Secondary School Athletic Trainers' E-News
Mar. 18, 2015

NATA2015 is a great opportunity to network with your peers and learn new ways to succeed as a secondary school AT! Don't miss the Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee Session "Effective Communication and Ethical Behavior in the Secondary School Setting," on Thursday, June 25 from 5-7 p.m. The session will include discussions on ethics in the secondary school setting with Stuart Yoak, PhD, Executive Director for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics; "Navigating the Parent Trap" with Kathy Thornton, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, Southcoast Health; and a case study "Advocating for the AT in the Secondary School Setting" with Barbara Barber, PhD, ATC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More

Summit Recap
Health care professionals and youth sports safety advocates convened in Dallas, Texas on March 2 for the sixth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit. Hosted by NATA and The Youth Sports Safety Alliance, the 2015 Youth Sports Safety Summit offered a unique opportunity for discussion, education and collaboration on ways to keep our young athletes safe. Read more about this year's exciting event on NATA Now. More

Pre-Workout Supplements: Good, Bad and Ugly
Pre-workout supplements are a popular topic among young athletes, but there is no regulation on the safety of these products. Listen to My Sports Dietitian's Tavis Piattoly's podcast here for more information on pre-workout supplements, including an overview of the supplement industry and rating of several products. More

Casey Christy, MA, ATC, CSCS District 2 Representative, NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee
Here are some more simple tips to educate your school community about the role of the certified athletic trainer, and to promote the profession:

Use the Community Cable TV Channel: Many school districts have access to a local cable station to broadcast content. The athletic trainer can offer tips for hydration in the fall, nutrition advice in the winter, and muscle strain care in the spring. If athletic events are broadcast, ask a technology teacher to help you create a "Sports Medicine Minute" for breaks in the action (halftime, between innings, etc).

Speak to Parent Groups: Schools usually have a parent athletic association that meets regularly. Volunteer to speak about your role and offer a visit to the athletic training facility. Include a hands-on demo such as how vacuum splints work or exercises to prevent lower back pain.

Create a Website: Post information here as another resource for the community. Content can include injury care and nutrition tips, athletic training policies, and even a short bio. For an example, go to, click on "athletics," then "athletic trainer."

Create a Mission Statement: A mission statement informs parents, coaches, athletes and administrators of your treatment philosophy. Put it on your website, your office door or on the back of your business card. Here's an example: "Our mission is to provide the best possible health care to our injured student-athletes. We focus on educating the athlete and employing the latest treatment and rehabilitation techniques. We strive to return injured athletes back to participation in the shortest but safest time frame, placing their overall health and safety above all else."

Be Professional: Maintain appropriate appearance, hygiene and conduct. Communication researchers say within the first 10 seconds of contact, people will form many impressions about you, including: Are you visually clean, credible, confident and courteous? Remember, if you look and act professionally, most people will treat you as such. More