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NATA Foundation Accepting Nominations for Research Awards
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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 David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award. To nominate a researcher for one of these prestigious honors, review the criteria and process here.
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Concussion Webinar Next Week
NATA
Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC, will be presenting "Sport Concussion: From Bench to Bedside" at 11 a.m. CT on Sept. 5. Objectives of the webinar include: understanding the location and magnitude of head impacts, knowing the appropriate tools and their limitations for acute injury management and understanding the relationship between concussion and long term cognitive health.
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Upcoming Conference on Youth Sports
American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine and ESPN Wide World of Sports are hosting an interactive and immersive conference focused on innovation and best practices in youth sports. Speakers will address topics such as early specialization, injury prevention, concussions, sports nutrition, technology, and best practices for sustaining youth sports participation for all ages and skill levels — from recreational to elite. Titled "Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: Innovation and Best Practices in Going the Distance!" the event will take place Nov. 6-8 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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NATA Seeks Proposals for Prevention, Risk Reduction of Falls in Seniors
NATA
NATA is seeking high quality research proposals to assess the effectiveness of AT interventions in the prevention and risk reduction of slip-and-fall injuries in Medicare-eligible populations. NATA has set aside up to $220,000 to fund the "Athletic Training Outcomes and Cost Containment within Healthcare Facilities" research. Proposals should focus on treatments and interventions performed by one or more certified athletic trainers, who are solely BOC credentialed as an athletic trainer (AT). The AT must be hired, employed or contracted as an AT by the health care facility or the host institution. The research may be conducted in an extended care, community-based or similar health care settings. The study may be multi-centered or single-centered. Any health care professional, researcher or educator may submit a proposal.

Grant proposals are due by Oct. 1, and notification of award will be by Jan. 15. For more information, contact Paul Ullucci at Paul@risportsmed.com. For administrative details, contact Cate Brennan at cate@nata.org. To receive a copy of the RFP, contact pariet@nata.org.

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Future of AT Education Webcast
NATA
A variety of webcasts are available at NATA's Vimeo page. Included among them is a presentation by ECE Chair Sara Brown that discussed the "Future Directions in Athletic Training Education" document. It answered common questions about the document, which was published by the NATA Executive Committee for Education (ECE). View this presentation now or browse NATA's Vimeo page to see the full range of webinar topics.
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Concussions and High School Football: Law Is Just a First Step
Canton Repository
In just five years, 49 states have passed laws to raise awareness about concussions and ensure proper treatment of head injuries in young athletes. The rapid spread of "return-to-play" laws came after the revelation of long-term brain damage in several former National Football League players and alarm at the local level that young athletes needed more protection and clear standards of care in dealing with concussions.
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Thousands of Victims Could Be Saved If AEDs Were Readily Available
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Michael Abt, a 12-year-old middle schooler from Vero Beach, Fla., Josh Miller, a high-school middle linebacker from Barberton, Ohio, and Connecticut lawyer Michael Sage, 29, all died when their hearts suddenly stopped beating. Each was stricken by sudden cardiac arrest when they were nowhere near a hospital. None knew that he or she was at risk from a heart-rhythm problem that kills more than 350,000 people in the United States each year, according to the American Heart Association.
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Fairfax, Va., Honored for Sports Safety
WTOP-FM
The start of a new school year means a lot of kids are heading off to the playing field. Injuries from torn tendons to concussions are a big worry for parents and coaches alike. But the school district in Fairfax, Va., is getting national recognition for its commitment to the safety of its student athletes. All 25 of the public high schools in Fairfax County have won the "Safe Sports School Award" from the National Athletic Trainers Association.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Treated Facility for MRSA
ESPN
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have recently treated their facility in an effort to erase any existence of MRSA, a serious staph infection that has sidelined Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks and resulted in place-kicker Lawrence Tynes having surgery on an infected toe, general manager Mark Dominik confirmed to ESPN. Doctors diagnosed Nicks and Tynes as each having contracted MRSA, a powerful bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment.
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Sideline Care Lacking in High School Football
Fairport-East Rochester Post
High school football players increasingly are bigger, faster, stronger — better. The level of medical care awaiting them on the sideline has not kept pace. While professional and college football teams have physicians, athletic trainers and other specialists at their disposal, medical support is spotty at the high school level. For those who think new state laws in New York aimed at proper treatment of concussions and prevention of long-term brain injury are just a first step, improving medical support is high on the list of suggested next steps.
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Plantar Fasciitis Knocking Top Athletes Off Their Feet
USA Today
For most of this baseball season, playing a game seemed like the furthest thing from Albert Pujols' mind when he woke up in the morning. The most pressing issue was how to stand on his feet and get to the bathroom. "You almost want to pee in your bed rather than go to the bathroom," Pujols tells USA TODAY Sports. "It's really painful in the morning." The pain came from Pujols' plantar fascia, the thick connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot from the heel toward the bones in the mid foot.
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Help For Scholastic Athletes
WNEP-TV
Back-to-school means back-to-fall-sports. Lots of athletes are getting ready to take to the fields for the season, and in some cases, athletic trainers are, too. WNEP-TV stopped by the Solomon Plains school complex in Plains Township, Pa., just as the Coughlin High School football team started its second week of practice for the upcoming season. Adam Tomassacci was watching the Crusaders closely. "All summer you run around without pads or helmets and the first day of practice you're in full gear. (Getting used to the heat) is an excellent idea," he said.
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A Team Approach to Sports Medicine
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Julie Agbabian says the University of Michigan's MedSport facility is intended to be a "one-stop shop" for sports medicine services. "At some places, you'd have to go to CVS or somewhere down the street to get your cast," says Agbabian, who is MedSport's operations manager. "We don't want you doing that. You limped in here; we don't want you limping out of here." While there's a variety of casts, crutches and braces onsite, that's just one example of the full range of services the facility provides.
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Maryland County Starts Concussion Testing, But Is It Enough?
BethesdaNow
Two weeks ago, for the first time, all Montgomery County (Md.) Public School high school athletes went through mandatory baseline concussion testing, designed to help coaches and parents recognize concussions in students throughout the upcoming fall sports season. But one Bethesda parent who delved into the issue after his son sustained a serious concussion while playing JV football thinks baseline testing is not enough.
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Montana Implements Mandatory Baseline Concussion Testing
Missoulian
Before they strapped on helmets and shoulder pads, before their first drills of the season got underway last week, Missoula (Mont.) Sentinel High School's freshman football team squared off with a computerized concussion test created by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The cognitive test that measures athletes' reaction time, memory, and verbal and visual skills is part of a profound change for school sports in Montana.
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