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Dec. 22, 2014

Don't Forget to Use Your Free CEUs
Check out our Quiz Center and remember to use your 10 free CEUs before they expire Dec. 31. Members can purchase quizzes with their CEUs and save them for future use, but the quizzes must be taken and completed in order to count toward certification hours.More

Business of AT Webinar Series Continues
Linda Mazzoli, MS, ATC, PTA, will be presenting "Creating Business Opportunities – Documentation & Marketing," at 11 a.m. CT on Jan. 15. The Business of Athletic Training Workshops are designed to incorporate basic business concepts into the tool kit of all athletic trainers. These tools, though unique to some athletic trainers, are as necessary as learning how to tape. As such, all athletic trainers should have these tools. Focusing on such business concepts as marketing, growing a business, leadership, networking, and how to create and build your "business" strategy, the workshop will assist the athletic trainer of any setting to incorporate these concepts into their place of employment.More

Renew By Dec. 31 to 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 NATA 2015 registration, with airfare up to $500 and three nights of free lodging at the hotel of NATA's choice (one winner); free registration and airfare (one winner); free registration (five winners); free subscription to Sports Health (five winners); free NATA webinar (five winners). Keep your career up-to-date and renew today!More

Jack Cramer Scholarship Applications Due
The deadline for the Jack Cramer Scholarship is almost here. Applications are due by Dec. 31. In conjunction with the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee, one $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving high school senior who is planning a career as an athletic trainer in a high school setting.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

Convention Housing Available
Make your hotel reservations now to ensure the best rates at your preferred location. You can get a sneak peek at the convention's educational content when we release the Preliminary Program online next month. You will also receive a copy of the program in the February NATA News.More

New Eye Tracking Technology Promising As Biomarker For Brain Injury And Function
Using a new technology which tracks eye movements of patients viewing music videos just under four minutes, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed a new way to assess the location and impact of a brain injury. The research was published Dec 16 in the Journal of Neurosurgery. More

Minnesota Wild's Off-Ice Team Ready for Traumatic Situations
Star Tribune
The second Don Fuller's fist went into the air, the Wild's emergency action plan was initiated. The response by two athletic trainers, a half-dozen doctors and a team of paramedics to defenseman Keith Ballard's frightening medical situation recently was quick and impressive, but something like that doesn't occur by accident. More

Expert: NCAA Concussion Fund Would Last With Non-Contact Sports Athletes
CBS Sports
A medical monitoring fund for the proposed NCAA concussion settlement is "very likely" to last 50 years when counting athletes in non-contact sports, according to an expert report by the plaintiffs. The report and other documents filed in the Adrian Arrington lawsuit attempt to address a federal judge's concerns about the proposed $75 million settlement. More

3 Possible Symptoms of Sports Hernias in Men
Sys-Con Media
When playing sports that involve rapid bursts, twists and movements, a variety of groin injuries, including hernias, can occur. No matter how strong or flexible someone is, their lower abdominal wall can still weaken because of constant or particularly straining rapid movement. Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center reminds potential hernia patients that unlike some hernias, many sports hernias do not have the external bulging that many people expect to see.More

Are Certain NFL players Vulnerable to Injury?
USA Today
The Houston Texans invested the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft on linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, but the team didn't get a first-round type performance out of the former South Carolina standout. Clowney's first year in the NFL included five tackles in four games, a sports hernia surgery in June followed by two surgeries on his right knee. He landed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 10 due to his knee injury. More

Soccer Players Among Highest Concussion Rates
A sport that's getting a lot of attention for its injuries may surprise you. According to the Center for Injury Research and Policy, soccer players have more concussions than wrestling, baseball, basketball and female softball players combined. Girls soccer ranks second for the most concussions in high school sports.More

Connective Tissue: The Key to Preventing ACL Injuries
The anterior cruciate ligament is the last thing you want to injure. If you need ACL surgery, you have a six- to 12-month rehabilitation period ahead of you, and you may not return with the same speed and agility you once had. So you want to do everything you can to prevent this injury. But where to start? Currently, ACL injury prevention focuses on muscle strength, quad-to-hamstring ratios and proper technique. This overlooks the most important part of prevention — strengthening the connective tissue. More

Study: Men Take More 'Idiotic Risks'
Fox News
Men tend to take more risks than women do, and they also seem to be ahead of women in engaging in risky behavior that is extremely "idiotic," according to researchers who revealed in a new study that the majority of the receivers of a Darwin Award are men. To win a Darwin Award, a darkly humorous honor that has existed for more than 20 years, a person must die in "an extraordinarily idiotic manner."More

Vermont's Concussion Management Efforts Continue on Several Fronts
Bangor Daily News
It's an injury sometimes treated with virtual darkness, but efforts continue to bring light to the battle against concussions in Maine. A state law required all school boards statewide to develop concussion management policies by mid-2014, mandated training for coaches, athletic administrators and other school personnel in the identification and management of concussions, and required that a concussed student not return to a sport or the classroom until cleared by an appropriate healthcare professional trained in concussion management. More