Range of Motion
Apr. 13, 2015

#NATM2015 Poster Photo Prize Goes to...
Congratulations to Cumberland Valley Athletic Training (@CVeagles_AT) for receiving the most votes in the #NATM2015 poster contest poll! As the winner of the contest, they will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card and a $50 credit to the NATAGear merchandise store. You can see the top ten entries at the NATA Now blog, and be sure to check back this Friday when we reveal the winners of our #NATM2015 Social Media Contest. More

Webinar on Head Impact Biomechanics This Month
Robert Lynall, MS, ATC, will be presenting "Head Impact Biomechanics: Are Head Impact Indicators Ready for Primetime?" at 11 a.m. CT on April 29. Head impact biomechanics has been studied on field in athletes of all ages for the last decade. Recently many products have become available to consumers that are designed to measure head impact magnitude during athletics and alert the user to potential concussion causing impacts. This presentation will discuss research findings related to head impact biomechanics and how they have impacted clinical practice. Additionally, the clinical utility of head impact indicators and the thresholds on which they are based will be discussed.More

PR Contest Deadline This Week
There are only a few days left to submit entries for the Public Relations Contest for National Athletic Training Month 2015. The deadline is this Thursday (April 16), so enter now! The PR Committee conducts this contest to recognize the best efforts to promote the profession during NATM. It features five categories: Best State Association Effort, Best Student Effort, Best Athletic Trainer Effort - group (7 or more ATs), Best Athletic Trainer Effort - individual/small team (6 or fewer ATs) and Best Overall Campaign. Winners receive a $150 gift certificate for NATA logo merchandise and recognition in the NATA News.More

Student Membership Campaign Offers Benefits
The Student Membership Campaign provides an easy way for athletic training education programs to qualify for prizes, including cash for the athletic training club and free convention registration. In order to qualify, students must join NATA before April 30. Full qualification and submission details are listed on the website.More

Sign Up For NATA Foundation Fun Run
The NATA 5K, sponsored by Gatorade and benefiting the NATA Research & Education Foundation is back at convention. The race will be at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 26. To participate, attendees can pay $25 in advance or $30 onsite (beginning June 4). Indicate your participation within your general convention registration. Sign up today to ensure your spot!More

Nutrition in Sport Webinar From GSSI
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute has created the Nutrition in Sport series which combines practical advice with relevant supporting research by leading sports nutrition scientists and practitioners in the field to provide sport-specific expertise. GSSI has appointed a group of experts, the American Football Task Force, to share research and recommendations pertaining to American football. The task force has developed the Nutrition in Sport: American Football series of Sports Science Exchange papers to provide sport-specific nutrition education and advice for American football athletes and practitioners.

Please join us for a FREE webinar on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. CT to kick off the 2015 NFL Draft and learn more from the authors of the Nutrition in Sport: American Football series of SSEs. The webinar will consist of brief presentations on a variety of topics related to sports science and American Football, and attendees will have the opportunity to log in and ask questions live. More

What We've Missed About Tommy John Surgery
Baseball will be buzzing Thursday when Matt Harvey pitches in a regular-season game for the first time in nearly 20 months, following Tommy John surgery. Harvey, who has been stellar this spring, has been a source of optimism for a New York Mets fan base that can't wait to see what he can deliver. Harvey will face the Washington Nationals, led by Stephen Strasburg, a 2010 graduate of the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction and rehab program.More

Study: College Athletes Often Become Depressed Just Days After Suffering a Concussion
The Huffington Post
When people talk about the relationship between football and concussions, the consequences always seem far off in the distant future. We think not of the immediate effects for a player who just received a blow to the head, but of the cognitive issues of former NFL players who retired long ago. But a new study finds that concussions can affect the mood of the human mind within just a number of days, and they often do. More

FDA Forces UCLA Researchers to Stop Touting Experimental Dementia Scan
Los Angeles Times
The federal government has forced two UCLA researchers to stop making promotional claims about an experimental brain scan they hope to commercialize as a test for Alzheimer's disease, long-term damage from traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions. The website for their fledgling company, Taumark, suggested that injecting patients with FDDNP and scanning their brains could offer early detection of concussions and various forms of dementia. More

Steingiser: Watching Over Student Athletes
Hartford Courant
Allison Steingiser has been Glastonbury High School's athletic trainer for the past four years. She grew up in Glastonbury and graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she received her bachelor's degree in athletic training. She said she likes "everything" about her job. "I like being able to come out and see all the sports, and be on the field or on the sidelines," she said. "The most enjoyable part is being out here with the kids."More

Widening the Field
Harvard Medical School
Despite disturbing headlines, what we actually know about football-related injuries, and their potential treatments, is limited. We know that anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tears can lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis in an estimated 80 percent of professional football players, often ending a player's career, and that traumatic brain injuries are the most common neurological injury in sports.More

New UAB Research Laboratory to Study Concussion Biomarkers, Recovery
UAB News
A new research laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the first of this kind in Alabama and one of only a few in America, could lead to a better understanding of the effects of concussions. The Vestibular and Oculomotor Research Laboratory, or VORLab, is conducting research to identify markers of mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, in athletes. More

Overuse Injuries Among Young Athletes on The Rise
The Tennessean
While concussions have garnered much of the spotlight when it comes to health concerns among young athletes, there is another rising issue among children who play sports that has health professionals just as concerned. According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, surgeons are seeing two very serious trends.More

Montana Athlete Hit by Javelin at Track Practice
A University of Montana track athlete was injured during practice when he was struck in the arm by a javelin. Austin Greer, a freshman thrower from Los Angeles, was hit by a javelin thrown by a teammate at Dornblaser Field, UM track coach Brian Schweyen confirmed. "It was just a little bit of a freak accident," Schweyen told the Missoulian. "Someone wasn't paying attention. But it wasn't anything life-threatening or vital." More