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Female Athletic Trainers Making Strides

Alyssa Alpert, 26, is the head athletic trainer for the New York Cosmos. Photo courtesy of the New York Cosmos.

When she was in school studying to be an athletic trainer, Alyssa Alpert took a trip to Germany. There, she spent the day with FC Bayern Munich, and met with an athletic trainer working with the team.
"Walking to the training facility and looking over the pitch," Alpert said, "it was one of the most amazing things."
Alpert, now 26, has been named the head athletic trainer for the New York Cosmos, a legendary team that has been resurrected and is going into its second season in the North American Soccer League. The team was the league champ last season and trains at Mitchel Field in Uniondale.
Alpert is one of just a handful of women who have the head job for a professional men's team in any American sport. Bringing up that fact seems a little anachronistic. Are we still discussing this? Didn't women already break that barrier back when Alpert was watching "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?
Well, no.
"I think back when athletic training started, sports were predominantly male," Alpert said. "At that point you wanted a male athletic trainer working with a male team. And you'll still find schools that have a female athletic trainer for all the female teams and a male athletic trainer for all the male teams. The knowledge base is not gender-specific by any means.
"Now, if you walk into an athletic training program at a university you're going to find either equal male and female, or more women than men."

March 26 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Youth Sports Injury Prevention Suggestion

Here good document on sports safety recommendations.  While  mainly focused on Japan, there are some good pieces of information that are pertinent to sports safety in the United States. Particularly suggestions for reducing injuries and head injuries. There are also some good statistics as well.

Topics covered include:

  • Youth Sports Injury Prevention
  • The scope of the youth sports injury problem in the United States
  • Recommendation to prevent youth sports injuries

To read the entire https://coa.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/AaronLMillerUSAReportforMRIForCOA.pdf

ATSNJ Statement on the Passing of U.S.M.C. Lance Corporal Hector Gomez - Student Athletic Trainer at Kean University

It is with a heavy heart that the ATSNJ issues the following statement on the passing of a student athletic trainer at Kean University.
"Kean University mourns the loss of U.S.M.C. Lance Corporal Hector Gomez, a sophomore athletic training major, who died following a fatal car accident on March 9. Lance Corp. Gomez, 22, was serving his country in the United States Marines Corp Reserves out of Red Bank, N.J. Hector was a unique individual with a very strong desire to be an athletic trainer.  He had an excellent work ethic, and a strong commitment to his family, the Program and his country.  He will be missed." 

2014 ATSNJ Promotional Video

The ATSNJ has developed a 30 second promotional video as part of the National Athletic Training Month initiative.  The video features Allan Parsells, Mike Prybicien, and John Furtado.  This video will be playing in 3 movie theaters across the state of NJ (Garden State in Paramus, Bridgewater Commons 7 in Bridgewater, and Cross Keys Cinema 14 in Turnersville).  The video will play before each movie showing on all screens within the theaters from March 7th to April 4th.  Please feel free to share this video as it promotes athletic training, not just athletic training in NJ.  #NATM2014

March 24 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

As a follow up to yesterday tip of the day.  Here are some tips that may work for you as you try to avoid shin pain.

  • Increase stride rate to around 180 steps per minute. You can measure your stride rate by counting the number of times a single foot hits the ground in a minute, then multiplying by two.  180 is the rate that most top endurance runners have.  
  • Minimize the number of hard workouts. Running hard puts more strain on your shins.  Build up a slow mileage base until you beat shin pain.  At the very least, don’t run hard two days in a row.  Mix in very slow runs and off days to let your shins recover.
  • Run almost exclusively on soft trails, tracks, or treadmills. 
  • Wear the proper shoe for your feet.
  • Stretch before and after every run.

If shin pains does occur seek the appropriate medical attention fro evaluation and the proper treatment strategies.


March 23 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Shin Splints vs Stress Fractures

With spring track season now underway for over 3 weeks, in New Jersey, we thought it would be good to explain the difference between shin splints vs stress fractures of the lower leg.

A shin splint is an inflammation of the tissue running along the bone in the shin. Shin splints develop when the muscles and tissues tear due to the repeated pounding of running. This is usually caused by inflexible calf muscles in the back of the lower-leg, improper shoe choice, shoes that are not providing enough cushion, or ramping distance too quickly. A stress fracture is a very small crack or group of cracks that forms in the bone itself, similar to the white crease that would develop if you bent a credit card a few times.

The major difference in differentiating between a shin splint and a stress fracture is usually what we call “point tenderness”. With a shin splint, if you run your fingers along the shin, it will usually hurt all along the bone as you pass your fingers down the leg. With a stress fracture, there is usually one specific spot (or multiple spots) that hurts really badly. These spots are usually about the size of dime. The rest of the area will be much less tender.  In addition, people with stress fractures will also have pain with walking, sitting and even sometimes complain of pain that wakes them up from sleeping at night.

Stress fractures are much less common than shin splints. In most cases, a shin splint is a more likely explanation for shin pain, especially in new runners.

March 22 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

"High" Ankle Sprain vs a "Common" Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are common injuries. In fact, they are one of the most common injuries encountered in the United States. But what is the difference between a common ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain? And why do athletes with a high ankle sprain seem to be out for a longer period of time? The reason lies in the anatomy of the ankle and the different ligaments injured in a common vs. high ankle sprain. 

The ankle is made of three bones in the lower leg:  the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. These bones act together to form the ankle joint, which typically sustains loads three times a person’s body weight with normal daily activity. The soft tissues that surround the ankle allow for its stability and motion. The ligaments, in particular, stabilize the ankle. 

Common Ankle Sprains

March 21 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

MomsTeam has long advocated that parents have the right to expect that a certified athletic trainer (AT) is on staff. An AT is so important that he or she should be the next hire after the head coach.  According to a 2010 University of Michgan poll, two thirds of parents surveyed agree, supporting a requirement that high schools have an AT on site for practices and games.

To see a great video to see and understand the importance of hiring an athletic trainer visit:  http://www.atsnj.org/article/moms-team-every-school-should-have-athletic-trainer

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:
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



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