September 1, 2013 Volume XXIII, No. 06


Preventing Muscle Atrophy


Whitworth University
It's a good thing Melinda Larson, MS, ATC, AT/L, is used to having a lot on her plate. When June began, she was serving in her dual roles as Head Athletic Trainer and Associate Professor of Health Science at Whitworth University. But after the school's athletic director announced he was leaving on June 12, Larson was immediately appointed Interim Athletic Director--trading in her position as the supervisor of the four-person sports medicine staff for a job that would have her lead a department with more than 60 employees.


Grip strength training is not very glamorous, but it is an important part of the University of South Carolina football program.
By Joe Connolly, Justin Markley, & Michael Pimentel


After football, the sport with the highest rate of concussions is women's soccer. A veteran athletic trainer takes a look at the causes and offers new ideas on prevention.
By Maria Hutsick


For athletes striving to reach the top of their game, understanding how vitamins work and which ones are most important can make or break a season.
By Amy Culp

Amy Culp, RD, CSSD, LD, is an Assistant Athletics Director and the Sports Dietitian at the University of Texas. She has been coaching athletes on all aspects of fueling for optimal performance and health for over a decade and can be reached at: Amy.Culp@athletics.utexas.edu.


At Illinois State University, the opening of the SMART Clinic has provided more hands-on opportunities for athletic training students and a place for recreational athletes to receive treatment.
By Dr. Justin Stanek

Justin Stanek, EdD, ATC, is an Instructional Assistant Professor and the Clinical Education Coordinator for the CAATE Athletic Training Program in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University. He can be reached at: jmstane@ilstu.edu.


How do you develop a training plan for athletes who need to maintain strength and balance while competing on a sheet of ice? Notre Dame's coach explains.
By Tony Rolinski