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As 2009 comes to a close, NATA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NATA Range of Motion a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication January 4, 2010.

How Necessary is Stretching?
from The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NATA has notified the source of this article to offer thanks for publicizing this research and to inform that athletic trainers should be consulted before active adults and children begin exercise or stretching programs.

For years, flexibility has been widely considered a cornerstone of health and fitness. Many of us stretch before or after every workout and fret if we can’t lean over and touch our toes. We gape enviously at yogis wrapping their legs around their ears. "It's been drummed into people that they should stretch, stretch, stretch -- that they have to be flexible," says Dr. Duane Knudson, professor of biomechanics at Texas State University in San Marcos, who has extensively studied flexibility and muscle response. "But there's not much scientific support for that."

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UGA Professor Helps Teams Beat Heat
from the Athens Banner-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on
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With college and high school football around the corner, coaches and players are gearing up for the first day of practice in just a few weeks. But there is one person, Michael Ferrara, who has been preparing for the tough conditions of the summer heat for quite some time. More

Study: Preseason Shoulder Strength May Determine Injury Severity for Baseball Pitchers
from the Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Athletic injuries can derail any player's ability to compete, but for a baseball pitcher his shoulder strength and control is critical. A new study to be presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colo., suggests that testing a pitcher's shoulder strength through a series of exercises during the preseason may help create a focused strength training program to prevent serious injury during the season. More

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NFL Players Hide, Fear Concussions
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Washington Redskins kick returner Rock Cartwright remembers his brain "shaking like a bell" when he was walloped in a game against the New York Giants a few years ago. "You know how a bell vibrates? That's how my brain was going at that time," he said. "I think five minutes later, I came back to myself. I went back out there and played football." What Cartwright never did when the hit happened? He never told Washington's medical staff his head ached. He's not alone. Thirty of 160 NFL players surveyed by The Associated Press from Nov. 2-15 replied that they have hidden or played down the effects of a concussion. More

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Video Game Helps With Torn ACL Injuries
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Tearing your ACL is one of the most common sports injuries. Healing can take months, but a video game is helping people get back on their feet. More

Diagnosing, Treating Adolescent Concussions Gaining Heightened Importance
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New research shows that concussion injuries to adolescents are more serious than previously thought. A bill dubbed "Max's Law" passed the Oregon House this spring, compelling coaches to receive annual training in identifying concussion symptoms. More

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Jason Stinson Trial Continues
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The prosecution continued to make their case against former coach Jason Stinson in the trial over the 2008 death of Pleasure Ridge Park football player Max Gilpin. The defense will soon begin to call witnesses, and the trial may go to the jury by Sept. 18. More

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NCAA Lets Colleges Decide on a Protocol
from The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The NCAA has no protocol with respect to concussion management; it allows each college that is a member to devise its own procedures, according to David Klossner, the NCAA's director of health and safety. Most, if not all, colleges in the top three divisions have a team physician or athletic trainer supervising games. Some smaller colleges do not have a doctor or athletic trainer at practices, however, where concussions can also occur. More

NFL Issues New Guidelines on Concussions
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The National Football League on Dec. 2 announced that it would impose its most stringent rules to date on managing concussions, requiring players who exhibit any significant sign of concussion to be removed from a game or practice and be barred from returning the same day. The league has maintained, despite widespread criticism, that it was safe to allow players to return to the field as soon as their symptoms were gone -- even in the same game in which the injury occurred. It has not been uncommon for players to return, either after passing a sideline test or by not revealing their symptoms. More

How to Prevent Stress Fractures
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Stress fractures are one of the more pernicious injuries in sports, afflicting the experienced and the aspiring, with no regard for competitive timing. The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field, recently described stress fractures, with a kind of grim resignation, as "the curse of athletes." But studies published in the December issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise offer hope that, at least for runners, simple alterations in their stride or in the strength of their legs might reduce their risk for the most common type of stress fracture. More

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