This fall, the NCAA’s first chief medical officer will recommend that all athletes at greater risk of suffering cardiac death, including male basketball players, undergo an EKG test to search for abnormalities. But despite Dr. Brian Hainline’s good intentions, the debate about cardiovascular screenings continues.
The NCAA does not currently mandate testing to detect irregularities that could lead to sudden cardiac death. However, a growing number of schools—including half the institutions in... more
A recently released study finds that cerebral blood flow (CBF) may be a biomarker for concussion severity. It also uncovered a link between decreased CBF and longer recovery time.
Led by Timothy Meier, PhD, of the Mind Research Network/Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., the study, which was published online in JAMA Neurology on March 2, analyzed 17 college football players who underwent MRI scans to measure brain blood flow one day, one week, and one... more
The following is the NATA's statement on the recent Student-Athletes’ Bill Of Rights, which has been introduced as a joint resolution in the House and Senate.
DALLAS, TEXAS, February 27, 2015 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association supports the introduction of the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights into Congress. The resolution recognizes best practices toward maintaining a safe environment for America’s young athletes and raises awareness of the need for increased youth... more
For most New York Mets players who return from major injuries, the rewards of hard work and countless hours of rehab eventually show themselves on the diamond—and for some, in their pocket. As a token of his appreciation for their hard work, and to comemmorate their commitment and effort in overcoming serious injury, Dave Pearson, a physical therapist and athletic trainer who is the Mets’ minor league rehabilitation coordinator, has been handing out small coins that reference the players' time... more
In 2011, Kyle Sammons quit his job in finance to join the University of Nevada strength and conditioning staff as a graduate assistant. Now, Sammons is the Wolf Pack's Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning and works primarily with the men's basketball team. In just a short time, Sammons, who is lauded for his high intellect, has made a tremendous impact on the entire department.
According to an article from the Reno Gazette-Journal:
Sammons has brought a very intellectual approach to... more
Despite heated debate and several Big 12 schools’ votes against it, the NCAA passed a new concussion protocol at its first-ever autonomy session this past January. At that session, University of Oklahoma student-athlete representative Ty Darlington championed the “nay” vote, calling for an additional clause in the legislation that would give the final say on head injuries to medical personnel. Now, just one month later, the Big 12 Conference has taken the matters into its own hands, enacting... more