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Helmetless Tackling Training (HuTT): Training Designed to Minimize Head Impacts

01.20.20

To play or not to play? This continues to be the question for many parents with children who participate in contact sports known for a higher risk of concussions.  It is not j... read more


What Makes Reliable Information and How Do I Fact Check It

12.21.19

Each time I post a blog I work hard to provide research articles and other sources that are reliable. With the increasing ease of finding and creating knowledge it’s getting ... read more


Entry-Level Degree for Athletic Trainers to Transition to a Master's Degree

10.29.19

Athletic training (AT) education is transitioning to a graduate level (master’s) degree for all future entry-level athletic trainers. Some programs have already transitioned whil... read more


E-Cigarette Use a Trend for Athletes and Non-athletes Alike

08.27.19

Technically known as electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS), they are more commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vape pens or vape sticks[1]. The process of smoking e-... read more


May is Mental Health Month and How’s Your Health?

05.19.19

If someone asked you, “How’s your health?”, do you even consider your mental health? Or, do you automatically think about your physical health? Complete health and wellness e... read more


License California Athletic Trainers: An Open Letter to Governor Newsome and California Legislature

04.22.19

I’d like to start with a story that speaks to every parent’s worst fear.“By mid-afternoon on August 1, 2017, the temperature in Stockton, Calif. was at least 105 degrees. Thi... read more


Athletes and Plant-Based Nutrition

01.26.19

For years, most athletes believed it impossible to eat a plant-based diet and be successful, especially at the elite level. Eating a plant-based diet has gained more popularity in ... read more


The Season of Gratitude

11.23.18

I’m sitting here writing this month’s blog thinking, “I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone.” With that in mind, I thought I’d do somet... read more


New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute (NHMI) Continues as ASA Approved Provider

10.13.18

The NHMI is dedicated to advancing knowledge in musculoskeletal care and sports medicine and to promoting and providing a safe sports environment for athletes. As part of that... read more


CDC Presents Pediatric mTBI Guidelines

09.23.18

Whether you call it a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), just don’t call it “getting your bell rung.” In some ways what we know about concussions... read more


Public Health Spotlight: Food Insecurity

08.12.18

Each month as I write this blog I work to highlight issues and ideas that I think will be appreciated by a wide range of readers – athletic trainers, parents, athletes and at... read more


Athlete Safety Legislation Progressing in Sacramento

07.15.18

Back in February A4IA posted a summary of the latest progress on AT licensure in California.  At that time, titled, AB 1510, was stalled in committee when the bill needed a ne... read more


Sports Medicine Primer: Lyme Disease

05.16.18

This month's focus is on Lyme disease, or better yet the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, typically carried by ticks.  It is very likely that living in California Lyme disea... read more


Caffeine as a Dietary Supplement Halted by FDA

04.22.18

Caffeine has been a topic of this blog previously as part of a conversation about the safety energy drinks for teens. Caffeine is back in the news again, declared illegal in bulk q... read more


Compassionate Care for All: Including Ourselves

03.10.18

March is National Athletic Training Month. This year’s tagline, “compassionate care for all” highlights how athletic trainers are expected to provide care to pati... read more


Licensing Athletic Trainers in California: Will 2018 be the Year?

02.11.18

CURRENT STATUS OF AT LICENSURE IN CALIFORNIA: It’s a new year and it’s a new attempt to gain licensure for athletic trainers in California. AB 1510 had made it to commi... read more


Sports Medicine Primer: Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)

10.24.17

THE BACTERIUM: Staphylococcus aureus is a natural bacterium in human hosts that can also cause a broad spectrum of disease. Populations that are reported to have increased risk of ... read more


Getting Through: As published in T&C

09.30.17

This month I had the privilege of writing about Advocates for Injured Athletes and the Athletes Saving Athletes(TM) education program for the trade publication, Training & Cond... read more


Health & Safety Policy Rankings for High School Athletics: A Closer Look

08.21.17

The Korey Stringer Institute recently released results of a study that was designed “to provide an assessment of the implementation of health and safety policies pertaining t... read more


Fall Sport Pre-Season is Starting Soon – Are you Ready?

07.30.17

Disclaimer: The content contained in this blog is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or trea... read more