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2014 Boston Marathon: More Runners, More Security, More ATs

 04/24/2014 - 2:27pm  By: Anonymous 

Of the 36 Boston Marathon events he’s worked as a medical volunteer, Brian FitzGerald, BSN, ATC, LAT, the event’s longtime athletic training coordinator, said this year was the most memorable.

With many more individuals running the race this year — about 36,000 in total — the number of medical volunteers increased to almost 2,000. Of that group, 230 were athletic... view

Introducing Our 2014 Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker

 04/23/2014 - 11:16am  By: JordanB 

We are thrilled to announce our 2014 Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker is Captain Mark Kelly, a homegrown hero!
Kelly’s resumé is extensive: combat pilot in Iraq, astronaut on four space shuttle missions, commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, prostate cancer survivor and best-selling author. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011... view

NATA Commemorates JATO Partnership in Tokyo

 04/17/2014 - 12:40pm  By: Anonymous 

President Jim Thornton recently traveled to Tokyo to commemorate a new affiliate partnership with NATA. Read on to find out more about his trip, what the partnerships means for NATA and what he loved most about Japanese culture.

Why did you go to Japan? Was it your first time?
It was my first time to Japan. The reason I went was because we were going to formally announce the JATO – the Japan Athletic Trainers’ Association – as an official... view

Creative Idea for Inspiring Students

 04/16/2014 - 9:26am  By: JordanB 

Ashley Reed, MS, ATC, an ATP faculty member at Kent State University, recently shared the way her program helps motivate and inspire students:
“Within our program we encourage our students to be motivated and inspired by each other.  We feel that when we support each other, we are each individually stronger.  I had our students create an inspiration board in our ATP classroom. It is full of sayings, quotes and things that help remind each... view

FAQ: Safe Sports School Award

 04/15/2014 - 10:56am  By: JordanB 

By Judy Pulice, NATA Senior National Manager of State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Recent conversations with a number of NATA members indicate there may be confusion about the new Safe Sports School Award. Down here in Dallas at NATA Headquarters, we feel it’s important that members – especially those working in the secondary school setting – have the correct information about... view

NATM 2014 Wrap Up and Winners

 04/11/2014 - 2:12pm  By: ToddC 

Now that the book has been closed on National Athletic Training Month 2014, we wanted to look back and express our appreciation to all the ATs who participated. The response via social media during the month was phenomenal, with the hashtag #NATM2014 being used over 19,000 times on Twitter. We also had an amazing number of entries for our NATM Social Media Contest with over 1,500 photos posted. All the ATs out there also stepped up when it came to rewarding some of their own. The poll we... view

Deadline Approaching for the Research Mentor Program

 04/10/2014 - 12:22pm  By: Anonymous 

There’s still time to apply for the 2014 NATA Foundation Mentor Program! This unique initiative from the NATA Foundation pairs a small group of “young investigators” with a mentor to provide assistance, advice or collaborative efforts on projects, grant reviews, research, academic manuscripts and more. The program is also a great opportunity to connect with experienced ATs conducting research in the... view

My Olympic Experience

 04/08/2014 - 1:18pm  By: JordanB 

By Benjamin Towne, MA, ATC

Two months ago, I was given the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream by serving as an athletic trainer for the USOC Medical Staff for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  A common question I hear is, “How did you get involved?” Like anything in life, there are multiple paths to get to the same destination, but I can certainly share mine.

The first step was searching for the USOC Sports Medicine Volunteer... view

Vote For Your Favorite NATM Poster Photo!

 04/04/2014 - 1:36pm  By: ToddC 

The response to our NATM Social Media Contest was outstanding once again this year. We are collecting all the photos right now and will be announcing the prize winners next week. But another option available was to post a photo of the NATM poster we included with the March NATA News. Because we had such great entries for this, we need your help to choose the winner. We have narrowed it down to a top 10 and they are posted below. You can vote for two, so let us know which ones you think are... view

AT Student Saves Assistant AT

 04/03/2014 - 1:09pm  By: Anonymous 

Senior athletic training student Valentina Glavan took the #NATM2014 slogan “We’ve Got Your Back” literally on March 20, when Montclair State University Assistant Athletic Trainer Joe Savoia, MS, ATC, started to choke on his sandwich.  At first everyone thought he was joking around or trying to create an emergency situation, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Glavan immediately stepped in and gave Joe five back... view







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