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Genetic Testing, A Crystal Ball For ATs?

 03/11/2015 - 8:00am  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 - 4:04pm  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

Great First Week For NATM 2015

 03/06/2015 - 3:34pm  By: ToddC 

National Athletic Training Month 2015 got off to a great start this week! The #NATM2015 hashtag was all over social media. Posts that used the hashtag and included images also qualified as an entry for our Social Media Contest. A second way to win is by posting a photo with this year’s NATM poster. We’ll be keeping tabs on all the #NATM2015... view

Is Derrick Rose Injury Prone? Who among us is not?

 03/04/2015 - 10:28am  By: ToddC 

It's appropriate that March is National Athletic Training Month. Given events of the last week, Bulls athletic trainer Jeff Tananka and Blackhawks athletic trainer Mike Gapski will be more than earning their pay over the next four weeks – and longer.

Gapski will be busy with Johnny Oduya, who is out another week or so with an “upper body” injury, suffered nine days ago. Then, just two days later, leading scorer Patrick Kane suffered an “upper body”... view

Inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Awards

 03/02/2015 - 8:19pm  By: JordanB 

The first-ever Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Awards were presented during today's Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas. The Youth Sports Safety Ambassador award recognizes an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to advancing athlete safety based on one of two criteria:

  • By providing exemplary youth sports safety protocols and care that sets a precedent and/or model that others can follow.
  • By advancing youth sports... view

Get Ready for National Athletic Training Month

 02/26/2015 - 10:37am  By: JordanB 

It’s almost March, and we have many fun activities planned for National Athletic Training Month. The following are a few of the contests and initiatives we’ll be offering in March. We hope you’ll join the fun and help us promote the profession!
#NATM2015 Social Media Contest
This one is SO easy: Simply share a photo with us on social media of what you are doing to celebrate National Athletic Training Month (including the... view

Capitol Hill Day 2015

 02/23/2015 - 9:18pm  By: JordanB 

Athletic trainers representing 24 states joined us in Washington, DC, today for our biggest advocacy event of the year, Capitol Hill Day. Attendees conducted 192 meetings with legislators in support of the three pieces of legislation introduced last week:

  • H.R. 829 / S. 436: SAFE PLAY (Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth) Act
  • H.R. 921: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act
  • H.Res. 112 / S. Res. 83: Secondary... view

2015 WFATT World Congress Releases Preliminary Program

 02/20/2015 - 11:09am  By: ToddC 

The preliminary program for the 2015 World Congress of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) has recently been announced. Saint Louis University will host the WFATT World Congress as experts from all over the world converge to discuss this year's theme: Overuse Injury in Sport: An Interprofessional Approach.
The plenary sessions will include keynote speakers Jill Cook, Ph.D.,... view

Supporting Your Professional Development

 02/17/2015 - 1:04pm  By: JordanB 

One of NATA’s primary objectives is to provide top-notch professional development opportunities for our members. Anita James, NATA’s Director of Knowledge Initiatives, oversees this department, and her team works in collaboration with several member committees to address issues related to AT education. Anita gave an overview of the group’s current efforts and upcoming plans for 2015 to attendees at NATA’s recent Joint Committee Meeting, and we have summarized her... view

Joint Committee Meeting

 02/17/2015 - 1:20pm  By: JordanB 

More than 185 leaders in the athletic training profession recently gathered in Dallas for NATA’s 2015 Joint Committee Meeting, an exciting weekend of professional collaboration. NATA has formed volunteer committees who lead the charge in certain topic areas and job settings, and those groups gathered together to compare notes and see how they could join forces to get even more accomplished in 2015 and beyond.

Part of the programming including the following presentations from... view







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