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Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey

ATSNJ and NJDOE Athletic Trainer Evaluation Tools

Over the past year, The Department of Education has worked with a team of accomplished professionals from the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey to develop an evaluation instrument that districts may choose to adopt.  While the Department does not require the use of these documents, it supports the ATSNJ in its efforts to promote the use of an evaluation tool that addresses the specific job responsibilities of athletic trainers. As the Department continues to develop guidance for staff members in specialized roles, it will continue to learn from the ATSNJ and its partner districts during their first year piloting this evaluation model.

Click this article to see three documents which describe and implement the process.

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey and JAG Physical Therapy Announce Continued Partnership

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey and JAG Physical Therapy, a multi-center outpatient physical therapy company have moved forward with a continued partnership in support of the athletic training profession in the state of New Jersey. The two forces team up to strive for common goals which include education of the general public as to the role and function of the athletic trainer, encourage students to enter the Athletic Training profession and to provide sports care information to related health care organizations, to name a few. Earlier this year, JAG Physical Therapy President John Gallucci Jr. was honored at the ATSNJ’s Annual Conference with the prestigious President’s Award for his commitment, dedication and advocacy of the athletic training profession. 
 
ABOUT JAG PHYSICAL THERAPY
 
JAG Physical Therapy is a comprehensive outpatient physical therapy company which provides physical therapy care for general orthopedic, sports and soft tissue injuries, Workers’ Compensation cases, and Medicare patients. Our experienced, caring physical therapists, athletic trainers and exercise physiologists are invested in your full recovery.
JAG Physical Therapy is New York and New Jersey’s physical therapy leader in the recovery of knee, foot, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow, and back injuries. We feature state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment and beautiful spacious facilities that cater to your rehabilitation needs.

ATSNJ Regional Meetings

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization for the Athletic Trainer

Hosted By Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy in Partnership with the Athletic Trainers’ Society of NJ

Locations: Freehold, NJ May 9, 2015 9AM-12PM

Medford, NJ May 7, 2015 9AM-12PM

Approved course for 3 category A CEUs

Cost: Free for ATSNJ Members/$25.00 for non-members    

Register online based on the location you will be attending.

ATSNJ Central Meeting, Freehold office, May 9, 9am-12pm

ATSNJ Southern Meeting, Medford office, May 7, 9am-12pm

Course Content:  This course will discuss and demonstrate the theory behind and interventions related to Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).  Participants will receive hands on instruction in the proper use of IASTM through a lab-teaching format.  Upper and lower extremity conditions common to an active, athletic population will be discussed and demonstrated.  Upon completion, all participants will have a better understanding of the technique and its indications and contraindications.  According to the education levels described by the BOC Professional Development Committee (PDC), the following continuing education course is considered to be “advanced”.  Instruments will be provided for use during the course.

ATSNJ Southern Region Meeting 4/23/2015

The ATSNJ Southern Region is hosting a CEU event on Thursday, April 23rd at 9am.  The topic is Concussion Rehab: A Team Approach,  This event will be held at the Ivy Rehab facility in Mt Laurel, NJ.

This event is free for ATSNJ Members and $25 for non-members.  Please visit the registration website for more information.

Online Registration

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March 31- Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Today brings a close to athletic training month and the athletic training month tips of the day.  At the ATSNJ, we are committed to sports safety so be sure to continue to visit our website as your main resource for sport safety tips and athletic training news.

If you read a tip that you found useful you can always come back to read it.  All tips for March 2015 athletic training month at http://atsnj.org/tags/tip-day

Remember to continue to promote sports safety everyday and that

"We Prepare - You Perform"

 

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:
http://atsnj.org/documents/pdf/ATSNJ_HeadInjuryInfo.pdf
http://atsnj.org/documents/pdf/ATSNJ_Concussion_Sheet.pdf
 
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 16 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Sprains, Strains and Contusions

How to Recognize and Prevent the Aches and Pains Most Common to Athletic Play

Athletes of all skill levels are bound to suffer some degree of injury during play or even pre- or post game. But, what exactly is your ailment and how should you treat it?

Sprains result when you over stretch or tear your capsule or ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bone to bone. The joint capsule is similar to a ligament and surrounds the joint.

Strains, also referred to as pulls, result from over stretching or tearing a muscle or tendon. Tendons are tissues that attach muscles to bones.

Contusions, typically known as bruises, are injuries to your tissue or bone in which the skin is not broken. Blood vessels rupture and bleed into the tissue causing discoloration. Bruises are usually blue or purple at first, and then gradually fade to various shades of brown, yellow and green as they rise to the surface of the skin.

For an informational handout on recognizing and caring for sprains, strains and contusion please visit:

ATSNJ: Sprains, Strains, and Contusions

March 15 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

SICKLE CELL TRAIT AND THE ATHLETE

Sickle Cell Trait is an inherited blood mutation that affects red blood cells that normally has no symptoms. People with the trait carry only one copy of the abnormal sickle gene. People with sickle cell trait are generally healthy.

During intense or extensive exertion, the shape of red blood cells can change from round to ‘sickle’ shaped. The sickle shape cell can jam the blood vessels setting up a situation where blood can’t move freely to reach different parts of the body. As blood flow is blocked, parts of the body can’t get enough oxygen. This can pose a grave risk for athletes as muscles and organs start to die.  

Are athletes with Sickle Cell Trait allowed to compete in athletics? 

There is no contraindication to participation in sport for the athlete with sickle cell trait.  Most doctors agree that most people with sickle cell trait will never have a problem. In rare circumstances, complications may result but lack of awareness and knowledge poses the biggest risk.  Education and precautions work best. 

The NCAA has published two quality documents on sickle cell trait.

One for coaches: 2012 NCAA Sickle Cell Trait Fact Sheet for Coaches

March 13 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Steroid Use in Youth Sports: Prevention and Detection Resources 

The use of anabolic steroids is a hot sports issue. It has implications for both professional players and for young athletes who feel that they won’t have a competitive edge without steroids or other performance enhancers. 

Despite media warnings about the risks of anabolic steroids—which include fertility problems, potentially irreversible masculine traits in females and breast enlargement in males, toxic effects on the liver and cardiovascular system, arrested growth, and damaging psychiatric side effects—young athletes keep taking them. According to surveys, 6.1% of students nationwide had taken oral or injected steroids without a doctor’s prescription at least once. The motivation to use steroids often comes from peer pressure, and in some cases, an athlete's own internal desire to achieve athletic greatness. In addition, some teenagers simply want to look better.

To see ATSNJ resources on steroid use prevention and detection visit:   http://atsnj.org/tags/steroids

 

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