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Local AT Represents Delaware at National Safety Conference
The 2016 Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport National Meeting was a great opportunity for representatives from all 50 states to get together to discuss health and safety best practices and policy change for improving and implementing safety in high school sports. The 2 day conference focused on mental health issues in the student-athlete, implementing policies for AEDs and emergency planning for sudden cardiac arrest, dealing with heat illness in our athletes, and getting athletic trainers in all schools. The speakers were impressive and engaging, and the breakout discussion sessions brought up many useful and thought provoking situations, scenarios, and solutions. From a Delaware perspective, I was proud to see that as a state, we have already implemented many of the policies that were being discussed, and Kevin Charles, our DIAA Executive Director, was one of the speakers.
Some specific "take home message" topics that I think many Delaware athletic trainer's could benefit from include:
-Reviewing their Emergency Action Plan(s) and incorporating the "Anyone Can Save a Life" program.
(Including, sharing with coaches and athletes that an AED is most beneficial when used within 3 minutes. Knowing where they are located, or having one with an athletic trainer at all times is extremely important!)
-Realizing that work to rest ratios on hot and humid days are best determined by wet bulb globe
temperature and vary from field, to turf, to gym, etc. (Accu-weather phone apps are not accurate enough).
During a heat illness episode, taking rectal temperature is the gold standard, and active cooling before
transport gives athletes the best chance to make a full recovery.
-Supplements and "pre-workout" drinks are becoming a major problem for student athletes. Teaching
students that preseason and in-season is not the time for these supplements and getting to the root of why
they think they need it is important.
It was an added benefit that the meeting was held at the NCAA headquarters. We enjoyed dinner in the Hall of Champions, and were able to network with athletic trainers from states as far away as Hawaii and Alaska! Overall, I believe this is a very beneficial symposium, and would like to make sure Delaware is represented in the years to come. If anyone has any specific questions, or would like to discuss any of these topics further, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
-Article by Katy Sturdivant
NPI Numbers for ATs are a Must
The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a unique 10-digit number that individually identifies all health care providers. The NATA is urging all ATs to have an NPI number as it is now becoming a standard in the healthcare environment, especially where Electronic medical records (EMRs) are concerned. You can read the statement from the NATA here. For further information and instructions on acquiring an NPI number, you can visit the following link: http://www.nata.org/NPI
DATA Annual 5k Run and 1 mile Walk!
Come join us May 7th for a day of fun for the whole family at the DATA 5k.
The DATA will give the member that gets the most registration referrals on race day a 20-person box for a Wilmington Blue Rocks Game complete with 10 parking passes and the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Participants will be ask who referred them on race day.
Help us reach our goals for overall registrations and fundraising!
To ensure the quality of healthcare for the physically active in the state of Delaware.
To advance the profession of Athletic Training through education and research.
To provide quality continuing education for the membership.
To safeguard and advance the interest of its membership.
-From the DATA By-Laws