July 1, 2014 Volume XXIV, No. 05


Losing the Waiting Game
It's common for a young athlete who suffers an ACL tear to need reconstruction surgery. When the procedure is put off for non-medical reasons, such as household income or insurance type, the child is at risk for further injury, a recent study found.


Union High School, Tulsa, Okla.
Dedicated, passionate, and innovative are just three of the words that describe Dan Newman as an athletic trainer. But the best way to sum up Newman, MS, ATC, LAT, Head Athletic Trainer at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., is: leader.

To start, Newman oversees a model sports medicine program at Union that includes two assistant athletic trainers and an athletic training student aide program serving 1,700 athletes in 24 sports. Union was also recently recognized as the first NATA Safe School in Oklahoma.


At Baylor University, helping athletes overcome the stressors that can plague them in-season entails using the most advanced technology and a collaborative approach.

By Andrew Althoff

Andrew Althoff, MEd, CSCS, SCCC, USAW, is Director of Applied Perfor-mance at Baylor University and works as a Performance Coach with the football and men's and women's track and field teams. He can be reached at: andrew_althoff@baylor.edu.


Looking for new ideas to prevent heat illness? This author suggests using a team approach.
By John Moyer, Jr.

John Moyer, Jr., LAT, ATC, has been Head Athletic Trainer at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pa., for 35 years. He is also President of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) and serves as its liaison to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He can be reached at: moyjoh@wilsonsd.org or president@gopats.org.


For some, working for a professional sports team is a dream come true. In this three-part article, athletic trainers at NFL, MLB, and MLS franchises explain how they landed their jobs, as well as the ups and downs of treating elite athletes.

By Sonia Gysland

Sonia Gysland, MA, ATC, is Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She previously served as Assistant Football Athletic Trainer at Duke University and worked as an intern for the Steelers.


Assessing an athlete for a concussion is as much an art as a science. New tools hold promise for tipping the scales more toward science.
By Dr. Tamara Valovich McLeod, Michelle Weber, and Melissa Kay


From short volleys to powerful serves, the strength and conditioning program for the University of Georgia men's tennis team prepares the players for whatever a match will bring.
By Katrin Koch

Katrin Koch, CSCS, is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Georgia. She works directly with the men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming, and women's soccer teams and can be reached at:
kkoch@sports.uga.edu.


References

Akhavan S, Kiderman A, Snell ED, DeMeo PJ, Kelly KM, Quigley MR. Early results of oculomotor testing in evaluating sports concussions. Presented at the 2014 AAOS Symposium. 2014.

Beckwith JG, Greenwald RM, Chu JJ, et al. Head Impact Exposure Sustained by Football Players on Days of Diagnosed Concussion. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Nov 6 2012.

Broglio SP, Cantu RC, Gioia GA, et al. National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Management of Sport Concussion. J Athl Train. Mar 7 2014.


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