Range of Motion
Sep. 17, 2012

Nominate Your Colleagues for National Awards!
Do you know an athletic trainer who is worthy of national distinction? Consider nominating them for a national award! NATA offers many ways for its members to receive professional recognition. Our extensive awards program features varying levels of recognition and culminates with our top honor, the NATA Hall of Fame. Visit our website to learn more about our honors and awards criteria and to nominate your deserving peers. More

Register Now: Medical Therapeutic Yoga Webinar
Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC, will present "Module 10.5 Holistic Rehabilitation: Medical Therapeutic Yoga for the Foot" at 11 a.m. CT on Sept. 20. Participants will examine five common mechanical dysfunctions that affect foot health and learn five medical therapeutic yoga methods for utilizing the conceptual model for evaluation and management of the foot. The cost is $15 for NATA members, and it is worth one CEU. Sign up now!More

Make Your Vote Count!
The Board of Certification
Be Certain. to vote online for the next BOC Athletic Trainer Director before Oct. 18. As a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, you have the responsibility of electing Athletic Trainer Directors to serve on the BOC Board of Directors. Meet the 2012 candidates and check your email for your official ballot code from BOC Election Coordinator. Participate in professional responsibility, take action and vote!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. 1 for the Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, New Investigator Award and the David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award. To nominate a researcher for one of these prestigious honors, review the criteria and process here.More

Grant Opportunity from Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee
The NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee awards Ethnic Diversity Enhancement Grants (up to $5,000) to educational institutions seeking to enhance ethnic diversity within the athletic training profession. The first category includes programs intended to recruit, retain and educate ethnically diverse athletic training students, and the second category includes efforts to disseminate information relating to health care issues and conditions relevant to ethnically diverse populations. The next deadline to apply for an EDAC grant is Oct. 1, so get your application started now! More

NATA Virtual Newscast Debuts
Catch up on the latest news from your association by watching our newest communication tool, the NATA News Video Update! This newscast features student and professional profiles and the latest grant opportunity from EDAC.More

Fun and Danger in All The Games We Play
Northwest Times
From John Doherty, ATC, PT: Having watched the video several times, I still can't believe Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy was able to stand up and walk off the field with little assistance last Wednesday after being struck on the right side of the head by a line drive. Despite that initially positive indication, the A's sports medicine staff wisely sent McCarthy to the hospital for tests. The results were life-saving.More

Catastrophic Injuries Raise the Fear Factor of Football
Tulsa World
How does a football player play without fear? How does a parent ever let their son suit up again? How does a coach go to work every morning knowing the possibility of incomprehensible grief and hardship is but a play away? Tulsa defensive back Devon Walker woke up Sept. 8 having swum in the fountain of youth. More

Georgia's Courson Honored for Life-Saving Contributions
Athens Banner-Herald
University of Georgia Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson was honored recently, along with two others, as having made significant contributions in preventing sudden death in sports. The awards were presented by the University of Connecticut Korey Stringer Institute at the inaugural KSI Lifesaving Awards.More

Texas Law to Protect Student Athletes With Concussions Takes Effect
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
As Texas public school athletic programs adjust to a new state law on how to respond when student athletes get concussions on the field, doctors and legislators say the health of the players will benefit. Last year, the Legislature passed House Bill 2038, also known as Natasha's Law, which required, among other things, training for coaches and athletic trainers on how to react when players sustain concussions. More

More People Beating Health Problems Through Walking
The Observer-Dispatch
Joseph Maloney, 58, is a big walker who once knocked off 75 miles on a "magical summer day." Most days, though, Maloney, a retired Lee, N.Y., resident, does closer to 10 miles. Once a baseball pitcher who received professional offers, Maloney turned to walking to stay in shape back in the 1980s. It's the best pain relief he's found for a back injury, he said.More

Head Injuries Take Center Stage, But What Can Be Changed?
CBS Sports
On Sept. 8, at least four players at the highest level of college football left the field with serious head injuries. Did you notice? Two days later, do you care? By any measure the startling number of serious head injuries in FBS alone made it Black Saturday. That should have ended the whole stupid argument recently over this season's new helmet rule. In the name of safety, players are required to leave the game for a play if they lose their helmets. More

NCAA's Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program Covers Spinal Injuries
Tulsa World
The NCAA has in place a Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program designed to help student-athletes with the financial plight associated with the care and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries. The policy carries a maximum lifetime benefit of $20 million and includes allowances for up to $250,000 a year for home health care and private nursing. It also pays for physical therapy and rehabilitation.More

Growing Co-ed Sports Leagues Means More Injuries for Young Adults
Baltimore Sun
As Baltimore's social sports leagues continue to grow, so do the number of injuries associated with them. While official numbers are scarce to nonexistent, doctors have seen a rise in the number of broken bones, torn ACLs and concussions among 20- and early 30-somethings from seemingly innocuous sports such as kickball, two-hand touch football and indoor soccer. Co-ed leagues, the presence of alcohol and failing to properly stretch before games can all be factors, they say.More

Georgia Says Much-Debated Drug Policy About More Than Punishment
The Macon Telegraph via The Kansas City Star
Last November, ESPN aired a documentary on Chris Herren, chronicling the basketball player's long and difficult battle with drug abuse. The show, part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series, received rave reviews, and was called provocative. In Athens, Ga., coaches and administrators at the football program were watching too. This was right after three Georgia tailbacks had been suspended a game for a violation of the UGA drug policy. More