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Eric LeGrand to speak at ATSNJ Annual Conference

The ATSNJ is proud to announce that this year's Keynote Lecture at the Annual Conference on March 2nd will feature former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, Rutgers Team Physician Dr. Robert Monaco, and Rutgers Athletic Trainer David McCune.

In October 2010, Rutgers University football star, Eric LeGrand, sustained a spinal cord injury at his C3 and C4 vertebrae during a fourth quarter play at MetLife Stadium. While the initial prognosis was grim, Eric demonstrated his titan strength by shattering all expectations for his recovery and rehabilitation. However, recovery was not enough.

With close to six million Americans living with some form of paralysis, including 1.3 million spinal cord injuries, Eric harnessed the national spotlight he attracted from his injury to give back to the community and inspire those living with and impacted by paralysis to bELieve.

 

Please click to read more about this exciting Keynote Lecture.

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.”

ATSNJ Continues to Raise Awareness for Juvenile Diabetes

In an effort to raise awareness of this disease, American Diabetes Month was established in November. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) holds an annual walk in various locations one month prior in an effort to raise funds, raise more awareness and bring those affected by diabetes together for one common cause.
 
According to the American Diabetes Association in 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes while a staggering 86 million Americans aged 20 and older who were diagnosed with prediabetes. Diabetes however does not only affect adults in the United States but also children and adolescents. About 208,000 Americans under the age of 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes.

 

Ranney School (Tinton Falls, NJ) Awarded NATA Safe Sports School 1st Team Award

Ranney School’s athletic program is starting the school-year on an impressive note, being named the fourth school in New Jersey to receive the Safe Sports School Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The award is given to schools that have outlined specific actions that will lead an already existing athletic program to the highest safety standard for its players.

Ranney School earned a 1st Team Award, which is given to schools that act on all of the recommended and required elements for safety standards (2nd Team Awards are granted to schools that have completed only the required elements; see more details below). “The health and well-being of our students is our priority in the Athletic Department,” says Ranney’s Athletic Trainer Neila Buday, LAT. “This award provides great affirmation for our school. We have the people, policies and protocols in place to provide the safest environment for our student–athletes.” Ranney received a banner of recognition for its 1st Team Award, which will soon be on display on campus.

Oratory Prep School (Summit, NJ) Awarded NATA Safe Sports School 1st Team Award

Oratory Prep is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its sports medicine program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
 
“Oratory Prep is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Mr. Bob Costello, Head of School at Oratory.
 
Physical activity is very important for our youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES. “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening.” Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today, he notes.
 
"Receiving this award is truly an honor." Said Oratory Prep Head Athletic Trainer Allan Parsells. "The Athletics Department as a whole works so diligently to keep our student-athletes safe and this award recognizes that fact."
 

Sad News - Passing of the First ATSNJ President

It is with a heavy heart that the ATSNJ announces the passing of Mr. James Rudd. James served as the first President of the ATSNJ. Rest in Peace.
 
To view his obituary, please click the following link:  http://bit.ly/1u5IuLn

Two ATSNJ Student Members Honored at NATA Annual Convention

Two student members of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey were selected to receive scholarships at the Pinky Newell Scholarship and Student Leadership Breakfast during the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Indianapolis.  The breakfast was held the morning of Saturday, June 28th in the JW Marriot. NATA and ATSNJ Hall of Fame member, Charlie Thompson, provided the Keynote Address.
 

J. Timothy Sensor of Scotch Plains named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

J. Timothy Sensor, ATC, of Scotch Plains, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2014 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recipients. Sensor, a resident of Scotch Plains, is a partner at Safe Sports Training Consultants, LLC in Totowa. He recently retired after 30 years from Kean University in Union, where he served as the chief athletic trainer.
 
The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. MDAT exclusively recognizes NATA members who have been involved in service and leadership activities at the national and district level.
 
This award acknowledges outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.
 

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