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Joint Statement Addresses Process for Examining Professional Degree
NATA
A Joint Statement from the BOC, CAATE, NATA and NATA Foundation Presidents regarding the process for examining the professional degree was released last week. Currently, the profession is engaged in a discussion about the professional degree being offered at the baccalaureate and post−baccalaureate level. There has been much conversation regarding this topic, so it is the intent of the Presidents of the Strategic Alliance members (BOC, CAATE, NATA, NATA Foundation) to communicate the current process to all stakeholders during this time of examination and public comment via this joint statement.
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New Convention Website Launches!
NATA
It's time to start making plans for the 2014 NATA Convention in Indianapolis! The convention website is up and running, so mark your calendars now and continue to check back often for details on housing, registration, programs and more. Housing opens early next month.
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Last Week for Honors & Awards Nominations!
NATA
If you would like to nominate a colleague for one of NATA's 2014 national honors or awards, be sure to do so this week. The majority of the awards have a Nov. 1 deadline. Visit our website to learn more about our honors and awards criteria and to nominate your deserving peers.
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Call for Nominations: NATA Foundation Board of Directors
Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Positions

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The NATA Foundation is currently accepting nominations to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors for positions that will be open in June 2014. Available positions include VP of Governance, District IV Chair, District V Chair, District VII Chair, District VIII Chair and At-Large Member. Learn more about the eligibility requirements, then submit a Candidate Nomination Form to Sue Guyer, VP Governance by Nov. 6. Interested members may self-nominate for these opportunities.
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Grassroots Star of the Week
NATA
Michael Catterson is the NATA Grassroots Star of the Week! He was scheduled to meet with Congressman Jim Bridenstine's district director, but was unable to do so due to the government shutdown. Catterson and Dan Newman did, however, meet with Kathy LaFortune, one of his caseworkers. She has a son who plays football at Tulsa University and is very familiar with athletic trainers. They met with her for about 45 minutes and she seemed eager to pass along the information to Congressman Bridenstine. They discussed a rescheduling of the meeting, probably sometime in January. What have you done to support your profession lately? Learn how to get involved here. Never underestimate the power of grassroots effort!
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BOC Fees Due at End of Year
NATA
Continuing education (CE) and recertification fees are due December 31, 2013, for all Athletic Trainers (ATs) who were certified before 2013. To enter CEUs or to pay recertification fees, visit www.bocatc.org and log on to BOC Central.
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Specialization, Hours Spent in Organized Sports May Predict Injury
Medical Xpress
Athletes ages 8 to 18 who spend twice as many hours per week in organized sports than in free play, and especially in a single sport, are more likely to be injured, according to an abstract presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. The study, "Risks of Specialized Training and Growth for Injury in Young Athletes: A Prospective Cohort Study," found athletes who played more hours per week than their age were more likely to be injured.
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Football Still Being Played in Heartland Without Athletic Trainer on Sidelines
The MMQB
The head football coach was bailed out this time. There was, thankfully, an athletic trainer on hand to look into the teenager's eyes, to have the player recall what he did earlier in the day, to ignore his cries of "I'm fine!" He wasn't fine: The next night he would leave the homecoming dance early, complaining about loud music and bright lights. It was the trainer's decision to pull the player from the game, after diagnosing him with a concussion.
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Virginia High School Athletic Trainer a 'Legend'
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Last Monday afternoon, the noisy training room in the field house at Virginia's Douglas Freeman High was filled with athletes, mostly football players, nursing sore ankles, shoulders, necks and knees, some from the previous Friday night's game. Dennis Spurrier was moving from one to another — taping, examining and bantering — when a volleyball player walked in with a bloody nose.
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Inside a Concussed Football Player's Fight to Return to the Field
Omaha World-Herald
More than two weeks after Eric Diaz got clobbered in a football game, he finally shook the headaches and dizziness fogging his brain. In the past, that likely would have been enough to get the Burke (Neb.) High School sophomore back on the field. But not any more. Like many high schools and colleges, Burke now requires athletes who have suffered concussions to pass a computerized memory test to prove their brains are actually working right again.
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Doctors Seeing More Kids Suffering from Adult-Type Sports Injuries
KVUE-TV
Any parent will tell you — watching their children play competitive sports can be far more nerve-racking than when they played. That's especially true for those parents who are watching from the stands when their children get injured. Adding to the concern is what doctors say is the growing number of adult-type injuries suffered by kids and teens. The most startling injury increase pediatric surgeons are seeing involves the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee.
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George Mason Professors Pioneer New Way to Study Concussions
Fairfax Times
The third floor of Bull Run Hall on George Mason University's Prince William campus plays host to plenty of mind-bending science projects — laser capture microdissection, protein electronics and high-resolution mass spectrometry are just a few of the technologies awaiting professors and students in the laboratory. Yet the most complex and potentially influential findings to emerge from the school's College of Science might come down to this: a kid spitting in a cup after football practice.
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An Inside Look at How Doctors Fix Sports' Most Notorious Injury
Mashable
The torn ACL is one of the most feared common injuries in sports. Superstars and weekend warriors from across the sports spectrum lose years of their careers to torn ACLs with regularity. Medical science has progressed to where athletes can now make full recoveries, but the process is long and arduous. So how do doctors work their magic? Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital live-tweeted an ACL reconstruction procedure complete with photos, videos and medical play-by-play.
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The Concussion Debate Hits the Texas Youth Leagues
The Daily Beast
On the evening of Monday, Sept. 23, emergency room doctors determined that 12-year-old Connor Curreri of Dallas had suffered a concussion during a football practice held that afternoon. Five weeks later, the seventh-grader has yet to complete a full day of school. Given all of the concussion talk that has permeated the mainstream media these days, Curreri's case offers an important reminder: head trauma is a concern at lower levels of competition as well, especially in football-crazed Texas.
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