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VOMS Testing: Another Tool in the Concussion Management Toolbox
Stacey J. Ritter, MS, ATC
Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee
District 8 Representative

There is growing evidence to support the use of Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) in initial concussion assessment. Along with neurocognitive and balance testing, VOMS offers another tool that does not rely on subjective reporting from the injured teen. The test can discriminate between concussed and non-concussed athletes, as well as identify patients who may also need visual and vestibular exercises as part of their rehabilitation program. VOMS testing is simple to learn, and takes around five minutes to administer. Learn more about VOMS testing and research evidence.
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A Handy 'How-To' Guide for Nominating SSATs for National Awards
Stacey J. Ritter, MS, ATC
Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee
District 8 Representative

The NATA Honors & Awards committee has created a document will encourage and assist you as you seek to recognize your colleagues who are most deserving of national level awards. Although this is not a comprehensive list of things to consider, it is meant to stimulate thought and provide a starting place for those who nominate as well as for those who are nominated for an NATA Award.

2016 nominations are open from August 1 to September 15. Please consider nominating a deserving SSAT, and encourage others to do the same. The process has never been easier, and creates the opportunity for the secondary school setting to be well represented during the Annual Symposium awards ceremony. Visit NATA Honors and Awards and click on "Profile Guidance" to view the how-to guide and award process timeline.

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Building an Athletic Training Page on Your School Athletics' Website
Casey Christy, MA, ATC, CSCS
Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee
District 2 Representative

Creating an athletic training webpage on your school's website is a great way to educate your school community about your services. It can also serve as a trusted resource for sports injury information for parents, athletes and coaches. Content can include basic injury care guidelines, nutrition and conditioning tips, your athletic training policies, and even a short bio about your education and background. With today's technology, your website can be as simple or as in-depth as you want to make it. Additional information can include material on common injuries such as concussions, growth plate injuries and ankle sprains. Addressing frequent questions such as when to use heat or ice, stretching guidelines, and tips for preventing heat illness are just a few more topics you could also include. Check with your school's technology staff to see if they can help get your started. Visit Eastern Camden County Regional School District – Athletics for an example.
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ATs and the School Nurse
Troy Hoehn, ATC, CSCS
Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee
District 4 Alumni

Developing a team of medical professionals is a key in the secondary school setting. Sometimes the school nurse gets overlooked as part of this team because if you are not employed by the school you may not be at the school at the same time. This was very much the case for me where I had very little involvement with the health office at the school. Read about how that all changed.
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Drug and Supplement Testing in Sports
Are you looking for a resource to share with your athletes, parents and coaches on how to quickly filter out unsafe sports supplements? If so then this mobile app is for you. Listen as My Sports Dietitian’s host Tavis Piattoly interviews Bob Murray with Aegis Shield on the Next Level Podcast show.
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