July 27, 2018 Volume XXVIII, No. 05

For Gonzaga University men’s basketball, the players’ desire to be elite forms the foundation for a holistic training regimen.

By Travis Knight

When I sit down to meet with a Gonzaga University men’s basketball recruit, I usually take a deep breath before sharing the thought that has transformed my life for the past 20 years: There is no other program like this. The reason for the breath is that it will likely take the next 45 minutes to unpack the many reasons why this statement is true.

The best way to individualize hydration is to know what athletes lose in each bead of perspiration. Sweat testing analysis makes this possible.

By Lindsay Langford

“I know I need to stay hydrated, so I drink a gallon of water each day,” say many athletes during their nutrition consultations with me. Yet they’ll follow that up by telling me they suffer muscle cramps, headaches, and fatigue during athletic activity. Little do they know, the clues for curing these problems lie in the beads of sweat dripping right under their noses.

A fueling station allows athletes to fit fast, nutritious snacks into their busy schedules. Here’s how Stony Brook University implemented one without breaking the budget.

By George Greene

Since the NCAA deregulated fueling for Division I schools in 2014, some athletic departments have spent millions of dollars on performance nutrition. That’s obviously not an option everywhere, so what’s an alternative for schools with a limited budget?

For those living and working in coastal regions, handling hurricanes is becoming a formidable prospect of late summer. In this multi-part article, athletic trainers share how they made it through Harvey and Irma last year.

Athletic trainers are typically ready for anything when it comes to weather—be it the coldest winters, soggiest springs, or hottest summers. But no matter what steps are taken beforehand, some weather events just can’t be fully prepared for.

This spring marked the first high school baseball season with nationwide pitch count rules, put in place by the NFHS to curtail arm injuries. The new requirement was applauded by many but did bring up some questions and unforeseen consequences. In addition, new research has shed a light on the effects of throws made during warm-ups and the risks of playing both pitcher and catcher.

With the opioid crisis in America deepening, those in athletics may wonder if they have a role to play in prevention efforts. The Tempe (Ariz.) Union High School District is testing out one possibility.

The clock is ticking for colleges and universities that offer undergraduate athletic training education programs. Under new standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the last class of undergraduate students who will be able to sit for the NATA Board of Certification exam upon completing their degree will enter in fall 2022. After that, accredited professional athletic training education will only be offered at the graduate level.