Range of Motion
Oct. 6, 2014

Scott Sailor Wins 2015 Presidential Election
The results of our presidential election are finalized, and Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, has been voted by the membership to be our next president. He will take office in June 2015. Our sincere thanks to Russ Richardson, EdD, ATC, for his willingness to serve the association, and to all the members who took the time to vote. More

New Convention Site Launches
It's time to get ready for NATA 2015! Visit our brand new convention website to get the latest information. For the first time ever, NATA members are able to prepay the convention registration fee during membership renewal, which gives you the option to take advantage of the payment installment plan. Also, get the details about our NATA 2015 social media contest at convention.nata.org/testimonials — you could win a free trip to NATA 2015!More

Renewal Invoices Sent Last Week
NATA membership renewal invoices were issued last week via email, so be sure to check your inbox. If you didn't receive an email invoice, check your spam folder and make sure we have your correct email address on file. If you have any questions, contact the Member Services Department at membership@nata.org. More

Renew by Oct. 14 to Pay in Five Installments
When renewing your membership online, you can choose to take advantage of our installment payment option if you do not want to pay the full annual dues all at once. You can choose to pay in up to five installments, depending on when you renew. To qualify for the five-payment option, you need to renew by Oct. 14.More

Deadline Tomorrow for NATA Foundation Research Award Nominations
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 Doctoral Dissertation Award. To nominate a researcher for one of these prestigious honors, review the criteria and process on the NATA Foundation website.More

Districts One and Two: Only One Week Left to Submit Applications for Gatorade Award
Applications for the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award from Districts One and Two must be received by Oct. 15. The award recognizes 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-expenses-paid trip to NATA 2015. More

It's a Wrap: Athletic Trainers Focus on Safety
The Marietta Daily Journal
High school athletic trainers wear many hats. On any given day, they might work as a paramedic, a psychologist, a physical therapist, a coach or a teacher. No matter what role they find themselves playing, their top priority is keeping high school athletes safe. "For me, making sure our athletes are healthy is my first concern. Winning is my second," said Jeff Hopp, athletic trainer at Marietta (Georgia) High School.More

Studies Show Magnitude of College Football's Concussion Problem
CBS Sports
College football players reported having six suspected concussions for every one diagnosed concussion, according to a recent study of 730 Football Championship Subdivision players. Convincing players to honestly report concussion symptoms vary by the position of a player — offensive linemen tend to stay quiet the most — and can be impacted by a coach's own beliefs about reporting concussions. More

Michigan Announces Enhanced Player-Safety Measures
Following a day-long media blitz by athletic director Dave Brandon, Michigan formally announced its new enhanced player-safety measures that Brandon previously stated were coming. Stemming from the sideline mismanagement of injuries suffered by sophomore quarterback Shane Morris, several changes will be implemented.More

Preparing Kids for Sports Can Make for a Safer, More Enjoyable Experience
If you're the parent of a student-athlete, you know the excitement of watching your child compete. But with competition comes the possibility of injuries. Teen athletes develop strong friendships, physical and personal skills. But playing competitively can get a youngster hurt. How can they stay safe? Athletic experts from Fairfax, Virginia, one of the more progressive school districts in the country when it comes to sports safety, have several recommendations.More

States Seek to Protect Student Athletes From Heat Stroke, Other Maladies
Seacoast Online
When Georgia public high schools were asked several years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high heat and humidity, one school's proposal stood out: It pledged to scale back workouts when the heat index reached 140. Those who understood the heat index, the combined effects of air temperature and humidity, weren't sure whether to be appalled or amused.More

Delaware Athletic Training Students, Alumni Working With NFL Teams
University of Delaware
The first few weeks of the 2014 NFL season saw stars like Robert Griffin III, Ryan Mathews and Dennis Pitta go down with play-stopping injuries to arms, knees, hips and ankles. Athletic trainers are usually the first professionals on the scene when players are hurt on the field, and a number of University of Delaware athletic training students have had a front-row seat to the treatment of injuries in the NFL through internships and full-time employment.More