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Submit Degree Questions to AT Strategic Alliance
NATA
Have a question that isn’t addressed in the FAQ posted to the AT Strategic Alliance website? Text your question to "95577." Use keyword "natadegree," followed by your question. Example: natadegree how are you? Texting and data rates may apply. Hear the answers to your questions regarding the professional degree decision at the "Professional Degree Decision — What's Next" event immediately following Face Time '15, Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m., in the Ferrara Theatre.
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Look for #NATA2015 on Twitter for Live Updates
NATA
Follow NATA on Twitter to keep up with the convention in real time this week. We will be posting updates and photos from various events throughout the week from our Twitter handle, @NATA1950. We want to see your convention tweets, so be sure to use the hashtag #NATA2015 to join the online conversation.
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It's Finally Here: Convention Week in St. Louis!
NATA
The 66th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo kicks off this week in St. Louis. We have a diverse slate of educational sessions, networking activities and interactive events taking place. Tomorrow night's Welcome Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the NATA Foundation Block Party at Laclede's Landing at 8 p.m. You can read about all the great programming in the online Convention Guide. And if you want to stay informed in St. Louis, the convention site has a list of all the different communication tools to do so.
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Secondary School Value Model Now Available
NATA
The highly anticipated Secondary School Value Model is now available for your use. With this document, we hope the secondary school athletic trainer will be able to quantify and articulate his/her value to the secondary school community. This living document will assist you, the secondary school AT, not only define your value and worth, but, in conjunction with the Position Proposal Guide and the Position Improvement Guide, can be used to maintain and improve your position. Be sure to review this resource and make plans to attend the Peer-to-Peer Discussion "The Difference Between Value and Worth" on Wednesday, June 24 at 8:45 a.m. in Room 240 of the America's Center.
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NATA Launches Targeted Communications for Professional Interests
NATA
We know you desire information and resources that are specific and relevant to where you are in your career, whether you identify by age group, job setting or another topic of interest. One of NATA's major projects is the development of targeted communications that will allow NATA members to create a more tailored member experience. You'll be able to handpick the information you receive, getting right to the topics that interest you the most. We've identified the most popular professional interests, considering your setting and career level. This includes: secondary school, college/university, higher education, professional sports, emerging settings, young professionals and students. You can find more information about this initiative, including new targeted NATA LinkedIn groups and the new onsite feature, The Square, on pages 6-7 of the Convention Guide.
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Cramer Student Lounge Has Much to Offer
NATA
The Cramer Student Lounge returns to the convention with events, giveaways and prizes. Students can get free food, drinks and the Cramer giveaway items at the Cramer Student Reception on June 24. Students will also have the chance to win an exclusive Cramer kit through the School Spirit Exchange.
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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.


Pac-12 Making Strong Effort to Care for Ex-Athletes' Medical Costs
CBS Sports
For years, occasional stories have surfaced of former college athletes who paid out of pocket to cope with injuries they suffered while in school. The medical costs can be thousands of dollars and create lasting debt. Undoubtedly, there are athletic departments that pay for some post-college medical expenses. But since there has been no NCAA requirement to do so and hardship stories kept emerging, a perception formed that athletic departments don't properly treat their former players.
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Help Kids Avoid Sports Injuries
The News Star
Along with the joys and thrills of playing sports comes the possibility of getting injured. Each year, sports and recreation injuries send more than 2.6 million children and teens to U.S. emergency rooms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With that in mind, here are some ways to keep youngsters safe this spring and beyond.
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UCLA Football Testing Helmets With Sensors That Measure Hits to Head
Fox Sports
Members of the UCLA football program have begun wearing helmets with sensors that gauge hits to the head. As schools and professional teams become more cautious when it comes to trauma to the head, UCLA has clearly decided to be proactive instead of reactive. "It measures the multitude of forces, it inputs all the data, and comes up with a picture of where the actual impact occurs," said Max Zeiger, clinic and research coordinator at UCLA.
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Sports Massages Work Wonders for Athletes
Philly.com
Athletes know the importance of a proper nutrition and training program, but how many consider the benefits of adding massage to their routine? Though many people consider it a relaxing or destressing technique — think about how many massage gift certificates are given for Mother's Day and, increasingly, Father's Day — a sports massage can also help prevent injuries and enhance athletes' performance.
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Tips Help Prevent Blisters
Baylor College of Medicine
While blisters can be a common occurrence for those leading an active lifestyle, they can be prevented. Sports medicine experts at Baylor College of Medicine offers tips for blister prevention. "Getting blisters is common in active people and in those trying new footwear for the first time," said Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor. "They are caused by friction and heat, and many times, they are caused by improperly fitting footwear."
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