November 5, 2018 Volume XXVIII, No. 08


Strength coaches have varied needs based on the level they work at, the sports they work with, and the desires of their sport coaches. But one thing they all need is more time. Fortunately, these products and services can help you use your time as effectively as possible, both in the strength/ conditioning facility and outside of it.

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Incorporating virtual reality helps athletes view rehab in a new way. At the University of Alabama, it has also increased engagement and commitment to the recovery process.

By Ryan Vicknair, Jeremy Gsell, and Clay Keith


As youth sports has expanded, so has the desire to incorporate sports medicine and strength and conditioning initiatives with these athletes. Here’s how one club kick-started such efforts.

By Tim McClellan, Jeff Decker, and Kelsey Kebric

Across the nation, millions of boys and girls play youth soccer every year. Those participation numbers don’t come without injuries.


When a high school student-athlete sustains a concussion, their successful recovery depends on the efforts of a number of people, both inside the school and out. How do you bridge the gap between school employees who see the injured athlete every day and off-site medical personnel? In Craig, Colo., the Moffat County School District and Northwest Colorado Community Health Center overcame this hurdle by forming the Craig-Concussion Action Team (C-CAT).


For any athletic department, the chance to expand its sports medicine facility is a welcome one. But when a renovation is tied into a broader partnership that enhances the level of care provided, all the better. Purdue University Northwest (a recent merger of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central that competes at the NCAA Division II level), has been the beneficiary of such an opportunity.


There’s no way around it—continuing education is necessary to remain up to date as an athletic trainer or strength coach. However, choosing the right avenue to pursue can make the process much more enjoyable.

By P.J. Gardner


Walk into the University of Nebraska volleyball locker room, and you’ll see a wall of portraits that celebrate the squad’s top-ranked players in the Husker Power Performance Index. It’s only fitting, as the index has played a significant role in the program’s four NCAA Division I national championships, one runner-up finish, and three other semifinal appearances since 2000.


How far is too far when it comes to pushing athletes in training? In this roundtable, five strength coaches discuss how to find the middle ground.