Changing Times

In the past, pregnant athletes were expected to stop competing and postpartum athletes were expected to stay at home. But times have changed, and sports medicine staffs have found new ways to help their athletes who are expecting.

By Laura Smith

Laura Smith is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning.

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Weighing in on the NFL Combine

By Kenny Berkowitz

Earlier this year, veteran athletic trainer Rex Sharp, MS, ATC, Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Missouri and member of the NATA’s District 5 College and University Athletic Trainers Committee, had the chance to attend and observe the National Football League Scouting Combine. A week before the 2007 NFL draft, Sharp talked to T&C about what he took away from the combine, lessons that included the importance of compiling accurate medical records and properly preparing student-athletes for the event… more »

NCAA Injuries Breakdown

By Randall W. Dick, MS, FACSM
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By Kenny Berkowitz

T&C examines the recent lawsuit filed by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) against the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)… more »

Can Turf Fields Pose Health Risks?

By Dennis Read

Athletic trainers are used to watching contests that are played on their teams’ fields. Now some are seeing battles being fought over those fields. Recent reports of high lead levels in a few synthetic turf fields have roused critics with concerns about the technology’s safety. However, industry leaders strongly stand behind the safety of their products, countering that there is no evidence linking synthetic turf to illness or environmental damage.

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Views From the Floor

T&C Assistant Editor Greg Scholand blogged from the 59th annual NATA Meeting and Clinical Symposia in St. Louis. Read his take on convention happenings as well as interesting tidbits he saw on the floor, during seminars, and while attending different events.
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Athletic Trainers Making News

Spending most of their time working behind the scenes, athletic trainers rarely receive the kind of recognition their work deserves. When they do make headlines, we like to spread the word with a selection of links to articles featuring athletic trainers in action… more »

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