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DOE releases Student Cardiac Assessment Module

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce the availability of the Student Cardiac Assessment professional development module (PD module) required by the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act (P.L.2013, c.71). Physicians, advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants are required to complete the PD module before performing any student-athlete pre-participation physical examination prior to the first official practice of the athletic season starting with 2015-2016 school year. The legislation required the development of the PD module to increase the assessment skills of the health care providers who perform student-athlete physical examinations and screening. The PD module can be found at 


Additionally, the Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes pamphlet is available at


March 26 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Youth Sports Injury Prevention Suggestion

Here good document on sports safety recommendations.  While  mainly focused on Japan, there are some good pieces of information that are pertinent to sports safety in the United States. Particularly suggestions for reducing injuries and head injuries. There are also some good statistics as well.

Topics covered include:

  • Youth Sports Injury Prevention
  • The scope of the youth sports injury problem in the United States
  • Recommendation to prevent youth sports injuries

To read the entire https://coa.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/AaronLMillerUSAReportforMRIForCOA.pdf

March 25 - ATSNJ Tip of the Day

It's already the end of March, but Mother Nature simply refuses to allow the springtime weather to take hold in NJ.

With that in mind, people who exercise often forget that exercising in the cold can also present potential health hazards.  Cold weather directly affects the cardiovascular and respitory systems as well as leads to a 5x quicker depletion of glycogen stores, something very important to note when working with the diabetic population.

With this in mind, here are a series of articles on exercising in the cold weather.

Cold Weather Exercise

Cold-related Illnesses and Emergencies

Exposure Injuries


March 24 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

As a follow up to yesterday tip of the day.  Here are some tips that may work for you as you try to avoid shin pain.

  • Increase stride rate to around 180 steps per minute. You can measure your stride rate by counting the number of times a single foot hits the ground in a minute, then multiplying by two.  180 is the rate that most top endurance runners have.  
  • Minimize the number of hard workouts. Running hard puts more strain on your shins.  Build up a slow mileage base until you beat shin pain.  At the very least, don’t run hard two days in a row.  Mix in very slow runs and off days to let your shins recover.
  • Run almost exclusively on soft trails, tracks, or treadmills. 
  • Wear the proper shoe for your feet.
  • Stretch before and after every run.

If shin pains does occur seek the appropriate medical attention fro evaluation and the proper treatment strategies.


March 23 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Shin Splints vs Stress Fractures

With spring track season now underway for over 3 weeks, in New Jersey, we thought it would be good to explain the difference between shin splints vs stress fractures of the lower leg.

A shin splint is an inflammation of the tissue running along the bone in the shin. Shin splints develop when the muscles and tissues tear due to the repeated pounding of running. This is usually caused by inflexible calf muscles in the back of the lower-leg, improper shoe choice, shoes that are not providing enough cushion, or ramping distance too quickly. A stress fracture is a very small crack or group of cracks that forms in the bone itself, similar to the white crease that would develop if you bent a credit card a few times.

The major difference in differentiating between a shin splint and a stress fracture is usually what we call “point tenderness”. With a shin splint, if you run your fingers along the shin, it will usually hurt all along the bone as you pass your fingers down the leg. With a stress fracture, there is usually one specific spot (or multiple spots) that hurts really badly. These spots are usually about the size of dime. The rest of the area will be much less tender.  In addition, people with stress fractures will also have pain with walking, sitting and even sometimes complain of pain that wakes them up from sleeping at night.

Stress fractures are much less common than shin splints. In most cases, a shin splint is a more likely explanation for shin pain, especially in new runners.

March 22 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

"High" Ankle Sprain vs a "Common" Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are common injuries. In fact, they are one of the most common injuries encountered in the United States. But what is the difference between a common ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain? And why do athletes with a high ankle sprain seem to be out for a longer period of time? The reason lies in the anatomy of the ankle and the different ligaments injured in a common vs. high ankle sprain. 

The ankle is made of three bones in the lower leg:  the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. These bones act together to form the ankle joint, which typically sustains loads three times a person’s body weight with normal daily activity. The soft tissues that surround the ankle allow for its stability and motion. The ligaments, in particular, stabilize the ankle. 

Common Ankle Sprains

March 21 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

MomsTeam has long advocated that parents have the right to expect that a certified athletic trainer (AT) is on staff. An AT is so important that he or she should be the next hire after the head coach.  According to a 2010 University of Michgan poll, two thirds of parents surveyed agree, supporting a requirement that high schools have an AT on site for practices and games.

To see a great video to see and understand the importance of hiring an athletic trainer visit:  http://www.atsnj.org/article/moms-team-every-school-should-have-athletic-trainer

March 20 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Reminder: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Coaches, athletes  and parents can play an active role in keeping their children injury-free. http://newbrunswick.patch.com/articles/march-is-brain-injury-awareness-month-1866dac3
Use the various resources available on the ATSNJ website to best educate, prevent and manage concussions.
Resource Handouts:
and article, handouts, videos and more:  http://atsnj.org/tags/concussion

March 19 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Have you practiced your emergency action plans for a cardiac emergency recently?

You should be preapred at all time for such an emergency, as they can happen : Soccer Star Suffers Heart Attack http://www.registerguard.com/web/sports/27784909-41/muamba-players-attack-bolton-chest.html.csp

To read more about sudden cardaic death emergency planning visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/cardiac


March 18th - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Dehydration in the Cold

With spring sports starting and it still feels like winter, here are some tips about keeping safe in the cold weather. Dehydration is very common in colder weather as well as in hotter weather.

Preventing Dehydration, Hypothermia, and Frostbite in the Cold Weather

Drink for Your Health in the Cold


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