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NATA Foundation Website
NATA Foundation
The new and improved NATA Foundation website is up and running, with easy navigation and plenty of information on NATA Foundation activities. Check it out here.
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Athletic Training Student Challenge
NATA Foundation
Attention program directors, clinical preceptors, athletic training student leaders! It is time to get ready for the 2015 Athletic Training Student Challenge. Get your student organization together and raise some funds for the NATA Foundation. The winners will win some great prizes from the Foundation, including registration to the 2015 NATA Convention in St. Louis. See here for more information.
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  Andrews Institute Injuries in Football Conference
This course is designed for athletic trainers, biomechanists, coaches, sports physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiologists, therapists, and any others who work with athletes in football. Learn from NFL & NCAA football health care pros at the Injuries in Football Conference, March 6-8, at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort: TheAndrewsInstitute.com.
 


Triple D Challenge
NATA Foundation
The NATA Foundation "Triple D Challenge" (Double your District Donors) is in full swing. The Triple D challenge is a friendly challenge between districts to double the amount of donors to the foundation as compared to last year's donations. Please be a part of the challenge. Donate to the Foundation and help your district with the "Triple D Challenge." Learn more here.
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NATA Foundation on Twitter
NATA Foundation
The NATA Foundation is going to keep you updated on Twitter. Please follow us @NATAFoundation to get information about scholarship opportunities and research grants as well as how we are continuing to advance our great profession. If you have any information you would like us to put out to the membership via the NATA Foundation Twitter account, please send to Jeff Smith.
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Silent Auction
NATA Foundation
The NATA Foundation's silent auction was another huge success. The silent auction was open at the AT Expo in Indianapolis, in which people had the opportunity to bid on several items that consisted of sports memorabilia and other fantastic items. This year, the silent auction raised $11,247 for the NATA Foundation. We would like to thank all who participated in the auction and all who donated items. We look forward to another great silent auction in St. Louis next year.

Congratulations also to District 6 and the SWATA meeting as they raised over $5,000 for the NATA Foundation at the silent auction at their district meeting in July.

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News from the Districts
NATA Foundation
District 6 had a night to remember at their district meeting this July. There was a gathering of athletic trainers from the old Southwest Conference at SWATA's 2014 "Night of Memories." Members had the opportunity to talk with and reminisce and take pictures with some of the pioneers of the profession. The evening was a huge success and a great time was had by all. The event helped raise over $4,000 for the NATA Foundation.
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Nominations Open
NATA Foundation
NATA Foundation is accepting nominations for the following research awards for 2015: Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, New Investigator Award and Doctoral Dissertation Award. Criteria and procedures for nominations can be found here.
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RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NEWS

Disclaimer: Headlines include recent stories in the media on athletic training and sports medicine and do not reflect NATA Foundation statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


Taking Great Pains to Chart History of Baseball Players' Injuries
Newsday
Corey Dawkins wanted to gain an edge in fantasy baseball. That's the only reason why the licensed athletic trainer started documenting baseball player injuries in 2008. And six years later, he hasn't stopped. That innocent germ of an idea soon turned into an obsession of sorts, as Dawkins estimated that he has spent thousands of hours putting together what is generally regarded in the baseball stat community as the most exhaustive database for player injuries.
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NFL, FIFA, Other Organizations Hold 'Think Tank' Talks on Concussions
The Associated Press via Fox Business
Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of scientific and medical personnel from football, rugby and equestrian circles participated.
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Weak Core Linked to More Missed Days for Baseball Pitchers
Science 2.0
It's the home stretch of the professional baseball season and that means players are more likely to be tired or sustain an injury. New research suggests that a stronger core might help. In the study, 347 pitchers were assessed for lumbopelvic control during spring training. Pitchers with more tilt in their pelvis as they raised a leg to step up were up to three times more likely to miss at least 30 days during the season than were pitchers who showed minimal tilt.
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The Next Concussion? Internal Injuries are Youth Sport Danger
NBC News
Kathy Haugen watched from the sidelines as her 15-year-old son Taylor, a wide receiver on his Florida high school football team, collapsed after a hard hit. She knew instantly that it was bad. She couldn't have imagined it was deadly. "He was thrown a pass over his head and jumped up to catch the ball and was tackled from the front and back simultaneously," said Haugen, 48, of Niceville. "He went down with the ball."
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Stretching is Overrated
The Atlantic
Runners do it before a race. Swimmers do it before hopping in the pool. Your average gym rat does it before starting to pump iron. Most coaches, gym teachers and personal trainers preach that stretching before exercise is an essential part of both avoiding injury and improving performance. But while it's still popularly considered a basic tenet of health and wellness, scientific research into the value of stretching has cast doubt on its usefulness.
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How New Helmet Research is Tackling Concussions
WHSV-TV
The conversation about concussions is changing the game of football for the better. Helmets are the last line of defense against head injuries, but a Virginia Tech professor is putting them first. The fight's been messy at times as there have been lawsuits against the NFL and the NCAA. There have also been new laws and rules to protect high school athletes.
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Stress Fractures are One of Dangers of Playing Sports
New York Daily News
With the increasing pressure on child and teen athletes to professionalize at younger and younger ages, doctors are seeing a rash of sports injuries related to overuse. "Stress fractures are a common injury that we're seeing in these trophy kid athletes," says Colvin. "Stress fractures are breaks in the bone that can occur due to overuse. They're seen in both serious athletes and weekend warriors — really anyone who is doing a repetitive sport or activity."
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Multi-Sport Athletes Fare Better When It Comes to Injury
WKBN-TV
Children can enjoy a lot of benefits from playing sports, but there's always the risk of injury. But can you prevent your child from getting hurt? Dr. Chris Liebig with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley has the answer. Dr. Liebig heads up the new sports medicine department at ACH. He said half of the injuries in student athletes are from overuse. He said students who focus solely on one sport are more prone to injury.
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