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The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

Posted by Athletic Edge on May 22, 2017 12:05:47 PM

Athletic trainers work hard and even more important, they are crucial to keep athletes in peak performance. Many athletic trainers are required to travel for work, often over state lines. What happens when an athletic trainer is in a different state where they are not licensed to practice? Medical liability insurance does not cover an athletic trainer when they cross state lines. Should the athletic trainer have to choose whether they treat their injured athletes or abandon the teams to whom they provide care for?

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Topics: Sports Medicine, athletic trainer

Tennis Elbow

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on Jan 4, 2016 12:41:18 PM

Lateral Epicondylopathy, or Tennis Elbow as it is commonly known, is the term used to describe a painful condition of the outside elbow. This pain usually occurs as a result of overuse of the tendons in your elbow, from repetitive motions of the arm and wrist.

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Topics: Sports Medicine, Tennis Elbow

Immediate Removal of Safety Gear After Injury? Experts Say Yes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Injuries on the field? A new standard by the National Athletic Trainers' Association is advising athletic trainers to immediately remove safety equipment such as helmets and shoulder pads when players have been injuried and a spinal cord injury is suspected. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine, Safety Gear, NATA, Spinal Cord Injuries

"Brains" Talking About Brains: Concussion Conference Promises Results

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Leading authorities on brain trauma recently took an unusual step in discussing improvements in the treatment of concussion, one of the most common sports injuries in both amateur and professional athletes: They invited the public to take part in the national discussion.

The recent "Concussion: A National Challenge" conference included members of the public such as entrepreneurs of concussion-related medical technology, medical students, researchers, athletic trainers and anyone with an interest in concussion (the conference was also publicly available via webstream).

The broad scope of the conference also set it apart, focusing on everything from concussion's microscopic effects on the brain to experts on real-life collisions that can lead to head injuries. 

As a result, it's hoped that conferences like these will result in better questions being asked and further collaboration among interested parties, including making an impact nationally with groups such as the NFL and NCAA.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

First Female Athletic Trainer in Club History Joins 49ers

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The San Francisco 49ers made history this spring when it hired the club's first-ever female athletic trainer.

Assistant athletic trainer Laura Schnettgoecke started her job in March without any fanfare, but according to the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society directory, she is only the third full-time female athletic trainer in NFL history.

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Topics: College Athletes, Student Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

Thinking Through Return to Play Decisions

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When do you keep an athlete on the bench and when do you put him or her back in the game? It can be a tough decision, one that has lifechanging implications for the athlete if he or she returns too soon. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Athletic Director, Student Athletes, Return to play, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

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