Range of Motion
Oct. 11, 2010

Salary Discussion Highlights October NATA News
from NATA
In this month's edition of the NATA News, athletic trainers weigh in on the salary issue. In case you missed it, two recent national news articles named the AT profession as one that doesn't pay well despite the need for higher education. Read these articles and give your opinion. Also in this issue, get details on ELA 2011: Educate, Lead, Advocate. And don't miss our recap of the successful ATSNJ concussion summit along with news from your district.

Concussions in Football Video Available
As part of a campaign to educate athletes, health professionals, coaches, parents, administrators and others about concussions in football, NATA has released a new concussions resource. Narrated by Steve Young, this 12-minute video titled "Concussions in Football: Signs, Symptoms and Playing Safe" is funded in part by the NFL. It follows last year's release of a similar educational DVD focusing on concussion safety in hockey. It is available as a free online download on affiliated websites.More

NATA Re-Launches Lifesaver Recognition Program
Each year, NATA members are involved in saving the lives of athletes, officials, spectators, coworkers and the general public. NATA recognizes and applauds these heroic efforts through its Lifesaver Recognition Program. Find more information or submit a colleague's name by clicking here.More

Special Fundraising Opportunity in New Orleans
How would you like to raise money for NATA Nation and explore New Orleans at the same time? Native New Orleanian and avid photographer Patty Ellis will be leading a special photo-walk through the French Quarter before the 2011 Annual Meeting, complete with beignets and café au lait. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to NATA Nation, NATA's treatment, injury surveillance and outcomes project.More

NATA Endorses Proposed Concussion Legislation
NATA has endorsed the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussion Act of 2010 (H.R. 6172), which was introduced on Sept. 23 by the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. A separate piece of concussion legislation, H.R. 1347: Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act, recently passed the House. Learn more about NATA's legislative efforts.More

Register for ELA 2011: Educate, Lead, Advocate
The Athletic Training Educators' Conference, iLEAD, Capitol Hill Day events and the CIE Seminar – all slated in February in Washington, D.C. – are collectively known as ELA 2011: Educate, Lead, Advocate. And registration is now open! Sign up, book your room and plan your schedule. Learn more about it in the October NATA News.More

One Prep Football Season, 1,800 Hits to the Head
the Los Angeles Times
We can see it — maybe even feel it in our teeth — when the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler goes down with a concussion after being sacked nine times or a local high school player is pulled from a game after a vicious shot to the head. But a new study of an Indiana high school football team hints that some athletes are suffering brain injuries that go undiagnosed, allowing the players to continue getting battered, unaware of the possible cognitive damage that has been done.More

Weight Classes Aim to Balance Races
The New York Times
While most running events allow runners to compete in age divisions, a number of road races and triathlons also offer participants the chance to compete in weight divisions, which allows athletes to compare their performances against athletes with a similar build. Heavier-set runners argue that a number of sports, like boxing and wrestling, focus on weight-based competition, and it also makes sense in the sport of running, where slighter-framed runners have a clear advantage over those carrying an extra 50 pounds or more.More

Protein and Athletes
Protein is a hot topic among athletes of all sports. They want to know how much protein they need, when they should eat it, what's the best kind of protein, and if they should buy sports drinks with protein. The purpose of this article to answer some of these questions and leave you with this message: While adequate protein is important in your sports diet, protein should take its place as the accompaniment to carbs (grains, fruits, vegetables) in each meal and snack.More

Leading With Helmet When Tackling is Major Problem
the Los Angeles Times
There is no magic helmet, no special technique that can prevent head injuries and/or head trauma in football. Anybody who plays the game is susceptible to head trauma, the cumulative effects of which could be potentially life-altering. Therefore, head safety in football is an exercise in minimizing unnecessary risk. And there is perhaps no greater problem at high school and youth levels than trying to make a tackle by leading with the helmet.More

Athletic Training Students Study Causes, Treatment of Heat Stroke
Indiana State University
Sean Dietrich dresses lightly when he's competing. But the Indiana State University track and cross country athlete donned a football helmet and pads for research into heat stroke and related illnesses and how best to treat stricken athletes. And he didn't work out on a football or practice field where a light fall breeze might have been blowing. He spent 30 minutes on a treadmill and lifting a 35-pound kettle bell inside a heat chamber in the university's Environmental Physiology Laboratory. The temperature was kept between 75 and 85 degrees.More

AT and Coach Honored for Saving Teen's Life
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
It was a night for smiles and celebration, photographs and proclamations. Back on the evening of Sept. 7, no one could have imagined Jordan Petersen would end up healthy three weeks later, watching as the two people who saved his life were honored at Port Orange, Fla., City Hall. Mayor Allen Green spoke of the quick response on a Spruce Creek High School football practice field by Kelli Bundza, an athletic trainer, and Joe Rhodes, an assistant coach, "keeping an extremely frightening situation from turning into a terrible tragedy." More

The Case Against Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation
Three recent studies have found that when untrained bystanders perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as part of CPR on people who are in cardiac arrest, it does not improve patient survival rates. In order to help the 92 percent of cardiac arrest patients who die before reaching the hospital, the American Heart Association (AHA) has traditionally recommended a CPR (for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) protocol that includes chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth "rescue breathing."More

Sleep Makes the Body Leaner
MedPage Today
Diet and exercise are important factors in a healthy lifestyle, but a third factor — sleep — may be the real key to eliminating fat, according to a small study. Middle-aged, overweight patients who slept 8.5 hours burned more fat than those who slept just 5.5 hours, according to Plamen D. Penev, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Chicago, and colleagues, who reported their findings in the Oct. 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.More