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.
Strength and Conditioning
March 16, 2019
When was the last time you heard an athlete say they needed to work on strengthening their hips? Rare is the athlete who thinks about training this vital area. Instead, they often focus on training the "glamour" muscles like their biceps and pecs. But the truth is, in 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.
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.
Sports Medicine
March 13, 2019
Note: This is the first of a two-part article. by Ashley Campbell PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-2, and Michael Voight PT, DHSc, SCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS, FAPTA
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.

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