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Rick Burkholder Leads Chiefs' Efforts to Combat COVID-19

In the midst of an unprecedented offseason, Kansas City Chiefs Vice President of Sports and Performance Rick Burkholder engaged in several conversations with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Nine weeks ago, Burkholder took on the task of Infectious Control Officer, a position the NFL required all 32 teams to create.


Trailblazing Trainer Ronnie Barnes’ Next Challenge is Giants Coronavirus Safety

Ronnie Barnes, senior vice president of medical services/head athletic trainer, is revered and respected at 1925 Giants Drive and across the National Football League, and he has been revered and respected by Giants across the decades, from Carson to Lawrence Taylor to Bill Parcells to Tom Coughlin to Eli Manning. In his role for the New York Football Giants, Barnes is the one quarterbacking them through this pandemic.


Bengals' Sparling: From Laundry Boy To NFL Athletic Trainer Of The Year

Last week during the NFL scouting combine, the guy who once drove every golf cart and mini tractor he could get his hands on from the Paul Brown Stadium hallways and parked them in the equipment room, had his mouth left agape when Bengals head physician Marc Galloway suddenly appeared on the podium during a medical confab in Indianapolis and announced he had just won one of the most prestigious awards of their professions.


Senior Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Reggie Scott sworn in as PFATS president

Last week, Rams Senior Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Reggie Scott spoke during a panel conversation at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science looking to inspire young African Americans. This week, he'll have another platform to help continue to do the same.One of few African Americans in the NFL to hold his role, Scott on Monday was sworn in as the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).


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NFL Films Presents: Ronnie Barnes

Meet Ronnie Barnes, the New York Football Giants' storied athletic trainer who has been with the organization since 1976.


Sponsored: "Meet the Chiefs" by Elite Partner Sleep Number

VP of Sports Medicine & Performance Rick Burkholder talks through his player-treatment philosophies and how important sleep is for the NFL Players that he cares for.


How This Woman Helps NFL Players Get Game-Ready

Football season is in full swing, which means Kansas City Chiefs’ athletic trainer Tiffany Morton is working to keep the players on the field and healthy. This week, we’re featuring Tiffany as part of our Women in the NFL series, in partnership with Sleep Number.


Endorsed by PFATS: NATA Youth Sports Specialization Recommendations

Youth sports specialization is a hot topic for the athletic training profession.NATA has released an official statement with health-focused recommendations to reduce the risk of injury due to youth sports specialization, endorsed, in part, by PFATS.


Vikings' Amanda DeKanick | Sleep Number Game Changers

Amanda DeKanick is the first female full-time athletic trainer in Vikings history. In her role, she’s responsible for making sure the Vikings bodies are at their best so they can perform at an elite level.​


Seahawks' Head Athletic Trainer Provides Insight into Player Care

David Stricklin, the Head Athletic Trainer for the Seattle Seahawks, shares his approach to caring for our players and provides some tips for young athletes.


Preventing and Treating Exertional Heat Stroke

As a heat wave continues across much of the country this week, the NFL continues its work to further prepare clubs to address heat-related illness. Thanks to the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute, the NFL distributed a video to its clubs that reviews best practices for treating exertional heat stroke.


Chargers and Rams to provide $200,000 to South Bay, Long Beach schools

The two Los Angeles NFL teams donated $50,000 each to the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Team HEAL on Saturday, July 20, during a presentation at Mira Costa High School, in Manhattan Beach. That money, part of the NFL Foundation’s Athletic Trainer Program, will help pay for full-time and part-time certified athletic trainers and other resources to high school football programs that lack them. The NFL Foundation will also donate a matching contribution of $100,000.


Taking Care of Business

The work as the athletic training staff prepares for camp, and the season, never stops. While there might not be ankles to tape and injuries to tend to, this is still a time of constant activity for Head Athletic Trainer John Norwig and his staff of Sonia Ruef, Jon Andino and Daveon Lee, as well as a team of interns that grows when camp begins.


Chiefs and The University of Kansas Health System Host Athletic Training Q&A for Local Youth Coaches

For a third-consecutive year last week, Chiefs’ Vice President of Sports Medicine & Performance Rick Burkholder, Head Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Schroeppel, Equipment Director Allen Wright and Strength & Conditioning Coach Barry Rubin met with dozens of local youth coaches to share their expertise. ​


Longtime Packers athletic trainer Pepper Burruss retiring

Burruss has been with the Packers the last 26 years, after spending the first 16 years with the Jets. The 65-year-old Burruss was named the the NFL Physicians Society’s Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer in 2012, and his staffs were twice named athletic training staff of the year. He has also represented Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society on the NFL’s head, neck and spine medical committee.​


Texans Donate $25,000 to 2019 NFL Athletic Trainer Initiative

The Houston Texans presented a $25,000 check to their partner, Houston Methodist Hospital, as part of the 2019 NFL Athletic Trainer Initiative, aimed to improve health and safety at every level of sport. The check was presented at the 2019 Play Safe: Sports Medicine Summit this past weekend. The conference, partnered by the Texans, Houston Methodist, and GE had over 175 athletic trainers in attendance, impacting over 125,000 student-athletes across the state of Texas.

Medco/Cramer Article

SPONSORED: Bridging the gap from rehab to performance

Article provided by PFATS Educational Partners Medco Sports Medicine and Cramer.


Bowlen family selects Steve 'Greek' Antonopulos to serve as presenter at Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Bowlen family has selected longtime Broncos employee Steve "Greek" Antonopulos to serve as Owner Pat Bowlen's presenter when he is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.


