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July 24, 2019
The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab announced last week that Gamebreaker's new soccer headband named Gamebreaker AURA was the world's top rated protective headband for soccer. The Gamebreaker AURA earned five stars and carried the largest coverage score out of the top-rated products with 60% coverage.
Sports Medicine
July 23, 2019
The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams have announced a two-year commitment to provide full-time and part-time certified athletic trainers high schools in their areas. The organization’s donated $200,000 over two years to West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Team HEAL. The NFL matched the donation to provide an additional $100,000. Team athletic trainers presented the check at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. They spoke to the students about their careers and how athletic training is applicable to life in and out of sports.
Concussions
July 17, 2019
The style of tackling used in rugby may be associated with a lower force of impact than the style used in football, according to a preliminary study of college athletes released Tuesday. The study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Sports Concussion Conference this month in Indianapolis.
Optimum Performance
July 11, 2019
Colorado high school coaches will now be required to take a course that improves their abilities to help student-athletes who may be struggling with mental health difficulties.
Sports Medicine
July 10, 2019
The petition was created online after 14-year-old Middleton High School freshman Hezekiah Walters collapsed during summer football conditioning drills and died. Lloyd Knudson, an athletic trainer at Winter Haven High School in Florida, started the petition in Walters’ honor, calling on the Polk County School Board and superintendent to make significant changes.
Strength and Conditioning
July 1, 2019
In-season training is necessary if your team wants to finish the season strong.  The focus of the season obviously has to be on actual game competitions and sports practice. 
July 1, 2019
Just prior to its annual convention the NATA called for all sports organizations to evaluate their readiness to prevent and treat exertional heat stroke, one of the three leading causes of death in sports. 
Sports Medicine
June 28, 2019
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) inducted seven athletic trainers into its prestigious Hall of Fame at the NATA 70th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Las Vegas on June 26. The NATA Hall of Fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive.
June 26, 2019
Presentations are being made in virtually every area of operations related to athletic training during this week's NATA Convention in Las Vegas.  Some topics don't receive the attention they deserve. Here's a look at four hot topics that were presented during the convention that you may not have heard about. 1. Children in low-income communities tend to be less physically competent.
Sports Medicine
June 26, 2019
A new survey of college and university athletic trainers shows that 51.7% of their collegiate-level sports programs follow the NCAA-legislated independent medical model of care. In addition, 76.3% of respondents feel they have medical autonomy — the unchallengeable authority to determine medical management of athletes.
Company News
June 20, 2019
Coach and Athletic Director magazine, owned by award-winning B2B publisher Great American Media Services, has acquired three prominent sports industry magazines previously owned by MomentumMedia – Coaching Management, Athletic Management and Training & Conditioning.
June 19, 2019
  The Journal of Athletic Training has released its annual special supplement that features the abstracts from the free communicatrions presentations to be given at the NATA Convention. Click here to view the supplement.
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.
Strength and Conditioning
June 3, 2019
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
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.
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?
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