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As 2012 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 Jan. 7.

Why Ice May Be Bad for Sore Muscles
from The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 9, 2012: Already, the benches in gym locker rooms and beside basketball courts are filling with 2012's early casualties, those of us who, goaded by New Year's resolutions, are exercising a bit too enthusiastically and developing sore muscles. Many of us will then drape ice packs over our aching muscles. But a new review article published this month in the journal Sports Medicine suggests that for sore muscles, ice is not always the panacea that most of us believe it to be and that, in some instances, it can be counterproductive. More

Official Statement on 'Time Out' System Released
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From Aug. 6, 2012: With preseason practices now underway and the start of fall sports schedules around the corner, last week NATA issued an Official Statement recommending athletic health care providers conduct a "Time Out" before athletic events to ensure emergency action plans are reviewed and in place. More

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Coach Could Face Criminal Charges for Handling of Concussions
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From Feb. 6, 2012: A Pittsburgh-area high school football coach finds himself defending past actions in an attempt to avoid criminal charges for interfering with in-game medical treatment of players who may have had concussions in an attempt to keep them in games. Peters Township (Pa.) High football coach Rich Piccinini finds himself the subject of an investigation by the Peters police department after it received a complaint from Washington County Children and Youth Services. More


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10 Trendy Sports Medicine Procedures That Will Blow Your Mind
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From Jan. 16, 2012: Kobe Bryant is just one of the past-his-prime athletes who's experiencing a career resurgence with the help of next-gen sports medicine. This summer, Kobe went to Germany to get an experimental knee treatment. And now, he's taking an injection in his wrist every night to play through pain. These procedures are part of the crazy new world of sports medicine — where athletes use enriched blood, bone marrow, and even egg-shaped space pods to improve performance. More


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Athletic Trainer Tom Abdenour Gives Aztecs an Edge
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From March 5, 2012: A half-hour after San Diego State ended a three-game losing streak with a harrowing 67-58 overtime win against Wyoming, coach Steve Fisher walked into the Viejas Arena training room. There was Garrett Green with his sprained right ankle in an ice bucket. Not far from him was Jamaal Franklin, his left ankle encased in ice, too. But Fisher was there to see head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour, to thank him. More

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Young Arms and Curveballs: A Scientific Twist
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From March 12, 2012: For decades, it has been an article of faith for parents of young pitchers: Do not let them throw curveballs. The reason was simple. Contorting elbows — all in the service of ever more competitive baseball at ever younger ages — puts more strain on the joint than arms can handle. But as the research into the biomechanics of pitching has evolved, the debate has grown more robust, and more perplexing. More

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Chicago Bears Lose Treasured Athletic Trainer to Penn State
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From Feb. 20, 2012: Longtime Chicago Bears head athletic trainer Tim Bream began taking care of Penn State student-athletes recently as the school's director of athletic training services and head football athletic trainer. When new Penn State athletic director David Joyner called his longtime friend, the allure of working at Bream's alma mater as it begins a new tradition was too strong for the Gettsyburg, Pa., native to ignore. More


How Colleges Treat Concussions
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From Feb. 6, 2012: Athletic trainers at Georgia, Georgia State and Georgia Tech follow similar practices in the prevention, diagnoses and treatment of concussions. UGA's Ron Courson, GSU's Bob Murphy and Tech's Jay Shoop say everything starts with education — for the students and for themselves. More

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Does Foot Form Explain Running Injuries?
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From Feb. 13, 2012: NATA has contacted this news source to thank them for the important coverage and remind them of appropriate terminology to describe athletic trainers.

The members of Harvard University's men's and women's distance running squads are young, fast, fit, skinny, bright, disciplined and, without exception, dutiful. Every day during the cross-country and track seasons, they enter their mileage and pace into an online training Web site overseen by the team's coaches and athletic trainers. They also, like most serious runners, get hurt with distressing frequency, often missing practice due to aching muscles or over-stressed bones.

Syracuse Among First in Nation to Use Neck Injury Reducing Equipment
from WSYR-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 1, 2012: You won't be able to see it, but the next time the Syracuse football team takes the field a handful of players will be sporting cutting edge technology aimed at making the game safer. The team is among the first in the nation to start using something called the Kerr Collar to reduce neck and spinal injuries. The collar was used for the first time by the team in a recent game at Minnesota. More
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