At the University of Georgia, a three-pillar program enables football players to increase strength as the season progresses. That paid dividends this past fall, bolstering a postseason run to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

By Scott Sinclair

I have heard two dominant schools of thought for in-season football training:

1. Athletes can get stronger during the season.

2. There’s no way to get stronger during the season—athletes can only maintain.


In high school and small-college settings, strength coaches can find themselves training 30 to 40 athletes without any assistance. What are ways to keep your head above water?

By Bryce Patterson


By overseeing recreational sports alongside athletic training and strength and conditioning, this author has been able to develop unique partnerships and programs across the University of Delaware campus.

By Eric Laudano

Inspiring greatness together.

Not only is this the mission statement of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services at the University of Delaware, but it is also what fuels the collaborative relationship between our varsity athletics and campus recreation departments.


As more doors open for athletic trainers, some are choosing to become a surgical assist. Here’s a first-person look at what it entails.

By Ken Takenaka


The request made of Jonathan Lynch, CSCS*D, Director of Performance at the University of Maine, was unique but at the same time familiar. Could he help 20 men and women pass a physical fitness test they had not been able to conquer? And the stakes were high. This was their last chance to pass the test, which was required for their acceptance into the Army National Guard.


Motivating football players in the weightroom during the offseason can be an uphill battle. There are endless distractions and the workouts can start to feel monotonous. Linton-Stockton (Ind.) High School has hit upon a remedy—the awarding of blue facemasks to players who reach ambitious offseason goals.


Many athletic trainers have dual credentials, and some have more than two. But Jody Murray, LAc, ATC, LAT, is one of a select few who have licenses in both athletic training and acupuncture.

“I have heard there are a couple of other people who are both,” says Murray, who works at Arizona Spine Disc & Sport (AZSDS) in Phoenix. “I have yet to meet or speak with any of them.”


With the success of the NFL’s Eye in the Sky program and college teams increasingly adding injury spotters to their press boxes, high school athletic trainers may wonder about the cost to implement the idea at their level. At Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., the price tag was just $76.