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Dr. Ian Armstrong, M.D., medical director of the Southern California Spine Institute, discusses AB-2127 – legislation restricting football practices in an attempt to decrease concussions among student athletes – and the importance of having qualified athletic trainers and physicians on the sidelines to help prevent and recognize concussions among high school football players with KGO San Francisco.
It may be the NFL offseason, but concussions are still top-of-mind. CATA Treasurer Ky Kugler, a professor of athletic training at Chapman University, discusses the severity and frequency of the common head injury with Inside Higher Ed‘s Academic Minute podcast.
CATA President Jason Bennett, DMA, associate professor and director of Chapman University’s Athletic Training Program, talks about the importance of athletic trainers, challenges in high school and youth programs, and licensure, in Chapman’s recent blog post.
Leadership Development Conference and Clinical Symposium
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 22-23, 2014
Hit-the-Hill, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Double Tree Hotel, Sacramento, CA
Program at a glance:
Students and young professionals: What to expect in the first years in the profession.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Highlights include: Evidence-based practice, special topics and learning labs
Monday, February 24, 2014
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual Hit the Hill event
It may only be August, but we are already feverishly preparing for the CATA State Symposium and Hit the Hill day on February 22–24, 2014 (Saturday-Sunday: Educational Symposium; Monday: Meet with the Legislators).
This year we will be back in Sacramento at our favorite venue, The Double Tree Hotel. If you or a quality presenter you know is interested in being on our speakers panel, please click here to find our official call for proposals. The deadline for submissions is October 1st, 2013.
Start making plans for Sacramento! It should be our biggest event yet!
Unfortunately, AB 864 has been put on suspense by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We do not know a specific reason why, but we believe the bill will remain on suspension for the rest of the year. The CATA governmental affairs committee is strategizing on next steps.
We want to thank all those who wrote letters, spoke or met with legislators, and/or came to Sacramento to testify at our first hearing. Your voices were heard at the time and will need to be heard again in the not too distant future. Keep the faith as we work to gain state regulation soon.
The Press Enterprise shares a story of Corona High School’s Nick Mynes, a senior who was playing in his last football game and showing suspicious signs of head trauma.
Congratulations to Eli Hallak, CATA member and the director of St. Francis’ sports medicine program, who developed the National High School Sports Medicine Championships, covered in Glendale News-Press.
The Daily Breeze sat down with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss the concussion epidemic in America and asked CATA member Eli Hallack to weigh in on the issue as well.
Tommy and Beth Mallon understand the importance of having a certified athletic trainer on-site at all times during athletic activities – they credit CATA member Riki Kirchhoff with saving Tommy’s life after a benign-looking hit during a lacrosse game sent Tommy to the ground. Now, the mother-son duo have started a national program called Athletes Saving Athletes which teaches student athletes basic life-saving skills that could be used to help their friends out on the field.