Genetics and Concussions
It's now understood that the time it takes an athlete to return to play following a concussion is a process governed by a number of information-yielding variables. New research suggests adding one more to the list: an individual's genetic makeup.


Azusa Pacific University
For most athletic trainers, treating injured athletes on the field of play and rehabbing them in the athletic training room are only parts of the job. Much of their work continues behind the scenes as they aspire to grow their department and advance the profession. Few athletic trainers have done this as tirelessly as April Hoy, MS, ATC, CSCS, Head Athletic Trainer at Azusa Pacific University, which is in the midst of its first full year of NCAA Division II membership after a three-year transition from the NAIA.


There are many stops between an entry-level position and a head athletic trainer. This author says the journey can be made more direct with early goal setting, establishing personal values, and networking.
By Tory Lindley


The Hatch System has helped countless weightlifters win gold medals. Here's how to make it effective for athletes in team sports.
By Melissa Moore Seal

Melissa Moore Seal, MS, is Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisiana State University, where she is responsible for training the women's basketball and softball teams. During her time at LSU, she has helped those squads reach two Final Fours and one Women's College World Series. She can be reached at: melmoore@lsu.edu.


Without a clear understanding of supplementation, high school athletes may easily head down the wrong path. Athletic trainers can point them in the right direction.
By Tavis Piattoly


A third ACL tear, tibial plateau fracture with severe ligament damage, iliotibial band syndrome. Knee injuries are one of the most common issues faced by athletes, but no two rehabs are ever the same. In this three-part article, athletic trainers share their treatment plans.
By Nicole Alexander

Nicole Alexander, MS, ATC, is Staff Athletic Trainer at the University of North Carolina, where she works with women's basketball and men's tennis. She can be reached at: nlalexan@email.unc.edu


At the University of Mississippi, a new strength and conditioning program challenged the baseball players to get tougher and more competitive, and they responded with a record-breaking year.
By Ben Fleming