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Fair Practice Lawsuit Settled!
| NATA and the American Physical Therapy Association have agreed on terms that will settle the federal court antitrust lawsuit NATA initiated in 2008.
NATA President Marje Albohm, MS, ATC, says the successful outcome is tremendously positive for the profession.
"The settlement will allow us to continue to advance the profession while ensuring patient safety," she said. "This success means that we can put the Fair Practice Lawsuit behind us, knowing we have made great strides through it."
The settlement centers on a Joint Statement on Cooperation, a public declaration that will be posted on NATA and APTA Web sites, said NATA counsel Paul Genender of K&L Gates.
Full text of the Joint Statement will be released soon, but highlights include:
- The APTA acknowledges that athletic trainers are health care professionals who are authorized to provide interventions within their scope of practice and that the scopes of practice of both professions overlap to some extent;
- The APTA agrees that PTs are not the exclusive providers of manual therapy and that ATs are qualified to perform some forms of manual therapy;
- The APTA acknowledges that ATs are required, per their academic education, to be competent in some forms of manual therapy.
Counsel for NATA and APTA have notified the Court that the case has been settled, and final documents and details will be posted as they become available.
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Diversity Grants Available
from the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee
The NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee is offering grants up to $7,500 to educational institutions seeking to enhance ethnic diversity within the profession of athletic training. Grant proposals are reviewed three times per year, and the next deadline is coming up! More E-mail this story
World Summit Coming This Spring
Election/Involvement Deadlines Approaching Fast
from The German Academy of Applied Sports Medicine
Learn from some of the world’s best healthcare providers at the Athletic Care and Interdisciplinary World Summit scheduled March 11-13, 2010, in Innsbruck, Austria. NATA is one of 16 healthcare organizations working together to hold the event. More E-mail this story
Voting for the NATA Presidential Election ends Sept. 30. Candidates are Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC, and Joseph A. Iezzi, MS, ATC, PES. If you are an eligible member and haven’t received your ballot, contact Amy Callendar at email@example.com. Also…don't forget about the Call for Involvement. Complete your profile by Oct. 1 and continue making a difference in your profession. More E-mail this story
Staffer Visits D.C. to Promote ATEAM
Federal Legislative Manager Amy Callender and Washington, D.C. lobbyists spent August 26-27 in Washington, D.C. speaking to members of Congress about H.R. 1137. Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) and Janice Schakowsky (IL-9) received hand-delivered letters from athletic trainers in their districts asking them to support ATEAM. Thank you to all members who participated in the letter writing campaign! More E-mail this story
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Coach David Jason Stinson Acquitted in Rare Player Death Case
from The Associated Press
A former Kentucky high school football coach was found not guilty in the death of a player who collapsed at a practice where the team was put through a series of sprints on a hot summer day. In a rare criminal prosecution of a coach, David Jason Stinson, 37, was charged after 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed at an August 2008 practice as the team ran a series of sprints known as "gassers." He died three days later at a Louisville hospital of heat stroke, sepsis and multiple organ failure. More E-mail this story
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ACL Injuries: A Bigger Ligament May Be a Better Ligament
from The Los Angeles Times
When it comes to ACL injuries, size may matter. The anterior cruciate ligament is the bane of many exercisers and athletes. Found behind the kneecap, it's responsible for keeping the knee stable and is the most often injured knee ligament. Athletes are especially vulnerable because the ACL can tear or fray during moves such as jumping, pivoting or stopping quickly. Women are especially at risk.
A recent study found that injured ACLs are also often smaller ACLs. More E-mail this story
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NATA Member Featured in Oklahoma Newspaper
from Fox News
Scott Anderson, head athletic trainer for the Oklahoma Sooners, is the co-chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association task force for sickle cell traits, and said the knowledge about sickle cell-related deaths is too little. More E-mail this story
Diagnosing, Treating Adolescent Concussions Gaining Heightened Importance
from Oregon Live
New research shows that concussion injuries to adolescents are more serious than previously thought. A bill dubbed "Max's Law" passed the Oregon House this spring, compelling coaches to receive annual training in identifying concussion symptoms. More E-mail this story
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from the Clarion Ledger
Injuries are as much a staple of youth and high school sports as Gatorade and overzealous parents, and, according to a recent study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, result in 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations annually. Mike Wilkinson, director of outreach services for Mississippi Sports Medicine in Jackson and a longtime athletic trainer who has worked with Olympians on down to high school students, said there are ways athletes can reduce chances of getting hurt. More E-mail this story
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Biofreeze© Pain Relieving Spray
Biofreeze© Pain Relieving Spray, the #1 clinically used and recommended topical analgesic, can be used as an effective adjunct to the Kinesio® Taping Method. After applying the tape, the practitioner simply sprays the taped the area. Because the tape is porous, the athlete receives all the pain relieving benefits of Biofreeze. In addition, Biofreeze Pain Relieving Spray allows for more freedom of movement to increase joint range of motion. More
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SpiderTech Shoulder Spider
The Shoulder Spider is a professionally engineered, dynamic therapeutic support for the muscles that stabilize the shoulder. It uses advanced therapeutic tape technology to decrease pain and enhance support without any restriction of range of motion. Athletes who wear the Shoulder Spider experience improved performance and receive immediate feedback about their shoulder stability and muscle activation. It's ideal for anyone dealing with arthritis, muscle spasms, joint strain, or post-surgery rehabilitation. More info