Range of Motion
Oct. 17, 2011

Congressmen Announce CDC Will Create
Guidelines for Sports-Related Brain Injuries

U.S. Rep. Steve Pascrell, Jr. (NJ) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will form an expert panel to define the need, scope and expectations for federal guidelines addressing sports-related brain injuries and concussion. This step was a major component of the Care Tools (ConTACT) Act legislation supported by NATA.More

New Features Added to NATA News
If you haven't seen the latest NATA News, you have missed several new features we've added to the award-winning publication. Profiles of members and students are running each month, and we've added a new two-page recap of association events, a social media report and national news placement. There is a new column by president Marje Albohm, MS, ATC, and beginning in November, a bi-monthly Day in the Life video/magazine package. See a preview of the video before it hits the News.More

BOC Recertification Announcements
the Board of Certification
The BOC recently mailed a letter to NATA members and posted information on our website regarding revisions for the 2012 recertification requirements for ATs. We encourage you to visit the BOC website to read "Important Information: What's New in 2012."
In preparation for the 2014 recertification requirements, the BOC is announcing plans to move from a three-year reporting period to a two-year reporting period. Currently, ATs are required to report 75 continuing education units (CEUs) every three years. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, Ats will be required to report 50 CEUs every two years. Review the chart online called "Looking Ahead to 2014" for further details.More

Two Weeks Left!
Nominate Your Colleague for a National Award

NATA and the Honors and Awards Committee need your help to make sure our profession's top contributors are recognized in 2012. Any NATA member may nominate a colleague for one of the association's national honors or awards. Please visit the Honors and Awards main web page and select an award to view the description, past recipients, eligibility requirements and nomination procedures. Nominations close Nov. 1. Awards will be presented during the 2012 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in St. Louis.More

Register Now for Medical Therapeutic Yoga Webinar
Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC, is presenting "Achieving Structural Balance: Neurophysiology, Stability and Joint Function in Practice," the 7th module of the medical therapeutic yoga series, at 11 a.m. CT on Nov. 3. This module covers the properties of biomechanics, including neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and myofascial intervention. This webinar is worth one CEU.More

CUATC Offers Opportunity to Assist
NCAA Football Rules Committee

the College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee
Tim Kelly, MS, ATC, liaison to the NCAA Football Rules Committee is giving other athletic trainers in the college/university setting a chance to help shape NCAA rules. He is looking for examples of specific situations that may need to be addressed by the committee. For more information read Kelly's letter at the CUATC page.More

Caught in the Middle: ATs Keep Focus on Safety in Pressure-Cooker
East Valley Tribune
Caught squarely between the ever-present tug-of-well-being between that pain tolerance, communication between those three parties, with much at stake, are the athletic trainers. These men and women go through years of required training and education at the local and national level to be every practice and home game of every freshman/JV/varsity competition.More

Athletes Rally for Concussion Research
ABC News
More than 500 current and former U.S. athletes have agreed to donate their brains to research – a gift they hope will protect future athletes from a progressive brain disease linked to concussions. Former Buffalo Sabre Rick Martin, who died from a heart attack in March at age 59, is the latest professional athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy – a condition brought on by repeated head trauma with features of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease.More

Exercise Just as Good as Drugs at Preventing Migraines
Science Daily
Although exercise is often prescribed as a treatment for migraine, there has not previously been sufficient scientific evidence that it really works. However, research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has now shown that exercise is just as good as drugs at preventing migraines.More

Stanford Athletes Use High-Tech Mouthpiece to Record Head Impact
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford University football players this season are wearing mouthpieces equipped with tiny sensors to measure the force of head impacts during games and practices. The goal is to help medical scientists better understand what sorts of football collisions cause concussions, as well as whether there are any positions or particular plays associated with a greater risk of these traumatic brain injuries. The mouthpieces contain accelerometers and gyrometers that measure the linear and rotational force of head impacts.More

Stiff Ankles Tied to Young Athletes' Painful Knees
Reuters via Yahoo News
Young basketball and volleyball players' chances of developing a painful condition called jumper's knee may hinge on how far they can flex their ankles, say Swedish researchers. Teenagers at a junior elite basketball camp who were less able to flex their feet upward at the start of the study had up to a 30 percent risk of developing patellar tendinopathy — pain below the kneecap — over the next year, compared to a two percent risk in young players with more flexible ankles.More

Taking Dietary Supplements? It May Be Too Much
People who take dietary supplements to boost their intake of minerals may actually be getting too much of a good thing — and even risk serious problems. According to astudy published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who take dietary supplements also tend to get more nutrients from their food than those who don't take supplements — suggesting that vitamins may be taken by the people who need them least.More