December 1, 2013 Volume XXIII, No. 09


Take Two, Stay Cool

Athletes who train in hot conditions are often in search of ways to "beat the heat" and exercise longer. One new answer may be as simple as taking a few pills of acetaminophen. Researchers in England have found that the drug helps athletes improve their time to exhaustion when exercising in the heat, possibly due to its ability to lower body, core, and skin temperature.


Xavier University
By Mary Kate Murphy

Mary Kate Murphy is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. She can be reached at: mkmurphy@MomentumMedia.com.


At Columbia University, student-athletes are focused and finishing strong, thanks to a new performance-enhancement program emphasizing both body and mind.
By Dr. Brent Walker


Although the NATA's latest guidelines do not call for ECG screenings on athletes prior to participation, some schools have begun to implement them anyway. In this two-part article, athletic trainers at the high school and university levels explain why and how.
By Josh Woodall and Jamie Woodall


The University of North Carolina is using a "full court press" in nutrition to assist its men's basketball players in rising above the competition.

By Mary Ellen Bingham

Mary Ellen Bingham, MS, RD, CSSD, is the Head Sports Nutritionist at the University of North Carolina, where she works closely with many of the varsity sports teams, including men's basketball. She can be reached at: BinghamM@email.unc.edu.


What's the best way to deliver athletic training coverage and sports medicine care in the 21st century? A large-scale model, outlined here, may be an answer.
By Mitch Bellamy

Mitch Bellamy, MS, ATC, is the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute, where he has been employed since 2004. He has previously worked at Belmont University and Marshall University and can be reached at: dennis.m.bellamy@vanderbilt.edu.


An off-season training program focused on injury prevention and position-specific workouts has helped the University of South Carolina baseball team win two national championships in the past four years.

By Billy Anderson

Billy Anderson, MSCC, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic sports at the University of South Carolina and the Head Strength Coach for its baseball team. He can be reached at: bdanders@mailbox.sc.edu.