Redskins Recovery Methods Aim to Reduce Injuries

“It’s more like restoration,” head athletic trainer Larry Hess told The Associated Press during a recent visit to the recovery room. “There’s things in here that are setting their body up to perform better in the weight room, to perform better in their meetings mentally. Mental preparedness. That’s where our advantage is.”


Vikings' Eric Sugarman Named Fred Zamberletti Award Winner

Minnesota Vikings vice president of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman has been named the Fred Zamberletti Award recipient by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He will be recognized at the 12th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on Saturday, April 27 at U.S. Bank Stadium.


Chiefs’ Athletic Trainers Working to Improve Care for Local Prep Athletes

“We’re just trying to get the words ‘athletic trainer’ out to moms, PTAs, athletic directors, legislators, everyone,” said Rick Burkholder—the Chiefs’ Vice President for Sports Medicine and Performance. “Ideally, you’d love to have an athletic trainer at every sporting event in America. It’s about safety. Financially, some people want to cut it out because they think it’s a luxury."


What a typical in-season Monday looks like for Lions' medical staff

For roughly three hours on Sundays, NFL players put their bodies through the ringer playing one of the most physically demanding games in sports. Detroit Lions head athletic trainer Kevin Bastin described what Mondays are like in Allen Park when speaking to fans at Detroit’s annual Season Ticket Member Summit last week.


O’Neill Receives PFATS Distinguished Alumni Award

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society recognized Kevin O'Neill as one of the nation's best in his respected field earlier this week, after the organization honored FIU's Head Athletic Trainer with its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019.


Redskins Training Staff Earns Ed Block Training Staff Of The Year Award

For their steadfast commitment and distinguished service to their club, community, and athletic training profession, the Washington Redskins athletic training staff has been named the 2018 Ed Block Courage Award NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.


Medical staff contribute to Patriots Super Bowl success

Patriots head athletic trainer Jim Whalen received a special honor from his peers in the NFL Physicians Society, who named him the league’s Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2018. According to the official press announcement, the award goes annually “to an NFL athletic trainer who best reflects the virtues of a certified athletic trainer and displays the highest level of professionalism.”​


Panthers' Kevin King Receives NCATA Award

Carolina Panthers Assistant Athletic Trainer Kevin King was received the Bill Griffin Most Distinguished Award at this year's North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association Clinical Symposium and Awards Ceremony.


Giants' Ronnie Barnes Given Lifetime Achievement Award

Ronnie Barnes has been hurdling barriers and establishing precedents throughout his 43 years with the Giants, so it was entirely appropriate he did it again Thursday night when he received one of the most significant awards of his career.


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Road to a Healthy Super Bowl with Reggie Scott

LA Rams Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, Reggie Scott shares some key things his team does to keep the Rams players healthy and physically ready to compete.


Working to Protect Players from Sunday to Sunday: A Critical Role

As medical professionals, athletic trainers can make a critical difference at the moment an injury happens.​


Sponsored: To Ice or Not to Ice: That is the question

Ice has gotten a bad rap recently. Anti-ice proponents have stated that “Icing doesn’t work,” and ice has “never been proved effective.” Such statements are biased, inaccurate, and just plain wrong. Unfortunately, these claims have done nothing but create confusion and even anger. It’s easy to make these statements by looking at a few selected studies that support the anti-ice position while ignoring the hundreds of other studies on the benefits of cryotherapy.


Tiffany Morton is one of six female certified athletic trainers in the league, and she works for the Kansas City Chiefs

Women are starting to play a larger role in the NFL, and the Kansas City Chiefs are no exception.


How A Chargers Athletic Trainer is Pursuing Her Passion While Breaking Barriers

For athletes, playing in the NFL is a dream come true. For Chargers Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist, Allison Miner, sharing the same field with those players and working for the team she grew up watching is hers.


Sponsored: What’s the best way to perform “Monster Walks”?

Recently, the hip has become en vogue in rehab and sports training, particularly the gluteal muscles (maximus and minimus). It started with the realization that the hip extensors and abductors play an important role in stability and function, yet are often neglected and weak.


John Hay, James Ford Rhodes High School Athletic Trainers Receive $1,000 in Supplies

John Hay High School and James Ford Rhodes High School received $1,000 of athletic training supplies for the upcoming season through a collaboration between Medco Sports Medicine, Cramer Sports Medicine, Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS)


Partners Donate Supplies and Equipment to Local High School Athletic Trainers

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS), Medco Sports Medicine, Cramer Sports Medicine and the Indianapolis Colts Athletic Training Staff today donated thousands of dollars in athletic training supplies and equipment to two local Indianapolis High Schools


Sponsored: Top Football Programs Go Next-Level for Athlete Recovery with NormaTec Recovery Rooms

Athletic trainers and players have embraced the benefits of these pneumatic compression devices. Today, many of the nation’s top programs, from elite high schools to NFL training centers, have created dedicated Recovery Rooms for their athletes, powered by NormaTec.


PFATS Member Shone Gipson gives back to UH College of Education

Shone Gipson spends much of his time on the field as an athletic trainer for the Cleveland Browns, but he keeps a special memento on his desk – a framed photo of him and his mom on the day he graduated from the University of Houston.


Vikings Athletic Trainer Extraordinaire: Eric Sugarman

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer highlights the role of Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman


Cincinnati.com highlights PFATS Member Nick Cosgray

Walkthru on Cincinnati Bengals Rehabilitation Director Nick Cosgray and the relationship built with Giovani Bernard


Kansas City Chiefs Rick Burkholder Inducted into PATS Hall of Fame

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) is honored to announce the three individuals that will be inducted into the 2016 Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame at the June symposium in Grantville, PA.


