Range of Motion
Nov. 15, 2010

Renew Early and Qualify for Prizes
If you renew your NATA membership by Dec. 31, you will be eligible for some great prizes. These include products from the NATA Store and the grand prize of free registration, airfare and lodging for the 62nd NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia.More

ATEC Focuses on Evidence-Based Practice
The Athletic Training Educators' Conference, Feb. 25-27 in Washington, D.C., will examine all aspects of evidence-based practice: how to foster it, why it's necessary, what happens without it. ATEC 2011 – part of ELA: Educate, Lead, Advocate – also features a keynote address by Chad Starkey, PhD, ATC; the Distinguished Educator Luncheon; an Educational Competencies update; and more. Attend ATEC and bring your students for the iLEAD program. Then be part of Capitol Hill Day events and the CIE Seminar. Earn CEUs at every step!More

Make Recurring NATAPAC Donation
Do you want to support athletic training legislation? Consider donating to NATAPAC, NATA's political action committee, during membership renewal season. There is also a new feature on the NATAPAC site that allows members to make a recurring credit card donation. More

Annual Meeting Microsite Sneaks a Peek at New Orleans
Housing is open for the 62nd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in New Orleans, and our microsite offers a great first look at the programming, events and schedule for the convention. Book your room and check the microsite for a preview of this fantastic week!More

Youth Sports Safety Alliance Issues Somber Report Card
The Youth Sports Safety Alliance will host its second summit in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7. The summit, entitled "One Year Later: A report card on the youth sports safety crisis in America," will feature expert speakers discussing brain injury, heat illness, sickle cell and sudden cardiac arrest. Register online to attend.More

CDC Offers Free Concussion Posters
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Working with the NFL and a variety of sports' governing bodies, the Centers for Disease Control has developed a poster aimed at educating young athletes about the dangers and signs of concussion. It's free, along with a variety of additional free resources (like palm cards, fact sheets and more). Order "Concussion: A Must-Read for Young Athletes" online.More

Webcast Series Planned to Analyze Brain Injury
the Sports Pro Community Network
The Sports Pro Community Network and its Internet TV channel, in cooperation with Internet TV Worldwide, is hosting the first of a series of live Web forums this week called "Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury in Youth Athletics." NATA member Jon Almquist, MS, ATC, is participating in the discussion, which takes place Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. SPCN is launching the series and following a National Town Hall format to broaden awareness of traumatic brain injury.More

As Kids Get Bigger, Injuries in Youth Sports Increase
Scripps Howard News Service via the Abilene Reporter-News
Bigger, stronger, faster. If you don't happen to be the parent of a kid engaged in a competitive sport, this trend among youthful athletes of all ages may have gone unnoticed. Peewee football teams often have kids who 20 or 30 years ago could have passed for high-school freshmen. Many youth-soccer squads have at least a couple of pre-teen players about as tall as their parents. It's a rare upper-division high-school girls' basketball or volleyball team that doesn't have several 6-foot-plus members.More

Professor Tracks Injuries With Aim of Prevention
The New York Times
The man with perhaps the most gruesome job in sports was unenviably busy. While other football fans spent the last weekend of October watching games, the 74-year-old retiree prepared still more formal inquiries into events that occupy him more than anyone would prefer — two high school football tragedies. Fred Mueller has almost singlehandedly run the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research at the University of North Carolina for 30 years, logging and analyzing more than 1,000 fatal, paralytic or otherwise ghastly injuries in sports from peewees to the pros.More

ACL Injuries More Common Among Girls
Helena Independent Record
More women and girls than ever are year-round, multisport athletes, leading to overuse injuries that have reached astronomical levels. More than 20,000 high school girls suffer a serious sports-related knee injury each year in the United States, according to the Chicago-based Children's Memorial Institute for Sports Medicine. Girls are up to seven times more likely to injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) than boys in similar sports.More

November is National Diabetes Month
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
America is facing an epidemic of diabetes, a serious disease that damages the body and shortens lives. In the next four decades, the number of U.S. adults with diabetes is estimated to double or triple, according to CDC scientists. That means anywhere from 20 to 33 percent of adults could have the disease. About 1 in 10 American adults have diabetes now.More

Recovering From High-Intensity Athletics
The Washington Post
Most of us are pretty conscientious about preparing for an upcoming competition, special athletic event or particularly grueling training session. We build our stamina. We hydrate. We take on extra fuel. We get a little extra rest. But how much attention do you pay to the hours and days after you finish that century ride, alumni soccer game or 20-mile training run?More

Safer Football, Taught From Inside the Helmet
The New York Times
At the University of North Carolina, researchers and athletic trainers are using innovative tools to identify and alert players who deliver too many blows with the top of their heads. Accelerometers inside players’ helmets capture the force and location of every impact to their heads. The university began using the program six years ago to alert sideline personnel to particularly hard hits in real time.More

School Nutrition Bill Could Be Revived in Congress
The Associated Press via Google News
First lady Michelle Obama's campaign for healthier school lunches could be revived in Congress after two key Democrats said they will drop opposition to using funding from food stamps to pay for it. Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts have said they will support House passage of a $4.5 billion child nutrition bill that passed the Senate earlier this year.More

Soda, Orange Juice May Increase Risk of Gout
Drinking too much soda, orange juice, or other sugary drinks appears to increase the risk of developing gout, an especially painful form of arthritis, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Women who consumed two cans or more of non-diet soda per day were more than twice as likely to develop gout as women who rarely drank soda, the study found.More