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BOD Accepts ECE Report on Professional Education in Athletic Training: An Examination of the Professional Degree Level
NATA
The NATA BOD has accepted and authorized dissemination of the report from the NATA's Executive Committee for Education workgroups that have been examining the topic of the professional degree for athletic training and whether the degree should be at the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate level. This project, under the leadership of Sara Brown, MS, ATC and Jolene Henning, EdD, ATC, LAT, is the result of a collaborative effort among more than 40 ATs as well as administrators who possess an understanding of and commitment to the athletic training profession. The NATA BOD charged these groups to examine the professional degree level issue. As such, the findings are informational and do not represent formal statements of policy.

It is believed that this paper will inform the continuing discussion on the issue of the appropriate professional degree in athletic training. There are a number of additional strategies that are being utilized to develop a final recommendation by NATA to the CAATE on this important issue including open discussions at each district meeting beginning with EATA in January and ending with SWATA in July. Again, we reiterate that no decision about the appropriate level of professional education for athletic training has been made. That decision is ultimately the responsibility of the CAATE and as a NATA Strategic Partner, they have agreed to consider all available information in making that decision.
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New Presentation on ATs and the Affordable Care Act
NATA
The Affordable Care Act makes a number of important health care changes, including expanding health care coverage options for Americans who currently lack health insurance. NATA recently posted the presentation "What Athletic Trainers Need to Know about the Health Care Law" to inform ATs and answer questions about the new policy.
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Nominations Open for College/University Awards
NATA
The College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee awards are open for nominations. Nominate a deserving athletic trainer for one of eight awards in the following categories: Head Athletic Trainer - NCAA Division 1; Head Athletic Trainer - NCAA Division 2; Head Athletic Trainer - NCAA Division 3; Head Athletic Trainer – NAIA; Head Athletic Trainer - Junior College/Community College; Assistant Athletic Trainer of Year; Above and Beyond Award and New Horizon Award. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31.
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January NATA News Available Online
NATA
Kick off the new year with our latest issue! Read our cover story about the evolving field of dance medicine and a case study about taking accurate temperatures during heat illness in the secondary school setting.
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Renewal Benefits Still Available
NATA
It's not too late — you can still renew your membership with NATA! If you renew by Jan. 14:
  • You can pay your dues in two installments
  • You'll be entered to win great prizes
Did you also know you can use your CEUs to purchase online quizzes and reserve them for future use? It's the perfect way to save some up if you've already got more than enough for 2014!

Renew today!

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Register for Capitol Hill Day
NATA
The 5th National Youth Sports Safety Summit and Capitol Hill Day will be held March 10-11 in Washington, DC. Represent your profession and attend! You can register for both events together or choose to register separately for the Summit or Capitol Hill Day. Early registration ends Jan. 17, and the final registration deadline is Feb. 6.
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Geoff Kaplan and the Life of an NFL Athletic Trainer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan got his start in Green Bay and in an interview for this story, gave us a glimpse in to life as an NFL trainer. A New Jersey native, Kaplan went to the University of Wisconsin from 1988-93. "When I was in high school, I was an athlete, but I had a bunch of surgeries," said Kaplan. "I was exposed to physical therapy. I knew I wanted to be a sports physical therapist. I looked at colleges across the country."
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Brain Rest after Concussion Linked to Quicker Recovery
Reuters
Most U.S. health authorities recommend people who've suffered a concussion give their brain a break while they recover, but there hadn't been strong data to support that. A new study provides some of the first evidence showing "cognitive rest" does make a difference. Disagreements over whether resting the brain really aids recovery have "generated controversy," Dr. William P. Meehan III, director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, Mass., said.
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Clint Haggard, a Georgia boy Turned Gamecock
Madison Journal Today
Most people wish for a dream job. While growing up, most kids dream of what they will be when they grow up. Clint Haggard, a 1998 graduate of Madison County High School in Georgia, might have dreamed of being a professional ballplayer one day — dreams that most kids in sports have. But Haggard is living a different kind of dream. Not a dream of playing any type of sport, but a dream of being around the sport of football. Haggard is the youngest Division I head athletic trainer in the history of the modern NCAA.
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Confronting Concussions: Youth Sports Programs Implementing Head Injury Guidelines in Athens, Ga.
Athens Banner-Herald
Early in the first quarter of Athens Academy's loss to Prince Avenue in October, starting quarterback Michael Santamaria took a hard hit. "He should have gone down and protected himself better, but he took a good hit," Athens Academy coach Michael Gunn said after the game. Santamaria continued to play, completing 5 of 6 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second quarter.
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Ski Helmet Use Isn't Reducing Brain Injuries
The New York Times
The fact that Michael Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he sustained a life-threatening head injury while skiing in France probably did not come as a surprise to experts who have charted the increasing presence of helmets on slopes and halfpipes in recent years. The fact that the helmet did not prevent Schumacher's injury probably did not surprise them, either. Schumacher, the most successful Formula One driver in history, sustained a traumatic brain injury when he fell and hit his head on a rock at a resort in Méribel, France.
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Concussions Bedevil Sports, but Today They are Taken Seriously
Borderzine
Any athlete can suffer some type of brain injury in a game or in practice during a career, especially in the very competitive college and pro sports. Most athletes get concussions, but they are usually unaware of the injury, so they continue to play. But today, any symptoms are taken very seriously by athletic trainers and coaches to make sure that their players are safe.
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Avoiding Injury During Winter Sports
Doctors Lounge
Skiing, skating, snowboarding and sledding are great ways to stay active during the winter — if you take proper safety precautions. These sports require planning and caution to avoid potentially serious injuries, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Common winter sport injuries from skiing and snowboarding include sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures," Dr. A. Herbert Alexander, an orthopedic surgeon in Ketchum, Idaho, said in a news release.
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Foam Rollers Help Muscles Get a Workout and Massage
Lancaster Online
Athletes have known for years that massage works wonders for sore muscles. Some in the business of easing pained muscles — athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors — have used a device for years that does the work of a masseuse but bestows benefits beyond that. Foam rollers, made of foam rubber-like material, knead muscles with the power of a person's own body weight, and they are growing in popularity among fitness enthusiasts.
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