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March 4 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

ATSNJ Concussion Policy Checklist

New Jersey's concussion law signed by Governor Chris Christie on Dec. 7, 2010, recognizes the dangers associated with head injuries and concussions. One of the provisions of the law is that each school district shall develop a written policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports related concussion and head injuries among student-athletes. 

The ATSNJ has developed a concussion policy checklist so you can check your school's policy for compliance, to read the entire checklist visit:  http://atsnj.org/concussioncheck

March 3 -Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Participation in youth sports is at an all-time high. With participation comes sports injuries: 

  • 1 in 5 Emergency Room Visits are result of sports, recreation, or exercise – 3.65 million/yr (CDC)
  • Injuries to children 15 & under, playing the 29 most popular sports in the United States cost the United States public $49 billion/yr (The Consumer Products Safety Council)
  • An athlete’s injury has an effect on his/her parents, coaches, the team, his schooling,  health care professional, teammates

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The ATSNJ recognizes the important role parents, and coaches  play in preventing injuries and because of this the ATSNJ has developed a presentation to assist ensuring sports safety.

To see this presentation visit: http://www.atsnj.org/documents/pdf/2010_ATSNJSportsSafetyforCoachesandParents.pdf

 

March 2 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Skin Infections in Athletes

Skin infections account for up to 10% of time-loss injuries in some sports and can cause serious illness. Skin infections can be spread from one athlete to another. You can help protect athletes from becoming sick or losing playing time due to skin infections.

1.  Practice proper hygiene immediately after every practice or competition using hot water and antibacterial soap.   Use antifungal shampoo on alternating days

2. Keep  practice areas including weight rooms and equipment properly disinfected.

3.  Wash clothes and towels towels and clean equipement after every practice and competition.

4.  Avoid sharing personal items

5.  Keep your skin moisturized

6. Report all skin infections

Remember  it is always easier to prevent infections from occurring than it is to contract and then treat them.

For more information visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/skin-infection

 

March 1 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The 2015 theme is "We Prepare, You Perform".

  • An estimated 1.4 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations occur annually among U.S. high school student athletes participating in practices or competitions in 2006, according to the Center for Disease Control.
  • 62% of sports related injuries occur during practices, according to Safe Kids USA
  • 75 % of all school-related spinal cord injuries occur during sports activities according to a 2007 study by the American Academy of Neurology.
  • 15% of high school sports injuries were classified as severe by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons according to a 2008 study
  • More than 5% of high school athletes are concussed each year from collision and contact sports according Journal of Athletic Training
  • 41% of concussed high school athletes returned to competition too soon according to the American Academy of Neurology

Athletic trainers are highly skilled licensed health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians and are uniquely qualified to specialize in providing health care to the physically active population.  

For more information on how  "We Prepare, You Perform", visit:  http://atsnj.org/page/Information-about-athletic-trainers

 

Two New Jersey Athletic Trainers Team Up to Save the Life of a Spectator

                On January 30, 2015, David Csillan, Head Athletic Trainer with Ewing High School and Tammy Osterhout, Assistant Athletic Trainer with Rancocas Valley High School were taking in their respective team’s game at the Jeff Coney Classic Tournament. David decided to travel to the game that night, which is not something he ordinarily does. Tammy was working the game as the host site Athletic Trainer. Following the game, Ewing High School Athletic Director Bud Kowal ran into the Blue Devils’ locker room. He told Csillan that he was needed in the stands.
 
                Upon arrival, Mr. Csillan found an elderly gentleman lying on his back and lodged between the bleachers. Those spectators who were around the man informed David that the spectator had suffered a seizure. David instructed Mr. Kowal to inform Ms. Osterhout of the situation has he performed his initial evaluation. Mr. Csillan noticed that the individual was breathing and moving his head a small amount. As Ms. Osterhout made her way to the location of the incident, Mr. Csillan supported the victims head. Ms. Osterhout arrived within seconds of being summoned and the two Athletic Trainers determined that the victim needed to be moved from his location in the bleachers to the court. With assistance from those around them, the victim was picked up and brought down to the court.
 

Washington Twp. High School’s Tanya Dargusch Selected for Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

Washington Township High School head athletic trainer Tanya Dargusch was chosen by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) as one of their 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award winners. Dargusch joins 17 colleagues from across the nation who will be honored with the award this June at the NATA convention in St. Louis.
 
