April 7, 2016 Volume XXVI, No. 03

This article first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Training and Conditioning.

Tragedy on the Strip

When Eric Pitkanen, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer at Pacific University, accompanied the school’s wrestling team to a tournament in Las Vegas last December, he was, of course, prepared for any injury that might occur on the mat. He had no idea that his emergency response skills would also be tested during a tragedy that drew attention nationwide.


Inconsistent approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery have left many athletic trainers wondering how to best address injuries to the glenoid labrum. The Shoulder Center of Kentucky has had success by utilizing the latest research and a comprehensive clinical approach.

This article first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Training and Conditioning.

By Aaron Sciascia


Unlike programs that look to simply maintain during the season, Clemson University football works on getting stronger. Combined with injury reduction, this philosophy has primed the team for many deep postseason runs.

This article first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Training and Conditioning.

By Joey Batson and Adam Smotherman


Athletes from Team USA Beach Volleyball, Canoe and Kayak, and Synchronized Swimming have spent countless hours training for the 2016 Olympics. This three-part article details how they are preparing to
go for the gold.

This article first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Training and Conditioning.

By Tim Pelot


By diving into the most recent literature on protein intake for athletes, these authors shake up some misconceptions and offer up-to-date advice.

This article first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Training and Conditioning.

By Dr. Lonnie Lowery and Mary Catherine Powers


When the Australian National Rugby Team asked to train at the University of Notre Dame for two weeks last September, the Fighting Irish Sports Performance staff jumped at the opportunity to host.

This article first ran in the April 2016 issue of Training and Conditioning.

By Kevin Ricks

Kevin Ricks, ATC, is an Associate Athletic Trainer at the University of Notre Dame, working directly with men’s ice hockey and assisting with the football team. He can be reached at: kricks@nd.edu.