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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.

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

 

Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey's 2015 Presidential Award Winner Pushes For Added Athletic Trainers at Sporting Events

John Gallucci Jr., an athletic training professional regularly featured on "Health & Fitness" for his vast knowledge in athletic training/sports/injury prevention, has received the Athletic Trainers' Society Of New Jersey's 2015 Presidential Award, for his service and dedication to Athletic Training.

First a little bit about John Gallucci Jr... aside from running 10 JAG Physical Therapy locations in NJ and Manhattan, he also serves as the Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer. The Staten Island-native is also the former Head Trainer for the New York Red Bulls of MLS and served as a trainer in the Athletic Departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University. 

Receiving this award from his colleagues was an "unbelievable privilege" according to Gallucci, who talked about the change in the athletic training profession from years ago at the traditional level -- from high school, college and professional sports -- to how its evolved into the care of sports injury and illness for active people of all levels across the country, and discussed the need for it to evolve further.

March 7 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

 

Educating parents and coaches on how to help children avoid common sports-related injuries is a top priority for certified athletic trainers who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.

The Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) have created the following checklist to serve as a guide for parents, coaches, administrators and athletes to assure a safe and healthy environment; reduce the risk of injury or death; and in the event of injury, offer an effective emergency plan of action.

For more information visit: http://atsnj.org/article/atsnj-parenthigh-school-safety-checklist

 

 

March 5 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Prepare Guidelines For Emergency Planning and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) ) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. To manage SCD during athletic practices and competitions, many health-related organizations have issued management guidelines.

In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, the strongest determinate of survival is the time from cardiac arrest to defibrillation. Access to defibrillation within three to five minutes is essential. Each minute lost reduces the chance of survival by approximately 10 percent. Increased training and the practicing of emergency action plans will help rescuers correctly identify sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and prevent critical delays in beginning resuscitation. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to athletes, officials, team staffs and spectators alike. It’s vital that comprehensive emergency planning, management and preparations are in place to ensure a timely and efficient response to SCA.

To see more information visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/cardiac

 

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

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