Steve Antonopulos Honored for Four Decades of Service with the Denver Broncos

Long before he became head athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos, Steve “Greek” Antonopulos sat with his dad in Eastern Colorado and watched the team on TV.


PFATS Loses a Legend

Nicknamed, 'Plumber,' Ralph Berlin who cared for the Steeler's players for 24 years, passes away at age 81.


Houston Texans Coordinator of Rehabilitation/Assistant Athletic Trainer Roland Ramirez has been named the 2016 AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year

The Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year award is presented annually at the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society meeting at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.


ESPN.com: Athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion's faith in players drives their success

Read about how Panthers Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Vermillion helped get Lineback Thomas Davis ready for the Super Bowl.


Siege the Day: The Tampa Bay Bucs Seasonal Athletic Training Internship Experience

Being offered a seasonal internship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2015 season was one of the most gratifying moments of my life. Not many Athletic Trainers are privileged to have the opportunity to work in the National Football League and experience what goes on through the daily functions of an NFL athletic training room. Therefore, I made it a mission to act as a human sponge and absorb as much knowledge as I could throughout my time with the Buccaneers.


Get to know Denver Broncos Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos!

Stephen L. Antonopulos, ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer (AT) for the Denver Broncos Football Club. His is responsible for the medical services for as many as 90 potential football players, coaches and organizational staff.


St. Louis Rams Athletic Trainers win Ed Block Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) announced today that the St. Louis Rams have been named the 2015 NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.


Scottie Patton talks about hosting an HS Athletic Training Symposium

The New Orleans Saints’ head athletic trainer always wanted to host a symposium to educate high school students about the profession. Getting the event off the ground was a team effort.



The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) is pleased to announce the opening of the new PFATS Exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) in Canton, Ohio.


Paul Sparling to be inducted into Wilmington College Athletics Hall of Fame

Cincinnati Bengals Head Athletic Trainer Paul Sparling selected to be inducted into "Wilmington College Athletics Hall of Fame" for 2015


Catching up with Eric Sugarman

Catching up with Eric Sugarman: The Vikings Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer talks about the evolution of sports medicine, importance of communication, and his role with the organization.


PFATS Announces Two New Assistant Athletic Trainers

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) is pleased to announce the hiring of Allison Miner as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist with the San Diego Chargers and Laura Schnettgoecke as Assistant Athletic Trainer with the San Francisco 49ers.


Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder Explains His Role, Journey to Kansas City

After 23 years as an athletic trainer, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Rick Burkholder has earned the respect of those across the NFL. That could be due to the fact that he’s the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), or because three of his former assistants and an intern are now head athletic trainers with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.


New Orleans Saints Host Athletic Training Symposium

High school students from as far away as Florida, Texas and Alabama travleled to the New Orleans Saints facility Saturday for an athletic training symposium organized by Scottie Patton, head athletic trainer for the Saints.


Inside the Rams Training Room with James Lomax

James Lomax has served as an assistant athletic trainer for over a decade for the Rams after completing two years as a full-season intern with the team from 2003-05.


Inside the Rams Training Room with Byron Cunningham

In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, Rams Physical Therapist/Assistant Athletic Trainer Byron Cunningham opened his doors and gave us with a glimpse inside the team’s athletic training room.​


Scott Touchet wins AFC Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

Oakland Raiders assistant trainer Scott Touchet has been named the 2014 Assistant Trainer of the Year by the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).


University of Maryland Recognizes Reggie Scott!

The University of Maryland honored Rams Head Athletic Trainer Reggie Scott as the keynote speaker of the Department of Kinesiology’s 2015 Black History Month presentation. His keynote address, “Developing Your Career: If Passion is the Engine, What is the Key?” was received by students, faculty members, and industry professionals on the College Park campus at the David C. Driskell Center on Feb. 23. ​


Featured Product: The DS2 Platform

The DS2 Platform (Dynamic Stabilization and Strengthening Platform) is a versatile tool that can be used for rehabilitation or general strengthening for the entire body.


Bud Carpenter speaks about recent selection as Athletic Training Staff of the Year

Bud and his crew were selected as the National Football League Athletic Training Staff of the Year, yet Carpenter stipulated he would talk about it to only one member of the media ... me. And the reason was simple, not that I’d known him since his hiring in 1985, but rather because the Times Herald is the newspaper of record for his hometown ... Allegany,N.Y.


Buffalo Bills win Ed Block Courage Foundation Athletic Training Staff of the Year

The Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society and Ed Block Courage Award Foundation have named the Bills athletic training staff as the 2014 NFL staff of the year.


Giants Medical Staff Welcomes Army Captain Sean Suttles for Fellowship Program

This year, the NFL partnered with the United States Army Medical Department to form a Training With Industry (TWI) fellowship program. The program's goal is to provide education and hands-on experience with concussions and musculoskeletal injuries, ailments common in both the NFL and the military.


PFATS Recognizes World Diabetes Day - Issues a Statement in Support of JDRF!

PFATS hopes to help raise awareness of T1D and the work of JDRF in funding diabetes research and outreach programs.


Jacksonville Jaguars Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach talk about preparation for trip to London!

Jaguars head athletic trainer Scott Trulock and head strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski know more than enough about this trip. They have been preparing for it for nearly six months. The team left for London on Sunday night after playing in Cincinnati.


