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Feb. 24, 2015

Capitol Hill Day 2015 Recap
Athletic trainers representing 24 states joined us in Washington, DC, this week for our biggest advocacy event of the year, Capitol Hill Day. Attendees conducted 192 meetings with legislators in support of the three pieces of legislation introduced last week: the SAFE PLAY Act, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act and the Secondary School Student Athletes' Bill of Rights. Read all about the event and how you can help support the legislation at the NATA Now blog. More

Ultrasound Webinar in March
David Draper, EdD, ATC, FNATA, will be presenting "Correct Use of Therapeutic Ultrasound," at 11 a.m. CT on March 4. This presentation will give a brief overview of therapeutic ultrasound. The Top Ten mistakes clinicians make when using therapeutic ultrasound will be discussed. The correct parameters including, intensity, frequency, treatment duration and treatment size will be presented, that if followed will provide for more effective ultrasound treatments.More

Win With the NATM Social Media Contest
Show us how you're raising awareness about athletic training during National Athletic Training Month and you could win! NATA is once again sponsoring a social media contest during NATM. All you need to do to enter is post a photo or video via social media using the hashtag #NATM2015. A second way to win is by using the hashtag and showing us how you are displaying your NATM 2015 poster. Information including rules and the list of prizes is available at the NATA site.More

Last Week for Student Writing Contest Submissions
The NATA Research & Education Foundation invites NATA undergraduate student members to submit original manuscripts for the annual DeLoss Brubaker, EdD, ATC, Undergraduate Student Writing Contest. One winner will be selected for each of the following categories: Original Research, Case Report and Literature Review. All submissions must be received by March 1. For more information contact Angela De Leon at angelad@nata.org.More

New Speaker Videos from NATA 2015 Presenters
Have you seen the latest additions to the convention website? You can hear from some of the speakers who will be presenting at this year's event in a new series of speaker videos. Two of the speakers included are NATA Board member MaryBeth Horodyski talking about "Spine Injuries in Athletics and Spine Immobilization: Current Research, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Best Practices," and Kent State University's Lisa Chinn on "Barefoot Running: Is It For Me? Is It For My Athletes?"More

Comment on Professional Degree Discussion
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
During the course of the last year, the CAATE heard from many of you both formally and informally at district meetings and other gatherings about the future of athletic training education. The CAATE has made a practice of seeking comments from its stakeholders and the public for decisions that impact athletic training education programs. Collecting public comment is also a part of our compliance with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) standards. The CAATE has created an online opportunity for comment. The commission seeks input from all who would offer it. You are encouraged to forward this link to others who might be interested in commenting. The comment period will remain open for a period of 30 days until Friday, March 20, to ensure ample opportunity for participation.More

AEDs Praised for Saving Wrestler's Life
It was a scary couple of minutes at the Iowa state wrestling tournament, when Creston/Orient-Macksburg's Tayler Pettit collapsed after his match. Within moments, he was hooked up to an Automated External Defibrillator, which likely saved his life. "When they hooked him up to it, he was in an irregular (heart) rhythm," said Dr. Dennis Zachary of Family Sports Medicinene. "They gave him a shock and had to give him several shocks by the time they got him to the hospital." More

The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone
The Atlantic
Injury is a fact of life for most athletes, but some professionals — and some weekend warriors, for that matter — just seem more injury-prone than others. But what is it about their bodies that makes the bones, tendons, and ligaments so much more likely to tear or strain—bad luck, or just poor preparation? A growing body of research suggests another answer: that genetic makeup may play an important role in injury risk. More

Houston Texans using BFR training
In November, researchers at Brooke Army Medical Center shared how their use of blood flow restriction (BFR), or "tourniquet," training is helping wounded warriors return to health. Now the technique is being implemented by one NFL team, and more could soon follow their lead. The prospect of minimizing early muscular strength deficits while protecting healing tissue was the impetus for the Houston Texans to introduce the technique to several of their players. More

High School Football Faces Crisis
U-T San Diego
Is high school football confronted with a crisis? "Absolutely," said California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Roger Blake. The concern over head injuries has Blake concerned about the future of the sport at this level. And he's determined to do everything in his power to see that Friday Night Lights are not dimmed down the road. Blake recalls the days when players would "get their bell rung," shake it off for a few minutes and then go back out on the field. More

Illinois Legislators Want More Concussion Protections for Students
According to the CDC, more than 100 Americans die every day from concussion-related injuries. Now, Illinois state lawmakers have introduced a new proposal to try to protect students. Senators introduced a bill to establish a "concussion oversight team" at each school. The group would consist of a doctor, an athletic trainer and other medical staff. Many schools say they already have a similar policy in place.More

Wearable Market Sees Growth Among Athletes
USA Today via the Arizona Republic
It's 6:30 a.m. Thousands of runners are starting to line up in Austin, Texas, and all Dylan Cornelius can think about is whether his Garmin Forerunner 220 watch is in sync with the printed list of mileage times strapped to his other wrist. "The watch helps (my running) pace and maximize my performance," says Cornelius, 45, a participant in the 24th Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. "Garmin was a game-changer for me." More