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Alliance Members Discuss Preventing Sudden
Death at Youth Sports Safety Summit in DC

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Sixty-five members of the Youth Sports Safety Alliance discussed ways to prevent sudden death in youth sports last week at the 2011 Youth Sports Safety Summit. NATA President Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC, moderated the event that included some of the nation's top experts on exertional sickling, heat illness, brain injury, exercise induced asthma and sudden cardiac arrest. The summit received immediate national attention, including a story on and on During the event, NATA also gave details about an upcoming Position Statement on sudden death in sports to be released in the January/February issue of the Journal of Athletic Training. More

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Ethics Webinar Series Continues in January
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Gretchen Schlabach, PhD, ATC, LAT and Kimberly Peer, EdD, ATC, LAT are presenting "Personal and Professional Values in Athletic Training: Uncovering the Moral Compass" at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19. This webinar is $15 for NATA members, but space is limited. It is worth one CEU. The presentation will focus on the role personal and professional values have on ethical decision making processes within the athletic training profession. More

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NATA Info/Events

Submit Student Video Contest Entries This Month
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The National Athletic Training Students' Committee will accept submissions for the second edition of its video contest from Dec. 1-30. The goal of the contest is to promote the field of athletic training by capturing the heart of the profession on film. Select entries will be screened at the 2012 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Stop by the committee webpage to take a look at the rules and regulations which were recently revised. More

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New Grant Submission Deadlines!
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Beginning this year, the NATA Foundation will move to a single grant cycle for all General, Outcomes and Student Grant pre-proposal submissions. Please make note of the new deadline of February 15, 2012. There will also be minor changes to the grant format guidelines, including shortened page limits. More

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

Reserve Your Annual Meeting Housing
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Annual Meeting housing opened last month. You can book your room through NATA's Official Housing Bureau, Global Reservations, to secure NATA's discounted hotel rates. We also have a new annual meeting website. And this month you will be able to get a sneak peek at the preliminary 2012 educational program. More

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Ex-Players Suing NFL Over Use of Painkiller
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In the latest lawsuit based on medical issues against the NFL, a dozen former players have accused the league and its teams of repeatedly administering the painkiller Toradol before and during games, worsening high-risk injuries like concussions. The players also contend that the league and its teams failed to warn them of the consequences of taking the drug, a blood thinner that, according to the suit, "can prevent the feeling of injury" and therefore made it harder for players to recognize when they had concussions. More

Derek Boogaard Had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: What Is It?
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The brain of former National Hockey League player Derek Boogaard showed signs of early chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers report, shedding light on the neurological condition that may affect some athletes who sustain brain injuries during play. Boogaard died at age 28 from a drug overdose in May, and his brain was autopsied by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist at the Bedford VA Medical Center and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University. More

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Young Athletes and Energy Drinks: A Bad Mix?
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The Gatorade cooler and the coffee pot in the locker room have competition. From youth playing fields to major league clubhouses, caffeinated energy drinks such as Red Bull and its scores of cousins have become a familiar presence in sports. Some athletes and industry officials compare the beverages to a cup of coffee. But doctors and other experts increasingly warn of misunderstandings about energy drinks' contents, lax labeling requirements and the risks of high doses of caffeine — particularly to young athletes. More

Girls More Prone Than Boys to Headaches After Head Injury
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Children who suffer head trauma can experience headaches months after the injury, with girls more apt to have them than boys, a new study finds. The researchers also found that the risk of having these headaches was greater after a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) than after a moderate or severe one. More

Study: Marathons Can Temporarily Damage Heart
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Marathon runners and others engaging in extreme endurance exercise may temporarily damage the right ventricle of their hearts, researchers found. The impact on the ventricle, one of the four chambers involved in pumping blood around the body, was reversed after a week in most of the 40 athletes who took part in a study published in the European Heart Journal. More

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