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Released: 15-Jul-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Adolescent Athletes Who Participate in Individual Endurance Sports Face More Anxiety, Fatigue and Mobility Difficulties Compared to Peers in Team Sports
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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.

Released: 14-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
A Majority of Youth Football Helmets Do Not Fit Properly, a Risk Factor for More Severe and Lengthy Concussions
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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.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 7:05 PM EDT
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Releases Consensus Recommendations and Best Practices for Emergency Prehospital Care of Spine-Injured Athletes in American Football
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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.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 11:45 AM EST
Herstory Being Made During Super Bowl LIV: Women Play Prominent Roles in Sports Medicine, Coaching and Entertainment
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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.

Released: 21-Nov-2019 11:45 AM EST
Study Finds That Student Athlete Safety Is Not a Priority in High Schools Across the United States
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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.

Released: 14-Nov-2019 12:55 PM EST
New Study Finds That Student Athletes at More Than Half of All High Schools in California Are at Greater Risk of Injury Due to Lack of Appropriate Care or Unqualifed Personnel Overseeing Their Health and Safety
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More than half (54.6%) of California schools reported that they either did not employ an AT (47.6%) or employed unqualified health personnel (UHP) in the role of AT (7%).

Released: 28-Oct-2019 2:10 AM EDT
Practice Alone Doesn’t Make Perfect - Genetics and Family Dynamics Play a Large Role in Athletic Achievement
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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.

Released: 23-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Multisport Female Athletes in Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball May Be Less Likely to Have Hip and Knee Injuries Than Their Peers Who Single-Sport Specialize
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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.

Released: 22-Oct-2019 11:00 AM EDT
Majority of Baseball Parents Unaware Their Youth Athlete Is Specializing Which Can Lead to a Higher Rate of Injury
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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.

Released: 21-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Journal of Athletic Training Releases Special Thematic Issue Focused on Youth Sport Specialization
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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.

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Released: 16-Oct-2019 12:45 PM EDT
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Releases Official Statement of Recommendations to Reduce the Risk of Injury Related to Sport Specialization for Adolescent and Young Athletes
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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.

25-Sep-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Interassociation Recommendations on Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletes Published in Journal of Athletic Training
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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.

Released: 4-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Journal of Athletic Training Releases Special Thematic Issue Focused on Ankle Sprains and Instability
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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.

Released: 27-Jun-2019 2:05 AM EDT
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame Welcomes Seven New Inductees at 70th Clinical Symposia and Expo in Las Vegas
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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.

24-Jun-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Concussion Elevates Injury Risk in College Football Players After They Return to Play
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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.

24-Jun-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Marching Band Members at Risk for Heat Illness
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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.

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Released: 26-Jun-2019 1:05 AM EDT
Only Half of Collegiate-Level Sports Programs Follow Medical Model of Care for Student Athletes, Survey Finds
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Results suggest a need for collegiate athletic programs to evaluate existing model of care to ensure student athlete safety

24-Jun-2019 8:00 AM EDT
In Good Form: Muscle-Lengthening Exercises May Help Fatigued Dancers Improve Jump Performance, Prevent Injury
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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.

24-Jun-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Military Cadets Who Specialize in One Sport Significantly More Likely to Be Injured
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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.

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24-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Athlete Safety First Press Briefing - National Athletic Trainers’ Association to Unveil Survey Results on Collegiate Athletics Compliance to NCAA Legislation for Athlete-Centered Care
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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

Released: 19-Jun-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Athletic trainers call for heat-readiness to protect student athletes
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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.

Newswise: Study Finds That Sudden Death in Middle School Age Student Athletes Most Common While Playing Basketball
Released: 16-May-2019 5:00 AM EDT
Study Finds That Sudden Death in Middle School Age Student Athletes Most Common While Playing Basketball
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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.

25-Apr-2019 5:05 PM EDT
School District Implements New Health Model That Reduced Student Athlete Injuries by 22 Percent and Insurance Premiums by 50 Percent
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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.

Released: 3-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Athletic Trainers to Meet with Federal Legislators During Annual Capitol Hill Day
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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.

Newswise: March Is National Athletic Training Month: Five Things You Should Know About Athletic Trainers
Released: 8-Mar-2019 2:40 PM EST
March Is National Athletic Training Month: Five Things You Should Know About Athletic Trainers
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Five things you should know about athletic trainers during National Athletic Training Month.

Newswise: The Road to a Healthy Super Bowl
Released: 1-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
The Road to a Healthy Super Bowl
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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.

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22-Jan-2019 8:00 PM EST
Five Reasons Why Military Veterans Should Become an Athletic Trainer
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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.

Newswise: 5 Things Santa and His Elves Have to Do to Avoid Christmas Disaster
Released: 18-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
5 Things Santa and His Elves Have to Do to Avoid Christmas Disaster
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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.

Newswise: Tips to Avoid and Address Environmental Cold Injuries
Released: 12-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Tips to Avoid and Address Environmental Cold Injuries
National Athletic Trainers' Association

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.

Released: 14-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Student Athletes in Rural Schools May Be at Higher Risk for Repeated Concussions and Other Sports Injuries, Shows Journal of Athletic Training Study
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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.

Newswise: National Athletic Trainers’ Association Publishes New Research on ‘Management of Individuals with Patellofemoral Pain’ in Journal of Athletic Training
Released: 29-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
National Athletic Trainers’ Association Publishes New Research on ‘Management of Individuals with Patellofemoral Pain’ in Journal of Athletic Training
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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.

Newswise: President Trump Signs New Bipartisan Law That Significantly Reduces Barriers to Athletic Trainer Care for Student & Professional Athletes
Released: 5-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
President Trump Signs New Bipartisan Law That Significantly Reduces Barriers to Athletic Trainer Care for Student & Professional Athletes
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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.


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