January 29, 2015
As temperatures rise, athletic trainers' concerns regarding exercise in the heat have followed suit. On Tuesday, convention attendees had the opportunity to attend a special topic presentation, "Pre-Cooling for Exercise in the Heat," led by Brendon McDermott, PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas. This session covered findings from 40 studies related to the topic.
January 29, 2015
Navigating through the plethora of apps available for iPhones, iPads, and Android-based phones and tablets to find one that will be helpful can be a hassle. A little help was offered on Tuesday morning during, "Got APP? Top Technology Applications for Improving Productivity and Athlete Care," presented by Ralph Castle, PhD, ATC, LAT, Associate Professor and Athletic Training Director, Louisiana State University.
January 29, 2015
Being in the "zone" is often cited as a factor in peak performances--but mental influences on recovery are sometimes overlooked. On Thursday afternoon, convention attendees had the opportunity to find out a little more about the psychological side of recovery. "Psychological Influences and Their Effect on the Injury and Recovery Process," presented by Jeffrey Parr, PhD, ATC, LAT, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh introduced some news tools for athletic trainers to use for return to play timelines. Here is a brief synopsis from Parr on what was covered:
January 29, 2015
Despite preventive measures, such as pitch-counts, arm and shoulder injuries have still made their mark on adolescent baseball players. On Tuesday morning, convention attendees had the opportunity to expand their knowledge in this area by attending, "Prevention Strategies for Throwing-Related Arm Injury in Youth and Adolescent Baseball Players," led by Joseph Myers, PhD, ATC, Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
January 29, 2015
With an exciting schedule--including highlights such as unveiling the new NATA logo--leading up to it, Wednesday's keynote presentation concluded the day fittingly. Keynote speaker Merril Hoge talked about the importance of athletic trainers, and other motivating forces, in his career as an NFL player and later his fight against Hodgkin's lymphoma.
January 29, 2015
A continuing highlight of the NATA Convention, the Hall of Fame Induction, let the spotlight shine on five athletic trainers who have worked to advance the field. And at the T&C booth, we had our own award--a $100 Visa Gift Card for one of our subscribers. At the T&C booth, we renewed more than 550 of our readers' subscriptions in less than three days, and one of those subscribers was chosen at random to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

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