Range of Motion
Dec. 10, 2013

Never Been a Better Time to be an AT
Our 2013 Annual Report in the December NATA News shows you why it has never been a better time to be an athletic trainer. It was quite a year for the profession in 2013! You can read the digital version now and should be receiving your hard copy in your mailbox any day now. More

Free Concussion Webinar Available
The American Academy of Pediatrics is offering a free new webinar, "Returning to Learning After a Concussion." The live broadcast took place Dec. 2 but it is now accessible for anyone to view. The presenters are Karen McAvoy, PsyD, Cindy Devore, MD and Mark Halstead, MD. They recently published a position statement in the journal Pediatrics on this topic.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

National Student Committee Announces Vacancies
The National Athletic Training Students' Committee will have opportunities for six new members this year. There will be vacancies in District One, District Four, District Five, District Eight, District Nine, and District Ten. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1. Contact Laura Garcia if you have questions. Find more information at the NATSC section of the website. More

Take Advantage of Renewal Incentives
All NATA members who renew by the end of the year will be included in a drawing for these great prizes: Free 2014 Convention registration, with airfare up to $500 and three nights of free lodging at the hotel of NATA's choice (one winner); free 2014 Annual Meeting registration (two winners), free subscription to Sports Health (two winners); one free NATA webinar (one winner). Keep your career up-to-date, and renew today! More

Reserve Your Convention Housing
Convention housing opened last month. You can book your room through NATA's Official Housing Bureau, Global Reservations, to secure NATA's discounted hotel rates.More

Heavy Kids at Slightly Higher Risk for Sports Injuries
Exercise can help overweight kids slim down, but a new study suggests they might be at risk for leg, ankle and foot injuries in the process. That could be because their legs are supporting extra weight, researchers said.More

New Injectable Therapy Could Help Treat Rotator Cuff Injuries
For a baseball pitcher, a rotator cuff injury often means an extended stay on the disabled list for surgery and rehabilitation of the damaged tendons. But a new technology under development may stop this shoulder injury from becoming so severe that surgery is required.More

Study: Single-Sport Athletes Are at a Higher Risk for Injury
The Times
The era of specializing in a a single sport has shortened the careers of athletes, says a doctor at Loyola University whose research focuses on how concentrating on just one sport impacts young players.More

Ambulances Not Required at Missouri High School Athletic Events
The balance between student safety and budgets took center stage at a mid-Missouri high school in October. There was not an ambulance at the Halloween game that left Tipton football player, Chad Stover in critical condition for two weeks. According to the Missouri State High School Activities Association, schools aren't required by law to have medical personnel at athletic events.More

Women May Have Harder Concussion Recovery Than Men
Reuters Health via National Institutes of Health
After a concussion, women tend to have worse symptoms than men. That's the case even when athletes were injured playing the same sport, according to a new study of young soccer players. Some recent studies have found gender differences in memory and other symptoms after concussions, with women generally doing worse.More

The Unsung Heroes of Friday Nights
The Express
Colt M. Coffman writes, "We've all experienced it, the tension in the air as your team takes the field on Friday nights. Each week we fill the stands to watch the titans of our towns take on the warriors of another. We cheer with excitement with every touch down and blocked extra point; and we have all held our breath when a player isn't getting up after a play. It's in that moment when eyes fall on an often un-recognized member of the team. The athletic trainer."More

The Difficulty in Managing the 'Invisible Injury'
The Daily Texan
When Texas quarterback David Ash took a hit in the fourth quarter against BYU on Sept. 7, no one thought anything of it. It wasn't a vicious hit or one that rang his bell. The athletic training staff was unsure of the exact nature of the injury; the official injury report following the next week's game against Ole Miss phrased his injury as head/right shoulder. "[A concussion is] an invisible injury," said Kenneth Locker, a prominent athletic trainer in North Texas with 20 years of concussion experience. "It happens and no one can see a change in the physical appearance of the person."More

Western Carolina University's Athletic Training Major Help Young High School Sports Teams
Smoky Mountain News
Western Carolina University's athletic training major is giving hands-on experience to its students while helping area high school athletic departments, as part of the curriculum. The program's 42 students traveled to 12 schools in five counties for clinical experiences in athletic training for football, basketball, soccer and volleyball. More