October 1, 2018 Volume XXVIII, No. 07


When an athlete faces one injury after another, recovery is an ongoing process. But as this athletic trainer discovered, open communication and consistent check-ins can make the journey smoother.

By Katherine Lorens

Some athletes are fortunate to go their entire careers without so much as a muscle strain, while others seem constantly bitten by the injury bug. When working with the latter group, a deft approach is required to help them navigate setback after setback.


Dedicated athlete monitoring during the season allows Stanford University women’s volleyball to reach higher in the weightroom and make strength gains.

By Tyler Friedrich

The best place to start when designing and implementing an in-season training program is having a clear-cut philosophy. This will guide you as you integrate practice and game schedules, lay out exercise selections, and plan your periodization model.


Blood flow restriction therapy and training has emerged in recent years as one of the most talked about sports medicine practices of the decade. With what seems like endless benefits, it’s no surprise that there are a number of different ways to approach this trend.

By Nicole Sorce


Carolina Panthers strength coach Joe Kenn created the Tier System of strength training to develop athletes from head to toe. To do this, the plan relies on ranked exercises and a total-body approach.

By Joe Kenn

During the infancy of our profession, strength coaches often came from one of three backgrounds—weightlifting, powerlifting, or bodybuilding. As a result, they trained athletes according to the discipline they were familiar with.


Sweat testing can be a springboard for a comprehensive approach to hydration. Here’s a look at the next steps to take after the data is processed.

By David Stern

So, you’ve run the tests, and you have the results. Now what? Sweat testing analysis can provide lots of valuable information about an individual athlete’s hydration needs. But this information is useful only if you know what to do with it.


Hospital-sponsored performance combines for teenage athletes have become common. However, Thibodaux (La.) Regional Medical Center recently put a new spin on the concept by holding the first-ever Female Athlete Expo on April 12, which featured testing, talks, and empowerment all geared to young women.


State schools are used to thinking locally—after all, a number of their recruits are often found close to home. The University of Wisconsin has discovered there are benefits to looking nearby in other areas, too—namely nutrition. By fueling athletes from its own backyard, the athletic department has seen a number of positive results.


After a middle school football player was knocked unconscious during a game at Clover (S.C.) High School last October, both an athletic trainer and emergency medical services (EMS) responded. But they were at odds over what to do next. The paramedics insisted on removing only some of the player’s equipment, while the athletic trainer wanted to either remove all or none of it.