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Feb. 14, 2011

Access Your Free CEU Bucks
All NATA members who have renewed for the year gain access to 10 Free CEU Bucks tomorrow! Use these valuable CEU Bucks in the NATA Quiz Center, starting with our new course on Cultural Competence in Athletic Training. (This course is our required CEU for the year and will be automatically added to your ‘purchased courses’ library.)More

Look Ahead to National Athletic Training Month
Two weeks remain before the start of National Athletic Training Month 2011, and it's more important than ever to be an advocate for your profession. We've got ready-made brochures, e-cards, logos and more, all within a couple clicks.More

Public Safety ATs Invited to Join the Public
Safety Athletic Trainers' Society for Free

the Public Safety Athletic Trainers' Society
The Public Safety Athletic Trainers' Society is offering complimentary introductory memberships active until June 31. Athletic trainers interested in the health care and prevention of injury to law enforcement, fire and safety tactical athletes are welcome to join. Membership is also open to students and others interested in advancing the care of this population.More

Applications Accepted for Journal of Athletic Training Editor
The next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training will be selected this spring, and applications are being accepted. A search committee appointed by NATA President Marje Albohm, MS, ATC, will review all applicants and select finalists to interview. The application deadline is April 8.More

Sharpen Your Skills in Emergency Planning in Athletics
Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NREMT-I, will lead next week's webinar on emergency planning in athletics, helping participants review and refine their policies to make sure they’re prepared for the unexpected. The webinar, at 11 a.m. Central on Feb. 23, offers CEU credit and the convenience of not leaving your desk.More

NJ Lawmakers: Sports Concussions Should Be Federal Issue
The Bergen Record
Using the Super Bowl as a backdrop, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said they are urging the nation's health chief to put the issue of sports-related brain injuries on a federal level and develop safety guidelines. The federal lawmakers announced that they wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, urging her hold a conference in which medical, athletic and educational officials will develop guidelines to protect students from concussions.More

Athletes Prone to a Rash of Skin Conditions
Science Daily
Team sports have a long history of fostering cooperation, camaraderie and a healthy competitive spirit among athletes. But the closeness that brings athletes together also can create an environment for a host of contagious skin infections. Now, dermatologists are urging teammates and coaches to be aware of the most common skin conditions caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi that occur in athletes and educating them on how to prevent a widespread outbreak.More

Good Medical Staff Can Mean Millions for MLB Teams
Sports Illustrated
Over the last decade, teams have spent more than a billion dollars on players that were on the DL. That's billion with a B, all spent on players shelved for injuries that could be preventable. Certainly there will always be injuries in sports — which keeps me employed — but there doesn't have to be quite so many and they don't have to be quite so serious.More

USA Hockey Is Considering Proposals to Increase Safety
The New York Times
A measure banning body checking for boys under 13 is being considered by USA Hockey, the governing body for the sport at the amateur level in the United States, the organization announced recently. The organization is also weighing a proposal to penalize contact to the head or neck for players of all ages. Current rules allow body checking for boys 11 to 12 years old. More

Cancer Drug May Help Spinal Cord Injuries
The cancer drug Taxol stimulates the growth of nerve cells in the spine after a spinal cord injury, and reduces scaring in these cells, according to a new study in rats. While much more research is needed, including work to understand whether the same process occurs in people, the chemotherapy drug holds promise as a future treatment for spinal cord injuries, the researchers said.More

Stroke Rates Up in Teens, Young Adults
HealthDay News via Bloomberg Businessweek
Older Americans are suffering fewer strokes, but new government research shows that stroke hospitalizations are sharply rising among children and younger adults, especially for men under 35. Although the study doesn't explore the reasons for the trend, experts point to the obesity epidemic, increasing rates of diabetes and high blood pressure as likely culprits.More