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Aug. 8, 2011

ATEAM Bill Reintroduced
Rep. Edolphus "Ed" Towns (NY-10) introduced the Athletic Trainers' Equal Access to Medicare Act of 2011 (HR 2785) to the House of Representatives on Aug. 1. HR 2785 will ensure Medicare beneficiaries have better access to quality health care provided by athletic trainers and will allow physicians, clinics and hospitals to meet the requisite Medicare standards for reimbursement. To learn more about the bill and to follow it through Congress, visit NATA's Legislative Alert Center.More

August NATA News Available Online
Get your industry news before the NATA News hits your mailbox. The August issue is available online and includes a complete recap of the NATA 62nd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. Also featured is news from each district and from the NATA Research & Education Foundation. Read these items, plus the State of the Association address delivered by President Marje Albohm, MS, ATC.More

Register for Sudden Cardiac Death Webinar
Joe Rogowski, MA, ATC, LAT, of the Athletic Heart Cardiac Research Institute, will present "Sudden Cardiac Death: A Practical, Cost-Efficient, and Researched Look into the Screening of our High School, Collegiate, and Professional Athletes" at 11 a.m. Central this Wednesday. This webinar, worth one CEU, will examine the inconsistencies in SCD testing standards while addressing liability issues and the cost effectiveness for the different settings. The registration fee is $15 for NATA members and $25 for non-members.More

ATrack Users: Time to Renew!
Your Atrack subscription will expire Aug. 31, so renew now! You don't want to miss out on the new benefits, including the new Edition 5 competencies, an expandable course matrix, a free freshman program and the ability to customize your own grading/scoring scale. NATA has created an online order form to make renewal easy. If you need more information about ATrack, click here.More

Your Input Still Needed for Salary Survey
Please take a minute to complete this short survey about athletic trainer salaries. 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

Athletic Trainer Speaks for NATA at Congressional Caucus
Eric Waters, MS, ATC, PES, head athletic trainer for the Washington Wizards, spoke on behalf of NATA at the 112th Congress Young Sports Legislative Agenda, "FANS for Youth Sports," in Washington, D.C. Waters supported the legislative agenda and discussed the importance of strengthening the four pillars in youth sports: Fitness, Access, Nutrition and Safety (FANS). Waters also stressed the importance of having athletic trainers in high schools. Read the full release.More

Opinion: Two-A-Day Football Practices Still Exist. Why?
USA Today
Two-a-day practices have been grueling, midsummer tests of endurance for football players for as long as most of today's coaches can remember. But the NFL's new contract with its players bans a second, full-contact practice on any one day. In college football, two-a-days were limited by the NCAA in 2003. The only place where this rite of passage is still a staple is on thousands of high school fields, where players reported for practice in recent days amid a record-breaking, and sometimes lethal, heat wave.More

Opinion: Football in the Heat? Practice Smart
USA Today
John McKissick, head football coach and athletic director at Summerville High School in South Carolina, writes, "I've been coaching football here at Summerville High School in South Carolina since 1952, and we've been doing two-a-day practices in August for all those years. If practices are properly structured and supervised, the players are safe. We see to that."More

All Winston-Salem/Forsyth High Schools Now Have Athletic Trainers
Starting this year, every high school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district in North Carolina has its own certified athletic trainer. The school district got the extra trainers through a partnership with Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Each hospital will pay the salaries of six athletic trainers, as well as the cost of supplies to properly treat the teams.More

Efforts Aim to Reduce Head Injuries in Young Athletes
The Boston Globe
Growing concern about the long-term effects of frequent head trauma has begun to change how the game is practiced and played at the highest levels. But for many of those players, the history of injuries began during their early years on the field. Public middle schools and high schools in Massachusetts will take steps this fall aimed at keeping student-athletes in all sports off the dangerous path toward long-term damage.More

Football, Exercise Prompt Most Heat-Related Hospital Visits
In the midst of a very hot summer, here's something to note: Football leads to more non-fatal, heat-related emergency room visits than any other activity in the United States, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study of 66 hospitals from 2001-2009 found that nearly one-fourth of all emergency rooms visits for a heat illness were attributed to football.More

Study: Non-Head Injuries May Impact Thinking Skills
A blow to the head isn't the only injury that can make a football player a little slow and confused. A sprained ankle or strained knee might also affect how athletes perform on a computer-based test of attention, memory, and reaction time generally used to manage concussions, according to new research.More

Real-Time Data Captures Impact That Caused Broken Neck
Science Daily
While studying concussions in a high school football team, researchers captured the impact of an 18-year-old player who broke his neck during a head-down tackle in real-time. Steven Broglio, an assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology, studies concussive impacts. His lab is the high school football field. The injured student in the study in Illinois healed and was cleared 12 weeks later to play basketball, Broglio said.More

Building Muscle Mass May Lower Diabetes Risk
Building muscle mass with resistance training exercise may play a role in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, a study shows. The findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. For each 10 percent increase in the skeletal muscle index (ratio of muscle mass to total body weight), there is an 11 percent reduction in insulin resistance and a 12 percent reduction in prediabetes.More