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National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Offeres Guidelines On How to Prevent Lightning-Related Injuries


DALLAS (September 24, 2004) -- Lightning has been one of the top three causes of weather-related deaths in the United States over the past century. The recent death of an 18-year- old Grapeland, TX high school football player from a lightning bolt, has drawn renewed national attention to the dangers of this severe-storm hazard. Every year, millions of lightning flashes strike the ground, causing nearly 100 deaths and 400 injuries in this country alone.

Medicare Considers Adopting New Policy that Would Restrict Who Physicians Can Hire to Provide Outpatient Therapy Services


Measure Could Increase Medical Costs and Restrict Access to Therapy for Many Patients.

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Issues Position Statement on Seriouis Risks Associated with Head-Down Contact and Spearing in Tackle Football


Statement Offers Guidelines That Decrease Risk of Cervical Spine Fractures and Dislocations in High School and College Football Players

Steps to Take to Decrease Cervical Spine Fractures and Dislocations in High School and College Football Players


With high school and college football practice getting underway, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has issued a timely position statement to enlighten coaches and players alike on the seriousness of head-down contact and spearing – dangerous techniques which can lead to catastrophic cervical spine injuries (CSIs) and paralysis. The position statement, authored by Jonathan F. Heck, MS, ATC and other noted health care professionals, can be read at its entirety at .

ATCs Help World's Top Women Tennis Players


ATCs Among WTA Tour Primary Health Care Providers in Prevention and Treatment of Tennis-Related Injuries at U.S. Open & Tournaments Throughout Year

Mike Huang Appointed Deputy Minister of National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Taiwan


DALLAS, AUGUST 30 -- Chi-Huang "Mike" Huang, PED, ATC, a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) International Committee since 1996, and the NATA International Affair Task Force from 1994-1996, was named deputy minister of the National Council on Physical Fitness & Sports in Taiwan. The Council is the highest administrative unit within the government, and is the country’s policy making body for all sports-related affairs.

Olympics-bound WNBA star Tamika Catchings geared up for the Gold with Help From ATC


2004 USA Basketball Women’s Team Competes Against New Zealand Saturday, August 14, in Athens

ATC Moderates Session at Pre-Olympic Congress Symposium in Greece


Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC, Will Moderate Session August 10

NATA Selects Ken Knight as Next Chair of Education Council


DALLAS, July 15, 2004 – The board of directors of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, has selected Kenneth Knight, PhD, ATC, FACSM, as the next chair of its Education Council, ending a six-month-long search. “Ken is prepared to address the next phase of our educational program,” says Chuck Kimmel, ATC, president of the NATA.

NATA welcomes R.T. Floyd, Jeff Stone and Matt Webber to its board of directors


BALTIMORE, June 18 – During its 55th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia at the Baltimore Convention Center, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) welcomed R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS, Jeff Stone, MEd, ATC and Matt Webber, MA, ATC, to its Board of Directors. Floyd was elected in May 2004, to represent District Nine, filling in a board vacancy as Chuck Kimmel, ATC, moved into the president’s chair.

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