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Sport Safety Meeting Draws National Attention
NATA
During a national press event at the NFL headquarters hosted by NATA and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, sports medicine leaders encouraged the establishment of best practices and protocols with regard to heat-related illnesses, cardiac conditions, head and neck injuries and the overarching need for emergency action plans in all secondary schools. The executive director and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee chair from each state's high school athletic association were invited, and nearly 150 were in attendance for the meeting in New York March 26-27. Read more about the event at the NATA Now blog.
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Register For Brain Based Learning Webinar
NATA
Jeffery Huston, MS, ATC, FNS, will be presenting "Our Classrooms are Backwards — How Brain Based Learning Should Shape Our Teaching," at 11 a.m. CT on April 22. If instructors want to maximize learning in their courses, they need to understand how the brain works during learning. Brain based learning and brain based research has been discussed, but rarely has it been discussed in terms of athletic training education. Athletic training classrooms and education are perfect for maximizing learning through the principles that brain based learning has presented. This session will focus on examining how the brain learns best and how this knowledge can be translated into sound principles associated with teaching and learning.
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NATA 2015 Early Bird Registration Deadline This Month
NATA
The window for early bird convention registration is currently open but it will be closing soon. April 30 is the last day to register and qualify to receive the discounted rate. NATA members can save $75 and certified student members can save $50, so act now to take advantage of the savings.
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Nominations Open for William Griffin Leadership Award
NATA
Nominations for the William T. Griffin Award for Outstanding Leadership in Legislative Advocacy are now open. Nominees for this award will be members of NATA and have demonstrated leadership over their careers in ways that reflect Griffin's spirit and example, including:
  • Motivating others, especially AT leaders, to increase political involvement
  • Leading by example, showing that one person can make a difference, e.g. through mentoring or fundraising or outreach to other organizations
  • Demonstrating strategic thinking in organizing a legislative or grassroots campaign
  • Initiating coalitions to maximize advocacy efforts
  • Individually and personally raising the visibility and influence of the profession
Members can complete the nomination form directly from the NATA website.

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Last Week to Submit EDAC Abstracts
NATA
The NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee is issuing a call for poster presentation abstracts for the 2015 Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. Presented during the EDAC Town Hall the evening of June 25, the abstracts must reflect the EDAC mission by identifying and addressing issues relevant to an ethnically diverse population. Abstracts are due by April 11.
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New Issue of Building Blocks Released
NATA
The NATA Research & Education Foundation has released a new issue of its ongoing educational series, "Building Blocks for Clinical Practice." The latest piece on hyperthyroidism provides information on the condition and its causes, signs/symptoms, treatment and management. Previous issues addressed hypothyroidism, heat illness treatments, cardiac assessments, abdominal assessments, viral skin infections and more.
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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.


Often in Background, Athletic Trainers Shouldn't Be Forgotten
The Advocate
They haven't scored a touchdown, made a game-winning basket or thrown a baseball 90 miles per hour. You won't find their names at the top of any roster where the players and coaches are listed. I'll argue that high school-based athletic trainers are exactly where they're supposed to be — in the background making sure athletes are taken care of on a daily basis.
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Athletic Trainer Recognizes Blood Clot in Student Athlete
The Associated Press via Rapid City Journal
An athletic trainer at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is receiving praise for alerting an athlete to a blood clot in his leg. Blake Spindler met last month with Chris Alban, a defensive back on the football team, to discuss discomfort he was feeling in his right leg. Spindler then recognized abnormal vital signs indicating Alban had a blood clot, and sent him to see a doctor. Alban was diagnosed with a blood clot and received treatment at a local hospital.
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    Study: Parents, Coaches Need Schooling on Concussions
    The News Journal
    Delaware Military Academy senior Michael Lyons cuts back his time texting and watching television not because he wants to, but because he has to. He can't take notes in school either, weight-lift or do one of the things he loves: wrestle. Mike was concussed — badly — during a wrestling match in February. His opponent in the 220-weight class did an illegal move, he said, and next thing he knew he was out on the mat for five minutes.
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    Board: NC Schools Must Up Game for Treating Sports Injuries
    The Associated Press via Winston Salem Journal
    North Carolina schools will have to improve the quality of emergency help on hand when students suffer sports injuries, the State Board of Education determined. State policy now requires schools to have a licensed athletic trainer or lesser-trained first responder on hand at all football practices and games. Those treatment workers must be certified in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and trained in concussion management and injury prevention.
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    Safety Symposium Finds Optimism, Room for Improvement in State Policies
    USA Today
    Awareness of health issues in youth and high school sports is quite high, and there is better access to life-saving materials, knowledge and planning than there has been, but young athletes continue to die in ways that would be preventable if treated more responsibly. That message from a panel of medical experts applies to a full range of potentially catastrophic health incidents in teens.
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    Research Shows Youth Athletes Should Diversify
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    According to recent research, specializing in one sport at an early age may not be what will make your child an elite athlete. However,diversifying participation in a multitude of sports and not playing year-round, as promoted by the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign, just might. Recent research published in "Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach," analyzed articles from 1990 to 2011 looking for information about whether sports specialization actually helps or hurts kids.
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    Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths
    WBUR-FM
    Doug Casa, chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute, says the highest number of sports-related deaths in the U.S. are among the 7 million high school athletes. Casa, along with the National Athletic Trainers' Association, is asking all 50 states to adopt safety procedures to safeguard athletes. Casa joined Bill Littlefield to discuss his efforts to make high school sports safer.
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    Study: Year-Round Baseball Leads to More Youth Injuries
    HealthDay
    Being able to play baseball year-round puts young pitchers in the southern United States at increased risk for an overuse injury in their throwing arm, a new study finds. University of Florida researchers looked at college baseball players and found that those who play in the South are 5.5 percent more likely to suffer an ulnar collateral ligament tear in the elbow in their throwing arm than those in other parts of the country.
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