“I have always said Tanya Dargusch is the best athletic trainer in the state of New Jersey, but now I will have to say she is the best in the nation,” WTHS Director of Athletics Kevin Murphy said. “Our school district is proud of Tanya’s efforts on behalf of all our students. She is a professional who consistently goes above and beyond the scope of her job to provide the best care for our student-athletes. We are happy to share this moment with her.”
 

ATSNJ Annual Conference

The 29th Annual Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey’s Conference and Meeting will be held on March 1st and 2nd, 2015, at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. 

Sunday, March 1st will include the ATSNJ Committee Meetings, 2 optional Pre-Courses, and the Annual Awards Banquet.  Monday will include the traditional lecture series and business meeting in the morning, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon that will run concurrently with the Student Program.

2015 Conference Program

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Edison is the host hotel and is within walking distance of the Pine Manor.  Don’t want to be caught in rush hour traffic – prefer to begin your day after a restful night’s sleep? Come stay at the Crowne Plaza, conveniently located directly across from the Pines Manor at 2055 Lincoln Highway in Edison, New Jersey.  A special room rate of $119 per night (plus applicable taxes) has been reserved for those attending the Athletic Trainers’ Society Annual Meeting on March 1-2. To make your reservation, please call the central reservations office available 24/7 at 866-279-4813 and ask to be reserved into the ATSNJ Conference room block.  A limited number of rooms have been reserved and the block will remain open until February 17 – after which time all rates will revert to standard occupancy.

ATSNJ Student Members Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

On Thursday, January 15th, four ATSNJ student members dedicated their time with Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County to help rebuild a home that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey. At the time that Sandy hit, the home had suffered nearly five feet of sewer water damage in the basement, destroying nearly everything in its path.
 
The students had the opportunity to repaint the basement of the home as well as measure, cut out, and place new sheet rock onto the walls. The students gained incredible knowledge pertaining to the work that goes into building and remodeling homes from experienced contractors who were at the site that day.
 
The damage that was done by Hurricane Sandy was evident from all of the media coverage, but the ability for the students to see it in person gave them an entirely new perspective. When asked to reflect on the day, Maikee Migallos, a senior athletic training student at Montclair State University said: “Even though I was inexperienced with home renovations, the Habitat for Humanity organization was very grateful we were there. The homeowner was very appreciative and that goes to show how even the smallest things make a difference.”
 

ATSNJ Announces Corporate Partnership with IvyRehab

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey is proud to announce a Corporate Partnership with IvyRehab! Corporate Partnership is the highest level of partnership with the ATSNJ. “IvyRehab is excited to partner with The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey,” said IvyRehab COO Mike Sportini.  “IvyRehab has a host of opportunities to offer. It is our goal to be a supportive component to you and your student athletes.”
 
The ATSNJ is very excited to begin what is surely the beginning of a very successful partnership with IvyRehab. Look for their logo and vendor table at the ATSNJ Conference March 1st and 2nd, 2015!
 
For more information on partnering with or sponsoring the ATSNJ, please visit our website at www.atsnj.org

Manasquan High School Athletic Trainer Receives 2015 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

On Saturday, January 12, 2015, Kevin Hyland, ATC was awarded the 2015 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. Kevin is the recipient of this award for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s District 2. In order to receive the award, an Athletic Trainer must meet the following criteria:

·       Candidate must be an active certified athletic trainer in the year of consideration and a current member of NATA in good standing.

·       Candidate must have a current NPI Number

·       Candidate must be BOC Certified

·       Candidate must be a full-time or part-time employee in the secondary schools for at least one full academic year

Mr. Hyland was nominated by Manasquan High School Athletic Director Ron Kornegay and had 3 letters of recommendation written in support of his nomination by Mr. Rick Coppola (School Principal), Dr. Patrick Buddle, MD (Team Physician) and Ms. Emily Maher (Athletic Training Student).

                  “I am truly honored to receive this award.” Said Hyland. “I feel it is a direct reflection on our school, administration, and community.  The support I receive from them allows our athletic training program to be successful.  Without the support from my administration and community many of our goals would not have been reached.”

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