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Keynote Amy Purdy Uses Creativity to Succeed with Prosthetics

 05/29/2015 - 8:45am  By: JordanB 

When we interviewed our 2015 Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker Amy Purdy for the June NATA News, we had an in-depth discussion with her about the various prosthetics she uses for her active lifestyle, which ranges from professional snowboarding to her successful stint on "Dancing with the Stars." She talked to us about the limitations of most prosthetics and how she teamed with her... view

Live Tommy John Surgery Demo at Convention

 05/26/2015 - 1:11pm  By: ToddC 

Attendees at the convention in St. Louis will be able to observe a live demonstration of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament procedure, more famously known as Tommy John surgery. Listed under the title "Live Surgical Demo: Elbow" it will be one of the Feature Presentations during the week and take place Friday, June 26, from 8:15 - 10:15 a.m. The session will be held in the Ferrara Theatre at America’s Center Convention Complex. Participating in the surgery from... view

ATs Provide TBI Education at Pentagon

 05/26/2015 - 12:22pm  By: ToddC 

On May 11 a team of athletic trainers along with United States Naval Academy team physician CAPT. Scott W. Pyne, MD gathered at the Pentagon to present on TBI in the military adolescent athlete. TBI was just one of the topics highlighted as part of a follow up tactical Parenting Conference sponsored by the Henderson Hall Marine Corps Community Services, Marine and Family Behavioral Health Program.

While several issues relating to TBI were addressed, one of the most important was that... view

Official Statement from the AT Strategic Alliance about the Level of the Professional Degree

 05/20/2015 - 1:48pm  By: JordanB 

Over the past two and a half years the AT Strategic Alliance (BOC, CAATE, NATA and NATA Foundation), under the lead of NATA and CAATE, have been actively engaged in a critical examination of what the appropriate professional degree level should be to best prepare athletic trainers for an integral  role in the evolving health care system.

This past weekend a special meeting was held to hear final presentations and to deliberate. Read about the decision in the... view

Parents and the New Concussion Paradigm

 05/19/2015 - 3:13pm  By: DONNAB 

By Chris Snoddy MA, LAT ATC

Parents are more educated, more concerned and more aware of the dangers of concussions than ever before. How we communicate with parents or guardians of our concussed athletes has entered a new paradigm. This new model of communication requires documentation and more importantly, understanding. How we ensure parents understand what has happened to their child’s brain is the ultimate goal of the athletic trainer and physician.

According... view

ATs in the News

 05/15/2015 - 10:03am  By: ToddC 

Recently, we have come across several stories that have highlighted the lives and accomplishments of ATs. Since you might not have seen them already, we wanted to collect them here so you might have a chance to read them too. We often post articles we come across on our Twitter feed, in addition to important news and updates from NATA. So if you want to see articles like these that focus on individual ATs or that pertain to the profession as a whole, give us a follow at ... view

Hall of Fame Advice for AT Students

 05/12/2015 - 9:45am  By: JordanB 

When we were interviewing our newest Hall of Fame inductees for the May NATA News, we asked them to share advice for young ATs who are just getting started in this profession. Why not learn from the best of the best, right? Read on to see what these examplary athletic trainers wanted to pass on to future ATs.

This profession is about caring and helping people. I would tell them to stay the course, follow the process, capture the moment and get involved every chance... view

Strength a Factor in Elbow Health of Overhead Athletes

 05/08/2015 - 12:56pm  By: ToddC 
“There is no substitute for strength and no excuse for the lack of it.” So reads a sign in many high school and college weight rooms, its origin unknown but its sentiment endorsed by football coaches far and wide.
However, for reasons that are difficult to fathom, coaches in some other sports are less eager to embrace the effort required to put the words into action. Some are obsessed with skill and strategy, others – such as wrestling... view

Pre-Conference Career Workshop Sessions

 05/06/2015 - 3:06pm  By: ToddC 

The Committee on Practice Advancement is once again proud to support the Athletic Trainer as Physician Extender Workshops as part of the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. This event will be held on Tuesday, June 23 and will feature both an introductory track (aimed at athletic trainers who are new to or interested in the setting) and an advanced track (intended for athletic trainers who are experienced in this field).
The day’s sessions include:
 ... view

Safe Sports School Award Honorees January to March

 05/04/2015 - 2:35pm  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 in the first quarter of 2015 with 61additional schools honored. The schools represented nine districts and spanned the country from the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest. 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







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