Olaf (a jolly snowman) breaks into song singing about what frozen things do in the summer. Thought athletic training students aren’t likely to melt during the summer, they can plan ahead to make the most of this time of year. Here are a few suggestions to help AT students keep skills sharp over the next few months in preparation for the fall semester:

  1. Continue to review and study.... view

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

 05/16/2014 - 2:04pm  By: ToddC 

We know you don’t have time to see all the news that's out there, especially news that is relevant and interesting to ATs. Those stories aren’t the easiest to find as they don’t often show up at the top of news feeds. But there are stories out there every week that feature ATs or are related to the profession. So here are five stories that you might not have seen this week but we thought you might like to check out. 

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Vikings Head AT Explains His Role in NFL Draft

 05/15/2014 - 9:39am  By: Anonymous 

We caught up with Eric Sugarman, MS, ATC, head athletic trainer for the NFL Minnesota Vikings, to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to evaluate athletes during the NFL draft. In addition to his standard responsibilities as head AT, Sugarman said his role in the lengthy process has the potential to make or break a player's chance of being drafted. Read on for the full inside scoop.

What’s the typyical role of athletic trainers during the NFL Draft?... view

AT Students Volunteer in Honduras

 05/13/2014 - 11:54am  By: JordanB 

By Caitlin Deems, ATC
Hi, my name is Caitlin Deems and I would like to share an experience that my husband (Joshua Deems, ATC) and I had last year when we were seniors in the athletic training program at the University of West Florida. We spent spring break in La Ceiba, Honduras with an American internal medicine doctor who works at a local clinic for the disadvantaged.
Our original goal was to bring our knowledge of orthopedic injuries and... view

Tips for AT Students to Foster Resilience

 05/09/2014 - 1:50pm  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 - 9:41am  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 - 12:58pm  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 - 2:31pm  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 - 11:03am  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







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