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March 11 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

When athletic shoes should be replaced depends upon amount of usage, signs of wear and age of the shoe. The four main components of an athletic that can break down or wear out: outer sole, midsole, heel counter and shank or cut out area of the shoe.

When do you replace athletic shoes?

  1. After 300-500 miles of running or walking, 45-60 hours of basketball, aerobic dance or tennis.
  2. Shows signs of unevenness when placed on flat surface.
  3. Display noticeable creasing.

Even without use shoes can “wear out”. Depending upon the environment the shoes are kept in; the outsole, midsole and some of the upper materials can dry out and not function optimally.  Therefore, it is best to replace athletic shoes that are over a year old whether they are worn out or not.

Replacing athletic shoes when necessary maybe costly in the short term, but will prevent injuries and keep you active in “the long run”.

March 10 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

As a follow up to yesterday's resource.

Proper eye protection can help reduce the number and the severity of eye injuries. The correct protective eyewear should dissipate a potentially harmful force over a large area. In some sports it may be necessary to integrate helmets with face and eye protection.  The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) has established performance standards for selected eyewear in racquet sports, baseball, basketball , women's lacrosse, field hockey and alpine skiing.

Protective eyewear is often made of polycarbonate, a highly impact-resistant plastic capable of absorbing ultraviolet light. Polycarbonate lenses are available in both prescription and non prescription eyewear protection.

Recommendations for Protective Eyewear

2-mm polycarbonate lenses in normal street wear frames (for athletes who need corrective lenses and are involved in low-risk sports).

Sports frames with a 3-mm polycarbonate lens (for athletes participating in moderate- to high-risk sports). Eye protection should be used by athletes who wear contact lenses and by those who do not need corrective lenses. The athlete with refractive errors should wear prescription polycarbonate lenses.

March 9 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

 Sports Related Eye Injuries

Sports and recreational activities are becoming increasingly popular and account for more than 40,000 eye injuries each year in the United States. About 90 percent of sports-related ocular injuries are considered preventable. Athletes should be educated by athletic trainers and physicians about proper eye and facial protection and encouraged to use protective devices.

Thirty percent of eye injuries among children younger than 16 years are sports related. Basketball, water sports, baseball, and racquet sports account for most injuries. Among young persons five to 14 years of age, baseball is most frequently associated with an eye injury.

Eye injuries in sports can include but are not limited to corneal  abrasions, blunt trauma injuries and penetrating injuries.  

Signs and Symptoms that Require Immediate Referral

Sudden decrease in or loss of vision

Loss of field of vision

Pain on movement of the eye

Sensitivity to light

March 8 Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, each year.

During March, in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the ATSNJ is continuing to take steps to increase awareness about brain injuries, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, while reducing the stigma for persons who seek care.

To read and/or print out our head injury information sheet visit: http://www.atsnj.org/documents/pdf/ATSNJ_HeadInjuryInfo.pdf

For additional concussion resources visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/concussion



March 6 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Proper Hydration for Exercise

Maintaining proper fluid balance is essential for every athlete since small levels of dehydration can negatively impact performance.  Not getting enough fluids, high humidity or environmental temperature can interfere with the body’s ability to maintain a normal temperature.  During most activities, adequate water intake can help prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion.  However, during endurance events or activities greater than 60 minutes, a sports drink with carbohydrates provides fuel for the nervous and muscular systems, and may enhance performance.  During multiple daily workouts and very long endurance events (e.g. ultra marathon) in which sweat losses are high, carbohydrate and electrolyte (e.g. sodium, potassium) intake is required.

Quick Hydration Tips:

2 hours prior to exercise:   24 ounces of water

15 minutes prior to exercise: 8-16 ounces of water

During exercise:   4-8 ounces every  15 -20 minutes

After exercise: for every pound of weight loss, replace with 2- 3 cups of fluid


March 5 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Prepare Guidelines For Emergency Planning and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) ) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. To manage SCD during athletic practices and competitions, many health-related organizations have issued management guidelines.

In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, the strongest determinate of survival is the time from cardiac arrest to defibrillation. Access to defibrillation within three to five minutes is essential. Each minute lost reduces the chance of survival by approximately 10 percent. Increased training and the practicing of emergency action plans will help rescuers correctly identify sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and prevent critical delays in beginning resuscitation. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to athletes, officials, team staffs and spectators alike. It’s vital that comprehensive emergency planning, management and preparations are in place to ensure a timely and efficient response to SCA.

To see more information visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/cardiac


March 1 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The 2015 theme is "We Prepare, You Perform".

  • An estimated 1.4 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations occur annually among U.S. high school student athletes participating in practices or competitions in 2006, according to the Center for Disease Control.
  • 62% of sports related injuries occur during practices, according to Safe Kids USA
  • 75 % of all school-related spinal cord injuries occur during sports activities according to a 2007 study by the American Academy of Neurology.
  • 15% of high school sports injuries were classified as severe by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons according to a 2008 study
  • More than 5% of high school athletes are concussed each year from collision and contact sports according Journal of Athletic Training
  • 41% of concussed high school athletes returned to competition too soon according to the American Academy of Neurology

Athletic trainers are highly skilled licensed health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians and are uniquely qualified to specialize in providing health care to the physically active population.  

For more information on how  "We Prepare, You Perform", visit:  http://atsnj.org/page/Information-about-athletic-trainers


Two New Jersey Athletic Trainers Team Up to Save the Life of a Spectator

                On January 30, 2015, David Csillan, Head Athletic Trainer with Ewing High School and Tammy Osterhout, Assistant Athletic Trainer with Rancocas Valley High School were taking in their respective team’s game at the Jeff Coney Classic Tournament. David decided to travel to the game that night, which is not something he ordinarily does. Tammy was working the game as the host site Athletic Trainer. Following the game, Ewing High School Athletic Director Bud Kowal ran into the Blue Devils’ locker room. He told Csillan that he was needed in the stands.
                Upon arrival, Mr. Csillan found an elderly gentleman lying on his back and lodged between the bleachers. Those spectators who were around the man informed David that the spectator had suffered a seizure. David instructed Mr. Kowal to inform Ms. Osterhout of the situation has he performed his initial evaluation. Mr. Csillan noticed that the individual was breathing and moving his head a small amount. As Ms. Osterhout made her way to the location of the incident, Mr. Csillan supported the victims head. Ms. Osterhout arrived within seconds of being summoned and the two Athletic Trainers determined that the victim needed to be moved from his location in the bleachers to the court. With assistance from those around them, the victim was picked up and brought down to the court.

Washington Twp. High School’s Tanya Dargusch Selected for Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

Washington Township High School head athletic trainer Tanya Dargusch was chosen by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) as one of their 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award winners. Dargusch joins 17 colleagues from across the nation who will be honored with the award this June at the NATA convention in St. Louis.
“I have always said Tanya Dargusch is the best athletic trainer in the state of New Jersey, but now I will have to say she is the best in the nation,” WTHS Director of Athletics Kevin Murphy said. “Our school district is proud of Tanya’s efforts on behalf of all our students. She is a professional who consistently goes above and beyond the scope of her job to provide the best care for our student-athletes. We are happy to share this moment with her.”

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.”


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