December 1, 2014 Volume XXV, No. 09

Breaking up an eating regimen with intermittent fasts is a growing trend among athletes. Here's a look at why it may work--and why it may not.
By Monica Van Winkle

At Rutgers University, a handful of teams are benefiting from a traditionally untapped resource: their on-campus human performance lab.
By Dr. Shawn Arent

Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS*D, FACSM, is Director of the Human Performance Lab at Rutgers University, where he also serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies and Director of the Center for Health and Human Performance. He is the Exercise Physiologist for the New Jersey Devils and can be reached at: [email protected].

Knee Geometry and ACL Risk
When it comes to risk factors for sustaining a noncontact ACL injury, size matters. So says a study that appeared in the August issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, which cites knee geometry as a significant predictor of noncontact ACL tears.

Allen (Texas) High School
In Texas, the saying goes, football is king. Sports medicine professionals might argue, however, that athletic training shares the throne in the Lone Star State, which was the very first to implement licensure and has one of the highest percentages of high schools with athletic trainers.

At all levels of baseball, preventing pitching injuries is a hot topic. This author keeps his players at East Carolina University healthy through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.
By Zac Womack

Zac Womack, ATC, LAT, is Head Athletic Trainer at East Carolina University, where he has provided coverage for the baseball team since 2008. He spent the seven previous years working in the New York Yankees's minor league system. He can be reached at: [email protected].

Working overseas as an athletic trainer offers challenges, rewards, and a chance to blaze a new trail. In this three-part article, those who have made the leap offer their insights.
By Joshua Euten

It may look similar to the indoor game, but sand volleyball requires a very different strength and conditioning strategy. Pepperdine University has been perfecting its program.
By Matt Young

Matt Young, MEd, CSCS, RSCC, USAW, is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Pepperdine University, where he oversees the strength and conditioning for 17 sports and works directly with sand volleyball, women's golf, and men's basketball. He can be reached at: [email protected].


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