A4IA Blog

The Season of Gratitude


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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)


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


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


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?


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

Sports Medicine Primer: Recognizing Sickle Cell Trait versus Exertional Heat Illness


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

Ssubi is Hope Supports Local Athletic Trainers and Athletes


A few months ago, I took the opportunity to volunteer some time on a Saturday morning at Ssubi is Hope. It started out as just another opportunity to take some time out of my sched... read more

Our Priority is Your Protection - Protecting Athletic Trainers to Protect Your Athlete


I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mike West, ATC, former President, California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) regarding pending federal and state legislatio... read more

Reflections From the Izu Trail Journey


A4IA supporters Dan Squiller and Steve Jurman were in Japan to run the Izu Trail Journey, a 72K ultra marathon. This journey was one of both personal challenge and professional awa... read more

A4IA Spreads Sports Safety Message in Japan


Steve Jurman and Dan Squiller, running partners and A4IA/ASA supporters will be spreading A4IA’s message to Japan by wearing their ASA swag when participating in the Izu Trai... read more

Teacher Survives Sudden Cardiac Arrest Thanks to Quick Actions of Athletic Trainer and Fans


It was a Friday in September at Francis Parker School and the football game was in full swing. Athletic trainer Niki Dehner heard her name being yelled from the stands and she turn... read more

UC San Diego Health Sports Medicine Partners with San Diego Unified School District to Support New Athletic Training Initiative


I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Kevin Messey, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES, Athletic Trainer, UC San Diego Health Sports Medicine, to talk about the wide range of sports me... read more