Jan 29, 2015
Speakers with T&C Ties at NATA

By R.J. Anderson

From June 26-30, certified athletic trainers will descend upon Anaheim, Calif., for the 58th NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. The event will feature many great presenters, including three with close ties to Training & Conditioning. Below is a list of speakers who have either appeared in T&C, or who serve on the magazine’s Editorial Board. Their presentations promise to be chock full of cutting-edge information, so if you’re at the meeting, make a note to stop by and check them out.
Thursday, June 28 from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., Jeff Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, will give a presentation entitled “Developing a Crisis Intervention Team in a University Setting.” Konin, also the Executive Director for the university’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma (SMART) Institute, is a T&C Editorial Board member.

For the presentation, Konin will address how athletic trainers can develop crisis management programs to help athletes deal with uncontrollable circumstances such as a major illness, a death in the family, failure in competition, unforeseen injuries, or other episodes of a crisis magnitude. Konin stresses that while marketing such a program to amateur athletes, it is critically important to establish the highest level of confidentiality to those who have requested services from the crisis intervention team. Trust, confidence, and confidentiality are the keys to designing a successful program to help amateur athletes in need when they are feeling a weakness in a part of their life.

Wednesday, June 27, from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., Sue Falsone, ATC, PT, CSCS, the Director of Performance and Physical Therapy at Athletes’ Performance in Tempe, Ariz. and Los Angeles, will give a presentation entitled “Movement Preparation to Maximize Activity Readiness.” Falsone’s work with Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was featured in an April 2005 Training & Conditioning article, “Pitching in Stitches.”

Through lecture, discussion, and video demonstration, Falsone will cover the basic principles of a dynamic warmup in order to prepare athletes to play dynamically. She will review principles and research supporting
1) the need for movement preparation
2) its role within a workout progression for in-season and off-season conditioning and sport, as well as
3) its role in bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance.

Saturday, June 30, Tina Bonci, MS, ATC, Co-Director of the Division of Athletic Training/Sports Medicine for the Departments of Intercollegiate Athletics for Men and Women at the University of Texas-Austin, will give a presentation entitled “Detecting, Managing, and Preventing Disordered Eating (DE) in Athletes.”

Bonci, who is a T&C Editorial Board member, works with the NATA Pronouncements Committee as chair of the writing group responsible for the development of the position statement on Disordered Eating. She will cover the specifics of the position statement and provide recommendations to better prepare certified athletic trainers and others responsible for the health maintenance and performance enhancement of athletes for the challenges of detecting, managing, and preventing DE.

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