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Conditioning for Pitchers: It's All in the Hips (and Core)

 12/16/2014 - 11:55am  By: Anonymous 

For a pitcher to avoid coal in his stocking, he must throw lots of strikes over lots of innings AND stay relatively healthy.

According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews’ American Sports Medicine Institute (AMSI), the key to good health is limiting pitch counts and – when a career is in its infancy at the youth level – no breaking pitches.  Listen further to the AMSI and you are not pitching at all at this time of year. Research published earlier this... view

The Latest from the NFL Foundation's AT Grant Initiative

 12/15/2014 - 12:15pm  By: JordanB 

On May 29, 2014, President Barack Obama announced an important new partnership between NATA, the NFL and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS) during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, DC.. As part of the collaboration, the NFL Foundation and NFL teams agreed to provide $1 million and NATA added agreed to contribute $125,000 to place ATs... view

#ATsAre ... Showing Their Holiday Spirit!

 12/12/2014 - 12:12pm  By: Anonymous 

There's no shortage of holiday spirit among athletic trainers, evidenced by the creative decor we've seen circulating on social media. 

From the University of Maine's star made of pre-wrap, or Bay City High School's Christmas tree adorned with Gatorade cups and athletic tape, keep scrolling to see our  round-up of the most festive AT facilities we've seen yet. (Scroll down to see the array of NATA staffers' tacky sweaters, too!) We're especially... view

The Power of a [Self] Pep Talk

 12/09/2014 - 2:41pm  By: Anonymous 

My wife showed me a video on YouTube the other day of a little girl standing on the bathroom counter giving herself a pep talk.  She goes through a number of different things she likes about herself, her family and her house before hopping down and proceeding with her day as usual (If you haven’t seen it, it is pretty cute.)

For any old school Saturday Night... view

Safe Sports School Award Honorees For November

 12/05/2014 - 3:28pm  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 November with 27 additional schools being honored. The schools represented five districts and spanned the country from Massachusetts to California. 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

Support #GivingTuesday

 12/02/2014 - 10:57am  By: JordanB 

Thousands of people around the world are celebrating #GivingTuesday today, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

If you're in the giving spirit this holiday season, we ask that you consider... view

OSU Releases Study of Medical Spending by Sport

 11/25/2014 - 12:58pm  By: Anonymous 

by John Doherty, ATC, PT

As the media assault on football in general and the NFL in particular has continued unabated this autumn (it still is autumn, isn’t it?), a detailed study of medical expenditures by sport was released earlier this season by Ohio State University.

And at first blush, it seems a bit odd that the national media did not pounce on the study’s results when they were published in the September issue of Physician & Sportsmedicine... view

#ATsAre Contest Winners Are...

 11/24/2014 - 11:51am  By: ToddC 

We were elated by the great response we received for the #ATsAre Social Media Contest as far as the great number and quality of entries. We could not have predicted that when it came to choosing the winner the effort would be even more amazing. Supporters turned out in force to the tune of over 15, 000 votes being cast. Congratulations to West Chester University’s Amy Toner (@93AmyT) who will receive the grand prize of free registration, airfare... view

Gearing Up for Grad School

 11/20/2014 - 5:49pm  By: JordanB 

By Thad Walker, MS, ATC
Millikin University

As an undergraduate AT student, you are nearly finished with the fall semester and in all likelihood, your collective attention is focused on new courses, clinical assignments and perhaps your fantasy football roster. It is without a doubt the right time to start planning for grad school. And no, I’m not talking to those seniors who are nearing graduation. I find that sophomores and juniors typically don’t think... view

HBO "State of Play" Series Addresses Hot Topics in Sports, Consequences of Concussion

 11/19/2014 - 6:34pm  By: Anonymous 

by John Doherty, ATC, PT

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) released a new set of guidelines last week intended to reduce the risk of head impact and concussion in football. That same day, General Electric, the NFL and Under Armour announced the winners of their grant competition, the Head Health Challenge II. The seven research groups will each receive $500,000 to continue investigating various methods and devices to improve brain safety in... view







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