Range of Motion
April 5, 2010

NATA Releases Statement on Health Reform Law
Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), NATA has released a statement about the law's implications for athletic trainers. The 2,049-page law includes a significant number of provisions relating to improving access to and delivering health care services through the health care workforce.More

Have You Seen the NATA Career Center?
Find that perfect fit on NATA's online job board. The revamped board has been up and running since October, and members are taking advantage of new features, including a look at job postings on the National Healthcare Career Network. This gives access to a growing network of more than 170 top health care associations and job postings in athletic training and related positions.More

Video Puts Spotlight on Terminology "Top 10"
It's important to correctly identify athletic trainers (not "trainers"). In honor of National Athletic Training Month, a new video clip explains why it's important and how you can help make it happen. "Correct terminology when referring to athletic trainers is essential to correctly identify the health care professional who brings the highest level of care to athletes of all ages and people who are physically active," said NATA President Marje Albohm, MS, ATC. "Referring to these highly skilled professionals correctly, demonstrates the respect they deserve." More

Attention, Educators: ATEC Proposals Now Open
Abstracts and proposals are now being accepted for the 2011 Athletic Training Educators' Conference, "Creating a Culture of Evidence Based Practice." Use the online submission system to offer your cutting-edge ideas to improve athletic training education. Deadline for submissions is June 1! More

Plan Your Philadelphia Schedule with the Itinerary Builder
Use the handy Itinerary Builder to make sure you don't miss your favorite educational sessions and events during the 61st NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia scheduled June 22-25, in Philadelphia. Don't forget to register before the early-bird discount runs out on April 30!

Philly Tip of the Week
"Did you know Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State? During colonial times, Pennsylvania was the middle colony of the original 13 colonies. It held the colonies together, like the 'keystone' in a window or door arch."
-Host City representatives AJ Duffy III, MS, ATC, PT, and Joe Iezzi, MS, ATC, PES.

NATA Foundation Revamps Fun Run
The 2010 Convention Shuffle, formally known as the Foundation Fun Run, is scheduled at 7 a.m. on June 23. Sponsored by CleenFreek, the Convention Shuffle features new age categories, including under 18 and over 60. Registration is $30, which includes round-trip shuttle, T-shirt, a goody bag and a great time! Sign up when you register for the Annual Meeting. More

Young Athletes Overuse Their Bodies and Strike Out Too Early
PR Newswire
NATA has contacted this news source to thank them for the important coverage and remind them of appropriate terminology to describe athletic trainers.

Today, leaders in health care, wellness, safety and fitness came together to launch the STOP Sports Injuries campaign. The campaign will educate athletes, parents, athletic trainers, coaches and health care providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. STOP Sports Injuries campaign highlights include teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes' lives, and encouraging those affected to take The Pledge to become advocates for sports safety and take the preventative measures to keep kids in the game for life. More


Spinning Blood Isn't Just for Athletes
The Wall Street Journal
Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee used it for an abdominal strain. Denver Nuggets power forward Kenyon Martin used it on a strained left knee. Last year, Tiger Woods had injections of it in his left knee before four majors and Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward used it to treat a strained calf and a sprained knee ligament before the team's Super Bowl win. The treatment, known as platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of a growing number of therapies that enhance the body's ability to heal itself. A physician extracts about one to two ounces of blood from the patient's vein and spins it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets, the part of the blood that secretes growth factors to promote clotting and healing. The doctor injects that platelet-rich plasma back into the patient at the site of injury, where it spurs the repair of injured tissue. More

Injury Raises Debate on Metal Bats
Chico Enterprise Record
It seems as though the debate over metal vs. wooden bats surfaces every couple of years, and true to that trend, the latest installment of the ongoing argument arrived earlier this month. On March 11, Marin Catholic High's Gunnar Sandberg was critically injured while pitching during a practice game when a line drive from a metal bat struck him in the head. Sandberg was rushed to the hospital where he fell into a chemically-induced coma and underwent emergency surgery. More

Weight Training-Related Injuries Increasing
Science Daily
The popularity of weight training has grown over the past decade. A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital has found that the number of injuries from weight training has increased as well. The study found that more than 970,000 weight training-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments between 1990 and 2007, increasing nearly 50 percent during the 18-year study period. More