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Jul. 2, 2012

NATA & Gatorade Partner for First Annual National Recovery Day
NATA and Gatorade are teaming up to declare July 11, 2012, a day when U.S. sports takes a break from competition, the first annual National Recovery Day. With high school athletes suffering 2 million injuries each year, National Recovery Day has been established to focus the attention on the importance of proper athletic recovery to prevent injury and continuously perform at the highest level. We hope National Recovery Day will serve as a reminder to athletes worldwide to stay safe by ensuring they are doing everything possible to set themselves up for athletic success.More

Register for Webinar: Review of Throwing Injuries
and Elbow Fracture Patterns in Young Athletes

Kevin Shea, MD, is presenting "Review of Throwing Injuries and Elbow Fracture Patterns in Young Athletes" at 11 a.m. CT on July 18. The presentation will review some of the common throwing problems about the elbow and shoulder in young athletes. It will also will focus on common elbow fractures patterns in young athletes and review the anatomy and treatment options for these injuries. The cost is $15 for NATA members, and it is worth one CEU. Space is limited — sign up now!More

63rd Annual Meeting in the Books!
For four days last week, NATA members, their families, sponsors and guests met in St. Louis for the 63rd NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. The association inducted seventeen ATs into the Hall of Fame and witnessed the passing of the presidency from Marje Albohm, MS, ATC, to Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES. Also, keynote speaker J.R. Martinez talked about overcoming adversity. See all the coverage in the online versions of the Convention Daily News.More

It's Not Too Early to Think About Las Vegas
Are you interested in presenting at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas? NATA is now accepting proposals for the event, scheduled June 24-27. Proposal submissions are accepted from members and non-members in several program formats. Please read the submission guidelines before submitting. The deadline for submissions is July 16.More

Press Conference Reveals Latest Consensus Statement
NATA hosted a press conference in St. Louis to speak about our latest consensus statement, "Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions: Best Practice Recommendations." Doug Casa, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM served as chair of the group that developed the statement and it will appear in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training. More

Behind the Scenes at Cirque du Soleil
Read what it's like to be an athletic trainer for Cirque du Soleil in the newest addition to our ongoing "Day in the Life" series in the July issue of the NATA News. The issue also features the first column from new NATA President Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES, and an interview with Johnson & Johnson's Jack Weakley.More

College Athlete Deaths in Workouts Spur New Guidelines
Medical Xpress
The sudden death of a growing number of college athletes during conditioning sessions has prompted a task force, led by the National Athletic Trainers' Association, to issue new safety recommendations for these workouts. NATA said the guidelines are designed to provide doctors, trainers, coaches and athletes with ways to prevent sudden deaths among young athletes, particularly those with underlying heart conditions.More

Athletics Trainers: Don't Use Exercise As Punishment
USA Today
The National Athletic Trainers' Association, in an effort to prevent deaths of college athletes, wants football programs to stop using exercise as punishment and to create individualized training programs for players. NATA, which announced these recommendations and others at its annual convention in St. Louis, says that exertional heat stroke, complications stemming from sickle cell trait and cardiac conditions were the three leading causes of death during football training sessions in the last 12 years.More

Maryland State School Board Looking into Head Injuries
The Baltimore Sun
Amid an increased awareness of concussions in sports (the NFL and Ivy League universities have limited football practices involving contact), the Maryland state school board is questioning whether action is needed to prevent head injuries in young athletes. The state school board said it would form a group that will include health experts, educators and athletic directors to study whether the state is doing enough to reduce the number of concussions in student athletes. More

Iowa Still Learning from Football Team's Rhabdomyolyis Incident
USA Today
After 13 football players were hospitalized in January 2011, the University of Iowa launched an investigation to determine the common cause of each athlete's injury and subsequently changed procedures to prevent future incidents. All 13 were diagnosed with rhabdomyolyis, a stress-induced muscle syndrome that can damage cells and cause kidney problems, after an off-season workout in January. More

Neck Strength Could Head Off Injury
Fox Sports
If the NFL Scouting Combine instituted neck strength as one of its mandatory drills, the league would receive a significant boost in trying to address its concussion epidemic. That was one of the messages espoused June 22-23 at the second-annual Football Strength Clinic in Cincinnati. More than 100 attendees from the amateur and professional ranks were reminded of what should be the main priority of every strength coach — training to help protect athletes from on-field injuries.More

Study of Retired NFL Players Finds Evidence of Brain Damage
HealthDay via DoctorsLounge
Tests performed on a group of retired NFL players revealed that more than 40 percent suffered from problems such as depression and dementia, adding to a growing pile of evidence that repeated sports-related head traumas can lead to lasting neurological issues. Analyzing 34 ex-professional football players (average age 62), researchers found that 20 tested normal while the rest suffered from depression, various deficits in memory/thinking or a combination of these issues. More

Many Athletic Injuries in Children are Preventable
An estimated 30 million young Americans are participating in organized sports. While that's great news in the fight against childhood obesity, it also means more athletic injuries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control say more than 3.5 million kids under 14 were treated for a sports injury last year. So what can you do to help protect your child from an athletic injury? Turns out, quite a bit. More

Officials Say New Law Will Protect Nebraska Athletes of All Ages
Lincoln Journal Star
A concussion is not just a bonk on the head. It is not an athlete's badge of honor. It is a brain injury with life-altering consequences if not handled correctly. Which is exactly the point of Nebraska's Concussion Awareness Act, said Lori Terryberry-Spohr, brain injury program manager at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.More