Patient Care

By Timothy Neal, MS, ATC, AT The athletic trainer is putting in long days at their place of employment. Along with the long daily hours, the AT has had few days off in the past three months. Add in the pressures from patients/athletes, coaches,...
Last week’s Mental Health Awareness Month blog discussed the prevalence of diagnosable mental health disorders among adolescents and college-aged students. This week’s blog will look at the tools available to help athletic trainers care for athletes...
By Rachel Brown, MS, ATC Integrating athletic trainers in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs is a unique, yet sometimes overlooked, opportunity. ROTC programs are offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country...
In the United States, one in every four to five adolescents meets the criteria of a diagnosable mental health disorder, with 30 percent meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder, 19 percent for a behavioral disorder, 11 percent for a substance abuse...
Editor’s note: This column kicks off a series of mental health-related columns that will be posted on the NATA Now blog throughout May in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. ByTimothy Neal, MS, ATC, LAT Assistant Professor/Clinical Education...
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Approximately 50 percent of all sports-related injuries sustained by athletes ages 6 to 18 are related to overuse. Overuse can cause general stress, inflammation and tendinitis. Because the symptoms of overuse injuries tend to be gradual, it often...
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee. An ACL injury can occur in any sport, with 70 percent of ACL injuries being sustained during non-contact sports and 30 percent sustained during contact...
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is caused by an electrical disturbance in the heart that disrupts pumping, and every year in the U.S. 2,000 patients under age 25 die because of it, according to the Center for Disease Control. To help you educate your...
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The November NATA News features an article about concussion research being conducted by Eric Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA, chair of the Kinesiology Department at the University of New Hampshire. Swartz received a $500,000 Head Health II grant from the...
When an athlete has trouble breathing, pinpointing the exact cause can be a challenge. While ailments such as asthma are well known, others, including Vocal Cord Dysfunction-Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (VCD-EILO), are less recognized and...