Month: June 2015

NATA Clinical Sympoisa & AT Expo

NATA 2015

By Luke Belval, Director of Military and Occupational Safety

This past week KSI converged on St. Louis for the NATA Clinical Sympoisa & AT Expo. This annual meeting of athletic trainers is unique for KSI as our staff fulfills multiple roles over the course of several days. From rolling out new programs at the exhibit hall to presenting research, KSI has developed a foundational presence amongst athletic trainers and the convention center in St. Louis proved to be no exception.

With its first class reputation for research, KSI uses the NATA Clinical Symposia to disseminate its information to help inform the practices of athletic trainers. Director of Research, Lesley Vandermark, kicked off the week by presenting a course on “Best Practices for Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes”, which examined how appropriate screening could help save athletes lives. As a continuation of the landmark CATCH-ON study, Assistant Director of Youth Sport Safety, Alicia Pike, presented the results of a study that examined athletic training services in private secondary schools to compare to the public setting. Vice President of Operations and Education, Rebecca Stearns, presented “Medical Injuries and Illnesses at an Ironman Triathlon Competition” as a result of KSI’s relationship with the Lake Placid Ironman to help shed light on the needs of the ultra-endurance athlete. Yuri Hosokawa, Director of Education and Communication, presented some results of the 2014 Falmouth Road Race Study demonstrating the physiological responses of athletes in the heat. Finally, William Adams, Director of Sport Safety Policies, released the results of a case study of a runner returning back to a race where 1 year prior he suffered a heat stroke.

Meanwhile, KSI along with its corporate partners exhibited their products and services at the AT Expo. A perennial highlight for KSI and its partners, we were able to join together this year for our largest giveaway yet. Athletic trainers who attended all of the booths as a part of our passport program were entered for not only daily prizes but amazing grand prizes. Lucky winners brought home everything from autographed merchandise to Kestrel units to AEDs. If you missed out on this program this year, be sure to check out our booth next year for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Also at the KSI booth was the launching of the NATA and KSI’s Athletic Training Location and Services (ATLAS) project. Robert Huggins, Vice President of Research, presented some of the initial findings of the project to the Secondary School Committee of the NATA followed by the public launch at the AT Expo. Individuals who visited KSI’s booth were able to verify whether or not the services they provide secondary school settings were accurate. This is part of a large database that captures how athletic trainers provide services to secondary schools and identifies school districts that could better protect athletes. If you would like more information about this project, check out the ATLAS database and contribute your information if you are a secondary school athletic trainer.

The NATA annual meeting is arguably the busiest and most productive meeting of KSI’s calendar. As our relationship with NATA and our corporate partners continues to envelop our presence will only magnify and our reach will optimized. If you missed KSI at the meeting this year or would like more information on the Korey Stringer Institute be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter and explore our website.

NATA “Passport” Campaign

Passport 2015

By Rebecca Sterns, Vice President of Operations and Education

This year’s NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo represents the 5th year that KSI will be an exhibitor. As we continue our presence at the exhibit hall we have worked with our other partners to create an encompassing experience for our supporters in order to package some of the best health & safety information and tools together.

Last year we started what we call the passport campaign, and continuing the program this year we have expanded it to include 5 of our corporate partners.

Through this program, attendees can pick up a “passport” at any of the participating sponsor’s exhibit booths. Each booth you visit you will obtain a stamp on your passport. After you collect all 6 stamps you are eligible for one of the 2 daily prizes and will be entered to win one of the six grand prize drawings at the end of the conference. Below is a list of the participating companies and prizes for this year. Come see us to get your passport there!

Booth #1028     Korey Stringer Institute

Booth #1033     Kestrel Heat Stress Trackers

Booth #1030     Mission AthleteCare

Booth #1026     One Beat CPR & AED

Booth #1607     Gatorade

Booth #1029     Jones & Bartlett Learning


Daily Prizes (Two prizes awarded each day)

MISSION Prize Pack

Sudden Death in Sport & Physical Activity Book by Douglas Casa

One Beat CPR + AED Prize Pack

Kestrel Drop D2 Environmental Data Logger

Gatorade Recover Kit

KSI Fan Pack

Grand Prizes (Selected from all entries)

Reggie Bush Signed Football

Visa Gift Card

Philips HeartStart OnSite AED with a Case and Fast Response Kit

Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Meter

J.J. Watt Signed Houston Texans Jersey

Serena Williams Signed Tennis Ball


Gatorade And All-Star Athlete Roster Promote The Importance Of Athlete Hydration And Heat Safety With 11th Annual Beat The Heat Program (PR Newswire)

To help keep athletes safe and performing at their best during the hot summer months, The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), has partnered with top professional athletes in a variety of sports including J.J. Watt, Jimmie Johnson, Usain Bolt, Eli Manning, April Ross and more for the Gatorade Beat the Heat educational campaign this summer. In its 11th year, Gatorade Beat the Heat has also teamed up with the Korey Stringer Institute and league partners including the NFL and NBA to continue to raise awareness among athletes, parents and coaches on how proper hydration can help reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic activity.

