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AT Uses Defibrillator to Revive UCSB Freshman Center

EUGENE, Ore. – Ami Lakoju, a freshman on the UCSB men’s basketball team, had to be revived with a defibrillator after collapsing during Sunday night’s practice while in preparation for tonight’s basketball game at the University of Oregon. He was rushed by paramedics to River Bend Medical Center in Springfield where his condition had not been released yet by press time. UCSB officials said they were also unable to comment…

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A.B. Miller High School Receives NATA Safe Sports School Award

A.B. Miller High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Rebel Athletics Program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. “A.B. Miller is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed…

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HATA Announces 2015 District 8 Representative

A Message from Sam Lee; President, Hawaii Athletic Trainers Association: The Hawaii Athletic Trainers’ Association (HATA) recently held their elections for various offices; Louise Inafuku has been elected as the Hawaii representative to the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association/District 8 (FWATA/D8). Louise comes to this office with much experience already as she has previously served HATA as a treasurer for two terms of her own and finished someone else’s term…

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Dr. Jason Bennett Elected New CATA President

A Message from Mike West; President, California Athletic Trainers Association: It is my honor to announce that Dr. Jason Bennett , Curriculum Director at Chapman University, has been elected President of the California Athletic Trainers Association beginning January 1, 2015.  Having worked with Dr. Bennett for a number of years, I know that he will be a great representative for California Athletic Training and will bring a strong vision and leadership our…

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Why Are High School Football Players Dying?

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Death certificates have empty spaces to be filled — even if death, like life, never fits easily into bureaucratic boxes. The death certificate of Damon Janes sketches a terrible story. Usual Occupation: Student. Kind of Business or Industry: High School. Immediate Cause of Death: Blunt impact injury of head. Place of Injury: Football Field. The nexus of high school football and death trespasses too often on the…

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A Simple Thank You

Many times our jobs as athletic trainers are touted as being a “behind the scenes” type job. One in which our athletes/patients shine while we smile brightly on the sidelines. Very rarely do we get recognition for our daily accolades, but that’s ok. That isn’t why we do what we do. We are athletic trainers because we enjoy helping keep our patients healthy and on the field– the court, the…

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Holli Jackson Receives FWATA PR Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of health care. This quarter’s winner, and very first recipient, is Holli Jackson MS, ATC, LMT of Edison High School in…

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Help Support the Women in Athletic Training Research Endowment

The NATA Research and Education Foundation’s Women in Athletic Training Research Endowment is about $6,000 short of reaching its goal and we would like your help to kick things into high gear before the 2015 Convention. Here is the suggestion: It would be great that as many of us as possible make at $10 donation to the NATAREF in honor of a woman who was influential in your athletic training career. …

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The Fall Issue Newsletter is Here

Click Here to view the Fall 2014 FWATA Newsletter. This electronic newsletter is published twice a year by the Far West Trainers’ Association for its members. For information contained in this newsletter or to submit articles or ideas please contact the FWATA Newsletter Editor and District 8 Secretary: Lyn Nakagawa, MA, ATC, CSCS at 808.956.7144 or email: lynhn@hawaii.edu. Archived issues can be found on the Resources page in the “Quick Links” column…

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Scott Sailor Wins NATA Presidential Election

The results the NATA presidential election are finalized, and former FWATA District Director, Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, has been voted by the membership to be our next president. He will take office in June 2015. Our sincere thanks to Russ Richardson for his willingness to serve the association and to all the members who engaged in the voting process. We caught up with Sailor shortly after he received the big news from…

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