May 1, 2014 Volume XXIV, No. 04

Better Predictions
When an athlete is injured, one of the first questions coaches ask is, "How long will they be out?" With hamstring injuries, athletic trainers don't typically have an answer. However, a recent study has highlighted a way to use MRI images to forecast a return-to-play timetable.

Virginia Tech
By R.J. Anderson

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

After strength training, conditioning, and nutrition, the next frontier in improving performance may be proper sleep habits. Stanford University is leading the way.
By Dr. Brandon Marcello

Brandon Marcello, PhD, NASM-PES, NASM-CES, CSCS, USAW, is Director of Sports Performance at Stanford University, overseeing the athletic performance-enhancement initiatives for the school's 36 varsity teams. He can be reached at: [email protected].

Related to the female athlete triad, a new concern called Athletic Energy Deficit is causing sports medicine professionals to take a closer look at the needs of girls involved in competitive athletics.
By Kathleen Cody

Kathleen Cody is the Executive Director of American Bone Health and the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education, a community-based health organization providing support and education to the public to promote lifelong bone health. She can be reached at: [email protected].

Through education, careful meal planning, and creative entrees, Texas A&M University offers its football players the right fuel for success.
By Jonathan Tanguay

Jonathan Tanguay, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, is Director of Performance Nutrition at Texas A&M University. He is a founding member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association and currently serves as its listserv chair. He can be reached at: [email protected].

Athletic trainers pride themselves on being selfless and giving it their all every day. So how can they achieve work-life balance? In this article, we present the latest research on the topic, as well as advice from the trenches.
By Dr. Stephanie Mazerolle

With a strength program that helps players rise above, the University of Michigan has gone far into the NCAA tournament the past two years.
By Jon Sanderson

Jon Sanderson, MS, CSCS, is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan. He previously served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for men's and women's basketball at Clemson University and was a starter on Ohio State University's 1999 Final Four men's basketball team. He can be reached at: [email protected].