Athletic Trainer in Training

Ashley Aken, a teenager with cystic fibrosis, gets her wish to become a Carolina Panthers athletic trainer for a day.


11 Tips for Success as an NFL Athletic Training Intern

It's the time of year when athletic training students from all over the country are applying for NFL Internships! Green Bay Packers Intern John Michel provides 11 tips for success for prospective summer and seasonal interns.


NFL Network - University of Delaware Athletic Training Student working in the NFL!

Athletic trainers are usually the first professionals on the scene when players are hurt on the field, and a number of University of Delaware athletic training students have had a front-row seat to the treatment of injuries in the NFL through internships and full-time employment.


Lion's Athletic Trainer Dean Kleinschmidt retires after 41 years in the NFL

Detroit Lions athletic trainer Dean Kleinschmidt received the game ball after the Lions win over the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday!


Vikings, TRIA Partner To Provide Certified Athletic Trainers to Local H.S. Football Programs!

The Minnesota Vikings have partnered with TRIA Orthopaedic Center (TRIA) to provide certified athletic training coverage for all high school football programs within the Minneapolis and St. Paul School Districts this upcoming season.


Gatorade Sports Science Institute: Nutrition for Football Players

GSSI: Choosing the right foods and fluids before an event can make all the difference. Susan Kundrat, Nutritional Sciences Program Director at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, talks about the importance of proper nutrition as football season kicks off.


Check out Training and Conditioning Magazine's Article on "Going Pro" - Featuring Steeler's Athletic Trainer Sonia Gysland

Sonia Gysland, MA, ATC, is Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She previously served as Assistant Football Athletic Trainer at Duke University and worked as an intern for the Steelers.​


Tips From the Field: How to Succeed as an Athletic Trainer

Being an athletic trainer in the National Football League presents its challenges, yet at the end of the day is very rewarding. It is exciting to be able to help the players perform at high levels and optimize their performance and health


Texans Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan highlighted in the care of David Quessenberry

Texans head trainer Geoff Kaplan does not want any credit for helping save the life of offensive lineman David Quessenberry during OTAs in June.


Franklin College article highlights Washington Redskins Assistant Athletic Trainer Kyle Blackman

The next time you’re watching a Washington Redskins football game on TV, there’s a chance you’ll see Kyle Blackman ’07. As the team’s assistant athletic trainer, Blackman is on the sidelines at every game, and when a player suffers injury he’s one of the first responders on the field.


Beat the Heat: TIps from Gatorade and GSSI on maintaining hydration and staying safe in the heat.

Dehydration decreased muscle power, performance, and tolerance to the heat. With training camp right around the corner, Gatorade and GSSI provide tips on maintaining hydration and preventing heat illness.


An Update on the NFL's Athletic Training Initiative!

Many of you may be wondering more about this program. How does it work? How can I help? First of all, thank you to all of you who are passionately seeking ways to help schools in need of an AT. Please keep in mind this is the very first year of a nationwide effort to increase athletic training medical care for student athletes in high schools. This first-year pilot program is moving forward in an attempt to be implemented in multiple locations as soon as possible.


Gatorade Sports Science Institute: Adapt and Be Ready

This installment from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) examines the importance of recovery in athletic performance.


President Obama announces NFL/NATA/PFATS Collaboration to place Certified Athletic Trainers in underserved high schools!

The NFL, NATA, and PFATS will fund certified athletic trainers in underserved high schools nationwide in a $1 million program announced Thursday at the Whitehouse.


Sports Science Exchange #117: Protein Ingestion Prior to Sleep: Potential for Optimizing Post-Exercise Recovery

In Sports Science Exchange #117, Protein Ingestion Prior to Sleep: Potential for Optimizing Post-Exercise Recovery, Luc van Loon explains that recent studies have shown that protein ingested prior to sleep is effectively digested and absorbed during the night, helping stimulate post-exercise muscle protein accretion during post-exercise overnight sleep. As a result, protein ingestion prior to sleep may represent an effective dietary strategy to inhibit muscle protein breakdown, stimulate muscle ​


Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Explains his Role in the NFL Draft

NATA caught up with Eric Sugarman, MS, ATC, head athletic trainer for the NFL Minnesota Vikings, to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to evaluate athletes during the NFL draft. In addition to his standard responsibilities as head AT, Sugarman said his role in the lengthy process has the potential to make or break a player's chance of being drafted. Read on for the full inside scoop


When the Bills call, Shone Gipson answers

Ever wondered just who that is with the headset on sitting at the Buffalo Bills' table here in Radio City Music Hall? That would be Shone Gipson, an athletic trainer entering his 11th season with the team. For the other 362 days of the year, Gipson works on the care and prevention of injuries. But beginning tonight and for the next two days, Gipson's job is to answer when the call comes in from the war room at One Bills Drive.


NFL Team Physicians Talk about the Combine and Draft Process

Everyone has an opinion about NFL draft prospects, but the ones that count the most come from team doctors and athletic trainers who advise behind the scenes about joint damage and concussion history ​


Recovering and Advancing: Michigan State University Alumni Profile Features Giants Assistant Athletic Trainer Leigh Weiss

When Michigan State University kinesiology alumnus Leigh Weiss graduated from high school in 2000, he was like most graduates—hopeful and carefree. An East Brunswick, N.J. native, Weiss was swimming at the Jersey Shore with friends the weekend after his senior prom. - See more at: http://edwp.educ.msu.edu/new-educator/2014/recovering-and-advancing/#sthash.b26nyssl.dpuf​


Mid-line Stabilization: Bridging the Gap Between Pre-hab and Training

Injury prevention/reduction programs are now common at most levels of sport. Injuries are often multi-factorial and can include the effects of differing levels of sleep, nutrition, training, practice, etc. This article will address injury prevention by examining overall movement patterns and teaching athletes the use of proper form to develop better training habits.


