Association Remains Committed to Health Care Initiative DALLAS (October 11, 2004) – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, supports the United States Bone and Joint Decade and is helping celebrate the Decade’s National Awareness Week, October 12 to 20, 2004. During the week, states, local community groups and health care professionals, including certified athletic trainers, will promote the Decade to the public and patients. The Bone and Joint Decade is a global, multi-disciplinary initiative targeting the care of people with musculoskeletal conditions (bone and joint disorders). Its focus is on improving the quality of life as well as advancing the understanding and treatment of those conditions through research, prevention and education. As a founding member, NATA remains committed to the Decade’s goals, which include:
- Raising awareness and educating the world on the increasing societal impact of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders;
- Empowering patients to participate in decisions about their care and treatment;
- Increasing global funding for prevention activities and treatment research, and
- Continually seeking and promoting cost-effective prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
NATA has selected 2007 to celebrate the Decade. During that year, the association plans to incorporate the Bone and Joint Decade into its convention activities and will release a new position statement on joint dislocations. Bone and Joint Decade