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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.
Facilities
April 2, 2019
  By Meaghan Beck and John Abt There aren’t many places where the musculoskeletal, biomechanical, physiological, and neurocognitive needs of military personnel, athletes, women, and jockeys are addressed under the same roof. The Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) at the University of Kentucky is one of them.
Sports Medicine
March 31, 2019
  By Maria Hutsick, MS, LATC, CSCS I came to my current job from the university setting. I always had a staff and athletic training students at my place of employment. However, moving to the high school level none of this was available. I had to do everything and each year as the student-athletes realized the skill and experience I had to offer the numbers increasd.
Injury Prevention
March 27, 2019
By Dr. Erin Hassler, DAT, MS, ATC, LAT, PES Athletes, coaches, parents and fans want thee winning edge. Well, as athletic trainers, we can be that edge. The level of care that we are able to provide for our athletes and patients, can be the difference in the next touchdown, buzzer beater or first place medal. In order to provide this care, athletic trainers must stay abreast of the latest information and current standards in healthcare.
Sport-specific
March 26, 2019
Major League Baseball starts in full force today with a full slate of games. The college baseball season has been underway for weeks and high school baseball is about to begin for the non-warm weather states. Most baseball players have been diligent in their strength training during the off-season. Strength Coaches and Baseball Coaches understand that it's important for players to continue their strength training exericse while the season is going on.
Strength and Conditioning
March 23, 2019
by Jordan Tingman As a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, we deal a lot with rookies coming into the weight room with little-to-no technique with regard to the Olympic variations.  Many people think the Olympic lifts are simple, but we spend a great deal of time teaching them and cleaning up errors that have been developed as a result of poor instruction.  Take your time when teaching these lifts to young athletes so they learn good habits, and progress slowly instead of focusing on how much weight is on the bar.  
New Research
March 21, 2019
Research involving retired NFL athletes found there was no connection between concussion history and depressive symptoms among those players who did not exhibit physical symptoms. But the research was published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, did find that physical problems such as body pain are a key pathway between sport-related concussions and depression.
Sports Medicine
March 19, 2019
By Maria Hutsick, MS, LATC, CSCS I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this and address the dilemma I found myself in last year. I have been practicing athletic training for over 41 years. I was the Dir. Of Sports Medicine at Boston University for almost 30 years, and I am currently working at the high school level in Massachusetts.
March 17, 2019
For most sports, enhancing hip strength and power is a key aspect of improving performance. Strong hips are required to transfer force effectively from the lower body to the upper body in many sports, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, throwing events in track and field, and football. Furthermore, hip strength is also important for injury prevention. While athletes may not suffer injuries to their hips as often as their knees or shoulders, just like other joints, the hip joint is susceptible to injury when weak.
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.’”
Sports Medicine
March 16, 2019
A patient after an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) faces higher risk of osteoarthritis, and that's especially concerning to athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals because research suggests that athletes are more prone to osteoarthritis than the general population.
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.
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