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Helmetless Tackling and Blocking Drills Lead to Decreased Head Impacts in Collegiate Football Players

12-18-2015

DALLAS, December 18, 2015 – Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this a topic of continued national concern. To reduce the risk of head-impact injury, researchers and others have sought ways to improve helmet technology, reduce contact during practices and alter game rules.

Hearing Held Today on Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act to Protect Athletic Trainers

12-09-2015

DALLAS, TEXAS, December 9, 2015 – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing today on the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R. 921), which protects athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals who travel to other states with an athletic team to provide care for that team.After years of working with members of Congress, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is excited that the committee has decided to take action on this important legislation.

Athletic Directors Face Several Barriers to Hiring Athletic Trainers and Risk Sports Safety of the Student Athlete

10-27-2015

DALLAS, October 27, 2015 – As the country continues to address several recent reports of youth sports injuries and catastrophic outcomes, a new study sheds light on the barriers some athletic directors (ADs) face in hiring athletic trainers (ATs), whose job it is to help prevent injuries and manage them should they occur. Nearly two-thirds of high schools lack a full-time athletic trainer and almost 30 percent don’t have any AT services, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

NATA Publishes New Exertional Heat Illnesses Position Statement

9-21-2015

DALLAS, September 21, 2015 –The National Athletic Trainers’ Association published today its new position statement on exertional heat illnesses, an update to the original 2002 document. Created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, the statement appears in the September issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication.
 

Researchers Report on Epidemiology of NCAA Womens' Gymnastics Injuries

8-12-2015

Dallas, August 12, 2015 – Collegiate women’s gymnastics programs continue to recruit student athletes who began specialized training at an early age. That specialization, combined with high-impact upper and lower extremity movements, places many athletes at increased risk of overuse injury, especially if they avoid early warning signs. Examining the incidence of injuries will help schools develop targeted injury-prevention programs.
 

NATA Reissues Executive Summary of New Exertional Heat Illnesses Position Statement

8-06-2015

DALLAS, August 6, 2015 –The National Athletic Trainers’ Association reissued today an executive summary of the forthcoming position statement on exertional heat illnesses, an update to the original 2002 document.
The full statement, created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, will appear in the September issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication. The executive summary can be accessed online.
 

With a Recent Increase in Lightning Deaths, NATA Offers Tips to Stay Safe

7-29-2015

DALLAS, Texas, July 29, 2015 – With a near-record number of deaths from lightning reported by the National Weather Service this summer, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has reissued guidelines to ensure a safe outdoor environment.
 

Researchers Report on Return to Participation After Hamstring Strains Among College Soccer Athletes

7-22-2015

Dallas, July 22, 2015 – World Cup soccer has made international headlines in recent weeks and with fall sports around the corner, a focus on the sport continues. Soccer players use hamstring muscles to provide speed, quickness and power to navigate field position and increase their intensity of activity. When strains occur, what determines a player’s return to participation (RTP) and what other considerations should be reviewed?

NFL Foundation, NATA, Gatorade and Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Expand Commitment to Fund Athletic Trainers in Underserved High Schools Nationwide

6-24-2015

St. Louis, June 24, 2015 – At the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 66th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in St. Louis today, the NFL Foundation, NATA, Gatorade and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) announced the expansion of the athletic trainer outreach program for the 2015-2016 school year, funding additional athletic trainers in underserved high schools nationwide.

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