Speakers Announced for the PFATS Session at the NATA Meeting!

Since 1986, PFATS has sponsored an educational workshop during the NATA Clinical Symposium. The educational session is named for Ronnie P. Barnes, the Sr. Vice President of Medical Services for the New York Football Giants. The PFATS Education and Research Committee coordinate this workshop and speakers include with PFATS members and Team Physicians. Discussions usually include case studies, and timely topics related to athletic health care in the National Football League.


The Weighting Game

For athletes who want to gain mass, decrease fat, or both, timing is everything. Weight goals should be addressed well in advance of the season and again at the end of the season. Athletes need to set realistic and achievable goals that do not compromise sports performance, and they need to be committed and willing to make the necessary changes in their diet.


GSSI: Carbohydrates and the Benefits of Athletic Performance

In Sports Science Exchange #108, Multiple Transportable Carbohydrates and their Benefits, Asker Jeukendrup explains that during prolonged exercise, the performance benefits of carbohydrate ingestion may be achieved by maintaining plasma glucose concentration and high rates of carbohydrate oxidation. By using a combination of carbohydrates that use different intestinal transporters for absorption, carbohydrate delivery and oxidation can be increased. Studies have demonstrated reduced fatigue and ​


Ryan Grove named new Head Athletic Trainer for the Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have named Ryan Grove as the team’s head athletic trainer. Grove joins Miami after spending 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the past 15 years (1999-2013) as the team’s assistant athletic trainer.


GSSI: Carbohydrates: Premium Fuel for Athletes

Gatorade Sports Science Institute provides insight on the value of carbohydrates as premium fuel for athletes!


Minnesota Vikings Athletic Trainers Help Celebrate National Athletic Training Month!

Just as March ushers in a new NFL league year, it also brings in National Athletic Training Month (NATM) where athletic trainers spend the month of March promoting athletic training. This celebration of the profession is held annually in order to educate and create awareness about the expertise of athletic trainers.


New Orleans Saints Host High School Athletic Training Symposium

The New Orleans Saints Athletic Training Staff hosted the first annual high school athletic training symposium at the Saints facility this past weekend. The Saints Staff provided insight from a professional sports standpoint, had college athletic training curriculum directors from around the state to provide admission and scholarship information to prospective students.


GSSI: Assessing Hydration in the Laboratory and Field

In Sports Science Exchange #111, Assessing Hydration in the Laboratory and Field, Nina Stachenfeld explains that athletes competing or training for long-distance events must learn how to regulate their body fluids and electrolytes, because both dehydration and exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) can be dangerous during long-term exercise. There is large variability across individuals, so there is no single protocol for drinking or eating during exercise that will work for all athletes.


GSSI: Youth Sports Health and Safety: Key Nutrients to Athletic Success

For young athletes, regular participation in youth sports can provide myriad health and fitness benefits, as well as an opportunity to learn about discipline, commitment and teamwork. The advantages can even extend to enhanced academic achievement.


Buffalo Bills Assistant Athletic Trainer wins the Tim Davey AFC Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award!

The Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award is emblematic of the commitment, dedication and high level of integrity that Tim Davey brought to the profession of athletic training and is representative of his level of service which he dedicated to his surrounding community.


Packers Assistant Bryan "Flea" Engel Wins NFC Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award!

Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Green Bay Packers’ Bryan “Flea” Engel was named the NFC’s winner of the Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year award at last week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.​


Jets Assistant Athletic Trainers Save a Life On Way to Combine!

New York Jets Assistant Athletic Trainers Josh Koch and Dave Zuffelato come to the aid of a woman in distress on a plane headed towards Indianapolis.


A Behind the Scenes Look at the NFL Combine Medical Process

Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman talks about the NFL Combine Medical Process. Watch the video here!


Rick Burkholder elected PFATS President!

The Kansas City Chiefs are well represented at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, including their head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, who on Wednesday was voted as the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).


Sleep and the Elite Athlete

In Sports Science Exchange #113, Sleep and the Elite Athlete, Shona Halson explains why sleep is essential for athletes, both in preparing for and in recovering from training and competition. Halson finds that sleep disturbances in elite athletes can occur both during training and following competition, and sleep deprivation can have significant effects on athletic performance, especially sub-maximal, prolonged exercise. From the available evidence, it appears that athletes may be obtaining less​


Aloha, PFATS from the Pro Bowl!

The National Football League possesses an amazing history of exceptional people, memorable games, legendary stadiums and rich traditions. As athletic trainers, we work diligently with our organizations to make the goal of reaching the Super Bowl a reality. However, when this goal falls short, a few fortunate players and staff have the opportunity to participate in the Pro Bowl.


Scott Trulock named Head Athletic Trainer for the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars named Scott Trulock head athletic trainer, the club announced today. Trulock spent the past seven seasons in the same capacity for the University of North Carolina football team. ​


An Inside Look at the NFL Combine

As the end of the regular season winds down, many athletic training staffs have a variety of tasks to accomplish, from upcoming playoff games to end of season physicals. Regardless of the eventuality of each of our seasons, we are quickly reminded of the various events that contribute to the make up our “off season”. One of the first events, and an extremely important part of the off season, is the annual NFL Scouting Combine and Physicals.


