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Save Big Bucks! Volunteer at the Convention in Indy
NATA
Sign up to help behind the scenes this year at the 65th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Indianapolis. The event is scheduled June 25-28, and volunteers can get a portion of their registration fee reimbursed. You must pre-register for the meeting. Lend a hand, and save some cash!
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Learn About Optimizing Performance in Webinar Next Month
NATA
Isaiah Kacyvenski will be presenting "Optimizing the Performance Envelope," at 11 a.m. CT on May 2. This session will provide an overview of such technologies from an athlete's point of view, with an emphasis on quantitative measurement of key indicators of athletic performance such as force of impact to the head and athlete core hydration. It will explore how athletic trainers can integrate such performance monitoring technologies into their existing protocols to achieve an ideal balance between performance and safety.
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New Senate Bill Benefits ATs
NATA
Last week U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced a bill clarifying that sports medicine professionals who travel outside their primary licensed state to provide care for the athletes will be covered by their medical malpractice insurance. The bill, designated S. 2220, would allow sport medicine providers to engage in the treatment of injured athletes across state lines without taking on great professional and financial risk.
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St. Louis 2015: Call for Proposals
NATA
NATA is now accepting proposals for the 2015 convention in St. Louis! There are three categories of proposals you can submit for educational programming: Clinical Evidence-Based Practice, Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice and Non-Patient Oriented. Proposal topics must fall within the five domains of athletic training: Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection; Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; Immediate and Emergency Care; Treatment and Rehabilitation; and Organization and Professional Health and Well-Being. The deadline to submit your proposal is June 16, so act now!
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Call for ECE Members
NATA
The NATA Executive Committee for Education is looking to add members who are interested in forwarding the committee's mission of informing and assisting the profession in setting the direction for athletic training education. Four new members will be added as of June, 2014. If you are interested in being considered for a position on this committee, click here for more details. All applications must be received by May 1, 2014.
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New Continuing Education Requirements — Evidence Based Practice
Board of Certification
The BOC added a new continuing education category at the beginning of 2014. The Evidence Based Practice category helps ATs infuse the best new evidence into clinical decision-making, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. ATs are required to complete a minimum number of EBP continuing education units to maintain their BOC certification. All CEUs are due by Dec. 31, 2015. ATs certified before 2014 must complete 50 CEUs, including at least 10 EBP CEUs. ATs certified in 2014 must complete 25 CEUs, including at least 5 EBP CEUs. BOC Approved EBP programs are listed on the BOC website. Approved programs are updated monthly. Complete details of the Certification Maintenance changes can be found here.
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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.


Record Numbers at IOC's Sports Injury Prevention Conference
Horsetalk
A record number of participants from around the globe attended the International Olympic Committee's World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in Monaco. The conference hosted many renowned sports medicine experts among the 980 participants from 81 countries. It included 113 speakers, 5 keynote lectures, 24 symposia, 76 workshops and 202 abstracts. The meeting was described by many delegates as the most constructive yet for researchers and practitioners in the field of sports medicine and prevention.
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Study: Concussions Impact Girls Worse
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More and more studies are taking a look at how concussions on the field, or the court, can affect our kids. Research has already shown that concussions can severely impact the brain's ability to function normally, but new work done in Wisconsin highlights how much worse the brain injury can impact girls. It's not a small issue. Every year, emergency responders treat about 173,285 traumatic brain injuries relating to sports, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Athletic Trainers Release New Guides for Concussions
The Tennessean
In March, NATA released new guidelines on the management of sports concussions during the 5th annual Sports Safety Summit in Washington D.C. This statement updates the association's original 2004 concussion guidelines and addresses education, prevention, evaluation and return-to-play considerations. "Education is the key, and concussions are not just with football, it is with any sport where there is an incident where the athlete can have a head injury," says Scott Byrd, vice president with the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society.
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Tough Issues Face High School Athletic Trainers From Intermountain Region
Daily Herald
Concussions. Heat. Lightning. Conflict. Value. Retention. If you work at a high school as an athletic trainer, all of these issues become part of your job. Athletic trainers from five states — Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming as well as Utah — gathered in Provo, Utah, to discuss these topics and share their experiences as part of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association Annual Clinical Symposium and Business Meeting.
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Boston University Volunteers Contribute to This Year's Marathon
WFXT-TV
Some of Boston University's physical therapy and athletic training students worked at the medical tent on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. The group expected to deal with sore muscles and maybe hypothermia, but they ended up responding to much, much more. When the finish line became the front line of a terror attack, students volunteering at the medical tent suddenly became first responders.
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Top Tips to Prevent Injuries
The Tennessean
Injuries are inevitable when playing sports, but there are ways to minimize the risk. "If you have an athlete at any level, you need to work on educating yourself," says Andy Yarbrough, athletic trainer at Gallatin (Tenn.) High School. Yarbrough works with all 22 of the school's sports through the Bodyguard Sports Medicine Program. He is an employee of Sumner Regional Medical Center and many of his recommendations are backed by Safe Kids Worldwide.
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