Range of Motion
Aug. 18, 2014

Registration Open for Online Q&A With Presidential Candidates
Russ Richardson, EdD, ATC, and Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, are the next NATA presidential candidates. The election runs from Sept. 1-30. Voters will receive an email with their customized login, which will allow them to vote online. Don't really know the candidates? You can read their statements and watch the presentations they gave at convention on the NATA Now blog. A live Q&A webinar with the candidates will be held at 11 a.m. CT on Aug. 26. Space is limited for this event, so be sure to register early!More

Optimizing Performance Webinar in September
Isaiah Kacyvenski will be presenting "Optimizing the Performance Envelope," at 11 a.m. CT on Sept. 24. This session will provide an overview of such technologies from an athlete's point of view, with an emphasis on quantitative measurement of key indicators of athletic performance such as force of impact to the head and athlete core hydration. It will explore how athletic trainers can integrate such performance monitoring technologies into their existing protocols to achieve an ideal balance between performance and safety.More

NATA Announces Return of the Gatorade Secondary School AT Award
It is with great excitement that Gatorade, in partnership with the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee, announces the return of the Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. This award will recognize certified athletic trainers from each NATA district who have made outstanding contributions in furthering their school's athletic care program and/or advanced the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. Winners will receive a $1,000 grant toward the program featured in their submission; a Gatorade G Series Performance package, a Sidelines Cart and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2015 NATA convention. Gatorade is proud to support the hard work and dedication of athletic trainers at the secondary level. For more information please visit the NATA website to nominate a deserving athletic trainer today!More

Safe Sports Championship Ends Next Week
Attention secondary school athletic trainers! Does your school practice safe sports? We're having a competition to see which district provides the safest environment for its athletes, and you can help your district win by applying for our Safe Sports School Award. The last day to submit all documentation is Aug. 27. Find all of the contest details, including how to participate, on the NATA website.More

ATEC Registration Opens Next Month, With Early Bird Discount
ATEC and iLEAD is Feb. 27–March 1, 2015, at the Anatole in Dallas. The Athletic Training Educator's Conference (ATEC) is the one of the largest conferences for educators, program directors, preceptors and clinical coordinators. iLEAD is conducted for junior and senior students who are interested in learning more about leadership and in preparing to transition to the professional world of athletic training.More

NATA Foundation Accepting Nominations for Research Awards
The NATA Research & Education Foundation is committed to encouraging research among athletic trainers who can contribute to the athletic training knowledge base and has established an awards program to recognize and reward those individuals whose work helps fulfill that goal. Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 7 for the Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, New Investigator Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Award. To nominate a researcher for one of these prestigious honors, review the criteria and process here.More

6 Questions Parents Should Ask Heading into Kids' Sports Seasons
The Dallas Morning News
The professionalism of high school coaches in Texas is as high as you'll find in the country, but parents shouldn't be afraid to ask a few questions to feel more secure about their child's safety. The good folks at NATA — the National Athletic Trainers' Association, headquartered in Carrollton — have put together a vital list of questions that parents should ask about their kids' participation in team sports.More

Experts Say More Can Be Done to Prevent Heat-Related Deaths in Football
The Washington Post
Embossed in bronze on the plaque that marks his grave, there is an image of a teenage boy on one knee with a football in his hand and a helmet at his feet. "Edwin Dekonti Oliver Miller," the plaque reads. "My son, my prince and my partner." A little more than five years have passed since Miller, a wide receiver and linebacker, arrived at his high school for a voluntary offseason conditioning workout.More

High School Coaches and Athletic Trainers Watch Heat and Humidity
Chapel Hill News
Heat and hydration are a focus this week as high school football teams across North Carolina move toward full contact scrimmages. Temperatures are expected to be moderate by August standards, but certified athletic trainers will be monitoring heat and humidity throughout preseason workouts. N.C. High School Athletic Association rules require teams to have five days of acclimatization before beginning body-to-body contact.More

Can Athletes Overhydrate During Football Practice?
It's important to stay hydrated in the West Texas summer heat. We've all heard of the dangers of dehydration, but can you overhydrate? With high school football season just around the corner, teams practice twice a day, but should players watch how much they drink during practice? "With these pads, it's at least five degrees hotter, It'll make you want to drink more," said Odessa High School football player Dwayne Amoyaw.More

Doctors Warn Against Young Athletes Consuming Energy Drinks
Back to school means back to practice for student athletes. But health experts are warning a lot of those teens are relying on the wrong drink to get a boost of energy. Doctors say more and more children and teenagers are winding up in emergency rooms because they're ingesting too much caffeine. It is an especially huge risk for young athletes who are just getting back out on the field. Both doctors and coaches say these drinks are not worth the temporary boost. More

Virginia Football Teams Using Helmet Technology to Detect Concussions
The Virginia Gazette
Players trying to hide getting their bell rung will have a harder time concealing potential concussions this season at three high schools in Williamsburg, Virginia. Many of them will be wearing the latest technology inside their helmets, and it will let athletic trainers know their heads have experienced an impact. Warhill, Lafayette and Jamestown sigh schools, as well as Booker T. Washington High in Norfolk, are the first high school teams in Virginia to use the new Riddell InSite Impact Response System.More

Doctors: All Young Athletes Should Get 'Baseline' Concussion Test
Doctors are recommending young athletes get what is called a baseline concussion test. It measures normal brain activity, so if your child does get hurt, doctors have much more to go on. At Dayton, Ohio's Krok Center on Saturday, members of the Troy pee wee football team got tested. A baseline test helps doctors know when the child is healed from the injury, allowing them to get safely back on the field. More

School, Hospital Partnership Aims to Cut Back on Sports Injuries
When student athletes in Independence, Missouri, suit up this season, they'll have more than just the protection of their pads and helmets. They have an athletic trainer on hand, ready to tackle any aches and pains. Gabriel Clements works for Centerpoint Medical Center as the Director of Rehab and Sports Medicine. He helped create the partnership between Centerpoint Medical Center and the Independence School District.More