Tennessee Titans name Todd Toriscelli Director of Sports Medicine

Todd Toriscelli joins the Titans after 17 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The last four seasons he held the title of Director of Sports Medicine and Performance after 13 years as the Head Athletic Trainer.


Bears Assistant Athletic Trainer Bobby Slater named Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bobby Slater, formerly of the Chicago Bears, has been named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new Head Athletic Trainer.


The Superbowl Experience with David Stricklin

7 days a week since July 21st. 10-13 hour days. Missing time with family and friends. Dealing with personalities that sometimes are not the best every day. Guys getting injured, and working their tail off to get back. All of these things along a journey with major emotional and physical peaks and valleys to emerge… at the end… with over 120 million witnesses… Super Bowl XLVIII Champions.


Mike Ryan looks back...

Having been an NFL athletic trainer for 26 years, the last 20 as the Jaguars’ head athletic trainer/physical therapist, means he has been doing the job he once dreamed of doing for more than half of his life.


GSSI: The Carbohydrate Commitment

All athletes require dietary carbohydrate as a fuel source for working muscles. However, carbohydrate needs can vary significantly depending on the type of sport and even within sport, by event or position. As a general rule, athletes participating in aerobically-based sports will require higher amounts of carbohydrate than those competing in anaerobic sports.


Corrective Strategies to Assist in the Prevention of Adductor Strains in Defensive Lineman

St. Louis assistant athletic trainer Tyler Williams discusses movement patterns and corrective exercises concerning adductor strains with defensive lineman.


The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Highlights the work of the Packers Athletic Training Staff

There's a reason Randall Cobb mentioned his athletic trainer when he talked about his long-awaited comeback Sunday after that spectacular game-winning touchdown catch in Chicago. Read more about the Green Bay Packers Athletic Training Staff!


Geoff Kaplan and the Life of an NFL Athletic Trainer

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel talks about how Houston Texans Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan got his start in Green Bay and gives us a glimpse in to life as an NFL athletic trainer.


Game Day with Jacksonville Jaguars Head Athletic Trainer Mike Ryan

“What does an NFL athletic trainer do on game day?” I hear that question often and I’ve always wanted to share the answer. Sundays during the fall season are easily the best day of the week for fans, players, coaches and, of course, athletic trainers.


Houston Texans Staff wins PFATS Athletic Training Staff of the Year!

The Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society has recognized the best athletic training staff in the NFL since 1985. In 2013, the Houston Texans staff of Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer, Geoff Kaplan, Coordinator of Rehabilitation/Assistant Athletic Trainer, Roland Ramirez, and Assistant Athletic Trainer, A.J. Van Valkenburgh, along with their interns, Travis Turner, Adrian Dixon and Andrew Crane, received this prestigious honor.


PFATS Officially Supports USA Football's Heads Up Football Program!

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) has partnered with USA Football to advance youth and high school football player safety by endorsing USA Football’s Heads Up Football program!​


A Guide to Managing Low Back Pain

Redskins Physical Therapist/Asst Athletic Trainer Elliot Jermyn is currently in his 6th season with the Redskins. Prior to the redskins, he specialized he sport-related injuries and spinal conditions at an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Bethesda, MD.

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PFATS.com Celebrates the Career of Longtime Arizona Cardinals Assistant Athletic Trainer Jim Shearer

Jim “The Machine” Shearer has retired from the NFL after being on the sidelines with the St. Louis and Arizona Cardinals for 40 years. At the time of his retirement Jim was the longest tenured athletic trainer in the National Football League.


It's Throwback Thursday! Back in the Summer of 2012, Raider's Assistant Athletic Trainer saved a Bay Area Woman from a sinking car!

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the summer of 2012 when Oakland Raiders Assistant Athletic Trainer Chris Cortez saved a Bay Area woman from a sinking car! Click the image to read more about this amazing story!


Minnesota Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman opens the doors to the Vikings Athletic Training Room!

Minnesota Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman provides a tour of the Vikings athletic training room to NFL UK Reporter Neil Reynolds.


Moving the Chains: From College to an NFL Seasonal Internship

Less than a week after finishing PT school, I started my first day of training camp in the National Football League as the seasonal intern for the New York Giants. Seven long years of school finally paid off, and a dream came true.


Radford University Alum Trevor Stewart talks about his internship with the Redskins

Battered and bruised, Washington Redskins players filed into in the FedEx Field locker room at halftime on a Sunday afternoon in late October. The Washington club was in a tough struggle with the Bears from Chicago, and the gridiron warriors fighting for 'ol D.C., had the wounds to prove it.


A Behind the Scenes Look at the St. Louis Rams Athletic Training Staff

Head Athletic Trainer Reggie Scott gives you a behind the scenes look into the St. Louis Rams Training Room and how he got started in the athletic training profession.


The Cincinnati Enquirer highlights the relationship between the Bengals players and the Athletic Training Staff

Sitting on a cart, waiting to be wheeled away from their Sunday sanctuary, NFL players must immediately fight an onslaught of fearful thoughts. Viewed as warriors, they risk body, mind and possible future health to battle in a game they not only love, but one capable of setting themselves and their families for life.


ESPN-W highlights Dr. Robin West of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Eleven years ago, when orthopedic surgeon Robin West worked her first football game as a team physician at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, she pulled an offensive lineman out of the game for a suspected concussion after a hit.


