May 1, 2013 Volume XXIII, No. 04


Emotions and ACL Recovery
While recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery is far from routine, advances in the procedure have reduced the number of physical complications that hinder recovery. The psychological aspects of recovery, however, remain a factor in determining an athlete's chances of making a full return to action. A pair of presentations at the American Physical Therapy Association's 2013 Combined Sections Meeting in February provided some insight into the topic.


University of West Alabama
When R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS, first walked onto the campus of the University of West Alabama in 1974, the 18-year-old immediately became the school's most experienced athletic trainer. He was also its only athletic trainer.


One of the secrets to Florida State's successful 2012 football season was the implementation of massage therapy for all players. A local partnership kept costs low.
By Jake Pfeil

Jake Pfeil, MS, LAT, ATC, is the Associate Director of Sports Medicine and Head Football Athletic Trainer at Florida State University, where he is also an Approved Clinical Instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program. He can be reached at: jpfeil@admin.fsu.edu.


Although most sports medicine professionals are familiar with the female athlete triad, studies show they are not using the most effective screening protocols.
By Dr. Jill Thein-Nissenbaum

Jill Thein-Nissenbaum, DSc, PT, SCS, ATC, is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and an Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin. She can be reached at: thein@pt.wisc.edu.


A growing list of athletes claim that going gluten-free has enhanced their performance. What are the myths and truths of this trend?
By Lisa Lutchka

Lisa Lutchka, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, is the owner of Eat Move Win, LLC, where she provides athletes with nutrition counseling and personal training services. She can be reached through her Web site at: www.eatmovewin.com.


Making a big career change can be daunting. In this three-part article, athletic trainers who have been there share their stories.
By Tim Bream

Tim Bream, MS, ATC, is the Director of Athletic Training Services and the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Pennsylvania State University. He can be reached at: htb2@psu.edu.


To dominate play through a long basketball season, this author suggests correcting asymmetries and training with "monster" lifts during the preseason.
By Timothy DiFrancesco


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