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Jul. 20, 2015

NATA Advocacy Ad to Appear in NFL Programs
NATA has partnered with USA Today Health and Human Services in a marketing effort to promote athletic trainers to NFL game day attendees. This NATA advocacy ad will be featured in the gameday programs of the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and the New York Giants during the 2015-2016 season. Our message will focus on "Who is taking care of your kids?" and prompt readers to visit our public website scheduled to launch this fall. See the ad at the NATA Now blog. More

Hip Arthroplasty Webinar in August
Scott Cheatham, DPT, PhD(c), ATC, will present "Hip Arthroplasty: Advances in Surgery and Post-Operative Management" at 11 a.m. CT on Aug. 12. This webinar will review new advances in hip arthroplasty surgical procedures and post-operative management. Surgical techniques discussed include the total hip arthroplasty, hemiarthroplasty, hip resurfacing, and more. The most current evidence for post-operative strategies will be discussed for each surgical procedure. This lecture is for the clinician who desires a more in-depth understanding of emerging hip arthroplasty procedures and post-operative management.More

Sports Medicine Field Manual Available
The Sports Medicine Field Manual is a downloadable reference tool for on-site evaluation and management of athletic injuries and conditions, as well as education beyond the point of care. Developed in partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), NATA, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), each section was written by a collaborative team of experts, including orthopaedic surgeons, athletic trainers and primary care physicians with expertise in caring for athletes at all levels. Be ready for anything – with practical and reliable medical information to best manage the injuries and health issues of your athletes where and when you need it. You can download the manual from iBooks and Google Play.More

Only a Few Days Left for Volunteer Liaison Opportunities
Do you have a membership in another association or health care organization? NATA is looking for new volunteers to serve as liaisons to organizations that work with us and support our mission. See a list of open positions and fill out an application. Applications close July 24.More

NATA Foundation 5K Photo Gallery Available
Hundreds of photos taken at the NATA Foundation 5K are now available at NATA PhotoZone. You can order your favorite prints from PhotoZone and get them in a variety of sizes. View the entire NATA 2015 gallery if you're interested in more photos from St. Louis.More

NATA Study Guide Helps Prepare for BOC Exam
Through two mock exams, the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam can help identify your strong and weak knowledge areas so you can better prepare for your certification test. These mock exams will expose you to both the content matter and the "feel" of the BOC exam, increasing your chances of success!More

Charlotte Athletic Departments Receive National Recognition
South Charlotte Weekly
With high school athletes accounting for an estimated 2 million injuries each year, south Charlotte (North Carolina) parents of high school student-athletes can rest easily knowing their children attend "safe sports" schools. The National Athletic Trainers' Association announced 19 Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools, with North Carolina High School Athletic Association athletic programs, received the Safe Sports School Award.More

Study: New Antibody Therapy Can Reverse Traumatic Brain Injury Damage (in Mice)
Traumatic brain injuries, whether they occur on a sports field or in a war zone, are on the rise. What's worse, these head traumas have been linked to long-term neurodegenerative diseases, notably Alzheimer's and a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Now, a team of researchers report they've discovered the "missing link" between traumatic brain injuries and these degenerative brain diseases and developed a special antibody that may help prevent the conditions. More

Immediate Diagnosis of Concussions Better Protects Youth Athletes
Medical Xpress
Athletes under the age of 18 are the most vulnerable when it comes to sustaining concussions. Accurately diagnosing concussions on the field of play is an important way to protect them, according to research published in the Journal of Child Neurology. "The continued play by a child who has sustained a concussion puts them at significant increased risk," said Jacob Resch, associate professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education.More

Research Seeks to Explain Varying Recovery Time for Youth Brain Injury
Daily Bruin
The amount of damage to the insulated layer on brain nerves, rather than the severity of the injury itself, may be the reason some young victims recover from brain trauma more quickly than others, according to new research by UCLA and USC scientists. The study published in The Journal of Neuroscience may give insight to how athletes are affected by sports concussions, said Christopher Giza, professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery.More

Miami Testing Goggles That Can Detect Concussions Immediately
Miami Herald
Like millions of other Americans, Shannon McCarthy and Ronnie Johnson watched the Women's World Cup semifinal on TV and cringed when they saw the head collision between U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian and German forward Alexandra Popp as they leaped for the ball. Both ended up on the ground, Popp with a bloody gash. Four minutes later, both were back in the game after quick sideline examinations by doctors. More

Football Coaches View Player Safety as No. 1 Priority
Stillwater News Press
The best thing to happen to high school football is the coaches and players giving up some power. With the increase in concussion awareness in the past several years, many coaches are putting player safety where it belongs, in the hands of athletic trainers and doctors. "Ultimately, it's not our call," said Stillwater (Oklahoma) coach Tucker Barnard. More

Would Banning Headers In Soccer Solve The Concussion Problem?
Heading the ball in soccer has been accused of causing most concussions. But the hazard may be more due to rough play than to one particular technique, researchers say. The risks involved in heading — when a player uses their head to keep the ball in play — are not new. But Dawn Comstock, an injury epidemiologist at the University of Colorado's School of Public Health, wanted to know if headers are indeed the chief cause of concussions. More