Dr. Robert Anderson, orthopedic surgeon for the Carolina Panther talks about the LisFranc Injury

Dr. Robert Anderson, co-chairman of the NFL's Foot and Ankle Committee, talked with NFL Evolution about the LisFranc Injury, its rehabilitation, and the latest initiatives of the NFL's Foot and Ankle Committee.​


Making the Cut: Part III Keys to Success

Part III: In the final installment of Making the Cut, the PFATS panel talks about the keys to being successful during an NFL athletic training internship.


Making the Cut: Separating Yourself From The Pack And Common Applicaiton Blunders

Part II: In the second installment of "Making The Cut", our panel discusses how internship applicants can separate themselves from the pack and the most common mistakes made when applying.


Detroit Lions Athletic Training Intern Blaze Smith talks about his Experience

Junior Blaze Smith discovered his future career while watching a football game—and it wasn’t the football players who Smith was idealizing, but the athletic trainers treating the team.


Iowa State Athletic Training Students Recall Their Summer Internships

After spending their sophomore years working as athletic trainers with the ISU football team, four students from Iowa State received internships in the NFL.


Making the Cut: The NFL Athletic Training Internship

Part I: Over the next 3 weeks PFATS.com interviews five NFL assistant athletic trainers to talk about NFL Internships. Our panel will discuss the how an NFL internship can enhance students professionally, the application process, and keys to being a successful as an intern in the NFL.


Virginia Tech highlights their Athletic Training Students and PFATS Member/Eagles Head Athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi

Virginia Tech spotlights the work of their Athletic Training Students and Alum/Philadelphia Eagles Head Athletic Trainer Chris Peduzzi.


2013 NFL Concussion Protcol

NFLEvolution.com details the 2013 protocol for players who have sustained a concussion.


Jacksonville Jaguars Head Athletic Trainer Mike Ryan talks Emergency Response

Long before he became the Jaguars’ first — and only — head athletic trainer, Mike Ryan was given a valuable piece of advice when it came to treating an injured player. “In an emergency situation, the first pulse you need to take is your own,” he said. “You have to get yourself calm because if you’re not a smooth thinker, it will only make matters worse.”


Eight Days a Week: Our Journey Across the Pond

Rob Roche, Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Vikings talks about his preparation and experience in London for the Vikings recent game against the Steelers!


Sonia Gysland highlighted by The Dickinson Press!

Pittsburgh Steelers Athletic Trainer Sonia Gysland talks about her upcoming trip to London and caring for the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Giants Assistant Head Athletic Trainer Steve Kennelly discusses Recovery and Return to Play Plan for Injured Athletes

One of the many questions I have been asked over my career is “what can I do for my injury to get back to play as fast as possible?” Returning from an injury involves many factors including the injury type, nature, mechanism, and location. Additional variables that affect return are pain, swelling, range of motion, strength, and function.


PFATS supports NATA's Official Statement on Calling Crown of the Helmet Violations

Players should understand a helmet protects the head from blunt trauma injury. It does not prevent concussion or protect the spine and should not be relied on for that purpose. The best way to keep players safe is for coaches to teach the rules, players to follow the rules, and officials to enforce the rules.


Life as a Rams Training Camp Intern

Working in the National Football League is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Fortunately for me, I was afforded the opportunity to serve as an athletic training intern for the 2013 St. Louis Rams training camp. I would not trade the hours that I have worked, the information that I have learned, or the friendships I have made for anything. I truly consider myself lucky and blessed to have had this opportunity to work for such a great organization.


New York Observer highlights the career of Giants Senior Vice President of Medical Services, Ronnie Barnes

The common perception of the NFL team athletic trainer is that of a normal-size man among monsters. Trafficking in athletic tape and ointments, he trots onto the field, attending fallen players. The less he is seen, the better. Basically, he’s a functionary. Not so with the New York Giants’s Ronnie Barnes.


Giants Athletic Training Interns Recap their Training Camp Experience!

PFATS.com interviews the New York Giants 2013 Training Camp interns about their experience and advice for future NFL summer interns!


From the Sidelines of the Hall of Fame Game

Dallas Cowboy's Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist talks about his experience at this year's Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.


Miami Dolphins Assistant Athletic Trainer Reflects on the Hall of Fame Game

The Hall of Fame Game is the annual kick-off to the NFL pre-season. Each year two teams play each in Canton, Ohio at Fawcett Stadium, a 22,000 seat high school football venue unlike any other. This year’s contest was between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.


Top Ten Student Athletic Trainer NFL Training Camp Tips

Training camp is almost here. Soon you’ll be expected to run, lift, push, spat, clean, organize and lift some more for 18-20 hours a day. I was a student intern for three summers under the guidance of my mentor Ronnie Barnes with the New York Giants. It was a great experience that changed my life and super-charged my career.


Gatorade Sports Science Institute: Fueling Athletic Performance

Good nutrition and hydration practices are one of several important behaviors that together can be key to successful individual performances. Our friends at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute discuss how you stay safe in the heat and promote optimal performance.


Making a Change: A Roundtable Discussion with three PFATS Alum

Shone Gipson, assistant athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills sits down for a roundtable discussion on athletic training and football with three former NFL athletic trainers now working in the collegiate ranks.


Dolphins Head Athletic Trainer Kevin O'Neill Named Recipient Of The Tim Kerin Award

Miami Dolphins Head Athletic Trainer Kevin O’Neill has been named the recipient of the 2013 Tim Kerin Award for Excellence in Athletic Training. O’Neill, who is entering his 18th season with Miami, is the first member of the Dolphins staff and only the fifth NFL athletic trainer to win the prestigious award.