While dehydration is a risk across all types of youth sports during the hot summer months, research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) found that as many as 70 percent of high school football players showed up for practice inadequately hydrated. Additionally, research shows that dehydration or poor hydration increases the risk for heat illness.i

“Athletes don’t always fully comprehend how dehydration can negatively impact performance,” said Dr. James Carter, Director of GSSI. “Through the Beat the Heat program, we and our partners are able to educate athletes, parents and coaches about the importance of proper hydration and safety measures while active in the heat.”

Throughout the summer, featured professional athletes will visit youth sports camps and will be shown on Gatorade’s YouTube page sharing their heat recommendations and warning athletes about the perils of dehydration.

“The Beat the Heat program is important because of its goal of providing education and awareness around the prevention, recognition and treatment of heat-related illness during the summer sports season,” said George Chiampas, Korey Stringer Institute Medical and Science Advisory Board. “While you can’t change the weather, you can change how you approach practices or competitions and games in hot weather. Athletes, referees, parents and coaches may not know that heat-related illnesses can be prevented with appropriate strategies related to hydration, acclimatization, fitness, cooling and practice modifications.”

“It’s the responsibility of athletes, coaches, parents and trainers to closely monitor the warning signs of dehydration and heat-related illness,” said Bryan Snyder, Denver Broncos Director of Team Nutrition. “Beyond simple hydration, drinks that contain electrolytes to help retain and regulate fluids are very important. Additionally, the consumption of carbohydrates found in sports drinks can help an athlete’s performance.”

About Gatorade
The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), provides sports performance innovations designed to meet the needs of athletes at all competitive levels and across a broad range of sports. Backed by a 50 year history of studying the best athletes in the world and grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Gatorade provides scientifically formulated products to meet the sports fueling needs of athletes in all phases of athletic activity. For more information and a full list of products, please visit

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate.

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and, which recorded 26.9 billion page views during the 2013-14 seasons, with more than half of all visitors originating from outside of North America.  The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with nearly 835 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $260 million to charity, completed more than 3.3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 970 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

i Stover, E., Zachwieja, J., Stofan, J., Murray, R., & Horswill, C. (2006). Consistently High Urine Specific Gravity in Adolescent American Football Players and the Impact of an Acute Drinking Strategy. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 27(4), 330-335.



Source: PR Newswire

KSI at the Vermont City Marathon & Relay


By Andrea Fortunati, Assistant Director of Elite Athlete Health and Performance

Korea Stringer Institute was represented for the first time at the 27th annual People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay that was held on May 24th, 2015 in Burlington, VT. The race included 8,000 participants and began promptly at 8:00am with the Wheelchair participants, followed by the runners at 8:03am.


Members of the KSI, William Adams, Yuri Hosokawa, Luke Belval, and Andrea Fortunati worked in the main medical tent located at the finish line as well as at medical tents located at the midpoint of the race.



This year, there were approximately 150 medical visits seen throughout the day with a total of six athletes transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Four cases of exertional heat stroke were seen and treated at the marathon. During all of these cases at least one member of KSI was present and aided in the treatment process. One case was treated at the medical tent located at mile 13 and the other three cases were treated in the main medical tent at the finish line. In the critical care tent there were two cold-water immersion tubs and members of KSI ready to implement proper protocols and procedures that have been profoundly researched to treat EHS. Treatment for the cases in the critical care tent where done with cold water immersion, which is found to be the quickest and most effective way to cool the body, and rectal thermometers were used for the body temperatures assessment, which is critical in assessing the body temperature in people who are suffering from exertional heat stroke. Once the athletes had been properly cooled, all EHS cases were transported to the UVMMC following the medical organizer’s protocol for a follow-up examination.

This is the second of several marathons KSI will be involved with this year, the first being at the Boston Marathon. Other road races KSI are attending include the Lake Placid Ironman, the Falmouth Road Race, New Haven Road Race, the Marine Corps Marathon, and more.

This is the second of several marathons KSI will be involved with this year, the first being at the Boston Marathon. Other road races KSI are attending include the Lake Placid Ironman, the Falmouth Road Race, New Haven Road Race, the Marine Corps Marathon, and more.

Medical and Science Advisory Board Meeting

KSI Med Sci Board

By Lesley Vandermark, Director of Research

On the heels of our uber-successful board meeting and fundraiser gala in early May, KSI held our annual Medical and Science Advisory Board meeting on May 26th, in conjunction with the 62nd annual American College of Sports Medicine Symposium in sunny San Diego, CA. KSI staff members and the MSAB members had the opportunity to discuss progress with on-going initiatives like the Mission Heat Safety Pledge, and discuss future initiatives and directions over a nice dinner. This meeting was an important opportunity for our MSAB to meet and talk about potential collaborations with our new Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. John Jardine.

We also updated the MSAB on our on-going and upcoming research projects. KSI will be going to the Falmouth Road Race to provide medical coverage and perform research on thermoregulation and heat illness with the race participants. Additionally over the next 6 months KSI will be doing research in a field that continues to gain importance in athletics, wearable technology. We also discussed our upcoming travel plans and public appearances. Don’t miss a chance to meet the staff and board members, and pickup information, at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 66th Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO at the end of June.

Several corporate and supply partners were also in attendance, showing continued support of our research and education initiatives. Additionally, one of our educational partners, Jones & Bartlett Learning attended to give an update on our progress with the online continuing education course on preventing sudden death in sport. The course should be available this summer, and is a great resource for athletic trainers in need of evidence-based practice (EBP) CEUs due in December.