Stanford Sports Medicine at NATA Convention

Eitan Gelber, Senior Associate Director of Athletic Training, presenting at NATA Convention

Last week, Stanford University’s Sports Medicine staff had quite a showing at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. Along with attending the symposium to learn the most up to date research and clinical techniques, Stanford’s staff played prominently in the instruction of an array of sessions.

Scott Anderson, the Director of Athletic Training, along with Eitan Gelber, Senior Associate Director of Athletic Training, helped lead a learning lab on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). This session allowed for an introduction to one of the latest techniques in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Steve Bartlinski, Head Football Athletic Trainer, served on a peer-to-peer discussion regarding communication in difficult situations. Difficult conversations, as stated by Bartlinski, are a necessary and critical part of the job of athletic trainers, and several real life situations and techniques were provided to the audience.

Lastly, Matt Mills, an Athletic Training Fellow, presented his Master’s research on the effect of hip flexor restriction on gluteal activation. The study found that those who suffer from hip flexor tightness are predisposed to limited gluteal activation during a squatting task. Mills was awarded the Master’s Oral Award for his presentation and Mills’ research was published as part of the Journal of Athletic Training.



Courtesy of Matt Mills

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