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Two ATSNJ Student Members Honored at NATA Annual Convention

Two student members of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey were selected to receive scholarships at the Pinky Newell Scholarship and Student Leadership Breakfast during the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Indianapolis.  The breakfast was held the morning of Saturday, June 28th in the JW Marriot. NATA and ATSNJ Hall of Fame member, Charlie Thompson, provided the Keynote Address.
 

Selecting a Concussion Educator: Robb Rehberg Thinks Athletic Trainers Best Suited For The Role

With youth sports concussion safety laws in place in all 50 states, increased public awareness about concussions, and growing concern about the long-term effect of repetitive head impacts, the demand for concussion education, not just for parents, coaches, and athletes, but for health care professionals, such as primary care physcians and emergency room doctors, as well is at an all-time high, and promises to go even higher in the coming years.
 
But who should sports programs - whether school-based or independently run - hire to educate athletes, coaches, and parents about concussions? What kind of training, education and experience should they have?
 
We decided to ask a number of leading concussion educators.  First up is Robb Rehberg, Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.
 
MomsTEAM: Tell us a little bit about your training and education that prepared you to be a concussion educator?
 
Rehberg: My first lessons in dealing with concussion came during my days playing footbal in high school. Since that time, concussions have always been an area of interest for me. I'm an athletic trainer by trade, and my undergraduate degree is in athletic training. I also earned a PhD in Health Science Education and Research, which has helped me not only understand the research, but be able to present it to various groups in a way that is easily understood.
 

J. Timothy Sensor of Scotch Plains named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

J. Timothy Sensor, ATC, of Scotch Plains, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2014 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recipients. Sensor, a resident of Scotch Plains, is a partner at Safe Sports Training Consultants, LLC in Totowa. He recently retired after 30 years from Kean University in Union, where he served as the chief athletic trainer.
 
The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. MDAT exclusively recognizes NATA members who have been involved in service and leadership activities at the national and district level.
 
This award acknowledges outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.
 

President Obama Announces NATA/NFL Collaboration

The NATA, in collaboration with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society, will support a national initiative to place athletic trainers in underserved high schools in NFL markets during the 2014 football season. The National Football League Foundation and NFL teams will provide $1 million, with NATA adding another $125,000, to improve the health and welfare of those student athletes. President Barack Obama announced this initiative during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, DC, this morning.

 
“I’m proud to announce a number of new partnerships and commitments from the people in this room that are going to help us move the ball forward on this issue,” Obama said. “… The NFL is committing $25 million of new funding over the next three years to test strategies like creating health and safety forums for parents, and they’re building on the program piloted by my own Chicago Bears to get more [athletic] trainers at high school games.”
 
The White House released a fact sheet about the event that further detailed our collaboration with the NFL:

Athletic Trainers Play Huge Behind-the-Scenes Role With Athletes

Hanley Ramirez stopped himself in mid-sentence.

The Dodgers shortstop didn’t want to discredit anybody, just praise the man responsible for pulling his career out of a confounding decline.

Had he never encountered Stan Conte, Ramirez’s surgically repaired shoulder likely would have landed him somewhere other than the verge of his first eight-figure contract.

Upon arrival via trade from the Miami Marlins in 2012, his status as a franchise player was seemingly slipping away. Ramirez credits the Dodgers head athletic trainer for his restoration.

“The difference was, shoot, he (Conte) knew what he was doing,” Ramirez said. “He knew what I needed to get back on that level that I was playing. Rehabbing is everything.”

Athletic trainers are at the center of a web stretched thin between athletes, coaches and front offices, to name a few. They don’t sign checks or fill out lineup cards, but make no mistake, trainers make daily judgment calls with championship ripple effects.

Injuries define the careers of some athletes. (Athletic) Trainers are largely to thank for those who don’t carry that label.

While surgeons like Dr. James Andrews, who operated on Ramirez, and Dr. Robert Watkins have risen to fame in the sports world by transforming career-ending injuries into routine repairs, even they point to the team (athletic) trainers’ realm as the crux of recovery.

Surgery lasts hours. Rehabilitation sometimes can’t be contained to months.

