Archive | January, 2011

Public Relations – What is stopping you?

31 Jan

In this series of blog entries, I will relate from my own experiences what prevented me from participating in opportunities to promote the profession of athletic training.  It has taken me some time to grasp what it means to promote the profession and to become aware of public relations.  I always sat and wished that the NATA would do more for ATs when it came to PR, but now I realize that I am the NATA and I can do something for PR.  It is not up to “them” to promote the profession, it is up to “us”!  Be proactive and take a chance to promote the profession!

Part 1 – Myopia

Myopia is also known as near sightedness.  Simply put myopia is  good vision of what is close to you but blurry vision of things in the distance.  In this analogy, myopia is referring to being caught up in the present and not being able to see the big picture.  You can’t see the forest for the trees. Continue reading

News – NFL’s only female ATC headed to Super Bowl

31 Jan

Pittsburgh, PA – Ariko Iso is the first and only female ATC in the NFL and she is headed to the Super Bowl!

Each day is a dream-come-true for the 1993 Oregon State alum. Iso, 40, is the first and only full-time female athletic trainer in the NFL.

Her struggle in her field was just as difficult as the players. So these moments are cherished.

“Everybody on this team works for the same thing, including the equipment guys, the scouts,” Iso said. “Everyone works for this moment. Our part is so small, but we’ll do anything for the players and coaches. It’s their stage, but we are happy to be part of it.” Continue reading

News – ATC Revives Ref with AED

30 Jan

Sioux Falls, SD – O’Gorman High School’s athletic trainer, Rochelle Lauret, quickly identified cardiac arrest suffered by Dan Sudbeck at half time of a girls’ basketball game, 1/27/2011.  When she first responded, Dan was unresponsive and had no pulse.  She quickly applied the AED which shocked his heart back into rhythm on the first shock.  By the time the ambulance arrived, Dan was reported to actually be alert, talking and giving Rochelle a medical history!

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News – PA State Legislature Aims to Improve Concussion Management

28 Jan

Harrisburg, PA – I am an ATC in the great state of PA, living just outside of Hershey, PA (yes, it often smells like chocolate!).  I am involved with the PA Athletic Trainer’s Society (PATS) and truly believe that PA is ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to athletic training services to high school student athletes.  According to PATS, 86% of PIAA athletes have access to athletic training services compared to 45% across the country.  In my PIAA District, there are 120 schools and 132 athletic trainers covering 90+ schools.  Only 2 public schools in the PIAA District don’t employ the services of an AT.  The other 20+ schools that don’t provide daily AT access are small private schools with very few students and a handful of varsity teams.  PA also boasts the most accredited athletic training degree programs in the country.  I envision the day when what we provide in PA is the norm across the country! Continue reading

News – What it takes to get to the Super Bowl

28 Jan

Pella, Iowa – What does it take to make it to the Super Bowl as an athletic trainer?  A feature story on Nate Weir lets you know the hours that he has put in as an intern, as a student-athlete and a student athletic trainer at Central College in Iowa.

Dutch men’s soccer coach Garry Laidlaw saw many of the same NFL-caliber qualities in Weir, who later earned a master’s degree from California University (Pa.).

“There’s no question Nate was always a very committed individual,” Laidlaw says. “He worked as hard as anybody in the program and applied that work ethic to life away from the soccer pitch as well. So I’m not surprised he’s doing so well. I’m really happy for him.” Continue reading

News Article – College Football Must Change

27 Jan

CBS Sports – A recent article clearly illustrates the role of athlete advocate that ATs often play.  Since 2000, 19 college football players have died while performing football related training.  Notice, no deaths have occurred on the playing field or the practice field.  No deaths have occurred as a direct result of legal or illegal hits sustained during play.  All these deaths occurred at NCAA institutions in the off-season!

In the article, Scott Anderson, head athletic trainer at Oklahoma State, is quoted and his role Continue reading

News – Athletic Trainers’ Opinion on Rhabdomyolosis

27 Jan

Moline, IA – Athletic trainers are experts in the field of athletic injury and illness.  Recently, several University of Iowa football players were sent to the hospital after intense exercise sessions resulted in rhabdomyolosis.  Since few people know what this condition is, a news writer contact 2 athletic trainers for their expertise in sports medicine.

“It’s not pretty,” said Vince Fedorowich, the head athletic trainer with the Quad-City Mallards hockey team. Fedorowich said he has not seen a diagnosed case of rhabdomyolysis, but does have experience with extreme dehydration in athletes.

To reach that point, the athletes must do intense exercise in a short period of time, such as 100 squats very quickly or blistering through a typical weight room workout with the weights set at the highest level, he said.

Brent Yotty, a trainer for Moline High School, said rhabdomyolysis might come about after extreme exercise of a specific muscle group. It also might be related to muscle supplements, he said.


The Athletic Trainer’s Skill Set – Part 4, Administration

27 Jan

The typical athletic trainer has a diverse skill set that they must constantly develop and hone.  This series of blog entries will seek to focus on the skill set that most athletic trainers possess in order to effectively do their job in the traditional setting.  Collectively, this skill set makes the AT a very valuable resource to the athletes, coaches and administration that they serve.

Part 4 – Administration (Collection of PPEs)

Athletic trainers can be responsible for many aspects of athletic administration.  Among these responsibilities are collection of Pre-Participation Physicals (PPEs), documentation of physicals and development of health and safety policies.  If these duties are not performed, the institution can be held legally liable for many situations that could arise.  Continue reading

News – In the Training Room at Valparaiso U.

27 Jan

Valparaiso, IN – The work of head athletic trainer at Valparaiso Rod Moore is highlighted in this behind the scenes look at athletic training.

It’s 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon — and it’s a madhouse in the training room at Valparaiso’s Athletics-Recreation Center. Men’s basketball players, women’s basketball players, soccer players, football players, track runners and throwers — they’re all stuffed in here. Continue reading

News – ATs Vital to Athletes’ Health

26 Jan

Twin Falls, ID – The title of this article wraps up piece nicely: “Athletic trainers vital to athletes’ health, but in short supply in Magic Valley“.

In the article, the author pens:

Simply put, athletic trainers play a vital role in Continue reading