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Email Invoices Have Been Sent!
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Membership renewal invoices were issued last week (Oct. 24-26). They were sent via email again this year, so be sure to check your inbox. If you do not see it there, check your spam folder, too. If you have any questions, contact the Member Services Department at More

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Pay in Installments
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When renewing online, you can choose to take advantage of our installment payment option if you do not want to pay the full year's dues all at once. You can pay in two, three or four installments, depending on when you renew. Sign up by Nov. 14, to qualify for the four-payment option. More

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BOC Recertification Fee Change
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The Board of Certification, Inc., recently announced a change in recertification fees – and in the way those fees are collected, another step in the evolution of the BOC. Within the new system, NATA obtained for members a 32 percent discount on the annual BOC recertification fee – and the convenience for members to bundle the recertification cost with their membership dues for one easy payment. Non-members are charged a $50 annual recertification fee paid through BOC Central on the BOC website. NATA members, meanwhile, will pay only $34 if they add the recertification fee to the NATA dues invoice during the membership renewal period. Only by combining the two, between Nov. 11, 2011 and April 30, 2012, can an NATA member obtain the discount. More

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Renew Early, Qualify for Prizes
and Extend CEU Bucks

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All members who renew by Dec. 31 will be included in a drawing for great prizes including free registration, airfare and lodging for the 2012 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Also, if you have not used your CEU Bucks for 2011, you do not need to rush to do so before the end of the year. Pay for your 2012 Professional Development Package in full by Dec. 31, and you will be able to use you CEU Bucks from this year through the end of January 2012. More

Sports Health Journal Discount
When You Renew

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Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach is a publication that offers comprehensive, practical information for athletic trainers. NATA members can subscribe to Sports Health for $35 per year (a savings of $98) for 6 issues and get access to 3 Free CEU Bucks (via the NATA website). Just select the Sports Health option during the renewal process. More

Webinars Provide CEU Opportunities
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NATA Webinars bring you experts, via the Internet, presenting important topics in the field of athletic training and an opportunity to earn CEU credit. Most webinars run one hour and fifteen minutes and include an audio/visual presentation and time for questions. Attending a live NATA Webinar allows you to report in Category A to the Board of Certification. (You must attend the entire duration of the webinar.) More

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A New Breed of Knee Injury in Young Athletes
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Sometimes physicians will notice a medical trend well before science confirms its existence. That has been the case with injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, the main ligament that stabilizes the knee joint, in young athletes. "Doctors who treat kids have all been saying over and over that the numbers of ACL tears are going up dramatically," says Dr. J. Todd Lawrence, an orthopedic surgeon and pediatric sports medicine specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But surprisingly little firm data has confirmed that hunch. More

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Experts Skeptical of 'Anti-Concussion' Sports Equipment
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As scientists confirm that football and other high-impact sports can leave lasting brain damage, companies are marketing "anti-concussion" equipment to coaches, parents and children that, neurologists say, probably does not work. "I wish there was such a product on the market," Jeffrey Kutcher, chairman of the American Academy of Neurology's sports section, said at a recent Senate hearing. "The simple truth is that no current helmet, mouth guard, headband or other piece of equipment can significantly prevent concussions from occurring." More

Possible Athletic Training Major Benefits Iowa State Students
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Prospective and current Iowa State University students may soon have a new option to choose from in the multitude of undergraduate majors currently offered to them. A proposal currently on the Faculty Senate docket for the Nov. 8 meeting seeks to create a Bachelor of Science degree program in athletic training. "We've always been on campus as a presence," said Mary Meier, athletic training program director. "This is something we have to have for our external accreditation." More

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Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Concussions?
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You think linebackers have it tough. Have a thought for the poor woodpecker. These arboreal bashers hit their heads against tree trunks at tremendous speeds, dozens of times a minute. Yet the resulting deceleration of their jack-hammering heads, the abrupt stopping force that sends athletes' brains sloshing around inside their skulls, does not cause the birds any harm. In a new study, researchers have detailed the precise motions the bug-seeking creatures make with their heads and show how the construction of their skulls protects their bird brains from concussion-like injuries. And, the scientists say, equipment makers might use this miracle of evolutionary engineering to help prevent brain injuries to athletes on the ice or playing fields. More

New Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Might Help Avoid Side Effects of Steroids

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A new class of anti-inflammatory drugs may one day serve as an alternative to steroid medications and possibly help avoid the serious side effects of steroids, based on research findings at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The scientists discovered that a protein that defends the body against cancer also plays a key role in the anti-inflammatory action of steroids. Targeting this protein might lead to new drugs that could replace or augment steroid treatment. More

Yoga and Stretching Both Ease Chronic Back Pain
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Weekly yoga classes eased pain and improved functioning in some people with chronic lower back pain — but the yoga sessions weren't any better than regular stretching classes, according to a new study. Researchers found that participants in both types of classes had better functioning and fewer symptoms after three months than back patients who were only given a book with advice on preventing and managing pain. More

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