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Grassroots Star: Adam Annaccone
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Adam Annaccone, MEd, ATC, PES, didn't take, "No," for an answer during at the 2009 Capitol Hill Day when G.T. Thompson Jr., (PA-5) wouldn't agree to support athletic training legislation. Annaccone eventually convinced Thompson Jr. to visit Clarion University. Thompson met with the athletic trainers, learned more about the profession and toured the health care facilities. "He left with a completely different perspective," Annaccone said. "I'm not saying he will sponsor H.R. 1137, but he definitely understands what we're trying to do and why it's necessary." Be like Adam, and do your part for athletic training legislation.  More

Resource of the Week…for Students

Enter the Deloss Brubaker Student Writing Contest
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NATA undergraduate student members are invited to submit original manuscripts for the annual student writing contest. Prizes are awarded in each of the following categories: Original Research ($500), Case Report ($250) and Literature Review ($250). Entries are due March 1. Winning articles will be considered for publication in the Journal of Athletic Training. More

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NATA Info/Events

Get Your Guide to Athletic Training Services
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NATA has announced a new resource for members and employers. For a guide to the services provided by athletic trainers, contact Judy Pulice via email at or download the "Guide to Athletic Training Services."  More

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Six Pre-Conference Career Development Events Planned
from the NATA Clinical & Emerging Practices Athletic Trainers' Committee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Book your trip early to the 61st NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in Philadelphia and take advantage of career development events. Six sessions - including ones relating to physician extenders, the performing arts, public safety and secondary schools - are available on Tuesday, June 22. Separate registration is required.

Philly Insider Tip of the Week
“This will be the second year that we offer the Learning Lab as an educational option for attendees. Members will find this [to be] a useful way to develop skills they didn’t have before the meeting, and then go back to their practices and incorporate immediately.”
– Convention Program Committee Chair Rich Ray, EdD, ATC

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Athletic Trainer Volunteers Needed for NFL Scouting Combine
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CSMi needs volunteers to help perform knee evaluations at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Applicants must have ATC credential, be experienced in operating CYBEX, KinCom or Biodex Extremity systems and be available the week of Feb. 22. Submit your application online or at the CSMi Web site. Since 2002, CSMi has provided the equipment and the personnel to perform this knee evaluation to prospective NFL players. More

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Health & Development

The Problem with Football
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On Sunday, some 90 million people will watch the Indianapolis Colts play the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Perhaps the Roman numerals are appropriate. Although football hasn't quite reached the bloodlust status achieved at the ancient Coliseum, the path to Super Bowl XLIV is strewn with the broken bodies and damaged brains that result when highly motivated, superbly conditioned athletes collide violently in pursuit of glory. The more we learn about the human cost of this quintessentially American sport, the more questions are being raised regarding the people who run it and play it. More than 3 million kids play football at the youth level, and an additional 1.2 million suit up for their high school teams. So football's safety issues reverberate far beyond the NFL. More

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New Bill's Focus: Concussions in High School Athletes
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Although concussions in high school football attract the greatest attention, advocates of a new bill designed to protect youths say girls soccer players are the next most likely to sustain such brain injuries among student athletes below the college level. High school student athletes sustain at least 100,000 concussions a year in the United States — the majority of them in football, followed by girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball and wrestling, according to information compiled by Democratic state senators proposing legislation in the General Assembly session that opens next week. More

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Barefoot Running: How We Ran Comfortably, Safely Before Shoes
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New research is casting doubt on the old adage, "All you need to run is a pair of shoes." Scientists have found that those who run barefoot, or in minimal footwear, tend to avoid "heel-striking," and instead land on the ball of the foot or the middle of the foot. In so doing, these runners use the architecture of the foot and leg and some clever Newtonian physics to avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience. More

Injury Rehabilitation

All Clear? Head Injuries Get Attention From States
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At least a half-dozen states are considering measures that would toughen restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries, inspired by individual cases and the attention the issue has received in the NFL. Washington state led the way last year, passing what is considered the nation's strongest return-to-play statute. Athletes under 18 who show concussion symptoms can't take the field again without a licensed health care provider's written approval. Several other states, including California and Pennsylvania, have similar bills pending. More

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