Range of Motion
Oct. 24, 2011

Last Week for Honors & Awards Nominations!
If you would like to nominate a colleague for one of NATA's 2012 national honors or awards, be sure to do so this week. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 1. You can find all the pertinent information, including the list of awards and eligibility requirements, at the Honors & Awards webpage. The awards will be presented during the 2012 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in St. Louis.More

New Webinar Series on Performance Enhancing Drugs
NATA is offering a two-part webinar series focused on performance enhancement drugs in the upcoming weeks. Robert Kersey, PhD, ATC, CSCS, will present the first module, "Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: What Does the Evidence Suggest?" at 11 a.m. CT on Oct. 27. Donald Hooton, the president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, and Bob Copeland, Director of Athletics at the University of Waterloo, will present the second module, "Performance Enhancing Drugs: They are Much More Prevalent (and Dangerous) Than You Think," at 11 a.m. CT on Nov. 1. Each module is worth one CEU.More

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Announces $26 Million Pilot Projects Grant Program

the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
PCORI has introduced the Pilot Projects Grant Program, the organization's first major funding opportunity. The purpose of the program is to inform PCORI's ongoing development and enhancement of national priorities for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), support the collection of preliminary data that can provide a platform for an evolving research agenda, and support the identification of research methodology to advance PCOR. The Institute intends to commit up to $26 million under the program - $13 million per year for two years – support of approximately 40 awards. PCORI is interested in the development of research methods, patient-oriented outcomes instruments, patient-provider communication and other decision-making strategies, building collaborative research teams with stakeholders, translating research findings into clinical practice, stakeholder engagement, and research agenda setting strategies that can be used in future comparative effectiveness research. All application materials can be downloaded from the "Funding Opportunities" section of PCORI's website. Letters of intent for grants must be received by Nov. 1, and applications must be received by Dec. 1.More

National Athletic Training Students'
Committee Video Contest Update

The NATSC will begin accepting submissions for the second edition of its video contest soon. The goal of the contest is to promote the field of athletic training by capturing the heart of the profession on film. Select entries will be screened at the 2012 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Stop by the committee webpage to take a look at the rules and regulations which were recently revised. More

More Young Athletes with Traumatic
Brain Injuries seen in Emergency Room

the Centers for Disease Control
More than 248,000 children visited hospital emergency departments in 2009 for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries related to sports and recreation, 62 percent more than in 2001, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer were the primary sports involved. One reason for the increase may be growing awareness among parents and coaches about the need to be seen by a health professional, CDC said. The agency recently developed a free online course for clinicians aimed at helping young athletes with concussion achieve optimal recovery. In related news, the Institute of Medicine released a report calling for additional research on the potential value of cognitive rehabilitation therapy for treating traumatic brain injury, particularly for soldiers and veterans. The number of military service members diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury nearly tripled from 2000 to 2010, to more than 30,700, the report notes.More

New Evidence-Based Practice Online Course
NATA and the Executive Committee for Education are proud to present the Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training web-based course. Developed by a team of experts, supported by the Old Dominion University Research Foundation and funded by NATA, the purpose of this course is to give ATs a structured resource that discusses concepts and components associated with evidence-based practice. Level 1 consists of 10 modules, and Level 2 will roll out in early 2012.More

Texas Approves Restrictions on Two-A-Day Practices
the Houston Chronicle
After the state of Texas endured one of its hottest summers, the University Interscholastic League is following in the footsteps of the NFL and the NCAA and restricting two-a-day football practices. The UIL voted to eliminate two-a-days during the first four days of summer drills, prohibit two-a-days on back-to-back practices and extend the recovery period between sessions from one hour to two hours once two-a-days are permitted.More

Athletic Trainers: Saving Lives On The Sidelines
The Enterprise Newspapers
Athletic trainers save lives. Fortunately, it's not every day that they are called upon to handle life-threatening injuries, and of the many injuries they do treat, most are minor. However, when a major injury occurs, they are often first on the scene, and it is their training and their decisions that can prevent permanent damage. There are more than 30,000 nationally certified/state licensed athletic trainers in the United States. More than 70 percent hold master's degrees in related disciplines.More

Concussion Testing for Student Athletes
is Common, But Some Question Its Worth

The Washington Post
If you have a child playing ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer or football this fall, chances are good he or she has taken a computerized examination called ImPACT, for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. About 2 million U.S. athletes of all ages have taken the test, which measures mental abilities such as word and shape recall, reaction time, attention and working memory. Athletes are given a baseline test at the start of a season; those who suffer a concussion are tested again before being allowed to return to play. More

New York HS Football Player Dies After Suffering Injury in Game
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A high school football player died after he was hit during a varsity game in upstate New York and suffered a head injury, a death that stunned his school community and came at a time when youth sports are under scrutiny over whether enough is being done to protect players' heads. Ridge Barden, a 16-year-old lineman from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, N.Y., was face down after the play and was able to sit up, but he complained of a very bad headache and collapsed when he tried to stand, authorities said.More

After Knee Repair, Half Can't Play Sports the Same
After knee reconstruction surgery, half of people who played sports both competitively and just for fun don't perform as well as they used to, according to an Australian study. Of more than 300 men and women who had the surgery, a third stopped playing sports entirely and 68 who were still active said they didn't play as well as before, researchers reported in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.More

Kids' Sports-Related Knee Injuries Rise
CBS News
VideoBriefYoung athletes' knees get plenty of wear and tear, and now new research is shedding light on how often this frequently used joint gets injured. Researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found a more than 400 percent jump in knee injuries in young people treated at this large urban medical center between 1999 and 2011. Their findings offer a glimpse at just how many kids' legs might be getting hurt when playing sports.More

Do We Have a Set Point For Exercise?
The New York Times
Does exercising at one point during the day make you less active the rest of the time? The question of whether humans have an innate set point for movement, a so-called activitystat, is of increasing interest and controversy among scientists. One of them is Dr. Terence J. Wilkin, a professor of endocrinology at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, England, who asked himself that question a few years ago while hoping to learn more about the interplay of activity and childhood obesity.More