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Nutrition
June 3, 2019
Note: This is an adapted version of an article that ran earlier in Training & Conditioning.   By Amy Bragg Amy Bragg, RD, CSSD, LD, is the Director of Performance Nutrition at the University of Alabama.  She previously served in this position at Texas A&M University. Whether they're on the field, court, or track, coaches use a mix of art and science to measure their team's gains. They combine observations with game statistics to figure out where the team needs to improve.
June 3, 2019
By Gray Cook & Aaron Taylor How do your athletes warm up before hitting the weightroom? For years, coaches asked that they perform static stretches—bending and stretching while sitting and standing. Other coaches have used a general warmup, with the idea of simply getting the muscles moving.
May 30, 2019
                      by Mark Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS Modalities are generally devised to help promote healing and/or decrease pain.  Two advanced devices that focus on treating soft tissue injuries include Class IV laser and shockwave technology.  While both can be effective, how they work and what conditions they are best suited for can be confusing.
May 22, 2019
  Chris Kildow, the builder of the Muscle Milk® Brand and one of the leaders in the advancement of the sports nutrition category during the last 20 years, passed away in March after a courageous battle with cancer. Chris reshaped the Protein & Recovery Category—and in the process redefined the meaning of “Strong.”  
Strength and Conditioning
May 18, 2019
  By Mike Gentry It's important to remember that the definition of strength is force X distance, while power, is defined as force X distance divided by time. The difference is the time element.  In other words, how fast force can be applied. The term speed strength is often used to describe power. Developing Power Through Strength
Strength and Conditioning
May 12, 2019
By Mike Gentry Two great exercises that may have lost some of their appeal but are still super productive and effective are pull-up variations and dip variations.  Both exercises require minimal equipment and can be started by beginners with assistance from an exercise band or manual assistance from a training partner if needed.  Both exercises can be performed as bodyweight exercises when the athlete is strong enough to do so, and both exercises can be progressively weighted for the advanced strength athlete.
May 12, 2019
Many teams hold training sessions or regular practice sessions in the early morning hours. Sometimes this is done out of necessity, other times coaches and strength/conditioning coaches believe it's a good way to instll the value of hard work and determination their athletes. But is it the best thing for your athletes?
Sports Medicine
May 9, 2019
  By Mark Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS Clinicians are faced with treating inflammation on a daily basis. When treating muscle strains, sound knowledge of the mechanisms involved with tissue healing and knowing which evidence-based therapies effectively reduce pain and inflammation are paramount to restoring function as quickly as possible. There are several options to treat pain and inflammation, but which choice is best?
May 7, 2019
  By Mike Gentry The title of this blog represents my philosophy of evaluation of training methods.   Look for the best in whatever you’re studying, what’s useful and applicable to you and your situation. Like most coaches, I’m always interested in finding a better way to do something.  A better chance to win. Here are some questions you might ask yourself as you’re evaluating training methods. 1. Does this system make sense to me?
Sports Medicine
April 24, 2019
  By Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC and Bart Peterson, MSS, AT In 2001, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), teamed with 16 other medical associations and sports governing bodies and began a two-year process to determine what schools and organizations should provide to students and athletes in middle schools and high schools. The resulting document, titled Appropriate Medical Care for the Secondary School Aged Athlete (AMCSSAA), provided guidelines for health-care professionals in school athletic programs.
Optimum Performance
April 17, 2019
More students at high schools and colleges are using anti-anxiety medications or dealing with a form of depression than ever before. And the world of high school athletics is certainly not immune to the issue of mental health issues. • About one quarter of college athletes participating in a 2016 study reported "clinically relevant" levels of depressive symptom.
Sports Medicine
April 16, 2019
  By Dr. Erin Hassler, DAT, ATC, MS, LAT, PES Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals with a broad spectrum of skills and even expertise. We armed with an arsenal of tools that make us the go-to people. Athletic trainers are educators, emergency managers, advocates, and counselors, too.
April 13, 2019
  By Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC   (from left to right): Walter "Kip" Smith, MEd, ATC, LAT,Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC,David H. Perrin, PhD, AT Ret, FNATA.  Smith and Perrin are both members of the NATA Hall if Fame.
Strength and Conditioning
April 13, 2019
  By Mike Gentry So many times I’d hear coaches say that an athlete had stiff hips, or that so and so was a waist bender.  It’s hard to be an effective athlete if you can’t bend.  Many times it’s the football linemen or basketball player with long legs and a short torso that struggles.
New Research
April 9, 2019
  By Jeff G. Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM, FNATA
Sports Medicine
April 9, 2019
  By Dr. Erin Hassler, DAT, MS, ATC, LAT, PES Athletic training has been for me an extremely rewarding career. It is an industry full of triumph and the pangs of defeat. Athletic training can be a world of cheers and a quiet room filled with disappointment and tears. No two days are the same and for most of us, that is the draw. Each day can be a new adventure a new problem to solve.
Optimum Performance
April 9, 2019
New technology is taking shape with contact lenses for athletes who need them to overcome vision issues. And the one leading the way is the highest-paid player in baseball: Bruce Harper. During Spring Training, Harper began wearing new transition contact lenses that feature technology allowing the user to adapt to changing light. These new lenses, called ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions, is designed to minimize the effects of bright light on the eye.
Strength and Conditioning
April 6, 2019
  By Mike Gentry We all want athletes that are flexible and mobile.  We want them to have the ability to bend and play with leverage.  We also hope that they are coordinated and can quickly get their feet into the best positions for balance and positions of power.
Strength and Conditioning
April 2, 2019
by Luke Day, CSCS I want to start a discussion centered around common sense and training athletes. The two have been like a separated married couple and it’s stressing the kids out. During this discussion I promise to not to do or say anything that promotes myself as a guru or attempts to reinvent the wheel to prove how smart or insightful I am. We have all had enough of that. So here is my ground breaking discovery: Athletes are humans.
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