Range of Motion
July 18, 2011

Watch Videos of Your Presidential Candidates
As part of the 62nd NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, the Board of Directors chose two candidates for president. Running in the next election will be Terry Noonan, MS, ATC, from District Five and Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES, from District Two. Read the full transcripts of a Q and A each candidate completed, and watch video of speeches they gave in New Orleans. Voting begins this fall.More

Ask Marje! New Answers Now Posted
Have a question about the association or the health care industry? Don't hesitate to ask NATA President Marje Albohm, MS, ATC. The Ask Marje section of the website has been updated with several new answers, and previous inquiries are archived. Marje is waiting to hear from you!More

Please Take the 2011 Salary Survey
This will only take a minute, and more than 1,000 ATs have already helped. Data collected from the 2011 Salary Survey will assist NATA in promoting the athletic training profession and your fellow members in salary negotiations. Participants will be entered into a drawing for an iPod shuffle and NATA merchandise! Take the survey here. More

NATA Study Guide for BOC Exam
If you are a non-certified student getting ready for the BOC Exam, take advantage of the NATA Study Guide. Brought to you by ACES Preparatory Workshop, the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam consists of two mock exams that will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and will give you a better understanding of what to expect on the certification exam.More

Earn a CEU for this August Webinar
A free webinar, "Athletic Training and Environmental Sustainability" is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Aug. 3. Deanna Errico, ATC, PT, DPT, will present ways to "go green" in your athletic training room and save you some money in the process. This webinar is only free for NATA members and is worth one CEU. See the complete webinar schedule.More

NATM Recap in the July NATA News
The July issue of the NATA News features a four-page roundup of AT events and initiatives during National Athletic Training Month. Also, read about the harrowing stories from ATs in Alabama, Missouri and Japan who went through devastating natural disasters this spring. Check it out to see how you can help.More

PBATS/Baseball Team Medicine Conference Scheduled
NATA and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers' Society
Physiological Profiling of a Major-League Baseball Player and Performance Testing in Baseball are just a couple of the sessions scheduled on the first day of the PBATS/Baseball Team Medicine Meeting in January. Held in Glendale, Ariz., the conference runs Jan. 5-7 and includes several breakout sessions on topics ranging from pitching mechanics to aquatic therapy. Get more information here.More

Need for Tommy John Surgery Increases for Young Pitchers
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
According to the Sports Trauma and Overuse Injury Prevention campaign, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players since 2000.More

Ankle Braces May Protect Young Basketball Players
HealthDay News via U.S. News and World Report
Lace-up ankle braces may help prevent ankle sprains and fractures in high school basketball players, a new study finds. The researchers looked at 1,460 male and female basketball players, aged 13 to 18, from 46 high schools across the United States. More

Experts Comment on Latest Steroid Stats
Los Angeles Times
As the limelight falls again on the use of performance enhancing drugs by professional athletes because of the perjury trial of former baseball star Roger Clemens, there is some evidence that Major League Baseball players have been scared straight, but less clear is whether the message has gotten through to kids dreaming of athletic fame and fortune.More

Painkillers Blamed in Death of Oklahoma Linebacker
The death of a University of Oklahoma football player was caused by multiple drugs in his system — including five different painkillers — at the time of death nearly two months ago, according to the state's toxicology report released last week. Austin Box, 22, was found unconscious and not breathing in an El Reno, Oklahoma, home May 19, according to a 911 tape released by CNN affiliate KWTV.More

Vitamin D Lower in NFL Players Who Suffered Muscled Injuries
Vitamin D deficiency has been known to cause an assortment of health problems, a recent study being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego, suggests that lack of the vitamin might also increase the chance of muscle injuries in athletes, specifically NFL football players.More

Can Shoes Really Tone the Body?
The New York Times
New scientific experiments can be inspired by a simple question, and in the case of John Mercer, that question was, "So, John, do toning shoes work?" Dr. Mercer, a professor of biomechanics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was talking with a friend who runs an athletic shoe store. The friend told him that customers were coming in and requesting toning shoes, which are soft sneakers, often with a rocker-shaped sole, that promise to exercise and tighten muscles in the calves, thighs and buttocks.More