Archive | September, 2011

News – MTSU’s AT Robbie Stewart nominated for Courage Award!

29 Sep

Middle Tennessee State University’s athletic trainer Robbie Stewart and football player Shane Blissard  have been nominated for the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl FWAA Courage Award!

Stewart and his staff helped save Blissard from a life-threatening injury during spring practice, and Blissard returned to the field this season. Blissard suffered a ruptured spleen, bruised kidney, a broken rib and a pneumothorax.  Due to Stewart’s diligent monitoring of Blissard and quick recognition of the seriousness of the injury, Blissard has made a full recovery and is playing football again.

Congratulations Robbie on a job well done!


News – Athletic Trainer Kevin Guskiewicz Receives MacAurthur Grant!

22 Sep

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, has been awarded the prestigious MacAurthur Foundation Grant for his ongoing research on concussions.  The “Genius Grant” of $500,000 will help fund his research for the next 5 years.  Kevin has helped to write the Position Statement on Concussions for the NATA and the ACSM.  He also has performed research on NFL players and the correlation between concussions and early cognitive changes.

Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Review Online sums his work up nicely: Continue reading

Follow Up – Why ATs are needed

20 Sep

On August 31, 2011, I wrote this blog entry highlighting an unfortunate situation in Nokesville, VA.  In the entry I wrote:

The sad realization is this, that if a experienced athletic trainer was managing this football player’s concussion I firmly believe this young man would be alive today.  If the parents were instructed about cocoon therapy properly, then this young man may be a freshman in college today.  But, only 42% of this countries high schools provide an AT for their athletes!  We need to change this or there will be more sad stories, more grieving parents, more schools who will lose a bright student and a vibrant member of their community.

My blog entry was missing some major information – there was an athletic trainer present at the game.  Several AT who know the inside story not revealed in the original article highlighted in my post, informed me of this important fact. Continue reading

A Sense of Community

13 Sep

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the area of PA where I live was deluged with the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  The timing of the storm couldn’t have been worse because just 10 days earlier, the outer bands of Hurricane Irene gave us 3-6″ of rain.  And from September 3-7 a low pressure system stalled over us giving us about 1-2 inches of rain every day.  So that meant that Lee’s 6-12″ of rain was falling on completely saturated soil.  There was simply no place for the water to go. Continue reading

News – Athletic Trainers Play Key Role in Friday Night Football

5 Sep

Alabama – Tom Smith, writer for the Times Daily, takes some time to highlight the unnoticed workhorses in thousands of high schools across the country – the athletic trainer.  The article takes the unique view point of several coaches who have gone without the services of an AT and now work for schools who provide the services of an athletic trainer.

Colbert Heights football coach Ivan Denton said he would hate to go back to the days when his coaching staff was responsible for the duties of an athletic trainer.

“I can remember what it was like before we had a trainer to do the taping and evaluating injuries,” Denton said. “Years ago I did it, and I could do it again. I just hope I don’t have to anymore.”
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Your eyes don’t deceive you –

5 Sep

I have revamped the blog with a new layout and a new logo.  I liked the old layout, but it was time for a change.   I hope you like the change.