WHO/WHAT: At its 59th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, NATA will advance release publication of an inter-association task force summary statement on appropriate medical care for secondary school athletes. The statement will be published in the July issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATAs scientific publication. Leading national medical and health care professionals will discuss the recommendations and raise awareness of health and safety issues among student athletes for parents, coaches, athletic trainers, medical professionals and school staff. NATA will also announce its partnership with the North American Booster Club Association and highlight new efforts they will launch together.


KEY FACTS: More than seven million high school students participate in interscholastic athletics in the US, and approximately 715,000 sport-related and recreation-related injuries occur in US school settings each year.


WHEN: June 18, 2008, 9:00-10:00 AM, Central Time


WHERE: St. Louis Americas Center

              Room 275

  7th Street and Convention Plaza

  St. Louis, MO


RSVP:  Robin Waxenberg, 212.489.8006, 917.301.1350 (cell), robin@robwax.com

Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA advocates for equal access to athletic trainers for patients and clients of all ages and supports H.R. 1846. Only 42% of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics. Visit www.nata.org for more information.