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The First Aider

Hydrating Athletes Then and Now

October 1, 2018

“We used to do what!?” Three legends in our profession share surprising and educational stories on how far we’ve come in understanding the science behind hydration and keeping athletes safe. Read More

The Latest Treatment Guidelines for Ankle Sprains

October 1, 2018

Are you following the best evidence in managing ankle sprains? New clinical practice guidelines tell us what works and doesn’t work for ankle sprain prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Read More

The Science of Ultrasound Dosing

October 1, 2018

Are your athletes getting the benefits of an ultrasound treatment? Athletic trainers need to be aware of the specific dose parameters for appropriate tissue heating using ultrasound, and how to get the most out of soft tissue treatments. Read More

Debunking the Ankle Braces Impairment Myth

October 1, 2018

Studies show that ankle braces do not affect performance, speed or agility; yet there are some athletes who still think braces slow them down or impair their ability. Two researchers share their findings on performance with Active Ankle braces. Read this to help educate and protect your athletes. Read More

Will You Be Ready?

October 1, 2018

The professional degree in athletic training will be at the master’s level as of July 1, 2020. Do you still have questions on how this will impact you or your organization? Read More

First Aider - June Issue

June 4, 2018

Welcome to this special 100th anniversary commemorative issue! While Cramer Chemicals started in 1918, the First Aider inaugural issue premiered in 1932. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the athletic trainer profession…from treatments to products to athletes’ expectations. We recognize that change is constant but some change is good and some not so good. In this issue, we’re tackling some of the changes that are being debated today, i.e., to ice or not to ice. In a few of the articles, we’re referencing a recent survey that was e-mailed to our First Aider subscribers in late April. We had over 450 participants (thank you!) who shared their input on the icing question as well as ankle bracing, modalities and kinesiology taping.

Please share this e-newsletter with your students and encourage them to subscribe by visiting http://www.cramersportsmed.com and click on the newsletter signup at the bottom of the home page. Read More

The Party Has Started!

June 4, 2018

Since Chuck and Frank Cramer helped establish the NATA in 1950, we thought it only fitting this year to play a big part in this year’s NATA Annual Clinical Symposium and Athletic Trainer Expo! It’s in New Orleans this year, June 26-29.

We’re sponsoring the NATA Welcome Reception that will be held at Mardi World Tuesday, June 26, 2018, from 6:30pm-8:00pm. All NATA registered attendees are invited to join us to kick off the week and celebrate with Cramer. And that’s not all! Read More

Cramer’s Advisory Council Shares Their Views

June 1, 2018

We asked several members of the 2017-18 Advisory Council for their perspective on where our profession is heading. Not surprisingly, their answers underscore the need for the profession to be nimble and responsive to the ever-changing needs of the athlete, the organizations they serve and the general public. Read More

To Ice or Not to Ice: That is the question

June 1, 2018

Ice has gotten a bad rap recently. Anti-ice proponents have stated that “icing doesn’t work,” and ice has “never been proven 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.

The good thing about the anti-ice movement is that it makes us take a step back and re-evaluate the clinical decisions we make—and why we make them. Are they based on “tradition” or evidence? This article will help you understand the facts about ice to help YOU make the decision whether to use ice or not. Read More

To Brace or Not to Brace: That is the Question!

June 1, 2018

According to a 2017 study [1], lateral ankle sprains were the most common injury in US college student athletes, with men’s and women’s basketball having the highest rates. In addition, the authors reported that athletes were 3 times more likely to sprain their ankle in competition compared to practice, although most ankle sprains occurred during practice. Researchers [2, 3] have also reported that athletes were 2 to 3 times more likely to sprain their ankle when not wearing an ankle brace. Several systematic reviews confirm that ankle braces can prevent recurrent ankle sprains [4-6].

Despite these facts, ankle bracing remains a controversial topic. Some believe that ankle bracing may impair performance or even increase injuries! There is so much information out there. Athletes, coaches, parents, and athletic trainers often want to know, “Should we wear ankle braces?” And if the answer is “yes,” the daunting task of choosing the appropriate brace begins.

First, we need to address some myths about ankle bracing. Let’s start with the facts: Read More