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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 2013 athletic training month at http://atsnj.org/tags/tip-day

Remember to continue to promote sports safety everyday and that

"We've Got Your Back"

 

What is an Athletic Trainer - ATSNJ

This video was created by Montclair State University's Chelsea Davis as a tribute to Athletic Training for National Athletic Training Month. The video features individuals from the general public, Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers from all over New Jersey, and athletes who work closely with Athletic Trainers.

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

ATSNJ Members "Hit the Hill"

We have exciting news on the legislative front! Just prior to last week's Capitol Hill Day event in Washington, D.C., Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced Senate Resolution 372 to the Senate. S.Res. 372 endorses NATA's goals and ideals for a Secondary School Student Athletes' Bill of Rights and encourages schools to develop and adopt best practices and standards to prevent and address student athlete injuries.

Read more including photos here.

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

 

March 17 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

 

Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation

With the recent lightning strike incident of the the four members of the Seymour High School (Indiana) girls softball team, serving as a reminder of the danger of severe weather it is important that athletic programs being conducted outside be prepared.

To learn about the dangers of lightning, undertstand lightning-safety guidelines and the proper defintions safe structures and locations, and to advocate the proper prehospital care for lightning-strike victims. Read the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation:

http://atsnj.org/documents/pdf/NATA_Position_Statement_Lightning_Safety_for_Athletics.pdf

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 2014 theme is "We've Got Your Back".

  • 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've Got Your Back", visit:  http://atsnj.org/page/Information-about-athletic-trainers

Marlboro, NJ High School Athletic Trainer Saves the Life of a Spectator

It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon at Marlboro High School for Mark Bramble, the licensed athletic trainer for the Mustangs. He was preparing like any other afternoon for the days games, on this day it was Varsity and JV Girls’ Basketball against Middletown High School. He had prepared the gym, evaluated and treated many injuries and had prepared his athletes for competition using the many injury prevention techniques he is trained to do. Saving somebody’s life certainly wasn’t on his mind.     
 
But when a specatator suffered a cardiac episode in the stands at the basketball game, Mark put his years of training and education into action and turned a regular day into an unforgettable one. . “The first words out of everyone in the gym was, “Get the Athletic Trainer”. Said Dave Ryden, Athletic Director at Marlboro High School. “Within seconds of hearing that call, my Athletic Trainer, Mark Bramble responded to the scene, had 911 called and retrieved the AED. Mark, a nurse (that happened to be in the gym watching her daughter play), and I proceeded to perform CPR on this gentlemen until the paramedics arrived. Words cannot express enough the importance of having trained healthcare personnel as part of my athletic staff. Mark’s importance to the safety and well-being of the student-athletes and spectators is immeasurable, and he is irreplaceable.”
 

ATSNJ Wins NATA "Greatest State Impact" Public Relations Award

ATSNJ Public Relations Chairman Allan Parsells (left) accepts the NATA Greatest State Impact Public Relations Award from NATA District 2 Public Information Director Michael Prybicien

 
 
The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey was honored at the 2013 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Clinical Symposia by receiving the 2013 NATA “Greatest State Impact” Public Relations Award. This is the fourth consecutive year the ATSNJ has had this distinct honor. The award is given to the State Athletic Training Society that best exemplifies superior public relations effort during the month of March (National Athletic Training Month). The contest is open to every state association and efforts this year were nothing short of excellent. The ATSNJ had several initiatives during the month of March and worked diligently to promote the field of athletic training. The theme for this year’s NATM was “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer”.
 

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