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Convention Registration is Now Open!
NATA
Registration for the 65th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo opened yesterday. Early-bird discounts are in effect, so sign up before May 1 to get the best pricing. If you want to get a preview of the educational content that will be available in Indianapolis, you can download the preliminary program or read it in the February NATA News.
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NATA Now Blog Launches
NATA
We recently launched NATA Now, the official blog of the NATA News. We’ll be posting to NATA Now multiple times each week, so make sure to check back frequently for the latest news from the profession and your association. If you're interested in contributing content for the blog, contact NATA News Editor-in-Chief Jordan Grantham at jordang@nata.org.
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National Athletic Training Month is Officially Underway!
NATA
National Athletic Training Month got off to a quick start over the weekend with posts across social media of ATs promoting the profession. If you want to get involved, we have resources that can help. These include a brand new poster exclusively designed for the event. And if you participate in our Social Media Contest, you could win a prize, too.
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Upcoming Event: Best Practices for Intercollegiate Sports Medicine Management
NATA
The University of Georgia is hosting "Best Practices for Intercollegiate Sports Medicine Management" May 5-7 at the Tate Center. Cosponsored by NATA and designed for college administrators, athletic administrators, certified athletic trainers and team physicians, this course is based on the Inter-Association Consensus Statement on Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools and Colleges. The course is intended to assist colleges and universities initiate, evaluate, and refine best practices for sports medicine management. Featured speakers include NATA President Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES; NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, MD; Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC; Ron Courson, ATC, PT; Charlie Thompson, ATC; Randy Cohen, ATC, PT; Scott Anderson, ATC; Lawrence Lemak, MD; Tim Neal, ATC, and Eric Swartz, PhD, ATC. Participants will earn approximately 24 CEUs. Group discounts are available. Register now!
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Join NATA Foundation Research Mentor Program
NATA
The NATA Research & Education Foundation is accepting applications for the Research Mentor Program through May 1. The NATA Foundation Research Mentor Program pairs promising investigators with established researchers who will provide guidance, advice and assistance in navigating both the research and the grant writing processes. More information is available at the NATA Foundation website.
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Free CEU Event: Safeguarding Student Athlete Health & Welfare
NATA
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is hosting "Safeguarding Student Athlete Health & Welfare" April 15-16. Cosponsored by NATA, this free event will feature speakers Brain Hainline, MD, NCAA Chief Medical Officer, NATA Hall of Famer Ron Courson, ATC, PT, and Brooke de Lench, founder of MomsTeam.com. The schedule has three components: 1) "Local Response to a National Problem," 7-9 p.m. on April 15; 2) "Safeguarding Student Athlete Health & Welfare, 9-noon on April 16; and "Priorities for Action on a National Level," 1-3 p.m. on April 16. Up to 7 CEUs available. Sign up now!
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Last Week to Complete MGMA Survey
NATA
You are eligible to participate in the MGMA 2014 Compensation and Production Survey! The survey closes March 7, so don't miss the opportunity to represent your specialty in the most comprehensive and current practice-data benchmarking report available in the industry. If your specialty is not listed within the survey, you are still able to participate. Simply type your specialty in to be sure it gets represented. Survey information is collected at the group level for all eligible providers, so be sure only one survey is submitted for your entire organization. Participation benefits include complimentary access to the survey results, online. Participate now or, if you're new to MGMA surveys, learn more about how to participate.
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Disclaimer: Headlines include recent stories in the media on athletic training and sports medicine and do not reflect NATA statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


Quick Vision Test May Help Spot Concussions on Sidelines
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
A simple vision test given on the sidelines can help identify athletes who've suffered a concussion, a new study finds. Researchers found that the test — known as the King-Devick, or K-D — was able to detect 79 percent of concussions among college athletes who were followed over a season. When the results were combined with those of two other screening tests, all of the concussions were caught.
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Taping Ankles and Fighting Cancer, Utah Athletic Trainer Pushes On
The Reporter
The cancer that changed Trevor Jameson's life went undetected until the middle of November. Jameson, Utah's head athletic trainer, simply thought he'd tweaked his back during a workout once it began bothering him. At 44, he thought he was just getting old and that he could grind through the discomfort. But soon, the pain was debilitating. Daily functions such as getting out of the bed in the morning required help from his children.
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Should You Let Your Child Play Football?
The Boston Globe
As head football coach at Westborough (Mass.) High School, Mark Ellis is obsessed with finding athletic freshmen. Recruiting wasn't always a big concern: In 2002, Ellis suited 115 players across his varsity, JV, and freshman teams. But last season, he had just 77 kids. And today, when the coach approaches a promising recruit, he's often hit with a frustrating reply: "My parents don't want me to play because of concussions."
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There is No 'One Size Fits All' With Athletic Shoes Any Longer
Tampa Bay Times via The Seattle Times
Shoes have come a long way since 1974 when Nike introduced the "Waffle Trainer," the first athletic footwear designed and marketed for the recreational runner. In the 40 years that followed, running-shoe technology has become big business. Every year the major manufacturers — and there are now more than a dozen — compete for a piece of the running market.
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Giants Say Former Athletic Trainer Has Died
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Barney Nugent, a former athletic trainer for the San Francisco Giants, died Saturday. He was 61. The Giants announced that Nugent died in Massachusetts after a short battle with cancer. He was diagnosed last summer. Nugent was San Francisco's athletic trainer for 11 seasons from 1993-2003 — during much of the home run chase by slugger Barry Bonds — before retiring to Arizona.
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Nonsense of Wild World of Sports
The Times of Northwest Indiana
In October of last year, as the anti-football drumbeat among the media grew ever louder, Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter infamously tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen in Game 2 of the ALCS. At the time, the video evidence was incontrovertible. After Hunter hit the ground — head-first — his body went limp. He had lost consciousness; he was concussed. He admitted as much in the Boston Globe when he thanked Red Sox relievers for "trying to wake me up."
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How Safe are Kids' Sports?
Athens Banner-Herald
Playing sports is a valuable experience in a child's development, yet steps can be taken to increase safety for young athletes, a panel of experts said at a recent Atlanta forum. The panel included prominent names from such diverse fields as medicine, sports, education and the media. They agreed there's a need for more awareness and understanding of sports concussions, and how to prevent and treat them.
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HeadFirst Concussion Care Center Staff Members Receive ImPACT Athletic Trainer Certifications
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
Three certified athletic trainers at HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care Center have just completed specialized training with the ImPACT baseline concussion testing program. HeadFirst Director of Sports Medicine Eric Hansen, ATC/L, Program Administrator Daniel Pokrifka, ATC, and Educator Victoria Simonette, ATC, are now ITAT (ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer) certified.
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