Range of Motion
Dec. 8, 2014

Renew By Sunday, Qualify to Pay in 3 Installments
You can qualify for the three-payment option by renewing your NATA membership before Dec. 14. Although the three-payment option expires after that date, you will still have the opportunity to pay in two installments. The sooner you renew, the more installments you can make to lower your monthly payment.More

This Wednesday, Webinar on Vision Training
Kim Detwiler, MS, LAT, ATC, and Dr. Mary McMains OD, MEd, FCOVD, will be presenting "Performance Vision Training for Elite Athletes," at 11 a.m. CT. The eyes are often neglected in the training of elite athletes. Discussion will include the importance of training focus/attention/anticipation, near/far focusing, depth perception, tracking/reaction time and give examples of how these skills can be trained by the athletic trainer and strength coach.More

Why is Convention Important to Me? See Video Testimonials at NATA 2015 Site
There are hundreds of words to describe athletic trainers, but only one word brings them all together: convention. Go to the NATA 2015 site to see which words your fellow ATs chose to describe athletic trainers, and watch the videos to find out why the NATA convention is important to them.More

Twenty-Seven Schools Receive Safe Sports School Award in November
The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. The recipient list continued to grow in November with 27 additional schools being honored. The schools represented five districts and spanned the country from Massachusetts to California. You can see the full list at the NATA Now blog.More

Billing 101 Guide Available
Are you interested in billing for your services as an athletic trainer but unsure where to start? To help answer your questions surrounding this complex issue, NATA developed Billing 101, a resource explaining what you need to know about billing insurers and third party payors. Detailed within are key issues, questions and resources to help you navigate the billing and reimbursement process.More

Register For Capitol Hill Day
Capitol Hill Day 2015 is Monday, Feb. 23, in Washington, D.C. Registration and housing are available now. The schedule of events has been posted on the website, where you can also find information and videos from previous years. Capitol Hill Day, NATA's biggest advocacy event of the year, is an excellent opportunity for NATA members to advocate for the athletic training profession. Make plans to join us!More

Ensuring Youth Sports Safety on the High School Playing Field
The Huffington Post
For over 50 years, professional and collegiate athletes have had the services of the certified or licensed athletic trainer on a daily basis. Yet only 37 percent of high schools have a full-time athletic trainer. This often prompts the questions: "Just who is taking care of your kids on the playing field? And why don't all high school or middle school aged athletes have direct daily access to an AT?" More

North Carolina Adds Spring Football; AT Must Be Present
A step toward full-blown spring football and a move into live TV for regular-season football and basketball games were among the significant changes approved at the N.C. High School Athletic Association's board of directors meeting in Chapel Hill. The board voted to allow 10 days of football skill development sessions with unlimited numbers of participants immediately before the last five days of the school year. Practices will be limited to 2½ hours. More

Tisch Donates $1.2 Million Toward Preventing High School Football Injuries
When a Staten Island, N.Y., high school football player collapsed on the field during practice on Sept. 1, there was no medical professional there to treat him. A group of firefighters soon arrived, attempting to revive him with CPR, but it was too late. Similar tragedies have occurred across the country in recent years. More

Athletes Find Emotional Scars Need Healing as Much as Physical Ones
Beaufort Gazette via The State
J'son Campbell, stuck at the bottom of a pile, felt the pop in his knee. But it wasn't until later in the game, while chasing the opposing quarterback, that he planted his left foot and felt everything go. "I could hear cracking," Campbell, then a defensive lineman at Whale Branch Early College High School in that 2013 game, said. "I got up and it had swollen to the point it was so firm." More

High School Athletic Trainer Saves Football Player's Life
A Batesville, Arkansas, high school football player is recovering at home after he nearly died on the practice field Nov. 19. "We had just got done running our passing routes and I passed out," said Max Rucker, a 15-year-old. "That's pretty much all I remember from there." However, Rucker's athletic trainer said he remembers everything.More

Blood Test Shows Promise in Diagnosing Concussions
Philadelphia Inquirer via Star Tribune
For decades, researchers have been seeking a blood test that could diagnose a concussion and tell whether it is severe enough to cause lasting brain damage. In a big step toward that goal, University of Pennsylvania scientists found that a blood protein called SNTF surged and stayed elevated in professional hockey players with persistent concussion symptoms, but not in players who recovered within a few days. More

Better Communication is Deterrent to Sports Tragedies
Tech Times
A few months ago, the country was shocked after three separate cases of high school football players dying suddenly after games. As these tragedies unfold, more research is published connecting traumatic brain injury to concussions, concussions to mental health disabilities, and disabilities to depression and suicide. More

Football Brain Injuries Require More Study
Psych Central
The claim that playing football can result in lifelong damage to the brain may be premature. Reports have routinely linked aggression, violence, depression, and suicide with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to playing football. But just how CTE and behavioral changes are related is an extremely complex and, as yet, poorly understood issue, write University at Buffalo researchers in a new research paper. More

Iron Deficiency and the Female Athlete
The Washington Post via The Buffalo News
A year ago, running coach and veteran marathoner Kathy Pugh was preparing for the Marine Corps Marathon. But despite a tried-and-true training program, it wasn't going well. "“I just didn't have the energy,"” Pugh said. "I was struggling and felt like I never wanted to do a marathon again." What had happened? As Pugh found out through a blood test, she was iron-deficient, something not all that unusual for premenopausal women, particularly athletes. More

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over High School Football Concussions
Deseret News
A class action lawsuit targeting how high schools handle football concussions has been filed in Illinois, the first of its kind. The lawyer behind the suit, Joseph Siprut, is the same as behind a similar suit at the college level, reaching a settlement that is currently under review by a judge. The suit was filed against the Illinois High School Association, but Siprut says that he intends to extend the suit across the country, suing all high school athletic associations. More