Sports Safety

Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Applauds January Award Winners

January has been an exciting month for Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) members. The month witnessed, certified, associate and student members alike bring recognition to the society for their outstanding work in the field of sports safety. Earlier this month, ATSNJ member Michael Prybicien (Henry Schein Award), student member Haley Anderson (HARTMANN USA Sports Medicine Scholarship), and longtime supporter of New Jersey athletic training Dr. R. Robert Franks, D.O. (Dr. David G.

Update on NJSIAA Wrestling Skin Checks


UPDATE 12/17/2015, 12:30pm - Response from the NJSIAA regarding the new Wrestling Skin Check Procedures.

"At this time, with the season now upon us, we will hold of for now on having Athletic Trainers perform skin checks at weigh in prior to a wrestling match. For this season, skin checks according to the rule previously stated will be performed by the referee assigned to the match."

ATSNJ Announces Dr. Timothy Hosea Team Physician Award

On August 9, 2015 the profession of athletic training lost a great friend, colleague and mentor, when Dr. Timothy Hosea tragically passed away suddenly. The ATSNJ in a showing of gratitude for all of his years of service and mentorship to the profession of Athletic Training is proud to announce the creation of the Dr. Timothy Hosea Team Physician Award. The first recipient of the award will be honored during the ATSNJ’s Annual Award Ceremony on March 6 2016. “Dr.

Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ) Awarded 1st Team NATA Safe Sports School Award

Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ) is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 1st Team Safe Sports School award for its Falcons' athletic program. The award champions safety, recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student-athletes, and reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

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.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (NJ) Athletic Trainer Saves the Life of a Spectator

                On April 28, 2015, Laura Friedman was preparing for a lacrosse game at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School like she would any other game. Laura, the school’s Athletic Trainer, was conferring with her coaches at mid field while the team warmed up for their game when she saw a group of people moving quickly in the stands. Upon scanning the area, Laura noticed a gentleman lying supine on the ground near the bleachers. Without hesitation she and the 3 lacrosse coaches ran to the area.

Diabetes in play: High school athletes don’t let it stop them

At a camp three years ago when he was 12, wrestler Zach McCauley’s blood sugar level dropped. He says he hadn’t passed out yet, but was dozing in a corner. The coaches hadn’t shared the information McCauley had diabetes, and one saw him “sleeping.”
“One of the coaches started throwing Post-it notes at me, saying, ‘This isn’t nap time!’ But my brother was there, and he said, ‘He’s a diabetic, he’s not napping.’” They ran to get the athletic trainer, who gave him juice immediately. He felt better quickly, spared from going unconscious.

New Jersey First State To Require Cardiac Screenings For All Kids Under 19

New Jersey will soon be the first state in the nation to require health professionals to look for heart disease in young people during physical exams.
As CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported, right now, only student athletes are required to undergo cardiac screenings before playing organized sports. But concerns about sudden cardiac issues have broadened the requirement.
A genetic heart disorder took the lives of five members of Lisa Salberg’s family. Her sister, Lori, died at the young age of 36, and her father also died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – or HCM.

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

March 30 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Sports, Exercise, and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism