Range of Motion
Aug. 23, 2010

NATA's Back-to-School Safety Tips
With young athletes returning to playing fields across the country, it's time to ensure parents, coaches, administrators and others are educated on injury prevention. NATA's back-to-school sports safety tips, released earlier this month, are a handy way to help you do that. With nearly 7 million high school students participating in sports today, there are a reported 715,000 high school sports-related injuries experienced each year. And 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries.More

Try the New and Improved Athletic Training Marketplace
The Athletic Training Marketplace is bigger and better than ever, helping you find all the supplies and equipment you need for the upcoming seasons. Search by keyword, product category or dozens of subcategories, and read product showcases that link directly to websites for ordering.More

Honors & Awards Nominations Open Sept. 1
Nominations for 2011 honors and awards will open Sept. 1, and we've made the online application process easier and faster this year. Now's the time to make sure your colleagues' good work gets the recognition it deserves!More

Students, Don't Take the Exam Without Reading This
The all-new NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam, brought to you by ACES Preparatory Workshop, is online and active for students preparing to take the BOC credentialing test. The NATA Study Guide offers two practice exams that mirror the actual BOC testing process, plus individualized reports highlighting your strengths and weaknesses, so you can use your study time efficiently. NATA members get special pricing! More

Call to Action: Submit Your Research Ideas!
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has set a deadline of THIS FRIDAY to accept nominations for new topics for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to address. ALL ATHLETIC TRAINERS ARE URGED TO SUBMIT. NATA Associate Executive Director Cate Brennan Lisak, CAE, said it's important because, "as a result of health care reform, much of what Medicare will pay for now and in the future is benchmarked against what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has on its list. If our researchers are able to get a topic accepted that is clearly an AT service, it would help us." More

ATEC, iLEAD and Hill Day Combine in 2011
Save the dates for Capitol Hill Day, iLEAD (for students) and the Athletic Training Educators' Conference! All three events are being held in Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill Day gets the ball rolling on Feb. 25, followed by iLEAD and ATEC events Feb. 25-26. Registration opens in early September. More

Summit Addresses Allied Health Workforce Needs
Health Professions Network
With the impending surge of Baby Boomers turning 65 and the new health care legislation bringing 32 million more Americans into the system, it is critical to ensure an adequate supply of trained allied health professionals. Come together with other educators to discuss common issues and identify best practices at the Health Professions Network's "Educator's Summit: Building the Allied Health Workforce of the 21st Century," Sept. 22-23 in Chicago. More

Bone & Joint Decade Global Network Conference 2010
This year's BJD Global Network Conference will be held Sept. 10-11, in Lund, Sweden. Top opinion leaders in bone and joint health, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, European Community Research Ministries, leading professional societies, journals, and patient advocates from the Decade's 70-country strong network will participate, and registration is open. More

Study Says Brain Trauma Can Mimic A.L.S.
The New York Times
In the 71 years since the Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig declared himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," despite dying from a disease that would soon bear his name, he has stood as America's leading icon of athletic valor struck down by random, inexplicable fate. A peer-reviewed paper to be published last week in a leading journal of neuropathology, however, suggests that the demise of athletes like Gehrig and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions and other brain trauma. More

Sports Concussion Researchers Turn to Video Games For Help
The Washington Post
One of the great unknowns in treating athletes who have suffered a concussion is determining when they are ready to resume playing their sport. The University of Maryland has turned to a popular video game for help. Clinicians and trainers have found that an athlete's balance - in addition to his or her ability to think and reason - is an important yardstick for assessing recovery from a concussion, though the best method for doing so remains up for debate. At Maryland and a handful of other colleges, athletic trainers are using Nintendo's Wii Fit, as an objective and practical - if unproven - method of balance assessment.More

Deal Reached on Metal Bats, Protective Headgear
San Francisco Chronicle
California Assemblyman Jared Huffman will abandon a bill that would have temporarily banned metal baseball bats in school sports, after striking a deal with California high school sports officials that may lead to mandatory protective headgear for pitchers and other players. Huffman, D-San Rafael, introduced the bill banning metal bats after Gunnar Sandberg, a 16-year-old pitcher in his district, was nearly killed by a line drive in March.  More

CDC Analyzes Heat Illness Data
Related To High School Athletes

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Heat illness during practice or competition is a leading cause of death and disability among U.S. high school athletes. An estimated 7.5 million students participate in high school sports annually. To examine the incidence and characteristics of heat illness among high school athletes, CDC analyzed data from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study for the period 2005-2009, which includes the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years. More

Florida High School Athletic Trainers Take Hit
Florida Today
NATA has contacted this news source to thank them for the important coverage and remind them of appropriate terminology to describe athletic trainers and the athletic training room.

Not long after being named the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida's High School Athletic Trainer of the Year in April, Cocoa Beach's Kris Klein accepted congratulations from one of the school's swimming coaches. She joked that the award meant job security. "And I laughed, too," Klein remembered recently. "I would never in a million years have thought that I would be in a situation where I would have to get a resume together and interview for another job." But she did, adding to the list of certified athletic trainers who have left jobs with Brevard Public Schools because of budget priorities. More