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May 31, 2010

Plan for NATAREF's Silent Auction
the NATA Research & Education Foundation
The 2010 NATA Foundation Silent Auction features some great items up for grabs at this year's NATA 61st Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia from June 22-25 in Philadelphia. Bid on footballs signed by top NFL draft pick Sam Bradford and University of Florida coach Urban Meyer. Go home with basketballs signed by Orlando Magic star J.J. Reddick and the TNT broadcasting team, including Charles Barkley. Proceeds benefit the Foundation's unrestricted fund, which pays for events such as student leadership conferences. Contact Heather Franklin at heatherf@nata.orgMore

Don't Forget To Try the AMCIA Online Calculator
Earlier this month, NATA released a new online resource based on the Recommendations and Guidelines for Appropriate Medical Coverage of Intercollegiate Athletics. The interactive AMCIA tool, developed by the College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee, includes an online calculator, the definition of appropriate medical care in the college and university setting, strategies for using the calculator and a list of frequently asked questions. More

Attend ATEC in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25-27, 2011
Save Feb. 25-27, 2011, for the Athletic Training Educators' Conference, "Creating a Culture of Evidence-Based Practice." The event will take place in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Capitol Hill Day and iLEAD. Plus, we've extended the deadline for ATEC abstracts and proposals to July 9! Learn how to contribute to ATEC. More

CDC, Organizations Team Up for Concussion Education
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC and several medical and educational organizations are asking school professionals to use the new "Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs" materials. They include fact sheets, a checklist, a poster and a magnet to help identify and respond to concussions in an array of school settings. Athletic trainers can help by circulating these materials. More

Cheerleading Association Works to Increase Safety with New Rules
The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators has released new school cheerleading rules designed to increase safety. The AACCA now recommends prohibiting elementary, middle school and junior high cheerleaders from performing all basket tosses and double twisting dismounts, reserving those skills for the high school level only. See all the new rules. More

Young Professional Volunteers Needed at Annual Meeting
NATA and the Young Professionals' Committee
NATA and the Young Professionals' Committee are asking volunteers to help with a nutrition and hydration clinic at the Annual Meeting. At least 100 kids and teenagers from the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia will arrive at the convention center at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, and learn the basics of hydration and nutrition in six stages. Volunteers are needed to help run the stations during the two-hour event. Contact Carissa Spraberry at cspraberry@sheldon.k12.tx.us for the PAL event. Visit the YP section of the website to see all the YP events in Philadelphia. More

Please Register for the Blood Drive!
Early sign-up for the annual NBATA/NATA blood drive is lower than expected. Can you help? Donating blood is easy, and signing up is convenient. The Red Cross is asking for participants to pre-register. More

Anorexia Brain Shrinkage Reversible
Anorexics who lose excessive weight can also see a shrinking in the brain's gray matter. But new research suggests when they reach a healthy body size they also pack on the gray matter volume. The eating disorder officially known as anorexia nervosa, in which an individual starves him or herself or binges and purges, can lead to all sorts of problems as the person becomes malnourished. More

Attention, Secondary School Athletic Trainers!
Get Your Students Involved In Philadelphia

Do you have high school students who would like to learn more about the profession of athletic training? Sign up today for the first NATA High School Student Career Day. The event will be June 24, at the Annual Meeting. Participants can attend the keynote address and 2010 National Quiz Bowl, learn about work settings and career opportunities, meet with a collegiate curriculum director, tour the exhibit hall and meet with athletic trainers from across the country. More

Exercise Can Spur Wheezing, Even in Healthy Kids
HealthDay via Bloomberg Businessweek
Intense exercise can provoke the onset of temporary lung problems and other symptoms typically associated with asthma in children who are not actually asthmatic, new research reveals. The findings — based on an analysis of 56 healthy children with no prior history of asthma — builds on prior research that suggested that adults can similarly develop bouts of wheezing and reduced pulmonary function following vigorous exercise. More


Insult to Injury: More Kids Hurt By Own Crutches
Reuters via MSNBC
Injuries to young people related to the use of crutches, wheelchairs and walkers are on the rise — up an estimated 8 percent annually between 1991 and 2008, research shows. According to Ohio researchers, the use of these "mobility aids," while intended to help people get around, sent more than 3,000 people aged 19 or younger to the emergency room in 2008, alone. More