Secondary School Athletic Trainers' E-News
May. 20, 2015

Which Comes First — Worth or Value?
Dan Newman, MS, ATC, LAT
District 5 Representative, Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee

When we think of worth, instantly money comes to mind; this person is worth billions, or my personal property is worth this amount. Worth can be defined as good or important to justify. Value is the usefulness or importance; what do you bring to the table? As athletic trainers, we can sometimes forget what we do and the value we can bring to an athletic department, clinic or industry. Knowing your value will help you increase your worth. Without knowing what you truly bring to the table as a professional you can never know your true worth. In a time when our profession has so much focus on words, athletic trainer not trainer, student athletic training aides, care verses coverage, isn't it time to add value vs. worth to the conversation? Don't miss learning more about this important topic. Mark your calendars to attend the SSATC Peer-to-Peer on the Secondary School Value Model on Wednesday, June 24, at 8:45 a.m. in Room 240 of the American Center.More

You're Invited!
Join us on Thursday, June 25, for the Secondary School Athletic Trainer Cocktail Reception hosted by Gatorade. The reception will start at 7 p.m., immediately following the SSATC Session, and will be located in the American Center in the Ballroom Prefunction. Please be sure to RSVP for this exciting event. Make sure to attend the SSATC Session to celebrate this year's Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award winners!More

Guidelines for Your Traveling Kit
All sports have injuries that are unique to their game, but they also share common injuries. Make sure that your medical kit is stocked with the appropriate items to treat injuries while you are on the road. The International Federation of Sports Medicine provides tips in a 2011 position statement "Guidelines for the composition of the travelling medical kid for Sports Medicine professionals."More

Fish Oil and Concussions
Dr. Michael Lewis has pioneered the clinical use of omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation of brain injuries from physical and psychological trauma to include traumatic brain injury and concussions, stroke, PTSD, and other conditions. His insights and pioneering work have impacted thousands of lives and he is passionate about continuing to find improved solutions to the age old problem of brain injury. Watch the podcast for more information on fish and concussions.More

NEW! American Football Nutrition Recommendations & Practical Advice Available for CEUs
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute is committed to providing sports practitioners, such as you, with the latest research and educational tools about hydration and nutrition to help optimize athletic performance. As part of this commitment, GSSI has created the Nutrition in Sport series, which combines practical advice with relevant supporting research by leading sports nutrition scientists and practitioners in the field to provide sport-specific expertise.

The most recent instalment, Nutrition in Sport: American Football, was released last month and provides nutrition education and advice for American football athletes and practitioners. This content is now available at in the form of a webinar as well as downloadable documents.More

Parents and the New Concussion Paradigm
Chris Snoddy MA, ATC, LAT
District 9 Representative, Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee

Parents are more educated, more concerned and more aware of the dangers of concussions than ever before. How we communicate with parents or guardians of our concussed athletes has entered a new paradigm. This new model of communication requires documentation and, more importantly, understanding. How we ensure parents' understanding about what has happened to their child's brain is the ultimate goal of the athletic trainer and physician. Read more about working with parents of concussed athletes.More