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2015 Proposal Deadline Next Week
NATA
NATA is now accepting proposals for the 2015 convention in St. Louis! There are three categories 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 July 16.
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New Webinar Tomorrow, Preventing Sudden Death in HS Conditioning
NATA
Rebecca L. Stearns, PhD, ATC, will be presenting "Position Statement: Preventing Sudden Death in High School Conditioning Sessions," at 11 a.m. CT on July 9. This presentation will provide an overview of the 2013 Inter-association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletic Programs: Best-Practices Recommendations. This document provides the best practice recommendations to address the leading causes of sudden death in this population. Additionally, suggestions for emergency planning and infrastructure are discussed.
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NPI Contest Underway
NATA
The "Are You Being Counted?" Contest kicked off at our 2014 convention in Indianapolis and will run through Aug. 31. The goal is to see which district will boast the highest number of athletic training NPIs or the largest increase in athletic training NPIs during the contest period. All members, including students, are encouraged to participate by simply applying for your NPI number online. If you have an NPI, you are already entered for a chance to win! Five winners from each of the winning districts will be selected at random to win convention registration or NATA membership dues for 2015! The application process is painless and only takes a few moments.
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New Timeline for Award Nominations
NATA
There has been a change in the timeline for NATA Honors & Awards nominations. Nominations for awards will be accepted Aug. 1-Sept. 15. The deadline to return all application and support materials is Oct. 1. Any NATA member may nominate a colleague for one of the association's national honors or awards. Please visit the Honors and Awards web page and select an award to view the description, past recipients, eligibility requirements and nomination procedures. Awards will be presented during the 2015 Convention in St. Louis.
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Press Conference Provides Details on New Heat Illness Position Statement
NATA
NATA hosted a press conference in Indianapolis to speak about a new position statement on exertional heat illnesses. An executive summary was released ahead of the publication of the position statement, and new research on heat and hydration was issued. The statement will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Athletic Training. The press release and executive summary are available at the NATA website now.
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New Look For NATA Foundation Website
NATA
The NATA Foundation website recently received a visual overhaul! Stop by to check out the new graphics and user-friendly design. Get information on all the Foundation's initiatives, including scholarships, the Athletic Training Student Challenge, research grants and awards. You can also see who won the 2014 Fun Run in Indianapolis! Keep up with the Foundation via social media by finding the Facebook and Twitter icons on the website homepage.
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Heat Rises Above Head at NATA Conference
The Times of Northwest Indiana
While athletic trainers from across the country were in Indianapolis for the NATA's 65th annual meeting, concussion dominated headlines nationwide. In Philadelphia, the NFL and lawyers for retired NFL players agreed to eliminate the $765 million cap originally agreed upon in last August's settlement. Meanwhile in Washington, former NFL stars were appearing before Congress warning of the long-term effects of repeated head trauma.
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Protecting Yourself From Heat Dangers
KNOP-TV
With above average temperatures over the last two days, spending time outside can become dangerous very quickly. Local athletic trainer Doug Long with Great Plains Health says that the combination of heat and humidity pose the greatest threat to conditions associated with heat illnesses. Long says that hydration is the key component to preventing heat related illness when exposure to sun and hot conditions is necessary.
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Baseball's Protective Hat Should Be a No-Brainer for Pitchers
Fox Sports San Diego
Say this for Padres reliever Alex Torres: We do not know where the future will take this promising 26-year-old left-hander. But we do know a part of him already has made it to the Hall of Fame. His cap. Yes, that goofy looking thing that makes his head look top-heavy and rivals gawk and joke. And, you know, the thing that eventually might save a life in the major leagues.
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Rehabilitation Following Tommy John Surgery
Philly.com
We've seen it countless times; a pitcher throws a pitch, grabs his elbow and walks off of the field with the athletic trainer. Usually within a few days, media reports indicate the pitcher has fully or partially torn his ulnar collateral ligament. MRIs are obtained, orthopedic surgeons consulted, and in many cases the player opts to have Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the UCL.
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Are Specialized Facemasks the Bane of the NFL?
Al.com
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck stands out in the anonymity provided by the standard football helmet because his headgear has a facemask that seemingly could double as the grille for a Mack truck. But it remains to be seen if Tuck will wear his usual unusual facemask this season. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported he had obtained a league memo that indicated the NFL will prohibit the use of "non-standard/overbuilt" facemasks in the 2014 season.
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Take Steps to Protect Your Feet From Summer Hazards, Heat
The Dallas Morning News
Even after nine summers in Dallas, podiatrist Dr. Matthew Babich has yet to adjust to so many bare feet. "Any time of day," he says, "I see someone walking with their shoes off. I shake my head at it. When I first moved here, a neighbor mowed his lawn barefoot. C'mon, really? It's not that a shoe will save a foot if it goes under a mower, but not to have anything on it blew my mind."
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Preventing ACL Injuries in Young Athletes
Gant Daily
With the growing number of children participating in competitive sports, injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, of the knee are on the rise in young athletes. According to athletic trainer and physical therapist John R. Wawrzyniak, Penn State Hershey Therapy Services, the best way to avoid this knee damage is proper training.
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Don't Recommend Shoes
Massage Magazine
Through my education as an athletic trainer and massage therapist, I've been instructed on different ways to evaluate a person's feet to determine if they are a supinator or a pronator. Some people taught me to evaluate the wear patterns on a client's shoes, others showed me how to stick a finger under their arch when standing, still others instructed me to watch them walk barefoot.
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Knowing the Signs and Treatment of Heat Stroke could Save Lives
WSAW-TV
It's finally here — summer time! But the heat in the summer months can be deadly for athletes, or anyone working outdoors. Mark Beversdorf has been running since he can remember. Now, as an active triathlete, he knows the dangers of working out in the the hot, summer sun, and the potential for heat stroke. "What I notice is I stop sweating, and that's not a good sign," Mark said.
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Book Offers Guide to Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment
Independent Press via NJ.com
Anyone who has watched even one World Cup soccer game knows that injuries can happen — even to professional players. Now think of all the injuries that can happen to players in recreation leagues, or high school or college leagues. John Gallucci Jr., medical coordinator of Major League Soccer, has published his first book, "Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide To Optimal Performance for Players, Parents and Coaches."
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