Range of Motion
Feb. 27, 2012

2012 J&J Keynote Speaker is ... J.R. Martinez!
J.R. Martinez is an actor, spokesman and retired soldier. After recovering from burns suffered while serving in the military in Iraq, he became a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to spread his message of resilience and optimism. He was the Season 13 winner of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," has appeared on the daytime drama "All My Children" and was named the 2012 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal. To learn more about Martinez, check out the feature in the March issue of the NATA News. More

Register Now for Yoga/ACL Rehabilitation Webinar
Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC, continues her yoga webinar series with "Using Medical Therapeutic Yoga for ACL Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention" at 11 a.m. CT on March 22. The webinar will show how to identify at-risk populations for ACL injury and teach five training methods for use in ACL rehabilitation or injury prevention. The cost is $15 for NATA members, and it is worth one CEU. More

Capitol Hill Day 2012 a Big Success
More than 115 athletic trainers and athletic training students conducted nearly 200 legislative visits on Friday, Feb. 24, during Capitol Hill Day 2012. The group met with 114 legislators to promote the athletic training profession. NATA appreciates all the members who traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in this successful lobbying effort. More

National Athletic Training Month Kicks Off This Week
An NATM Twitter campaign conceived by District Four NATA member Travis Gallagher urges athletic trainers across the country to tweet about the profession on specified dates and times. By coordinating efforts, NATA members can make athletic training a trending topic. Athletic trainers and their friends, family, former athletes and followers should tweet and retweet as many times as they can at the designated dates/times using specified hashtags. The details can be found on page 2 of the PR Toolkit. More

Enter the Deloss Brubaker Student Writing Contest
NATA undergraduate student members are invited to submit original manuscripts for the annual student writing contest. Prizes are awarded in each of the following categories: Original Research, Case Report and Literature Review. Entries are due March 1. Winning articles will be considered for publication in the Journal of Athletic Training.More

Athletic Training Student Challenge
NATA Research & Education Foundation
Support the NATA Research & Education Foundation by participating in the 2012 Athletic Training Student Challenge. Student-led fundraising campaigns are implemented during the spring 2012 semester, and the winning groups will be recognized at the NATA Annual Meeting in St. Louis this summer. Learn more about this program. More

Diagnosing the Knee Injury
San Diego Union-Tribune
Most young athletes and parents have heard of common knee injuries including a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or even a torn meniscus, which many professional athletes encounter in the course of their careers. But there are actually four main ligaments in the knee that are at risk for injury.More

How to Spot a Child's Sports Injury
Reporter Herald
Kids aren't always forthcoming about pain, and symptoms can be subtle — much subtler than limping, swelling or bleeding. To catch problems early, "parents should pay more attention to any changes, not just obvious signs of injury," says Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and director of sports medicine at Medical University of South Carolina.More

How Exercise Fuels the Brain
The New York Times (blog)
Moving the body demands a lot from the brain. Exercise activates countless neurons, which generate, receive and interpret repeated, rapid-fire messages from the nervous system, coordinating muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function and all of the complex interactions of bodily systems that allow you to take one step, then another.More

New Guidelines Seek to Prevent Sudden Death in Young Athletes
Health Day News
New guidelines outlining the causes and prevention of sudden death among athletes have been released by the National Athletic Trainer's Association. "These guidelines were developed for any level of sports participation, and to truly help save a life," NATA President Marjorie Albohm said in an association news release. The new position statement includes many recommendations for preventing sudden death among athletes. More

Kansas Law Targets Concussions as Risk to Student-Athletes' Brains
The Wichita Eagle
Until recently, few rules existed that governed how concussions were treated among athletes. Last July, Kansas changed that. And professional organizations have come under increased scrutiny to better handle and educate players with injuries. "Concussions are a silent epidemic," said Wichita neurologist Bart Grelinger, who is part of a team of local physicians and athletic trainers who formed the Kansas Sports Concussion Partnership.More