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Annual Meeting Housing Opens in Two Weeks!
from NATA
Time to book your hotel for the 61st NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia! Housing opens Monday, Nov. 30, online at Meanwhile, we've got a wealth of details to help you budget and plan for the 2010 Annual Meeting, which takes place Tuesday, June 22 – Friday, June 25, 2010, in Philadelphia. Go to to find:
  • Registration pricing;
  • Hotel rates;
  • Preliminary schedule-at-a-glance;
  • Philly-area fun stuff to do.
Remember, book early and book through NATA to secure the best pricing on housing, travel and registration!
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Resource of the Week…for Students

NATA's Athletic Training Education Honor Society
from NATA
Iota Tau Alpha is the national honor society for athletic training education. It was created in 2005 and currently has more than 500 members with chapters at 45 schools in 23 states, ranging from New Hampshire to Washington. In addition to the benefits it offers students, the society's goals include raising awareness of the AT curriculum and enhancing its reputation by being recognized with other honor societies at an institution.  More    E-mail this story

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NATA News Special Issue Recaps 2009
from NATA
Keep an eye out next month for the December 2009 edition of the NATA News. In one of the most popular issues of the year, we recap the highlights of 2009, introduce you to new staff members and offer a glimpse into what our volunteers have planned for 2010. Stay up to date! More    E-mail this story

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One Week Remains for ACL Research Retreat V Abstracts
from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Abstracts are due Monday, Nov. 23, for the 2010 ACL Research Retreat V, a prestigious annual summit examining non-contact ACL injury, treatment and rehabilitation scheduled March 25-27 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A panel of speakers will address topics ranging from injury epidemiology to special considerations for adolescent athletes to success stories and challenges. Read the instructions for abstract submissions. More    E-mail this story

Recognize an Outstanding Secondary School Athletic Trainer
from NATA
Do you know a secondary school athletic trainer who deserves recognition? Nominate that person today for the Gatorade Service Award. The annual award recognizes a certified athletic trainer in each district who has provided outstanding service and dedication to his or her school. More    E-mail this story

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Marshall University Marks 39th Anniversary of Plane Crash
from NATA
When Marshall played Southern Miss on Saturday, it marked the fourth time the Thundering Herd played a home game on the anniversary of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 members of Marshall University’s football team, staff and coaches. NATA Hall of Famers and former Marshall athletic trainers Bobby Barton, EdD, ATC, and Mark Smaha, MS, ATC, related their connection to the tragedy as keynote speakers at the 2009 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. Watch their speeches on the 2009 Keynote DVD. More    E-mail this story

Mark Your Calendars for Hill Day!
from NATA
Capitol Hill Day is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Capitol Hill Day is a great opportunity to directly advance NATA's legislative agenda with members of Congress. This grassroots effort has grown every year, and we would love for you to be a part of it! Registration and hotel details will be coming soon! E-mail this story

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School Sports

School District a Pioneer on Dealing with Student Concussions
from The Dallas Morning News
With a concussion, there is no obvious injury -- no blood, no swelling, no arm at an awkward angle. Coaches and athletic trainers have to look for subtle signs from an athlete, such as a shake of the head, a vacant expression or a long pause before a football player lines up for the next play. Until the past few years, a student athlete in Mesquite, Texas, might have gone back into the game after a quick assessment. But that's changing as officials realize how common concussions are and how profound their effects can be over time. As a result, Mesquite is one of the first districts in the state to have a concussion management policy that includes neurocognitive testing, observation and a strict procedure for returning students to the field. More    E-mail this story

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Health & Development

Is It Time to Retire the Football Helmet?
from The Wall Street Journal
This football season, the debate about head injuries has reached a critical mass. Startling research has been unveiled. Maudlin headlines have been written. Congress called a hearing on the subject last month. As obvious as the problem may seem, continuing revelations about the troubling mental declines of some retired players -- and the ongoing parade of concussions during games -- have created a sense of inevitability. Pretty soon, something will have to be done. But before the debate goes any further, there's a fundamental question that needs to be investigated. Why do football players wear helmets in the first place? And more important, could the helmets be part of the problem? More    E-mail this story

Young Single-Sport Tennis Athletes More Prone to Injury
from Science Daily
Gifted young athletes are under increasing pressure to play only one sport year round. But a new Loyola University Health System study of 519 junior tennis players has found that such specialization increases the risk of injury. Researchers who analyzed 3,366 matches in United States Tennis Association junior competition found that players who specialized in only tennis were more likely to withdraw from tournaments for medical reasons, typically injuries. Also, players who had experienced an injury or tennis-related illness during the past year were 5.4 times more likely to withdraw from a tournament for medical reasons. More    E-mail this story


High Impact Sports May Improve Bone Mineral Density
from the Earth Times
As people age fractures increase and bone health decreases. Recent research has highlighted the importance of exercise and calcium supplements to help prevent these issues. However, a new study published in the November/December issue of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach reveals that there may be significant gains to be made when mature individuals participate in higher impact athletic activities. More    E-mail this story

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