New research found that adolescent athletes who participate in individual endurance sports reported more psychosocial challenges such as physical function mobility difficulties, higher anxiety symptoms and more fatigue than their team sport peers.
New research found that the majority (74%) of football players’ helmets in youth football (7-12 years old) did not meet at least one component of the 13 criteria developed for proper football helmet fit. Improper fit is a critical risk factor for increased concussion symptoms and duration.
Two articles stemming from meetings of the Spine Injury in Sport Group (SISG) were published today in the Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) scientific publication. The first, Best Practices and Current Care Concepts in Prehospital Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete in American Tackle Football Players, outlines best practices and practical applications. Consensus Recommendations on the Prehospital Care of the Injured Athlete with a Suspected Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injury, outlines the Delphi process, which identified eight key questions to be answered by systematic review and was used to come to a consensus. The review screened 1,544 studies, 49 of which were included in the final full-text review.
While Super Bowl LIV occurs during the NFL’s 100th anniversary, it also marks another historic achievement: the first time, three female athletic trainers (ATs) will provide medical care during a Super Bowl. They will join other powerhouse females instrumental to Super Bowl Sunday: offensive assistant coach for the 49ers, Katie Sowers, and international sensations Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato and Shakira. They are in good company with female viewers of last year’s game comprising nearly 50% of Super Bowl viewers.
A study released today showed that 34% of public and private high schools, have no access to athletic trainers in the United Stated. Furthermore, the study indicates that lack of appropriate sports medicine care is even greater for private schools (45% with no AT access) where parents are traditionally paying for what they perceive as a better and safer experience.
The study compared Division I student athletes (SA) and noncollegiate athletes (NA) who had competed in youth sports. The study found that parents and siblings of Division I student athletes (SA) were more likely to have been high-achieving athletes, while other factors previously thought to be imperative, such as the age of single sport specialization and birth month, were not significantly different.
Females who sport-specialized demonstrated altered lower extremity (hips and knee) coordination relative to their multisport female athletes which may lead to less stable landings and an increased risk for injury.
Baseball is an incredibly popular sport in the United States with 13 million-17 million athletes under the age of 18 participating at the club and high school levels. Despite evidence suggesting that sport specialization may be related to the development of overuse injuries and surgeries in youth athletes, youth specialization rates continue to rise in the United States. In this study, 31% of youth athletes self-classified as specialized in baseball, whereas the remaining 69% identified as non-specialized. When re-classified to scientific standards, the reality was that more than 83% of the cohort qualified as specialized and 17% qualified as not specialized.
Kicking off National Youth Sport Specialization Awareness Week (third full week in October) the Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) scientific publication, released today a special thematic issue focused on youth sport specialization. Youth sport specialization is intensive year-round participation in a single sport, often at the exclusion of other sports. The themed issue looks at the $15.3 billion youth sports industry1 and this increasingly hot topic as it pertains to general and sports-specific physical health, effects on public health, psychosocial well-being and burnout. The issue also addresses specialization in specific settings, such as club sports.
I n anticipation of National Youth Sports Specialization Awareness Week (third full week in October) the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) released an official statement with health-focused recommendations to reduce the risk of injury due to youth sports specialization.
The Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) scientific publication, released today “Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletes: Interassociation Recommendations Endorsed by 13 Medical and Sports Medicine Organizations”. The paper includes recommendations in six areas that address the prevention of catastrophic traumatic (caused directly by participation in a sports activity) and non-traumatic (result of exertion while participating in a sports activity) injury and death.
A special thematic issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s scientific publication, was recently released. The themed issue focuses on ankle sprains and instability as ankle sprains are the most common injury experienced by athletes and others who engage in physical activity.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) inducted seven athletic trainers into its prestigious Hall of Fame at the NATA 70th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening. The NATA Hall of Fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive.
College football players who have had a concussion are at high risk for sustaining a core or lower-extremity injury or another concussion, even if they are symptom-free, suggests a study being presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.
New research suggests lengthy practices that begin in the middle of the afternoon and playing on artificial turf may increase the risk of exertional heat illness (EHI) in a group of often-overlooked students: the marching band. The study – the first to measure the musicians’ core temperatures throughout the season – is being is being presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.
Exercises that lengthen leg muscles may help dancers counteract fatigue, preventing injury and allowing for a more perfected jump technique, suggests research being presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.
U.S. Military Academy cadets who have focused on one sport are more likely to be injured in their first year of service, potentially impacting military readiness, according to a first-of-its kind study being presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.
Survey Addresses Collegiate-level Sports Programs and Adherence to NCAA Guidelines That Provide Health Care Professionals with Unchallengeable Authority to Make Decisions Related to Athlete Health and Wellbeing
With summer underway, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is calling for all sports organizations to evaluate their readiness to prevent and treat exertional heat stroke, one of the three leading causes of death in sports.
The majority of sudden death in American youth sports (ages 6-17) from 2007-2015 were cardiac-related (heart) and occurred during practice within organized middle school sports according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training.
The majority of those affected were male with an average age of 13 years old. No previous studies have focused on sudden death in organized middle school, youth, and recreational youth sports in the United States.
After a school district partnered with a local health system to implement a new systematic and continuous health care model, injury rates for student athletes decreased by 22% and insurance premiums by more than 50%, according to a recent study published by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training.
Members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will meet with members of Congress to educate them about the profession and to ask for support on the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (S 680, H.R. 1679) and for language changes to the National Defense Authorization Act.
NATA had the pleasure of speaking with the Director of Sports Medicine and Performance for the Los Angeles Rams and National Athletic Trainers' Association member, Reggie Scott, MS, ATC, PES, ahead of the Super Bowl and he shared with us some key things his team does to keep the Rams players healthy and physically ready to compete.
The Department of Defense Released Video of Military Veteran and Athletic Trainer for The Los Angeles Chargers. Additional commentary and information on the athletic training profession and it's potential unique fit for veterans. Interviews with AT in the video available.
As you and the elves at the North Pole prepare for your busiest and biggest night of the year, we know that you and your team will face challenges including extreme weather, dangerous and slippery rooftops, hauling heavy packages and maneuvering down a wide variety of chimneys. These working conditions put you and the elves at risk for concussions, sprains, overuse and cold weather injuries, and much more.
The cold can have a “chilling” effect on student athletes’ muscles and joints, this includes decreased range of motion, increased tightness and stiffness, decreased reaction time and reduced circulation to extremities and skin surface. There are, however, steps you can take to prevent general and cold environmental injuries when the temperature drops.
Student athletes who attended high schools with a low availability of athletic trainers (AT) – mostly in rural and inner-city areas – are 50 percent more likely to have a sports-related concussion (SRC) that goes un-identified, un-assessed or mismanaged, according to a study published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training.
To support athletic trainers, as well as other healthcare providers, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has published recommendations and a framework for identifying risk factors and managing patients that experience PFP.
Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R 302/S. 808) was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, October 5th. The new law significantly improves legal protections for athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals, when traveling outside of their primary state of licensure to deliver medical care to their athletes. This is a tremendous step in providing necessary and critical health care to all athletes by reducing the barriers for these health care professionals in caring for their patients.