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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 2013 athletic training month at http://atsnj.org/tags/tip-day

Remember to continue to promote sports safety everyday and that

"We've Got Your Back"

 

What is an Athletic Trainer - ATSNJ

This video was created by Montclair State University's Chelsea Davis as a tribute to Athletic Training for National Athletic Training Month. The video features individuals from the general public, Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers from all over New Jersey, and athletes who work closely with Athletic Trainers.

2014 ATSNJ Promotional Video

The ATSNJ has developed a 30 second promotional video as part of the National Athletic Training Month initiative.  The video features Allan Parsells, Mike Prybicien, and John Furtado.  This video will be playing in 3 movie theaters across the state of NJ (Garden State in Paramus, Bridgewater Commons 7 in Bridgewater, and Cross Keys Cinema 14 in Turnersville).  The video will play before each movie showing on all screens within the theaters from March 7th to April 4th.  Please feel free to share this video as it promotes athletic training, not just athletic training in NJ.  #NATM2014

ATSNJ Members "Hit the Hill"

We have exciting news on the legislative front! Just prior to last week's Capitol Hill Day event in Washington, D.C., Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced Senate Resolution 372 to the Senate. S.Res. 372 endorses NATA's goals and ideals for a Secondary School Student Athletes' Bill of Rights and encourages schools to develop and adopt best practices and standards to prevent and address student athlete injuries.

Read more including photos here.

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

 

National Athletic Training Month ATSNJ Video Contest 2014

Voting is now open for the 2014 ATSNJ National Athletic Training Month video contest.

Montclair State University and Rowan University have produced great videos.  The winner will be decided by you. So vote for your favorite video today!

  • The focus of the video was the value of an athletic trainers and the National Athletic Training Month Slogan, "We've Got Your Back"
  • The target audience for the video was the general public.
  • The student group that wins will receive a $200 gift card from the ATSNJ for their student program.
  • Voting will be open through 10pm EST on March 31, 2014.

To vote, visit:     2014 ATSNJ Student Video Contest

 

 

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