New York Giants Athletic Training Interns Reflect on Mini-Camp

Sitting in laboratories, medical school students envision themselves performing life-saving surgeries. Law students fall asleep in piles of books, daydreaming about sitting on the Supreme Court. After all, every graduate student has a white whale that motivates their efforts and pursuit of knowledge. For many athletic training students, this white whale is working in the National Football League. ​


St.LouisRams.com Highlights Athletic Trainer

It isn’t difficult to spot a Rams athletic trainer at practice or during a game. They constantly roam the field hydrating the team and orchestrating rehabilitation routines, and according to Rams Assistant Athletic Trainer James Lomax, they are the first responders when a player is injured.


St. Louis Rams Host Athletic Training Day with Don Joy

The St. Louis Rams Athletic Training Staff partnered with Don Joy to host their inaugural Athletic Training Day last week. The focus of the seminar was to provide a free educational opportunity to examine cutting-edge techniques concerning how football players move their bodies and how they are affected by nutrition.


Life as a Dallas Cowboys Athletic Training Intern: A Snapshot of Manadatory Mini-Camp

When I first was exposed to athletic training as a freshman in high school I immediately thought of one day working in the National Football league. My undergraduate education at Texas Christian University helped prepare me to take a step towards achieving that goal. As a two year member of the Dallas Cowboys athletic training staff, I have been afforded the opportunity to reach that goal and more importantly to work alongside a very tight knit group.


New England Patriots intern Mike Baum reflects on his Seasonal Internship Experience

My name is Mike Baum and I am currently a yearlong athletic training intern with the New England Patriots. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of my personal experiences as a yearlong intern with the New England Patriots. Some of the topics are pretty universal across the league or any position, but it’s important to remember that each team is different and will utilize their interns differently.


PFATS President and Steelers Head Athletic Trainer John Norwig talks about concussion management

Attendees at a concussion conference in Pittsburgh heard an example of what it means to err on the side of caution in deciding whether a concussed athlete – even if it's Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger going into a critical game – is ready to return to play.


Sugarman and Staff nominated for 2013 Hydroworx Excellence in Aquatics Award!

The 2013 Excellence in Aquatics Award recognizes these professionals who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative, and sometimes unconventional, methods. These pioneers relied on aquatics as a medium to help achieve exceptional results. VOTE NOW for Eric and his Staff!


Home Away From Home - Baltimore Ravens at Superbowl XLVII

Athletes are creatures of habit and even more so when it comes to the “Big Game”. So as a team begins it preparations for what will be the culmination of a season that will be defined by whether it wins or loses this single game, the athletic training staff also works to do its part. Even though this is done week in and week out throughout the season, when it comes to the Super Bowl one looks to make sure no stone is unturned in creating a “home away from home”.


NFL Health Update: N.Y. Giants’ Sr. VP of Medical Services talks about his role in player health and safety

New York Giants Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes, a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, joined the New York Giants in 1976 and has served as the team’s head athletic trainer since 1980. The National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame honoree (Class of 1999) recently addressed various subjects related to player health and safety.


Beating the Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers athletic trainer shares pioneering story

Sonia Gysland isn’t offended when people question her suitability as an athletic trainer in the NFL. “I thrive on people doubting my abilities as a female,” she told an audience of more than 75 athletic training students at the University of Delaware on Thursday evening...


Long time Green Bay Packer's Head Athletic Trainer Pepper Burruss wins Fain-Cain Memorial Award

To Packers Team Physician Dr. Patrick McKenzie, the order was backwards. Two years ago, when Packers Head Athletic Trainer Pepper Burruss presented McKenzie with the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award as the league’s physician of the year, McKenzie felt the equivalent trainers’ honor, known as the Fain-Cain Memorial, should have gone to Burruss first.


The NFL Scouting Combine - Through the Eyes of an NFL ATC

As the end of the regular season winds down, many athletic training staffs have a variety of tasks to accomplish, from upcoming playoff games to end of season physicals. Regardless of the eventuality of each of our seasons, we are quickly reminded of the various events that contribute to the make up our “off season”. One of the first events, and an extremely important part of the off season, is the annual NFL Scouting Combine and Physicals.


Toriscelli and Crew Named Training Staff of the Year

At the Ed Block Courage Awards in Baltimore on Monday, Buccaneers Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Todd Toriscelli and his assistants accepted the PFATS Athletic Training Staff of the Year award​


49ers Promote Jeff Ferguson

The San Francisco 49ers announced that Jeff Ferguson has been promoted to Vice President of Football Operations. Having previously served as the Director of Football Operations and Sports Medicine since 2011, Ferguson oversees the 49ers sports medicine, strength and conditioning, team logistics, grounds keeping, equipment and video operations departments.


Miller honored by Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society

Sayers John Miller, III, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State, has received the Most Distinguished Alumni Award from the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) for 2013. He will be presented with the award on February 20, 2013, at the PFATS annual meeting to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.


New technology can help detect injuries from sideline

NFL Network’s Player Health and Safety reporter Andrea Kremer reports on how the New York Giants medical staff is using technology to quickly detect and diagnose injuries on the sideline.


Titans Athletic Trainer Don Moseley Wins Award

Titans assistant athletic trainer Don Moseley was chosen as the AFC winner of the Tim Davey NFL Assistant Athletic Trainer Award last week in Indianapolis.


Cowboys’ Director of Rehab Wins Asst. Trainer Of Year Award

The combine is a time and place where many different groups convene for annual visits. The NFL trainers are no exception and a key member of the Cowboys’ training staff took home some hardware this weekend.​


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