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ATEC/iLEAD Date and Location Set
NATA
ATEC and iLEAD will be returning in 2015. They will take place Feb. 27–March 1, 2015, at the Anatole in Dallas. The Athletic Training Educator's Conference (ATEC) is the most valuable and one of the largest conferences for educators, program directors, preceptors and clinical coordinators. iLEAD is conducted for junior and senior students who are interested in learning more about leadership and in preparing to transition to the professional world of athletic training.
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Preventing Sudden Death in HS Conditioning Webinar This Wednesday
NATA
Rebecca Stearns, PhD, ATC, will be presenting "Position Statement: Preventing Sudden Death in High School Conditioning Sessions," at 11 a.m. CT on July 23. 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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Update on California Legislation
NATA
In an unexpected move on Friday morning, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, vetoed a bill that would give athletic trainers title protection in the state. If signed into law, the bill would have provided some form of regulation in every state plus the District of Columbia. Here is what the Governor's message said:

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1890 without my signature.

This bill would make it illegal for any person to use the title of "athletic trainer" unless that person goes to college, gets a bachelor degree and meets various other certification requirements.

These conditions impose unnecessary burdens on athletic trainers without sufficient evidence that they are really needed.

While the NATA is disappointed in this development, we are tasked with keeping our members informed of news that impacts the profession — both good and bad. We are very proud of the efforts to get the bill passed through the California legislature. It took tremendous energy and determination, and we commend all involved.

Said NATA President Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, "Anyone who has worked with any level of government can understand how difficult, challenging and frustrating this process can be. I have been to California to assist with this effort and will return as many times as needed. It is very important that our leaders and members in California know how supportive we are of them and that we acknowledge how hard they have worked. This is the time for ATs to rally behind our colleagues in California."

This result means the hard work is not over, and we know the leaders and members in California will be up to the challenge. NATA will continue to work for athletic trainers to be statutorily recognized in every state. As we have through the entire process, your national association will keep in close contact with the California state leadership, CA Government Affairs Committee (GAC), lobbyists and members as we move forward. We will persevere!

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BOC Convention Recap and Winners
Board of Certification
The Board of Certification, Inc., staff and board members always look forward to NATA's convention for visiting with athletic training students, ATs, volunteers, committee members and the many exhibitors. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the BOC booth, and congratulations to the winners from our daily prize drawings! Be certain to visit us next year in St. Louis.
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Statement on CMS Changes
NATA
NATA is aware of the proposed changes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the fitting of durable medical equipment orthotics (braces). The association is gathering information and forming a task force of subject matter experts to assist in the strategy. We plan to submit formal comments to CMS. If you have relevant materials, please forward those to amyc@nata.org.
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August Will Feature Webinar on Fibromyalgia
NATA
The webinar "Exercise and Fibromyalgia: What we know now," will be held Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. CT. Scott Cheatham PT, DPT, ATC, will be the host for the session. This presentation will discuss the most current research on clinical management and exercise prescription for individuals diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The participant will learn the most current evidence based exercise guidelines for common modes of exercise including: strength training, aquatic exercise, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, and more. This presentation is for the rehabilitation professional who desires more in-depth knowledge of how to manage patients with Fibromyalgia.
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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.


'Little League Shoulder' on the Rise
HealthDay News via Philly.com
With summer in full swing, so, too, are youthful arms, with kids happily throwing pitches as hard and as fast as they can on baseball diamonds all across America. But experts warn that some children who engage in repetitive overhead ball-throwing — especially pitching — can end up paying a price, as insufficient strength paired with poor form turns into the condition commonly known as "Little League shoulder."
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Why a Minor Head Knock Can Cause Major Problems
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How many knocks to the head have you taken? I count a couple of concussions from horseback riding falls, a fall off a bike that resulted in no concussion, and a shake-up in a car accident — and I know there have been more. A new study in Neurology found that "even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems." The authors noted that most research has focused on people with severe TBI, but 90 percent of injuries are mild to moderate.
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Life as a Starting Pitcher
The Washington Post
For Washington Nationals starters, there is no chiseled-in-stone routine in those moments after they leave the mound, but head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz is adamant that they work their throwing arms. This is done in March or May with September and October in mind, and it is often done when the game is still going on. A pitcher's long-term health is more important than whether he sees his teammates record the final out.
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Major League Baseball Faces Epidemic With Elbow Injuries
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Major League Baseball has a new epidemic on its hands. Instead of steroids, human growth hormone and other performance enhancing drugs, players are suffering elbow injuries at an alarming rate. According to a report from SB Nation, at least 135 pitchers, or 20 percent, have had the operation at least once. In 2014 alone, there have been more than 40 different players between the majors and minors who have gone under the knife.
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Five Myths About Concussions
KCRG-TV
Although most people have a general idea of what concussions are, there are still some myths surrounding the injury. Myth No. 1: The two most dangerous high school sports in terms of concussion rates are football and hockey.
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Girls in Sports, PleaseTake Care of Your Knees
Austin American-Statesman via St. Paul Pioneer Press
A new study in Pediatrics, the journal for the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that anterior cruciate ligament injuries are on the rise, and girls are more likely to get this injury than their male friends. In the U.S. study, girls playing the same sport as boys are 2.5 to 6.2 times more likely to have an ACL injury than boys. In a Norwegian study, girls ages 10-19 had a 76 in 100,000 chance of tearing their ACL; boys in that same age range had a 47 in 100,000 chance of the same injury.
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Former Michigan Lineman Wins Battle With Depression
The Detroit News
Will Heininger was 19 years old, a happy, bright young man playing football at Michigan, the program he idolized as a kid. But from May through August in 2008 — his redshirt freshman season — the 6-foot-6 defensive lineman drifted into an area he couldn't control. He knew how, like most football players, to put his head down and push through physical pain. This was different.
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Former Northwestern Football Coach Focuses on Making the Game Safer
Herald Online
Reading a USA Today newspaper last summer, former Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) High School football coach Jimmy Wallace's eyes narrowed when he saw a familiar mug in the sports section: retired Concord (N.C.) High School football coach E.Z. Smith. Smith was featured in a story about Heads Up Football, a program that is trying to change America's most popular sport for the better. After reading the story, Wallace, who retired after the 2010 season, was energized.
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