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The Presidential Race is On
NATA
Russ Richardson, EdD, ATC, and Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, are the next NATA presidential candidates. The election runs from Sept. 1-30. Voters will receive an email with their customized login, which will allow them to vote online. Don't really know the candidates? You can read their statements and watch the presentations they gave at convention on the NATA Now blog. A live Q&A webinar with the candidates will be held at 11 a.m. CT on Aug. 26. Registration for the Q&A will open next Monday, Aug. 18. Space is limited for this event, so be sure to register early!
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This Wednesday, Webinar on Fibromyalgia
NATA
The webinar "Exercise and Fibromyalgia: What We Know Now," is 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.
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NPI Contest Standings Update
NATA
Where does your district stand in the NATA "Are You Being Counted" NPI Contest? The contest kicked off at convention and will close Aug. 31, so there is still time for you to apply for your NPI, be entered for a chance to win, and help your district finish in first place as the district with the highest percentage of members with a NPI, or the district with the largest increase of members with a NPI. Check out the midway standings of each district and more details on the contest.
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Grassroots Star of the Week: Troy Hoehn
NATA
Troy Hoehn, ATC, ATR, CSCS, was asked by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to speak at a press conference she hosted last week. The event was held to highlight Klobuchar's sponsoring of the Youth Sports Concussion Act. The local ABC affiliate KSTP TV ran a story on the event, including video footage. Have you made an effort to support athletic training legislation lately? Never underestimate the power of grassroots effort!
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Time Running Out on Safe Sports Championship
NATA
Attention secondary school athletic trainers! Does your school practice safe sports? We're having a competition to see which district provides the safest environment for its athletes, and you can help your district win by applying for our Safe Sports School Award. The last day to submit all documentation will be Aug. 27. Find all of the contest details, including how to participate, on the NATA website.
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NATA Foundation Accepting Nominations for Research Awards
NATA
The NATA Research & Education Foundation is committed to encouraging research among athletic trainers who can contribute to the athletic training knowledge base and has established an awards program to recognize and reward those individuals whose work helps fulfill that goal. Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 1 for the Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, New Investigator Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Award. To nominate a researcher for one of these prestigious honors, review the criteria and process here.
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NFL, College and High School Football Training Camps Combat Heat
AccuWeather.com
As football teams practice diligently for the long season ahead, they must first plan ways to beat the heat of August. Training camp for the National Football League is in full swing as all 32 teams have begun practice sessions. Starting this month, collegiate and high school athletes will each begin practicing for their upcoming seasons.
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Got a High School Athlete? Here's How to Save Thousands of Dollars
Tulsa World
The math is so simple, it hurts. Families of high school athletes can incur thousands of dollars in medical bills if their school does not provide access to an athletic trainer. High schools that either employ, contract out or otherwise bring in an athletic trainer to take care of athletes' injuries and post-surgical rehab procedures save those families huge sums of money.
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Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions
HealthDay News via Philly.com
High school football players are more likely to lose consciousness after concussions if they get hit at the top of the head compared to the sides, back or front, according to a new study. And nearly half of all concussions suffered by high school players occur from player-to-player collisions on the front of the head, the researchers found. The findings support a growing movement for safer tackling.
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Role of Athletic Trainers in Treating Basketball Injuries
WFMZ-TV
A new study about injuries to high school basketball players has experts calling for some changes on the sidelines before next season. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital studied injuries between 2005-2011 in the U.S. and found that more than 2.5 million high school basketball players were injured, and there aren't nearly enough athletic trainers were in schools to care for them.
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More St. Louis Area Schools Looking to Athletic Trainers for Help
KSDK-TV
The use of athletic trainers in high schools is on the rise of both sides of the Bi-State (Missouri and Illinois). The health experts have been praised lately following story of a 15-year-old Poplar Bluff, Missouri, boy who collapsed at a football practice. Witnesses on scene credited an athletic trainer with saving his life. St. Louis University has worked to bring more athletic trainers to St. Louis high schools and says its an idea that has increased in popularity.
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Safety with Summer Practices
WeAreCentralPa.com
Kids across Pennsylvania's Blair County are getting back on the field for practice. And for senior Zach Simpson, sweating on the field is his cue to grab some water. Simpson said, "I definitely drink a lot of water now, like all the time. I have a one gallon jug at my house drinking all the time." It's a lesson he learned the hard way. Last year, he took a trip to the hospital — all from being dehydrated after practice.
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Study: For Pro Soccer Players, Concussion Increases Risk of Other Injuries
Reuters
Professional soccer players who sustain a concussion are more likely to suffer another injury over the next year than players with other injuries, like groin strains or hamstring pulls, according to a new study from Sweden. Researchers used data from the ongoing Union of European Football Associations Champions League injury study. Participants included 46 all-male pro soccer teams at the highest level of the sport in 10 countries.
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First Aid, CPR Certifications to Hopefully Become Norm for College Coaches
NBC Sports
Sadly, in the history of college basketball there have been instances of players suffering cardiac arrest during either a practice or a game, and schools have attempted to take steps to ensure that they do everything possible to keep athletes safe. Some of those steps include more in-depth physical exams, and making sure there's an automatic external defibrillator at the ready.
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Concussions Becoming More Common in Variety of Sports
PennLive
Concussions don't just happen in football; they also are occurring in soccer, lacrosse and even cheerleading. "Especially in competitive cheerleading, we see concussions happening. They're not just shaking their pom-poms and kicking their fee; they're getting thrown 20 feet in the air and being caught by other cheerleaders," said Dr. James Mosher, a pediatrician with JDC Pediatrics in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
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ACL Injuries a Growing Problem for High School Athletes
TribLive
Angelina Gambino's potential moment of triumph turned into one of pain instead. While participating in the floor exercise during her gymnastics club's "parents watch day," which kicked off the 2013 competition season in October, Gambino attempted a trick she'd worked on for a month: a front handspring and front tuck.
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