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Dec. 10, 2012

ECE Chair Search
The Executive Committee for Education Chair position becomes available in June 2013. The ECE is charged with developing direction and policy for NATA's educational programs. The chair administers and coordinates the ECE and its current subgroups: Professional Education Committee, Post-professional Education Committee and the Continuing Education Committee. Electronic applications are due Jan. 18. Send the electronic application to anitaj@nata.org.More

Free Ethics Webinar for Members Only, Coming in February
Kimberly Peer, EdD, ATC, FNATA, and Gretchen Schlabach, PhD, ATC, will be presenting "Ethics: Across the Curriculum — An Innovative Model for Athletic Training Education" at 11 a.m. CT on Feb. 6. This presentation will introduce an ethics across the curriculum model for athletic training education and provide a framework for integration for athletic training education with practical design, implementation and activity strategies. More

Submit Student Video Contest Entries This Month
The National Athletic Training Students' Committee will accept submissions for the third edition of its video contest from Dec. 1-30. The theme of the contest this year is "The future of athletic training." Stop by the committee webpage to take a look at the rules and regulations.More

Renew By Dec. 14, 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

AT Gift Guide: The Gift that Gives Back
Looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for colleague or the physician who has everything? As the holiday season approaches, the NATA Research & Education Foundation would like you to consider honoring the special people in your life with a gift that will help advance the profession and make sports safer for athletes at all levels. For a suggested minimum donation of $10 per recipient, the individual(s) you designate will receive a personalized holiday card from the NATA Foundation acknowledging that a gift has been made in their honor. The card will include both the giver and the recipient's names, but the amount of the donation will not be included unless specifically requested. Skip the long lines at the mall and let us take care of your giving this year!More

Register for ATEC, iLEAD and ACES
Now's the time to sign up for the 2013 Athletic Training Educators' Conference, iLEAD student leadership development program, and the ACES preparatory workshop for the BOC Exam. All these events take place in Dallas in January. Let's make an impact on the future of the profession! Register today for these important opportunities.More

Utah State Athletic Trainer Reveals How He Saved Athlete's Life
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah State athletic trainer Mike Williams had just seen Danny Berger off in an ambulance. He had to call the team doctor to let him know that Berger had collapsed in practice and his heart had to be restarted with a defibrillator. Williams was frustrated as the phone continued ringing, no one picking up. Then he looked down at the screen. "I had dialed 10 random digits," Williams said. "I tried to dial again, but my hand was all shaky."More

For Athletes, Risks From Ibuprofen Use
The New York Times
Many active people use ibuprofen on an almost daily basis. In surveys, up to 70 percent of distance runners and other endurance athletes report that they down the pills before every workout or competition, viewing the drug as a preemptive strike against muscle soreness. But a new study joins growing evidence that ibuprofen and similar anti-inflammatory painkillers taken before a workout don't offer any benefit and may be causing physical damage.More

Fractures Take High Toll on High School Athletes
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Fractures account for about 10 percent of all injuries suffered by U.S. high school athletes and can have a major physical, emotional and financial impact on the young competitors, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for fracture prevention programs in high school sports, the Ohio State University researchers said.More

Study: Concussions in Youth Sports on Rise
Ventura County Star
One quarter of young athletes and children have suffered at least one concussion, a study says. This pandemic has convinced many to give up their sport in fear of the repercussions. Concussions are a dangerous, debilitating and fatal injury. A concussion is caused when your head receives a form of trauma or shock. The brain is slammed into the side of the skull and causes brain cell damage if strong enough.More

Ref Improving After Collapse
American Journal
Fast action by the Westbrook, Maine, School District's athletic trainer revived a basketball referee who collapsed on the court during a game. On Wednesday morning, Westbrook School Superintendent Marc Gousse said that he had heard the referee was "doing very well." Westbrook Athletic Director Marc Sawyer said that he has learned that after a procedure to stabilize his condition, the referee has been released from the hospital.More

Ohio Senate Approves Youth Concussion Measure
Akron Beacon Journal
Ohio lawmakers took a major step to tackle head-injury risks for thousands of young athletes statewide. The Ohio Senate approved a measure to require all youth athletes to get clearance from a doctor or other medical expert before returning to competition if they show signs of concussion. The plan also requires youth coaches, officials and referees to complete free basic online training about concussions.More

Coach, Athletic Trainer Save Arizona Athlete's Life
Sierra Vista Herald
The afternoon of Nov. 5 started like any other Monday for Savannah Sayers, which meant she was out in the sports fields with her softball teammates in Sierra Vista, Ariz. "We were running around the track for conditioning," the sophomore said. What happened next is fuzzy for Savannah, but crystal clear for those around her. "I was told I just kind of collapsed on the ground," she said.More

Cautious Steps Taken to Prevent Concussions at Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Spectrum
Saying that you might receive a head injury when you are playing football is like saying that you might step in a puddle if it is raining outside. The next time you find yourself watching an NFL game, be sure to notice how many helmet-to-helmet hits you see. Besides being illegal, these direct contact hits are the quickest way for any player to get a concussion. More