Archive for January, 2013

Athletic Trainers Fight MRSA

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

According to a research study, there was a 17% increase of MRSA cases that included adult and pediatric patients during a 3-year period at the University of Miami Hospital. MRSA (otherwise known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus) is an antibiotic-resistant skin infection or "super bug." MRSA skin infections are hard to spot, often misdiagnosed as heat rash, razor burn, spider bites, ingrown hair or pimples. It is incredibly serious as a MRSA skin infection can be a life-threatening illness or cause limbs to be amputated. Learn and read about a wrestler who nearly lost his leg to MRSA.

According to the CDC, antibiotic drug resistance in the U.S. costs an estimated $20 billion a year in healthcare costs as well as 8 million additional days spent in the hospital. And hospital-acquired infections are among the top five leading causes of death in the United States and account for up to $11 billion in healthcare spending each year.

To aid in the prevention of MRSA, the sports medicine team should:

  • Clean treatment and taping tables, along with any other equipment used, daily with a cleanser that kills HIV, Hepatitis B and C, MRSA (staph) and other viruses including strep and fungi
  • Not permit the sharing of towels in the athletic training room, and trying best to prevent it on the sidelines.  Towels are to be washed daily in hot water and bleach
  • Require a towel be used between hot packs and the athletes if the hot pack covers cannot be washed daily
  • Cover all open wounds and utilizing universal precautions (i.e. wearing gloves, use of red bags/double bagging all blood and other bodily fluids.)
  • Wash hands or use antimicrobial hand sanitizer after direct contact with any athlete
  • Sanitize water bottle lids daily and coolers weekly

Thanks to a well-orchestrated offensive strike by Athletic Trainers, physicians, and disease specialists at the University of Southern California (USC), a once-rampant bacterial infection among USC football players in 2003-2004 was contained. See how USC took infection control measures.

Written By:

Brittney Ryba


Young Professional Brief

Friday, January 25th, 2013

These question(s) identify and address the interests, needs and concerns of young athletic training professionals. Young professional Mike Hopper, ATC, has teamed up with the experience of Danielle Kleber, ATC, to highlight some of the issues young professionals find themselves dealing with early in their careers.

How important do you feel it is for a Young Professional to attend professional meetings?

I believe professional meetings are the cornerstone of networking yourself and are extremely important – especially for young professionals.  I know of very few people who get jobs without knowing someone who knows someone.  It also helps you gain respect and confidence from your colleagues and demonstrates to your administration that you are truly a professional, both of which can be important when you are just starting out.

It’s also your professional responsibility to stay current with issues that affect your profession like legislation changes, state association decisions, etc.

Probably one of the biggest things that holds back a YP is the expense; how do you justify that cost?  

But, this doesn’t mean you have to go to the national meeting every year to make this happen.

There are plenty of other opportunities to take advantage of professional meeting situations.  Most states and districts have meetings at that level which are usually more reasonable in cost and closer for travel expenses.  You can start a journal club with other Athletic Trainers (ATs) in your area.  Get involved with your state association and regularly attend their business meetings.  The list can go on…

If your goal is to get to the national meeting or cost is what is preventing you from taking advantage of other opportunities, don’t be afraid to ask your booster club, administration, or team physician to help you make it happen.  Stay in touch with other alumni from your program and find ways to share expenses to make a trip more reasonable.  One of our strengths as ATs is to problem solve, so use that skill in finding a way to pay for your trips if it is your goal to get there.



Michael Hopper, ATC, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Management: Athletic Training Concentration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010. He is a current graduate student through the University of South Florida working towards a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training. Hopper has worked with athletes of all ages from youth sports all the way up to professional baseball and currently works for Monroe Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Waterloo, IL.




Danielle Kleber, ATC, attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Leisure Management with emphasis in Athletic Training and went on to complete her master’s coursework at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in Fitness and Wellness Promotion.  Her professional experience includes collegiate and high school experience and she has worked with athletes at all levels of competition. Currently she works at the Director of Operations at Athletes’ Training Center, a sports performance and physical therapy facility in Omaha, NE.