ATSNJ’s Crisis Committee: Here to Help NJ Athletic Trainers Through Tough Times

With the recent increase in catastrophic events during athletic participation, the need for Certified Athletic Trainers has never been higher. Having a qualified health care professional like an Athletic Trainer on the sidelines and available to student athletes is the first step in assuring the health and safety of athletes. With that being said, catastrophic events will continue to happen and Athletic Trainers will continue to be the first individuals to respond. These events can have a major effect on the psychological health of the athlete, parents, teammates, coaches and the responding Athletic Trainer. Having this in mind, the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey has created a Crisis Committee whose mandate is to help Athletic Trainers within New Jersey cope with catastrophic events.
 
The Crisis Committee is composed of Certified Athletic Trainers who have been trained in Psychological First Aid, Post Traumatic Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress Management.  Currently the team members provide peer-to -peer support for athletic trainers who have been involved with a critical incident, emergency or extenuating event. 
 

ACL Knee Injuries - An Ounce of Prevention is Priceless

Nearly a quarter of a million anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur each year in North America in athletes who participate in high demand sports such as soccer, football, and basketball.
 
A major injury prevention position statement released today by the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (CJSM) (www.cjsportmed.com) concludes that youth soccer players and their coaches can significantly decrease the incidence of ACL injuries by incorporating neuromuscular training (NMT) into their warm-up routines. NMT involves doing specific agility and strength training activities.  NMT should be incorporated into routine practices and warm ups and should begin, at the very latest, in the early teenage years. "These warm up exercises, carried out correctly, will keep the athletes on the field instead of in our offices", states Dr. Cathy Campbell, co-author of the new position statement and team doctor for the Canadian women's soccer team.
 

Study Calls for More Access to On-site Athletic Trainers to Properly Assess Injuries

Basketball is a popular high school sport in the United States with 1 million participants annually. A recently published study by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital is the first to compare and describe the occurrence and distribution patterns of basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments and the high school athletic training setting among adolescents and teens.
 
The study, published online in the Journal of Athletic Training, examined data relating to adolescents 13-19 years of age who were treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) from 2005 through 2010 and those treated in the high school athletic training setting during the 2005-2006 through the 2010-2011 academic years for an injury associated with basketball. Nationally, 1,514,957 patients with basketball-related injuries were treated in EDs and 1,064,551 were treated in the athletic training setting.
 
The study found that in general, injuries that are more easily diagnosed and treated, such as sprains/strains, were more likely to be treated onsite by an athletic trainer while more serious injuries, such as fractures, that require more extensive diagnostic and treatment procedures were more commonly treated in an ED.
 

2014 Boston Marathon Athletic Trainers Just Did Their Jobs

Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Medical workers help U.S. runner Shalane Flanagan after crossing the finish line during the 2014 Boston Marathon.

What they wanted Monday wasn't all that different from what the 36,000 people running toward them wanted. The 230 athletic trainers and their students working at the Boston Marathon yearned to finish the race and to do their best.

 

The Food Bank of NJ Names the ATSNJ Student Committee as the Division 1 Winner of the 2013 Students Change Hunger Food Drive

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Student Committee helped families in need this past winter by donating toys and games to Toys for Tots at local collection centers and canned foods to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside. As both events were a huge success with hundreds of toys donated, the food drive was an astounding endeavor by the student committee.  Each of the state’s five accredited athletic training programs (Rowan University, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, Kean University and William Paterson University) donated a combined total of 2,376 lbs of food! Due to this tremendous effort, the Food Bank of NJ named the ATSNJ Student Committee as the Division 1 Winner of the 2013 Students Change Hunger Food Drive.
 
The student committee was presented with this award during the business meeting at the Annual ATSNJ conference on April 7, 2014.
 
“Even the smallest amount of food donated can help but the amount donated by the student committee was an amazing effort.” says Laura Sodano, Hunger Action Coordinator. “It does not go unnoticed and is truly appreciated.”
 
“The fact that all five universities throughout the state were able to pull together truly shows the determination and caring spirit of ATSNJ and future athletic trainers.” says Michelle Lima, an athletic training student at Rowan University. “It goes to show that in times of need, there is always a helpful hand.”
 

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