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Win Valuable Prizes in our Social Media Contest
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What word do you think best describes athletic trainers? Share your word with us on social media using #ATsAre to join the conversation and help us promote athletic training. If you include a photo of yourself with your word like the ATs on the convention site, you will be entered into our social media contest for a chance to win a free trip to NATA 2015! We'll be choosing three winners, and you can enter with as many different words as you want. Join the conversation! Contest runs through Nov. 14.
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NATA
Scott Cheatham, DPT, ATC, PT, will be presenting "Rehabilitation after Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: Implications for the Health Professional," at 11 a.m. CT on Oct. 15. Despite the growing popularity of PRP in musculoskeletal medicine, there is a paucity of research that describes appropriate rehabilitation procedures following this intervention. This lecture will discuss the available evidence on rehabilitation after PRP injection for non-surgical musculoskeletal conditions.
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Capitol Hill Day 2015 Schedule Set
NATA
Capitol Hill Day 2015 is Monday, Feb. 23, in Washington, D.C. Registration and housing are set to open Nov. 3. The schedule of events has been posted on the website, where you can also find information and videos from previous years. Capitol Hill Day, NATA's biggest advocacy event of the year, is an excellent opportunity for NATA members to advocate for the athletic training profession. Make plans to join us!
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Last Day for Five-Installment Option Tomorrow
NATA
When renewing your NATA membership online, you can take advantage of our installment payment option if you don't want to pay your annual dues all at once. To qualify for the five-payment option, renew by Oct. 14. We have a brand new option this year that allows you to prepay your convention registration during renewal, which can also be applied to the payment plan.
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Help Develop Manual Therapy Certificate of Completion
NATA
The Professional Development Committee is working on the development of a Manual Therapy Certificate of Completion. The certificate will be launched during 2015. If you're interested in manual therapy and in being part of the work group developing the certificate, respond by Oct. 24 indicating your interest.
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Wednesday Deadline For District One and Two Gatorade Applications
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Applications for the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award from Districts One and Two must be received by Oct. 15. The award recognizes certified athletic trainers from each NATA district who have made outstanding contributions in furthering their school's athletic care program and/or advanced the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. Winners will receive a $1,000 grant toward the program featured in their submission; a Gatorade G Series Performance package; a Sidelines Cart and an all-expenses-paid trip to NATA 2015.
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Athletic Trainer Helps Keep Pit Crews Healthy
WJZY-TV
Just like any professional sport, the athletes who make up the pit crew for a Sprint Cup Series team can sustain injuries. That fact created an opportunity for athletic trainers, like OrthoCarolina's Angela Sneed, to join race teams and help crew members stay healthy. "Whether they have an ache or a pain or they are tight, their hamstrings are tight or something, they get treatment whenever they need it," said Sneed.
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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.


High School Football Behind the Scenes: Athletic Trainers Vital to Athletics
The Olympian
Taelar Shelton wants to put an end to the myths about certified athletic trainers: they're not personal or fitness trainers nor simply glorified ankle tapers. Shelton, a 2008 Olympia (Washington) High School graduate, is in her third year as a certified athletic trainer at her alma mater and second year running the school's sports medicine program, taking over for now-retired Greg Creighton, who started the program in 1998.
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Athletic Trainers Wear Many Hats
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Just shortly after the first official football practice on Aug. 11, T.F. North (Calumet City, Illinois) football players lined up outside the office of the school's athletic trainer, Susie Lessner. They were not there because of injuries, but Lessner was as busy as a waitress at a restaurant during lunch hour. She was selling protein shakes and protein bars to the hungry players.
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Weighing the Health Costs of High School Football
PBS
VideoBrief The debate over the health risks of high school football has escalated since three student players died in a week. PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs talk to the football team at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia for their response. Then Gwen Ifill sits down with Steven Broglio, director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan to discuss the risks to young athletes.
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Loud Noises Increase Risk of Knee Injury, Due to Brain's Confusion
Medical Daily
Recent studies have found that knee injuries are the leading cause of high school sports-related surgeries and are considered the most expensive type of sports injury. A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports has revealed an unexpected source of an increased risk for knee injuries: loud noises that startle our brain circuits.
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University of Minnesota to Use Medical Spotter During Football Games
Star-Tribune
The fallout from Michigan's handling of Shane Morris' concussion Sept. 27 has spurred the University of Minnesota to take a new step with its own medical protocol. Effective immediately, the Gophers will have an athletic trainer serving as a medical spotter in the press box. According to a team spokesman, the athletic trainer will sit in an auxiliary radio booth with access to video replay, and will be able to relay any pertinent medical information to the sideline through a headset.
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Texas Group Helps to Fulfill the Dreams of Amputee Athletes
The New York Times
Cody Harmon of San Antonio was born without tibia bones, and his legs were amputated when he was 3. At Wagner High School in San Antonio, Mr. Harmon spent four years on the wrestling team; to compete, he took off his prosthetic legs and wrestled on his knees. "I was so close to the ground that no one knew how to defend me," he said, "and I was so close to your legs that I would grab your legs and pull them to take you down, get a quick two points."
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Florida Bill Protects Student Athletes From Concussions
WFOR-TV
Long gone are the days of "shaking it off" and playing through a sports injury. As more and more concussions are being diagnosed in high school sports, many more athletes in Florida are sitting on the sidelines. This is in large part due to both a new law and more coaches and trainers being trained on the condition.
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