Range of Motion
May 23, 2011

Officials Keep New Orleans Dry
by Diverting the Mississippi River

the New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau
A recent news release from the New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau detailed plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep New Orleans free from Mississippi River flooding. Tourism and city business, including NATA's Annual Meeting, should not be affected by the recent flooding because of "the extensive water diversion systems - the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Morganza Floodway - that guide high river waters away from New Orleans and larger lower Mississippi River Valley communities." Stay updated here.More

NATA Twitter Shoots Past 2,000 Followers
By the middle of last week, NATA1950 had 2,107 followers on Twitter. Those lucky, technology savvy and up-to-date health care professionals saw three recent video tweets from NATA President Marje Albohm, MS, ATC, talking about BOC Changes. News about a new mobile application to help members plan their trip to this year's Annual Meeting was also featured. If you aren't following us on Twitter, sign up today.More

National Quiz Bowl Field Nearly Set
Nine of 10 teams have qualified for the 2011 National Quiz Bowl in New Orleans! Scheduled at 4:45 p.m. on June 21 at the 62nd NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, the Quiz Bowl is now in its third year and features teams from each district in a two-round Jeopardy!-style competition. The event will take place in Hall C at the convention center after the Johnson & Johnson Keynote. See which teams have qualified.More

Make Plans for the NATAPAC Breakfast
Save the date for the 2011 NATAPAC Breakfast! The event is scheduled at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 20, and NATA Hall of Famer Frank Walters, PhD, ATC, will be the speaker. Register online, or contact Amy Callender at amyc@nata.org.More

Datalys Center Training For NCAA Injury Surveillance
The Datalys Center is encouraging athletic trainers already participating or those interested in the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program to attend an NCAA Informational Training Session. The sessions will cover key definitions, data entry, consistency of data and vendor specific questions. Multiple sessions are available, and all will be in the Blaire Kern Ballroom A at the Marriott New Orleans Convention Center Hotel. Register here.More

NATA Details Ways You Can
Help Recent Tornado Victims

Athletic trainers wishing to help victims of tornadoes that ripped through more than a dozen southern states last month have several ways to do so. Donations are being accepted by the University of Alabama ATEP, which suffered extensive damage. The Red Cross and United Way are helping victims through donations on their websites. NATA has created a web page detailing ways to help and a Think Tank for discussion about the event to identify those still in need.More

Rules, Equipment Change Fighting's Impact on NHL
The Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle
Detroit Red Wing opponents knew better than to mess with Steve Yzerman. Take a cheap shot at him — or any of the other Wings — and Bob Probert or, in later years, Darren McCarty would be all over you. It was on-ice justice, and it's been so effective over the years that plenty of players have built careers dishing out the punishing hits. Players including Derek Boogaard. But Boogaard is now dead, five months after a season-ending concussion, and his family has decided to donate his brain to the researchers who found Probert had signs of brain trauma. Add in a number of high-profile concussions this season, and there's more scrutiny over fighting's place in the NHL. More

Plantar Fasciitis: The Most Maddening Injury In Sports
Sport Illustrated
NATA has contacted the sources of this articles to thank them for the coverage and to remind about the correct terminology when referring to an athletic trainer.

The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis has been around since the 1970s when, team physicians and athletic trainers have tried explaining to players that the inexplicable, oft-unbearable pain tearing through their feet was an inflammatory process of the plantar fascia. Or, in simpler terms: All homo Sapiens have a thick fibrous band of tissue that begins on the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot toward the toes. When this band, aka the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed, it hurts.More

Concussion Study Adds To Debate About Helmet Safety
The Indianapolis Star
A recent Virginia Tech study concerning football helmet safety has provoked controversy. New Palestine, Ind., athletic director Miles Hercamp said he learned of the results when a rival of Riddell — he would not reveal the company — sent him the results. Yet, according to published reports, Riddell has used the study to encourage players to switch to its Revolution models while Schutt and Xenith have questioned the methodology, even though their helmets also performed well.More

One Runner's Suffering Is Another's Inspiration
The New York Times
Some people run because they enjoy the pain; some run despite the pain, hoping to achieve something that makes the suffering worthwhile. Science, though, suggests that maybe we have different ideas about what pain is. In races, for example, many of us keep going because we want to see how well we can do. Some do it because they are stubborn.More

Vitamins C and E May Protect For Endurance Athletes' Airways
Running Research News
Relatively low levels of ozone can affect lung function in endurance athletes, making it more difficult to bring large volumes of air into the lungs. As a result, exercise scientists have searched for years to find ways to minimize ozone-related respiratory problems in athletes. Ozone is actually an unstable form of oxygen. If you have been even mildly interested in atmospheric science and air pollution over the past few years, you are well aware that there is "good ozone" and also "bad ozone" in the earth's atmosphere.More

Why Exercising On An Empty Stomach Can Mean A Better Workout
The Globe and Mail
For decades, sports nutritionists have been devising ever more sophisticated ways to ensure your body is perfectly fuelled before, during and after every workout. But, at a recent sports nutrition conference at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, researchers and coaches were buzzing about an emerging practice they refer to as "train low, compete high." The idea is to do some of your workouts in a carbohydrate-depleted state — then race with a full tank of carbohydrates.More