Range of Motion
Nov. 28, 2011

NATA is now on Google+
Google+ recently began offering brand pages and NATA has created a page of its own. If you're on Google+ you can add us to your circles and receive all the latest news about the association and the profession. More

Register Now for Legal Liability Webinar
Steven Pachman, Esq., will present "The Athletic Trainer and the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability for Athletic Injuries" at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15. Pachman, a Partner in the Litigation Department of Montgomery McCracken in Pennsylvania, will discuss specific ways athletic trainers can limit legal liability and how ATs can better defend themselves should a case be filed against them. The webinar, worth one CEU, costs $15 for NATA members.More

Member Reception at NATA Office
The NATA office will be opening its doors to members this Saturday (Dec. 3). Members are invited to stop by from 6-7:30pm. They will have the opportunity to meet staff and other members as well as getting a tour of the national office. Drinks and refreshments will also be served. Members who would like to attend do not need to RSVP and can contact Holly McCauley (hollym@nata.org) with any questions.More

Less Than Two Weeks Until Youth Sports Safety Summit
NATA and its partners in the Youth Sports Safety Alliance have finalized details for this year’s Youth Sports Safety Summit. The one-day event scheduled Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C., will focus on preventing sudden death in youth sports. NATA president Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC, and heat illness expert Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, and concussion expert Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, lead a panel of speakers at the summit’s second annual event. Look for print and video coverage of the event in late December.More

Globetrotters Offer Discount to NATA Members
NATA and the Harlem Globetrotters
NATA Members can receive special rates for the 2012 Harlem Globetrotters North American tour. Go to the 'Trotters website, pick your dates and mention that you are an NATA Member. Founded in the late 1920s, the Globetrotters feature the tallest player in the team's history, 7-foot, 8-inch post man Tiny Sturgess, along with 5-foot, 2-inch guard Jonte "Too Tall" Hall. The North American tour begins Dec. 26 and ends in April. The Globetrotters will play in nearly 270 games in 46 states.More

Reserve Your Annual Meeting Housing
Annual Meeting housing opened earlier this month. You can book your room through NATA's Official Housing Bureau, Global Reservations, to secure NATA's discounted hotel rates. We also have a new annual meeting website. And in December you will be able to get a sneak peek at the preliminary 2012 educational program. More

Seminar Begins to Discuss Policy to Reduce Concussions in Sports
The Newark Star-Ledger
The dangers of concussions remain on the forefront of the minds of New Jersey leaders in medicine and health care who are banning together to advocate for policy change and proactive measures they say will assist in the prevention and treatment of concussions. In their first Sports Medicine Seminar since the passage of a state law requiring high schools to develop concussion policies, neuropsychologists, orthopedic surgeons and athletic trainers gathered at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson to discuss what steps should be next.More

Sharp Rise in Serious Sports Injuries in Children
ABC News
An ACL tear is fairly common in professional and college level athletes, because of the intensity of the sports they play. It happened to Brady in the first quarter of the Patriots first game of the 2008 NFL season, when he threw a pass and his knee buckled as a defender struck him down. But orthopedic specialists are now seeing a sharp rise in ACL injuries in elementary school children. More

Inside the Lab That Studies NFL Brains
Popular Mechanics
As long-term brain injuries in NFL players and other athletes get more attention, so does the Boston-based lab that studies the brains athletes donate to try to figure out the diseases that come from repeated blows to the head. Popular Mechanics got a look inside the lab as its scientists walked us through their research. More

Bone-Mending Advances Could Speed Jay Cutler's Healing
the Chicago Tribune
Jay Cutler's fractured right thumb has left Chicago Bears fans feverishly computing competing timelines: how long it will take the quarterback to heal versus the number of weeks left in the season. Over the last several decades, doctors and scientists have built an arsenal of cutting-edge tools to help speed recovery time, which could allow a professional quarterback to use his throwing hand just weeks after breaking a thumb.More

Baseball Strides Forth on HGH, but Carefully
The New York Times
When testing for human growth hormone begins in Major League Baseball next spring, the sport will be moving cautiously into uncharted territory. Each player will have a blood test for the substance in spring training. But during the season, the testing will be stopped. After the season, it will resume. The owners and the players will then decide whether to do in-season testing in 2013, something the owners are clearly hoping will happen. More

Report: Acupuncture Generally Safe in Kids
Researchers who reviewed reports of acupuncture in kids have concluded that the treatment seems safe for the under-18 crowd — but added that more evidence would be helpful to ensure that's the case. Although there were some instances of serious infections and other hospitalizations after a procedure gone wrong, an acupuncture expert said that when qualified practitioners are using the needles, there's very little risk involved.More