Training & Conditioning

Why Do Ice Baths Work?

An ice bath surrounds entire muscle groups to constrict blood flow, which is thought to help flush lactic acid. Along with swelling, it is believed that lactic acid may contribute to Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It will also reduce swelling caused by the tiny multiple muscle injuries.

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Iowa Investigation Finished

The investigation into what caused 13 University of Iowa football player to be hospitalized in January concluded that a strenuous workout was to blame.


The Details
Last Wednesday, an investigation by a five-person committee presented a report on the incident. While the report found no wrong-doing by the strength and conditioning staff, it did recommend better communication between players, strength coaches, athletic trainers, and team doctors.

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Helmet Rating System Debuts

By Abigail Funk

As we learn more and more about concussions and develop improved prevention techniques, researchers at Virginia Tech have answered the call for an assessment tool that consumers can refer to when purchasing football helmets. Last week, the school revealed a rating system for adult helmets, awarding those that best protected against concussions the highest scores and those that were the worst protectors the lowest scores.

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Industrial Sector Growing

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Powerful Pedal

Incorporating weight training into a cyclist’s regimen could mean the difference between hanging in or getting dropped from the pack.
By Ken Doyle

Ken Doyle, ATC, CSCS, CPT, is an exercise physiologist and U.S. Cycling Federation coach. He coaches athletes at all levels and has competed in mountain and road bike races, as well as triathlons, for more than 20 years. He is co-author of Weight Training For Cyclists: A Total Body Program for Power & Endurance, and can be reached at: [email protected].

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Opening Doors Online

By Ryan Johnson

At Wayzata (Minn.) High School, a mandate to update all Web sites got this strength coach thinking about the many uses of online communication. It also led to a new motivational tool for his athletes.

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Q&A with Darryl Conway

University of Maryland
Though a lot of people would balk at the amount of responsibility Darryl Conway, MA, ATC, EMT, has as Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine at the University of Maryland, he says he has the best job in the world. Conway oversees the day-to-day operations of a staff that includes 17 athletic trainers, two physical therapists, and nine physicians, and coordinates coverage for the Terrapins’ 27 athletic teams and 750 student-athletes. He also stays active clinically, assisting with coverage for the Maryland football team.
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Teaching & Treating

Athletic training students’ best clinical experiences are with instructors who know how to balance their teaching of students with their treating of athletes.
By Dr. Kent Scriber & Courtney Gray
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