ATSNJ Sports Safety Summit Update

You have certainly seen me publicizing the Athletic Trainer Society of New Jersey and their 3rd Annual Sports Safety Summit, it is for a good reason.  Eric Nussbaum and his staff do a VERY, VERY good job!  I would travel that way for this event anytime, however I will be a keynote speaker in Iowa the day after (guess UPS and their “Logistics” can’t fix that for me).

But wait, there is some great news for anyone interested is seeing what all the hype is about, Eric emailed me yesterday to tell me that the Summit will be broadcast live, for FREE!  You will not be able to get CEU’s this way, but at the very least you can hear all the great information from the wonderful panel they have assembled.

Here are the deets:

  • All people will need to do is log onto their site, (www.concussiontv.com) and register.
  • On the day of the event (August 1st) you simply log in to view.

Click the link at the top to get the information.  Here is a run down of the presenters: Continue reading

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ATSNJ Presents 3rd Annual Sports Safety Summit

I was lucky enough to get out to New Jersey last year for their second edition of this, and boy was it worth my time and resources.  Eric Nussbaum and the ATSNJ does a great job in getting some of the “hottest” speakers to come and help athletic trainers learn.  This year is no different; the first half of the day will be centered on concussions and the latter half will be various other issues we are facing as athletic trainers: sudden cardiac death, MRSA, heat illnesses, etc.

Sports Safety Summit Brochure, 2012

You can see the brochure above and you can go to their website for further information about this event.  I highly suggest your attendance, and I will make every effort to get out that way again this year.

Super Bowl: A View From an Athletic Trainer

I am sure many of you will see or have seen the documentaries of your favorite team winning the Super Bowl.  The past year the New York Giants won the coveted trophy and the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) was able to catch up with the athletic training (AT) staff as part of National Athletic Training Month;

Working as an athletic trainer for a professional team requires a lot of time, dedication and frequently some personal sacrifices.  Their typical day starts at 6am and usually ends at 5-6pm, 7 days a week for 6 months.  It’s a very tough season for someone who doesn’t love what they do.   A few minutes spent with any of the Giants athletic training staff quickly reveals that they are very knowledgeable, professional and really enjoy what they do.  Each plays a vital role in keeping the Giants players healthy and functioning at a world championship level.

Eric Nussbaum wrote a good article that has a day-to-day account of what Continue reading

ATSNJ Survey

Below is an email from the ATSNJ that I feel needs to be posted to create more dialogue.  New Jersey, the ATSNJ and Eric Nussbaum have done a fine job of leading the way in this issue at the high school level.  Thanks for the note.

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Dustin,

From the Athletic Trainers Society of NJ, completed in November.

NJ was one of the first states to formally pass a concussion law in December of 2010.  Our concussion law accomplished several things.  a) directed our department of Education to develop a model concussion policy and instructed ALL districts to implement a formal concussion policy by September 1, 2011.  b) Mandated concussion education for all licensed athletic trainers in the state.  This makes us the only healthcare profession with mandated continuing education in concussion care, making athletic trainers concussion “experts”.

We had heard that many schools were having some issues formulating/implementing a formal program for their districts.  There were several questions that were not well-defined in the law or model policy put out by the DOE.  Key terms like: “trained in the management of concussion”, “asymptomatic”, “academic accommodations”, specific education and RTP guidelines were all issues that districts needed to consider for their policies.

The ATSNJ put together an online survey and sent it out to our secondary school ATs.  We had 110  secondary schools with an LAT respond to the survey.  (about a 33% return)

We conducted the survey to: a) see how many schools actually were implementing a board approved policy. b) find out if terms were being defined c) find out about consistent issues w/ policies d) determine what source of information schools were using to develop their programs d) determine who was responsible for education, notification, coordination and implementation of actual policy.

The highlights of the results were posted in our release, HERE;

  •     Only 63% of team physicians are “trained in the management of concussions”
  •     9% of respondents do not have a board approved concussion policy.
  •     27% of schools adopted a generic policy.
  •     84% of districts do not define “trained in the management of concussions” in their concussion policy.
  •     51% of districts do not define “asymptomatic” in their concussion policy.
  •     60% of districts do not define specific academic accommodations in their concussion policy.
  •     89% of school policies define “graduated return to play protocol”
  •     100% of districts utilized athletic trainers as the gatekeeper for the concussion management process

We also developed a policy check list that schools and parents could utilize to evaluate each schools policy.  We have posted suggestions for definitions and improving policies on our website, HERE.

We realize that development of a good working policy may take time and a little tweaking.  The ATSNJ wants to be a resource for parents and schools as they develop their individualized policies.

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Feedback is encouraged by commenting below.

#tweetup Anyone?

I have my itinerary confirmed, heading to the 2nd Annual Concussion Summit in New Jersey.  The event is in Plainsboro, NJ put on by the ATSNJ, and provides some very “big names” in the area of concussions.  However, even if you cannot make the summit on the 17th there is a chance to meet up and talk about concussions or whatever is on your mind.

#tweetup: A gathering of users brought together via Twitter. For example, at conferences, Twitter is used by attendees to arrange to meet after the show for discussion, cocktails and parties.

It would be great to meet up with anyone reading this, either Twitter types, or any person that has questions about concussions that you feel that I can answer.  I hope to be able to announce more confirmations of those planning on attending in the near future.

Here are the deets: Continue reading

New Jersey Concussion Summit

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey is hosting its second annual Concussion Summit on July 17th.  It is after the “early registration” however the line-up is certainly worth a look.  This is the same organization that produced the very well put together tutorials on concussions, SEE HERE.

  • Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC – Assessing Balance in Concussion
  • Robert Cantu, MD – Long-term Effects of Concussions
  • Annegret Detwiler-Danspeckgruber, EdD – Imaging Concussions: DTI and fMRI
  • Ruben Echemendina, PhD, PSY – The Role of Neurocognitive Testing
  • Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC – Biomechanics of Concussions Continue reading