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NATA Raises Awareness of Youth Sports Safety Crisis at Sacramento Summit
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NATA teamed with 29 health care and sports organizations on Tuesday to raise awareness and combat catastrophic athletic injuries and illnesses among young athletes. The Alliance to Address the Youth Sports Safety Crisis in America held a summit in Sacramento, Calif., and urged parents, teachers, coaches, athletic trainers and other school personnel to take a role in reversing the trends. Recent studies point to a significant increase in catastrophic injuries that result in death or permanent disability, despite efforts to prevent and treat them. In fact, there were at least 115 sports-related deaths in 33 states over the past two years. More

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Online Store Prepares You for National Athletic Training Month
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Start preparing for National Athletic Training Month! Find a wealth of resources in the NATA Online Store, including logo merchandise, DVDs, posters and a free PDF showing the difference between athletic trainers and personal trainers. Go to and read the January NATA News for an overview of the 2010 NATM theme, plus ideas for grassroots public relations. More

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McGwire Acknowledges Steroid Abuse to NATA News Article Source
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Shortly before his interview with Bob Costas, former professional baseball player Mark McGwire acknowledged his use of performance enhancing drugs to family, friends and others in baseball. Included on the list of people receiving a phone call from McGwire was Don Hooton. The Plano, Texas, resident is the founder and president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of performance-enhancing drug abuse in youth athletics. The Taylor Hooton Foundation is featured on pages 16 and 17 of the February NATA News. More

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Five Days Left...Don't Miss Capitol Hill Day!
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Registration for Capitol Hill Day ends Friday. If you want to travel to Washington, D.C., with fellow athletic trainers and fight for the profession, Hill Day is for you. The event will take place on Feb. 23, and although there is no charge to be a part of Hill Day, all participants must register. Everyone who attends the “How to Lobby” session while at the event will receive two free CEUs! More

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Housing Remains Open for 2010 Annual Meeting
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NATA has announced housing options for the 2010 NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia scheduled for June 22-25 in Philadelphia. Go to the new Annual Meeting Web site to find housing rates, registration rates, preliminary schedule at-a-glance and things to do in Philly.

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Concussions, Safety Big Topic of Discussion at AFCA convention
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The increasing scrutiny on head injuries and concussions has drawn widespread attention in the NFL and college football. Coaches are taking notice, too. Player safety and head injuries were a big topic of discussion at the American Football Association Coaches convention this past week, particularly the way concussions are treated. Division I-A coaches were introduced to the National Association of Athletic Trainers liaison to AFCA during their annual meeting. The House Judiciary Committee plans on holding a forum in Houston on Feb. 1 to discuss the handling of brain injuries on the collegiate and high school level. Recent reporting has found that concussions can potentially have serious long-term consequences, especially for those who suffer repeated head injuries. More

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California Legislator to Introduce Bills to Protect Young Athletes
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Former sports super agent Leigh Steinberg is hoping to push greater care for young athletes with concussions and other injuries. The issue of student athletes has also been in the news lately after the case of Mike Leach. The Texas Tech University football coach was fired over the holidays over his treatment of a player with a concussion. Advocates for better care and training of young athletes recently met with a California legislator in hopes of drafting two new bills focused on improving safety in youth athletics. More

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Study Points the Way to Preventing Knee Injuries in Female Athletes
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A simple exercise program that teaches girls how to land correctly as they play, run and jump on the soccer field decreased the incidence of serious knee injuries in these athletes by 77 percent, according to a new study. The findings are significant because female athletes are up to eight times more likely than men to tear a band of tissue in their knees called the anterior cruciate ligament; and these injuries, which destabilize the knee, often lead to the development of osteoarthritis (OA) later in life. More

Questions Raised About Hot New Sports Injury Treatment
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An injury treatment popular with professional athletes failed in a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The treatment is called platelet-rich plasma injection. The doctor takes some of the patient’s blood and uses a relatively simple technique to separate out the platelets, some of which are then re-injected at the injury site. The idea is that the platelets stimulate the repair of injured tissue. More

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