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Strength and Conditioning
March 16, 2019
Husband Aaron Burkart is in his third year with Texas State as the head football strength and conditioning coach after having served as the director of football strength and conditioning. Wife Chelsea Burkart became the first sports dietitian hired by Texas State’s athletics program and provides nutrition consultation to athletes. “I would say the number one goal when it comes to strength and conditioning is to prevent injury,” Aaron Burkart said. “A lot of people would balk at that and say, ‘Well I thought it was bigger, faster, stronger.’”
Optimum Performance
March 14, 2019
Athletes—and Strength/Conditioning Coaches and Sport Coaches—are taught one guiding principle that extends well beyond athletics: The harder you work, the more success you'll achieve. It's a principle that is generally very accurate. However, there's another phrase that also holds true for all facets of life...including athletics: Taking something to the extreme is bad for you.
Strength and Conditioning
March 12, 2019
To build the perfect training program, strength and conditioning professionals make many tailor-made considerations for their athletes. Settling on the right exercise selection, training volume, and load volume can be painstakingly time-consuming and difficult. However, to execute the perfect training program, a perfect warm-up must also be present. The warm-up is every bit as important as the aforementioned program design qualities. However, far too often it is designed haphazardly, executed poorly, or worse yet, skipped over altogether.
New Research
March 10, 2019
A key state of the recovery process for an injuried athlete, as well as for those athletes who push themselves in training, is the ability to tolerate pain.  A recent study conducted by the University of Kent in England showed that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction—a common meditation technique that utilizes breathing, body awareness and exploration of pattens of behavior, thinking, feeling and action—can help athletes increase their pain tolerance and speed up the recovery process.
Concussions
March 9, 2019
The NHL Alumni Association has partnered with cannabis company Canopy Growth, a cannabis company located in Canada, to conduct a one-year study investigating the possibility of cannabinoids helping treat post-concussion neurological problems. The study will be led by NEEKA Health Canada.
Injury Prevention
March 9, 2019
Cupping is a technique for treating muscle pain, soreness and stiffness that has been around for thousands of years; it's mentioned in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the Western world, The Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC. Cupping has been a very popular form of treatment among swimmers because they are more likely to suffer shoulder injuries, and came more into vogue during the 2016 Olympics because of its use by Olympic athletes such as Michael Phelps. 
Strength and Conditioning
March 9, 2019
The way former Detroit Red Wings strength and conditioning coach Peter Renzetti sees it, when it comes to sport-specific strength and conditioning training, there is none. “Strength training will always be an integral part of athlete development, Renzetti writes in an article on the Durham Star (Ontario) website. “And, there is nothing that can help improve sport performance more than the development of strength and speed.
Leadership
March 7, 2019
Following in the footsteps of Arizona, South Dakota has become the second state in the U.S. to mandate a pre-game medical meeting prior to all high school sporting events. The purpose is to make sure officials, administrators, coaches, and medical personnel are on the same page in case an emergency occurs.
Continuing Education
March 2, 2019
By Amber Giacomazzi, MS, AT, ATC, CAT(C) An Athletic Training Program faculty member’s schedule is hectic during the school year. Preparing for lectures, exams, grading, advising, committee work, and research obligations comes with the territory. Being an Athletic Training faculty member is both rewarding and challenging. Professors understand that even if you remain organized, prepare your syllabi, assignments, and exams, you will still run into challenges.
Optimum Performance
March 1, 2019
The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) was recently looking for a unique way to kick off its educational campaign on the importance of adequate, high-quality sleep. It did so by distributing sleep masks to student-athletes at all member schools.
Injury Prevention
February 28, 2019
The Missouri Western State University athletic department recently added a six-month-old Australian Shepard therapy dog, named Myron, as a new member of the staff to help its student-athletes overcome their challenges. Myron was added to the department recently after mental health expert and athletic trainer Tim Neal was on campus to speak to the
Strength and Conditioning
February 26, 2019
LaVall Jordan was elevated to the head basketball coach at Butler University in June 2017, and following his first season leading the Bulldogs, he decided to act on a vision he had for future Butler players.
Strength and Conditioning
February 22, 2019
Strength coaches and coaches are always looking for unique activities that are not related specifically to the sport they are coaching, understanding that the more disimilar the activity is to the regular conditioning regimen, the more it will be enjoyed by the athletes. The Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League have taken on a new conditioning activity this season: boxing training.
Strength and Conditioning
February 21, 2019
The new age of using analytics to measure athleticism has resulted in many metrics that strength/conditioning coaches, athletic trainers and coaches have at their disposal for studying athlete performance. Still, there's one constant in evaluating athletic skills that has been used for decades: testing speed with sprints such as the 40-yard dash. And there's a definite reason for that: Testing speed is a huge part of many sports.
Injury Prevention
February 21, 2019
by Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC All of us athletic trainers have some area where we want to improve. It might be because our confidence is low, we haven’t been exposed to too many of those injuries, or curiosity got the best of you.
Injury Prevention
February 20, 2019
Ice baths are often used to reduce inflammation of those sore muscles. They constrict the blood vessels, and this results in flushing the lactic acid out of the tissues and reducing the swelling. If the athlete gets out of the ice bath and begins to warm up , blood rushes back in to the muscle and boosts the recovery process.
Concussions
February 18, 2019
The proper treatment of an athlete who suffered a concussion begins with timely reporting by the athlete.  It's not surprising, however, that the likelihood of an athlete coming forward about a concussion decreases greatly when an athletic trainer is not around on a regular basis.
Optimum Performance
February 15, 2019
Looking to emphasize the importance of sleep, the Peach Belt Conference issued sleep masks to all student-athletes in the league.
Strength and Conditioning
February 15, 2019
The University of Nebraska volleyball team has been one of the most dominant squads in NCAA Division I over the past decade. A secret to its success is its use of the Husker Power Performance Index.
Sports Medicine
February 15, 2019
Some injuries are easy to evalute and treat. But what do you do if an athlete presents with symptoms that don't point to a clear-cut diagnosis?
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