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Vote Today! 2015 Presidential Election Open
NATA
The 2015 Presidential Election is now open for all certified members! Check your email for a message from elections@vote-now.com containing your secure registration code and instructions for voting online or using a phone ballot. (If your member profile does not include an email address, you will receive a postcard this week.) If you prefer to vote using a paper ballot, the email or postcard will provide a phone number to request one. Take this opportunity to make your voice heard in the future of your association!
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New EBP Courses Added to Quiz Center
NATA
New EBP courses opened yesterday! The EBP courses offered to convention attendees will be offered to all. The addition of these courses will raise the EBP CEUs offered by NATA from 8.25 to 12.75, well above the 10.00 BOC EBP CEU requirements. Here are the courses that are NEW for September:

Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide to Collecting Patient Outcomes (1.75 EBP CEUs)
Developing and Utilizing Clinical Outcomes Databases in Clinical Practice (1.25 EBP CEUs)
Foundational Concepts of Clinical Outcomes Assessment and Strategies for Implementation (1.5 EBP CEUs)

To access these courses and see the complete list of EBP offerings, go to the NATA Quiz Center.

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CMS Updates
NATA
On July 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule for public comment that has serious consequences for athletic trainers if enacted as written. NATA quickly formed a task force to fully research the issue and provide a comprehensive strategy for response. The proposed rule relates to the coverage and payment of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies. Specifically, the rule updates the definition of minimal self-adjustment of orthotics by defining those health professionals that have "specialized training" needed to provide custom fitting services if providers are not certified orthotists.

This rule, if it were to go into effect, would exclude athletic trainers from the ability to perform services that are clearly part of their education, training and clinical experience. Obviously, these services are a core element of the role and history of athletic trainers.

In addition to a formal response, NATA also worked with key congressional members on Capitol Hill and provided talking points to key partner groups, such as physician associations, regarding this issue and ATs. It is important to note that NATA did not seek a full grassroots effort from the membership because this is a regulatory/rulemaking issue and not a legislative issue that would benefit from members on the Hill hearing from their constituents.

NATA's response is online now.

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Honors & Awards Submission Deadline Approaching
NATA
The deadline to submit submissions for 2015 NATA Honors & Awards is Sept. 15. All application and support materials will then be due by 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.
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District Three Wins Safe Sports Championship
NATA
Congratulations to District Three for winning the first-ever Safe Sports Championship! A total of 22 schools in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association were named Safe Sports Schools during the contest period, which helped them win the grand prize. Read more about the contest and the Safe Sports School Award on the NATA Now blog.
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Concussions 101 Video
NATA
The Concussions 101 "white board" video by Dr. Mike Evans was recently updated. Dr. Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. This video was funded by the Canadian government and is suitable for kids, parents and coaches. The video is available in English and French.
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Vote for the Next BOC Athletic Trainer Director
NATA
You are encouraged to vote in the election for the next BOC Athletic Trainer Director to serve on the BOC Board of Directors. The election will be conducted by electronic ballot beginning Sept. 4 through Oct. 16. On Sept. 4-5, ATs will receive an email with voting instructions from the BOC's external partner for the election, Survey and Ballot Systems. Keep an eye on your inbox, and remember to cast your vote for the next BOC Athletic Trainer Director.
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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.


Athletic Trainers on Front Line of Safety for Student Athletes
Hartford Courant
Athletic trainers are often unsung, but are in reality the first line of defense for keeping student athletes safe while playing high school sports. While concussion screening and prevention has grabbed recent headlines, there is much more to an athletic trainer's duties than most people realize.
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Just before coach Mike Zimmer named Matt Cassel the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback on Monday, the team held a press conference of a different sort: the Vikings announced they've partnered with the NFL Foundation on a $50,000 grant to provide certified athletic trainers for the 13 public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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School Tries High-Tech Protection for Hits to the Head
The Riverdale Press
Lori Gill futzes around with an app on her tablet as she stands on the sideline during football practice at Riverdale Country School in New York. But Gill, the school's athletic trainer, is not checking the weather or goofing off on the job. She is monitoring the G-force of the hits the players sustain to their heads.
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New Study Smudges Shine on STAR System
The Times of Northwest Indiana
For the past year or so, local television stations nationwide have featured news stories about the supposedly scandalous state of football helmets in high schools and junior highs in their coverage areas. Largely relying on the laboratory-based Virginia Tech STAR Helmet Rating System, well-intentioned reporters have taken schools to task if any of their helmets fall below four stars out of a possible five.
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Why Kids, Athletes Should Get a Baseline Concussion Test
KTVK-TV
Watching for, treating and preventing concussions — it's a hot topic from the football field to the playground. And it turns out one of the best ways doctors can diagnose concussions is through a tool that lets them take a snapshot of your brain. But if you are picturing something like an X-ray or MRI, Dr. Steven Erickson says those don't provide a clear picture.
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Soccer Latest Target of Reform for Athletes With Head Injuries
KFVS-TV
A group of parents is suing several of soccer's governing bodies. The defendants include organizations that run events like the World Cup, all the way to youth league soccer. The plaintiffs don't want money, though. The group is looking for changes to concussion diagnosis policies and they even want to change strict substitution policies to let doctors find out if a player has a head injury.
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High School Teams Work to Prevent ACL Injuries
Chicago Tribune
At the start of every practice, New Trier (Winnetka, Illinois) High School's girls tennis team spends 10 minutes on drills that don't help players hit the ball more skillfully, yet might be the most important part of their athletic routine. The exercises, a combination of jogging, skipping, lunging and other calisthenics, are meant to prevent damage to their knees — specifically tears of their anterior cruciate ligaments.
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Balance-Testing App Used in Concussion-Treatment Program
The Arizona Republic
It's a story that never seems to go away: Playing sports is a huge asset to Arizona students, but it can also open the door to concussions. Several Arizona student-athletes are getting world-class concussion treatment through a revolutionary program by experts at Barrow Neurological Institute that helps better diagnose and prepare treatments for head injuries ... and it's free to families.
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