April 1, 2014 Volume XXIV, No. 03

The following article appears in the April 2015 issue of Training & Conditioning.


Announcing our 2014 Winner: Brian Robinson, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Ill.

By R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: [email protected].

Finding the Right Altitude

Elite endurance athletes often adhere to the "live high, train low" principle, believing changes the body undergoes at higher altitudes to adapt to getting less oxygen will result in better training and performances at lower altitudes. However, a recent study, published online in October before appearing in the Journal of Applied Physiology, found the benefits of such an approach may be limited to living within a certain range of altitudes.

Research shows that certain "superfoods" can help improve athletic performance. The University of Texas is using them to reach new heights.
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 more than a decade and can be reached at: [email protected].

When an athlete presents with low back pain, the cause may be sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD), an injury that continues to confuse sports medicine providers.
By Dr. Per Gunnar Brolinson, Mike Goforth, and Dr. Mark Rogers

Looking for a new way to increase your athletes' quickness while lessening impact? This author suggests sand training, which helps achieve the ideal 45-degree body angle when accelerating out of a cut.
By Scott O'Dell

Scott O'Dell, MA, CSCS, is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at East Central University of Oklahoma. Author of the book, The Power Revolution, he has been an NSCA conference speaker in areas such as plyometrics and strength development and can be reached at: [email protected].

More and more sports medicine practices are hosting walk-in clinics specifically for high school athletes. The one profiled here has found success by carefully considering all logistics.
By Bobbie Hirsch

Bobbie Hirsch, MEd, ATC, LAT, is the Associate Athletic Trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, a satellite clinic of the Tulane University Medical Center. She also serves on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and can be reached at: [email protected].

At the University of Central Florida, the football team's strength and conditioning program focuses on explosiveness, training major movement patterns, and being the tougher team in the fourth quarter.
By Ed Ellis, Dr. Tredell Dorsey, and Luke Day