Range of Motion
Jan. 25, 2010

Sports Safety is a Team Effort
Sports Safety is a Team Effort. That’s the theme for National Athletic Training Month, which kicks off March 1, about five weeks from today. Visit the NATA Web site for ways you can spread a positive message about the profession.More

New Pictures Available at NATA PhotoZone!
PhotoZone has been updated with pictures from the Summit on the Youth Sports Safety Crisis in America, as well as new photos of athletic trainers at work in the secondary school, college/university and military practice settings. Get your photos for National Athletic Training Month promotional materials now.More

College Setting Awards Deadline Coming Fast
the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee
Eight athletic trainers in the college and university setting are selected for awards each year at the NATA Annual Meeting. The nomination deadline is March 1. Awards are given in the following categories: Head Athletic Trainer - NCAA Division 1; Head Athletic Trainer - NCAA Division 2; Head Athletic Trainer - NCAA Division 3; Head Athletic Trainer – NAIA; Head Athletic Trainer - Junior College/Community College; Assistant Athletic Trainer of Year; Above and Beyond Award and New Horizon Award.More

Get Early-Bird Pricing for the ACL Research Retreat V
Just two weeks remain in the early-bird registration window for “ACL Research Retreat V,” scheduled March 25-27 in Greensboro, N.C. Register by Feb. 5 to get the best rates! The research retreat is hosted by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Well-known experts will speak on cutting-edge topics related to ACL injury and rehabilitation. Poster presentations, 15-minute podium sessions and group discussions round out the meeting. See the detailed program and register today.More

Give Life...Give Love...Donate Blood
the National Basketball Athletic Trainers' Association
Sign up early to be part of the annual blood drive sponsored by the NBATA and NATA. Donating blood is easy, and signing up is convenient. Register online.More

Apply Now for Jack Cramer Scholarship
Applications are being accepted from high school seniors for the Jack Cramer Scholarship. In conjunction with the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee, one $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving high school senior who is planning a career as an athletic trainer in a high school setting. The deadline for applications is March 1.More

California Leaders Move to Tighten Concussion Rules
the San Jose Mercury News
California could be moving toward tough rules to protect young athletes from concussions, with new legislation and a proposal from the state's high school sports federation calling for doctors to weigh in before any injured student is allowed back on the field. The proposals follow a swell of media attention -- especially after the near death of San Jose High Academy football player Matt Blea -- and new scientific evidence that shows how susceptible young people in particular are to the debilitating effects of brain trauma.More

Heart Condition Cited in Gaines Adams' Death Often Goes Undetected
The Greenville News
The condition believed to have claimed the life of former Clemson University football star Gaines Adams has killed other young elite athletes and often goes undiscovered until it is too late. Adams, a 26-year-old defensive end for the Chicago Bears, died of cardiac arrest because of an enlarged heart, according to Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey. Sudden cardiac death can be caused by a number of things, but the most common cause in young athletes is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, said Dr. Barbara Moran-Faile, cardiologist with Upstate Cardiology and medical director of community outreach cardiology services for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.More

Parents Not Taking Concussions Seriously Enough
Business Week
Children who suffer a concussion don't just have a minor head bump, but a brain injury that parents, coaches and teachers need to take more seriously, Canadian researchers warn. Parents often believe that concussion injury is mild and doesn't involve damage to the brain, said lead researcher Dr. Carol DeMatteo, an associate clinical professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. However, "concussion really is a brain injury -- there's no question about that," she said.More

Soccer Injuries: Cleat/Natural Grass Combo May Lessen ACL Injury Risk
Science Daily
Athletes put less strain on their anterior cruciate ligament while making a cut on a natural grass surface while wearing a cleat. This is the conclusion from a study by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery that tested the strain placed on the ACL of four different shoe-surface interactions: Astroturf/turf shoe, modern playing turf/turf shoe, modern turf/cleat, and natural grass/cleat. The study appears in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.More

Concussions Becoming a Concern in Basketball
the Colorado Springs Gazette
Air Force men's basketball’s surprising problem with concussions this season has to be attributable, at least in part, to bad luck. The Falcons have had six players suffer concussions. The program has never seen concussion numbers that high. Although poor fortune is a reason, concussions aren’t just for football. Basketball has seen its players get bigger and faster, just like football, and head injuries have increased. In a National Athletic Trainers’ Association study from 1988-2004, there was a 65 percent increase in head injuries suffered during NCAA games from the first three years of the study to the last three years.More