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Accepting Applications for 2014 Scholarships
NATA
The NATA Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The NATA Foundation Scholarship Program is one of the organization's most highly regarded programs, awarding undergraduate, master's and doctoral scholarships. The number of scholarships varies annually (from 50 to 75), with the amount of the award currently $2,300 per scholarship. All demographic information must be submitted by Jan. 20, 2014.
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Act Now to Take Advantage of Free CEUs
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Check out our Quiz Center and remember to use your 10 free CEUs before they expire on Dec. 31. Members can purchase quizzes with their CEUs and save them for future use, but the quizzes must be taken and completed in order to count toward certification hours.
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Theme Set for National Athletic Training Month
NATA
The theme for National Athletic Training Month 2014 was recently revealed. Next year's theme will be, "We've Got Your Back." Last year's celebration was a huge success, thanks to great cooperation from members. Help us make 2014 even better! Stay tuned for the release of an updated logo and promotional materials.
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New Journal of Athletic Training Now Online
NATA
The latest issue of the Journal of Athletic Training (Volume 48-6) is available online. It features the new clinical study "Motion in the Unstable Cervical Spine When Transferring a Patient Positioned Prone to a Spine Board." An article comparing rehydration methods is also featured, along with an observational study of ACL injuries in high school athletics.
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NATA Foundation Holiday Fundraiser
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As the holiday season approaches, the NATA Foundation would like you to consider honoring the special people in your life with a gift that will help advance the profession and make sports safer for athletes at all levels. For a minimum donation of $10 per recipient, the individual(s) you designate will receive a personalized holiday card from the NATA Foundation acknowledging that a gift has been made in their honor. To finish your holiday shopping early, visit the NATA Foundation website where you can complete your gift 24/7. Simply choose "Holiday Fundraiser" under "Designation" and enter the recipient name(s) in the "In Honor/Memory of" box.
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Philips Issues Notice on Faulty AEDs
NATA
Philips Healthcare initiated a Voluntary Medical Device Recall of HeartStart Frx, HeartStart HS1 Home, and HeartStart HS1 OnSite AEDs after determining that an internal electrical component in the AED could fail, and the device could incorrectly indicate it is ready for use. This recall affects approximately 700,000 devices. Read the full notice for more details and recommended actions.
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Disclaimer: Headlines include recent stories in the media on athletic training and sports medicine and do not reflect NATA statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


Athletes Gain Crucial Benefits from Sleep
Whitman Pioneer
Between classes, extracurricular activities and much-needed study breaks, sleep can be a luxury rarely offered to college students. However, sleep can take on a whole new meaning as a collegiate athlete. The individual sleeping habits of college varsity athletes can be fruitful or detrimental to their performance on and off the court. But how many hours of sleep should athletes be getting in a night?
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Higher Altitude, Fewer Concussions? Study Suggests Link for Student-Athletes
Education Week
High school student-athletes who compete at higher altitudes may be at lower risk for sustaining a concussion, suggests a study in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. At higher altitudes, certain physiological changes occur within a human's skull, according to the study, including the swelling of blood vessels in the brain. Without getting too scientific, these changes cause the brain to fit more tightly in the skull, preventing it from moving around as much during a head impact.
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Nutrition in the NBA; Part I: Lessons Learned in LA Help Howard's Career
CBS Sports
Dr. Cate Shanahan was watching Dwight Howard play for the Lakers last season, and she was frightened by what she saw. The Napa Valley doctor and nutritionist had no stake in whether Howard would re-sign with the Lakers; that was the least of her concerns. In conversations with the Lakers about spearheading a drastic change in their nutritional program for players, Shanahan believed she had the found the ultimate test subject in Howard.
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New Helmet Technology Could Help in Spotting Potential Concussions
Los Angeles Times
A hard hit rattles a football player's helmet, prompting vibrations in an athletic trainer's pocket. If the trainer wasn't already, he (or she) starts watching the player for signs of a concussion. The wireless alert system from helmet maker Riddell is one of several technologies aimed at spotting potentially concussion-causing head impacts. But getting players and parents to try them remains a challenge.
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Saving Youth Football From Another Hit
The Huffington Post
With new granting guidelines for youth football, the LA84 Foundation seeks to lead the nation. The recent revelations about brain injuries and memory problems of former NFL players, including Tony Dorsett and Brett Favre, underscore the rising national concern about the dangers of brain injuries in football. Spurred by this heightened awareness, the LA84 Foundation, as the leading funder of youth sports across Southern California, faced a challenge: we wanted to keep our youth involved in athletics, including the popular sport of football, but not at the risk of their safety.
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Helmet Hits Causing More Than Just Concussions
The Boston Globe
The NFL has a concussion problem — that's nothing new. But after watching Rob Gronkowski get carted off the field last week after suffering a major knee injury, you have to wonder: Does the NFL have a helmet problem, too? Gronkowski tore at least the ACL and MCL in his right knee after Cleveland safety T.J. Ward drove helmet-first directly into the knee. The helmet protected Ward from suffering a serious head injury, but also caused significant damage to Gronkowski.
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Strobe Glasses Improve Hockey Players' Performance
Medical Xpress
Professional hockey players who trained with special eyewear that only allowed them to see action intermittently showed significant improvement in practice drills, according to a Duke University study with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. The eyewear features lenses that switch between transparent and opaque, producing stroboscopic visual conditions, much like a strobe light in a dance club.
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Infographic Shows Lindsey Vonn's 'Superhuman' Recovery from Knee Injury
The Salt Lake Tribune
Lindsey Vonn, Derrick Rose and Adrian Peterson are stars in three wildly different sports, but all share the same unfortunate distinction of suffering the bane of any athlete's existence: an ACL tear. Vonn is considered the best of the best in alpine skiing and was a runaway favorite for the 2014 Sochi Olympics starting less than a month from now, but a major knee injury last February and a partial tear of her ACL graft in November left her Olympic dreams in serious question.
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Who Made That Energy Drink?
The New York Times
The energy drink, as we know it, started in Japan. In the postwar period, amphetamines were very popular until laws were passed to curb their use in the 1950s. Then in 1962, a company called Taisho introduced Lipovitan D — a legal, energizing tonic sold in minibar-size bottles. By the 1980s, such vitamin-fortified, extra-caffeinated beverages were being regularly consumed by Japanese executives struggling to get ahead.
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