Range of Motion
Feb. 7, 2011

Let's be Fans! 'Like' NATA's Facebook Page
NATA is transitioning from its traditional "group" page on Facebook to a brand-new fan page. The fan page allows us to be more nimble and dynamic, and if you "like" our page, it helps spread the message about athletic training further and faster throughout the public. We'd love it if you'd like us!More

National Athletic Training Month Toolkit Available
We're just three weeks from the start of National Athletic Training Month, so it's time to finalize your plans. Use the NATM Toolkit, complete with sample press releases, images, flyers and more! Our 2011 theme, "Not All Athletes Wear Jerseys: Athletic Trainers Treat the Athlete In You," spans the broad scope of the profession.More

Web Resources Added for Emerging Settings
NATA has added several new resources to the emerging practice settings section of the website. Find information about how to work in the performing arts, return on investment data and orthopedic office practice profiles. Get contact information for the Clinical & Emerging Practices Athletic Trainers' Committee member working in each setting, and don't forget to see if Career Development Experiences are for you.More

ELA: Final Countdown Underway
The 2011 Capitol Hill Day, Athletic Training Educators' Conference, iLEAD student development program and more take place in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24-28. Take this opportunity to review the schedule and make your last-minute plans.More

Young Professionals Community Service Event Set for New Orleans
NATA's Young Professionals will hold their 2nd Annual "Piecing Together Sports Heath and Safety" community service event on Wednesday, June 22, at the 62nd NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in New Orleans. The 90-minute nutrition and hydration clinic begins at 10:30 a.m. and invites 100 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to the convention center. Check out all the YP events at this year's meeting, and get involved!More

New Webinar Series Kicks Off This Week
A three-part webinar series on medical therapeutic yoga begins Thursday with "Yoga in America: A Paradigm Shift in Health Care Delivery." All three modules of the series – scheduled Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14 – are presented by Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC, PYT. Garner developed a specialized form of medical therapeutic yoga and has taught it in every corner of the U.S. She brings it to your desktop for convenient, affordable CEUs and invaluable insight.More

Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Public Comment
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is sharing drafts of its Recommendation Statements on clinical preventive services for public comment. In addition, in partnership with AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, the USPSTF also offers opportunities for public comment on key questions (questions that tell researchers what to focus on in their review of the evidence) and EHC research reports that are related to the USPSTF's work.More

Nominate Your Program for a Healthy Living Innovation Award
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting nominations for the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards. The deadline is March 1. These awards recognize innovative health promotion projects in nine categories, all focused on healthy weight, physical activity or nutrition. Winners receive awards at a public recognition ceremony and have the opportunity to present their innovations at a national conference in spring 2011.More

Study: Running-Related Injuries on the Rise in US Kids
HealthDay News via U.S. News and World Report
The number of running-related injuries suffered by American youngsters aged 6 to 18 increased 34 percent between 1994 and 2007, according to a new study. During that period, there were an estimated 225,344 such injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, an average of more than 16,000 per year.More

New 10-Year Study Confirms Too Many
Pitches Strike Out Youth Athletes Early

For years, sports medicine professionals have talked about youth pitching injuries and the stress the motion causes on developing bones and muscles. In a new, 10-year study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers showed that participants who pitched more than 100 innings in a year were 3.5 times more likely to be injured.More

Sideline Test Can Detect Concussions in Minutes
FOX News
In the past year, concussions have become a huge topic of concern, and there's good reason for it. It's estimated that 300,000 athletes suffer concussions each year in the United States – and that's just football-related head injuries. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have come up with a simple sideline-test that can detect head trauma in athletes in just one minute. More

Scientists See Dangers in Energy Drinks
The New York Times
With widespread alarm about deaths linked to alcohol-and-caffeine-laced commercial drinks like the fruity malt beverage Four Loko, it's easy to overlook problems that may be linked to the so-called energy drinks that spawned them. But a number of scientists are worried about highly caffeinated beverages like Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster and Full Throttle, which are popular among teenagers and young adults. More

Sickle Cell Disease and Athletes: What You Should Know
The Wilmington Journal
NATA has contacted the source of this article to thank them for the coverage and to remind about the correct terminology when referring to an athletic trainer.

In general, persons with sickle cell trait are relatively asymptomatic, and have a normal lifespan without any complications. Most are found to have the gene as part of mandatory testing of all newborns. However, they are more likely than persons without sickle cell trait to develop rare conditions such as blood in their urine or rapid breakdown of muscle fibers during extreme exertion (know as rhabdomyolysis).More