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PR Contest Deadline Approaching
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The deadline to enter the Public Relations Contest for National Athletic Training Month 2013 is April 16, so enter now! The PR Committee conducts this contest to recognize the best efforts to promote the profession during NATM. It features five categories: most creative, best grassroots, greatest impact, best state association effort and best student effort. Winners receive a $150 gift card and recognition in the NATA News. More


Register for Webinar on Ankle Sprains
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Todd Evans, PhD, LAT, will be presenting "Outcomes Following Lateral Ankle Sprains: Update and Challenges" at 1 p.m. CT on May 9. The content will include: a brief overview of outcomes assessment, a LAS epidemiology review, an update on the current status of LAS outcomes, a discussion regarding the challenges athletic trainers face when addressing LAS outcomes as well suggestions for meeting those challenges.

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NATA Bestows First Safe Sports School Awards!
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Two Bryan (Texas) Independent School District schools have received the first Safe Sports School awards from NATA. Member Jamie Woodall and District AD Harry Francis submitted the first application for James Earl Rudder High School and qualified for the highest award, 1st Team. Not to be outdone by his wife, NATA member Josh Woodall submitted the second application, making Travis B. Bryan High School the second recipient of a 1st Team award.

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  Modular Taping Stations With An EDGE!

The Athletic Edge introduces modular taping stations to fit any size training room and any budget. Our high quality hardwood or laminate stations are manufactured using dowel and glue construction for long lasting durability. AE modular systems allows you to customize the height, depth, seats and custom graphics for any taping station. MORE

Pre-Conference Workshops Focus on Emerging Settings
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Want to learn more about the role athletic trainers play as physician extenders or how to connect the athletic training profession to performing arts? Join NATA in Las Vegas this year as we discuss these topics and more at the Pre-Conference Career Workshops on Monday, June 24. A networking reception will follow that evening. Information about the different workshops and breakout sessions is available at the Annual Meeting website. More

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Indianapolis 2014: Call for Proposals
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NATA is now accepting proposals for the 2014 convention in Indianapolis! 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! More

  Heart Screening for Young Athletes

CardeaScreen is a portable ECG device designed to support accurate identification of life-threatening cardiac conditions in athletes. The Bluetooth device transmits electrical signals from the patient to a Windows PC for analysis. Algorithms in-tune with an athletic heart analyze the 12-lead ECG and identify abnormal conditions that increase cardiac risk.

NCPPA/PBS Documentary Premieres This Week
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NATA and the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity have partnered with the PBS Documentary Age of Champions to bring the film to you for free, April 18-28! To watch the trailer and full documentary, please click here.

Age of Champions tells the story of five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. Watch a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.


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.

5 Questions with Retiring Utah Athletic Trainer Deb Willardson
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Award-winning athletic trainer Deb Willardson is retiring from her post at the University of Utah this May after 36 years of dedication to the school. After graduating from Utah State University in 1975 with a degree in PE and health education, Willardson was the first woman accepted into the athletic training program at Utah and then became the first female full-time athletic trainer hired by Utah in 1977. More

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The Evolution of ACL Injuries
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We all have heard someone talk about their "trick knee" they hurt in high school football, or the stories of players losing their college scholarship due to a knee injury. So how does Adrian Peterson return in less than a year and just miss the NFL rushing record? Let's look back and see how we've gotten from there to here—from career-ending setbacks to near-record setting comebacks. More

  GT Training Coincides with NATA

Attend Graston Technique® training in Las Vegas, June 23-24, prior to the NATA Conference. Learn how to use GT to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect challenging musculoskeletal conditions. Discover how a mechanical advantage can save your hands and help your patients. Details

Should College Athletes Buy Disability Insurance?
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Kevin Ware's grisly leg fracture during Louisville's run to the title was excruciating to watch for anyone — but especially so for NCAA athletes, who were reminded of how quickly and violently hopes of an eventual professional career can be put in jeopardy. Mishaps like Ware's help explain why athletic-disability insurance policies, once reserved for elite professionals, are now fairly common among student-athletes. More

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Athletic Trainers Getting Student Athletes 'Severe Weather Ready'
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Chad Gabbard is the head athletic trainer at St. Vincent Sports Medicine. He said it is a trainer's job to make the ultimate call when it comes to delaying or canceling a contest. He said just one phrase keeps athletes safe. "If thunder roars, go indoors," said Gabbard. "If you hear thunder, somewhere there was lightning." More


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Major League Lacrosse Pilots New Concussion Strategies
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As lacrosse has increased in popularity among both male and female participants in recent years, so have the number of brain injuries attributable to the sport. Lacrosse ranks third in diagnosed concussions among high school female athletes, according to the Florida Hospital Sports Concussion Program, and only hockey and football have higher concussion rates than men's lacrosse. More

Vermont Lawmakers Look to Keep Kids Safe From Concussions
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Concussions can be the result of a big hit or an accumulation of multiple small strikes, and are an unfortunate part of high school athletics. Vermont legislators want to make sure one injury doesn't result in a lifetime of damage. They fear some students start playing again too early, risking a repeat and more severe injury. More

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Female Athletes More Likely to Suffer Torn ACL
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Jody Cumberpatch says she was born and raised to play lacrosse, and she has the scars to prove it. The Annapolis, Md., native is a member of the women's varsity lacrosse team at Georgetown University. But this season, she's sitting on the sidelines, waiting for a torn ligament — the second of her athletic career — to heal. In a city where attention has been focused on the knee injuries of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the fact remains that the athletes most likely to tear their anterior cruciate ligaments are teenage girls. More

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Competitive Sports and the Risk of Injury
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It's a common mantra in sports to "play through the pain," as athletes do whatever they can to get the first down, strike a player out or put points on the scoreboard. But the drive to win can lead to sometimes serious injuries. Just such a scene recently played out on national television. During this year's NCAA basketball tournament, Kevin Ware of the Louisville Cardinals suffered a compound fracture to his leg after he jumped up to block a shot and landed awkwardly. More

Baseball is Great for Kids, but Injuries Can Be Serious
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From watching a child's first T-ball game to aspirations of playing in the Little League World Series, there is just something special about kids and baseball. Though baseball is one the safest sports for kids, there are still risks that can lead to serious injury. Some of the most common, but unrecognized, baseball injuries involve the eyes. Nearly 40,000 eye injuries occur from sports and recreational activities, and baseball is one of the leading causes. More

Lawyer Says Riddell is 'in Very Serious Trouble' After Lawsuit
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Rhett Ridolfi, a 22-year-old man who suffered brain damage and partial paralysis while playing high school football in 2008, has been awarded millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit against the helmet maker Riddell. And Ridolfi's attorney, Frank Azar, who is also suing Riddell on behalf of several former NFL players, says this is just the beginning. More
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