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2014 Keynote Speaker Revealed!
NATA
The Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker for our 2014 convention will be Captain Mark Kelly. Included on his list of achievements are: combat pilot in Iraq, astronaut on four space shuttle missions, commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour and best-selling author. Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Read more about Kelly, including the topic of his presentation, at the NATA Now blog.
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Concussion Webinar This Wednesday, Register Now
NATA
Andrea Cripps, PhD, ATC, LAT, and Mikaela Boham, EdD, ATC, LAT, will be presenting "Visuo-Motor Processing Deficits Following Concussion in Athletes," at 11 a.m. CT on May 7. Dysfunction affecting the visuo-motor processing areas in the brain commonly occurs following a concussion causing delayed reaction time, cognitive impairments and many other symptoms. Assessment of the concussed athlete often fails to account for changes occurring in all of these areas. Reasons for not including these essential elements of the assessment may include a lack of knowledge and understanding. This session will inform the participants about the pathophysiology, examination and interpretation of findings related to visuo-motor processing dysfunction following concussion.
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Young Professional Programming Featured at Convention
NATA
The Young Professionals' Committee has another fine slate of programming planned for YPs at the convention in Indianapolis. A new career prep workshop, "Interviewing for your Future" will kick things off June 25. A peer-to-peer session, "Your First Leadership Position: A Conversation with the Young Professionals" will take place June 27. There will also be a financial planning session for YPs as well as social events in the Cramer Young Professionals’ Lounge. You can find more information, including how to get involved with/attend these events, on page 38 in the May issue of the NATA News.
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'Play It Safe' Video Contest
NATA
The "Play It Safe" video Public Service Announcement contest from the IOM and the NRC is designed to raise awareness about sports-related concussions among youth. The contest is open to anyone ages 13 to 22 interested in creating a 30- to 60-second Public Service Announcement about sports-related concussions. Topics include how youth can overcome a sports culture that often promotes "shaking it off" and getting back in the game, and how they can help teammates, coaches, and parents better recognize the signs, symptoms, and need for proper treatment of concussions.

The contest is open from April 8 through May 30, and the IOM/NRC will pick three winners — one for each age group of middle school, high school and post-high school — who will each receive a $300 gift card.

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Plan for NATA Foundation's Silent Auction
NATA
The 2014 NATA Research & Education Foundation Silent Auction will feature some great items again this year. Located inside the AT Expo in Indianapolis, all proceeds from the auction will go toward funding athletic training scholarships and research grants. To donate items, contact John Honaman at johnh@nata.org.
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Still Time to Win When You Register
NATA
If you haven't registered for the convention yet, you still have the opportunity to win when you do. If you register before June 4 you will be entered into a prize drawing. We will be giving away a different prize every week and you will be eligible for the prize offered during the week you register. We have already given away tours of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ruth's Chris gift certificates and gift cards to Tavern on South restaurant. If you register this week, you will be eligible for a gift card to use at MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar. Register soon and you just might get a little something extra too.
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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.


ACL Injuries: Psychological Factors as Important as Physical
Liberty Voice
Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 cases of ACL injuries happen to both recreation and competitive athletes who play agile sports, such as soccer, skiing, basketball and baseball. About half of the cases require knee reconstruction, according to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. About 70 percent of these injuries are caused by non-contact reasons, while the remaining 30 percent are caused by direct contact of the knee.
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New Report Says Back Injuries on Rise for Young Athletes
KDKA-TV
Youth sports are a whole different ballgame from when most parents were in school. Now, a new study out of Loyola University shows lower back injuries are the third most common injury after knee and ankle injuries in athletes under 18. So what's causing the increase in back injuries in young athletes? First, the musculoskeletal system is still developing and can't handle what adult bodies can. Also, more time playing and specializing in a single sport increase the risk for a back injury.
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Who Pays Ex-Players' Medical Bills? One Foundation Tries to Fill Void
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Seven years of helplessness have passed for Stanley Doughty. A cervical spine injury he sustained as a University of South Carolina defensive lineman leaves him living on disability checks from his parents' home in Louisiana — frustrated, humiliated and broken. At one point, Doughty lived out of his car for a month. He once had a job at Waffle House but couldn't keep it because of the burning sensation he felt whenever he lifted plates or reached for a shelf.
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Indiana is Latest State with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law
Times of Northwest Indiana
Two years ago, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted — and Gov. Tom Corbett signed — a well-intended law, championed by the parents of an infant who died of a previously undetected heart disorder at the 14 weeks old in 2004. However, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act has been another example of the law of unintended consequences because it mandates the sidelining of any athlete with any symptom of sudden cardiac arrest.
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Exercise-Induced Asthma: Worse in Spring?
Greenville Online
A study from Finland found that asthma was present in 23 percent of the athletes in its study, but only 4 percent of control subjects. Among the athletes, asthma was present significantly more often in swimmers and runners, perhaps because of their prolonged high rates of breathing. A larger follow-up study showed that 52 percent of elite runners had some evidence of asthma problems.
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Study Reveals Sizable Increase in Diabetes Among Children
The New York Times
For years, doctors have warned of a rising epidemic of diabetes among children. Yet there has been surprisingly little firm data on the extent of this disease among younger Americans. Now, a nationally representative study has confirmed that from 2001 to 2009 the incidence of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes drastically increased among children and adolescents across racial groups.
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Experiment Grows New Muscle in Legs of Men with Disabling Injuries
The Associated Press via Midland Daily News
Scientists implanted thin sheets of scaffolding-like material from pigs into a few young men with disabling leg injuries — and say the experimental treatment coaxed the men's own stem cells to regrow new muscle. The research, funded by the Defense Department, included just five patients, a small first step in the complex quest for regenerative medicine.
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Concussions and Sports: Educate Yourself and Your Athlete
Michigan State University
By Carolyn Foster: We are a sports society. We begin introducing youth to sports from the time they are in preschool. As a parent and grandparent of athletes, and after numerous trips to emergency rooms, doctors and physical therapists over the years — I personally am well aware of injuries that can be sustained through sports.
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