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Fun Run Returns to NATA Foundation Event Lineup
NATA
This year marks the return of the NATA Foundation 5K Fun Run at the convention. Sponsored by Gatorade, the race is at 6:30 a.m. on June 26. To participate, attendees can pay $20 in advance or $25 onsite (beginning June 4). A reminder about the Fun Run will be included in one of the "Your Convention Experience" emails that you'll receive in the weeks leading up to convention. Indicate your participation within your general convention registration. Sign up today to ensure your spot!
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Professional Education Degree Informational Webcast
NATA
On June 3 and June 11, there will be a virtual presentation and discussion of the Professional Education in Athletic Training White Paper from noon-1:15 p.m. CDT. Russ Richardson, EdD, ATC, and Jolene Henning, EdD, ATC, LAT, have been presenting the white paper at this year's district meetings and other venues. If you have not had the chance to hear the presentation or if you'd like to hear it again, this is your opportunity. Time will be allowed for Q&A. We are limited to the first 90 registrants for each webcast, so register early!
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Process to Update the Standard Occupational Classification System Announced
NATA
NATA is planning to submit a response on behalf of the athletic training profession requesting a change to the classification of athletic trainers in the Standard Occupational Classification system. The Department of Labor announced the update process, which includes a public comment period, on May 22. Updates to the classifications are infrequent and ATs are currently classified at the technician level. NATA has a strong belief that we will be successful in making a compelling argument to change the classification of ATs to a more appropriate category. The association does understand, however, that this process in lengthy in terms of time and offers no guarantees of success. The NATA board and staff will work diligently on this effort and keep members informed about our progress.
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New Official Statement on Cervical Spine Injury
NATA
In a NATA Now blog post from May 7, Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA, talked about concerns regarding changes to the way Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transports patients to hospitals. In certain cases with suspected cervical spine injury, EMS will no longer immobilize a patient to a spineboard for transport. Last week, NATA released a new official statement addressing the situation.
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Gatorade Hosting Secondary School Lunch Reception
NATA
If you are an AT working in the secondary school setting, you are invited to a lunch reception hosted by Gatorade in Indianapolis. The reception is 12:45-2:45 p.m. on June 28 at the Westin Hotel in Senate Rooms 1-3. If you would like to attend, RSVP here. Be sure to attend the Secondary School Athletic Trainer Session as well to learn about the reinstated Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award.
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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.


The Nate Silver of Sports Injuries
The Daily Beast
Jeff Stotts is no Memphis Grizzly but last Nov. 22 he got an assist from Marc Gasol all the same. That night Gasol hobbled off his home court with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Nobody knew when the Grizzlies' star center would return, but Stotts had a better idea than many. The statistically inclined athletic trainer hopped on his Mac to pull numbers from a database he'd created for fun.
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Why Ice Doesn't Help an Injury
Yahoo Canada
Gary Reinl has an ice pack at home that he's saving for a special occasion. Despite decades of experience in the sports medicine industry, he's not keeping it in the freezer in case someone has a sprained ankle that begins to swell. Quite the contrary. He is holding onto the ice pack for the day when no one asks for ice to nurse injuries. "My goal," he says, "is to take it to the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices and have it displayed there."
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National Trauma Awareness Month Focuses on Sports-Related Injuries
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With this month marking the 26th anniversary of National Trauma Awareness month, doctors are reminding the public that there are things they can do to help prevent trauma–related injuries. The focus for this year's month is on sports-related injuries. With such a diverse age and health group in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, doctors and medical officials at Regional West say that it is almost impossible to completely prevent these injuries, but they also say that precautions can be taken.
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Gwinnett Braves Staff Helps Save Life of Choking Fan
AccessNorthGa.com
A father and son were enjoying a Gwinnett Braves game recently, until the father began to choke on a hot dog and went into cardiac arrest. Ushers, a medical team and athletic trainers for the team jumped into action, and in turn, saved Robert Adams' life. "I froze, I didn't know what to do," said Adams' son, Rob. But the ushers did — they called the medical team and 911.
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Brain Changes in College Football Players Raise New Concerns
The New York Times
The brains of college football players are subtly different from the brains of other students, especially if the players have experienced a concussion in the past, according to an important new brain-scan study that, while restrained in its conclusions, adds to concerns that sports-related hits to the head could have lingering effects on the brain, even among the young and healthy.
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Spring and Summer are Peak Seasons for Youth Sports Injuries
The Alternative Press
Sure, the weather's nice — but the spring and summer sports seasons are potentially dangerous ones for young athletes. Several popular, warm weather sports — baseball, softball and soccer — are not far behind football in terms of injuries sustained. And consider this staggering figure — 3.5 million young people nationwide will require medical treatment for a sports-related injury in the coming year.
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Get a Dynamic Workout: The Movement Preparation Phase
NFL.com
The previous two articles focused on active stretching to effectively prepare the athlete for exercise. The Movement "prep" phase is the next progression in the warmup process to optimally activate the athlete's neuromuscular system. In simpler terms, the nervous and muscle systems are "woken" up as well as increasing the body's core temperature.
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High School Seniors Learn About a Healthy Lifestyle
WICS-TV
Seniors at MacArthur High School in Decatur, Illinois, got a chance to learn about proper nutrition, and some benchmarks to measure a healthy body. The Obesity Prevention Coalition coordinated the event, which offered students six different stations. One helped students learn to incorporate fresh produce in their meals. Another helped them measure their body mass index and blood pressure.
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