Resolutions for the Profession

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

During the month of January, many people are beginning to work their way through New Year’s resolutions. This may include large goals such as training for your first half-marathon, or simple things like trying to eat an additional serving of fruit per day. While many of these pursuits are for personal reasons, I think the beginning of the year can also be a time to make professional resolutions for 2013.

My first resolution is to allow myself more time to evaluate and read more research. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are often busy with the demands of life outside of work, and staying current with the most up-to-date research can be difficult. Critically reading and appraising research can be very beneficial in strengthening my personal approach to an evidence based practice. Challenge yourself. Find a topic that you may be unfamiliar with and read everything you can find on that topic. Evaluate the research and see how you can incorporate that new information in your clinical practice.

Another resolution of mine is to find more ways to give back to our profession. These contributions can range from taking the time to respond to surveys for the profession or signing up to volunteer as a Home Study Reviewer, Exam Item Writer or committee for the BOC, all the way to running for leadership positions at the state, district, or national level. Finding ways to get involved will only help strengthen our profession. Remember, the volunteer sign up for the NATA National Meeting and Clinical Symposia opens on March 4!

Finally, my last resolution is one that I encourage everyone to make, and that is to volunteer. ATs possess knowledge and a unique set of abilities that can be very beneficial to organizations and the general public. This can be accomplished by finding events that need people trained in first aid/CPR such as fun runs and 5Ks. You could also volunteer in a soup kitchen, help out at local blood drives, contact your local Red Cross and volunteer for disaster relief, or volunteer for any of the large number of charitable organizations that support those with debilitating illnesses.

In addition to the above suggestions, what will your professional resolutions be?

Written by:

Mike McKenney, LAT, ATC, NASM-CES

An In Depth Look with…Lonnie Tanenberg, ATC, CGFI

Friday, January 18th, 2013

An In Depth Look with…Lonnie Tanenberg, ATC, CGFI

Describe your setting:

I am an Athletic Trainer (AT) at Sport & Spine Therapy of Marin, a private physical therapy clinic in San Anselmo, California. I am also is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. As a graduate of California State University, Northridge, earning a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training, I have worked in Professional Sports having interned with the Oakland Athletics (MLB), as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL (United Football League), on the Medical Staff for US MotoGP World Motorcycle Racing at Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, and the AIFA (American Indoor Football Assoc.).

I have also worked in high school and college athletics. The last four years I was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mills College in Oakland (2007-2011). I also enjoy traveling and have been to Argentina, Venezuela, Greece, and Taipei where I worked as the Lead Athletic Trainer for Team USA/Deaflympics.

How long have you worked in this setting? I’ve worked at Sport & Spine Therapy of Marin since September 2011, so 1 year and 4 months.

Describe your typical day:

I work closely with patients after they have had their treatment with the Physical Therapist. The individual is handed off to me to work on their exercises from a wide variety of ages (5 to 100 years old) and injuries/diseases.

What do you like about your position?

I like the schedule, It is very consistent being Monday-Friday, 9:00-6:00pm.

What do you dislike about your position?

Limited control over what I can do as an AT in a PT clinic due to laws that have not been passed for ATs to be recognized in the health profession.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young athletic trainer looking at this setting?

This is a great setting to improve an ATs focus and knowledge base on rehabilitation and treating a wide variety of injuries/diseases, especially if an AT is interested in working with long term care vs. acute care.

New Year, New Look!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Welcome to 2013 and another year of the very best quality service that you need from the BOC to be a successful BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT)! The New Year sees the launch of the new BOC website, which was last updated June 2010. This update will wind down the BOC’s rebranding efforts and features tabs specific for Candidates, ATs, Educators and BOC Approved Providers for easier navigation. We match our new look and feel to expressing strength, knowledge, authority and presence in the athletic training community both in the US and globally. We hope that you will welcome the change and utilize the available resources. The BOC looks forward to an exciting year supporting you in the profession while providing value-added services for ATs and BOC Approved Providers. Please let us know what you think of the new website and share your 2013 professional goals.