Training & Conditioning

H.S. Athlete Death Rate Rises

abbyfunk-head.jpgBy Abigail Funk

Are more high school athletes playing through pain or ignoring the signs and symptoms of a possible concussion? Or are they just plain playing “harder” than in the past? Whatever the reasons, there is no avoiding the fact that more high school student-athletes have died from and suffered catastrophic injuries already this school year than in the past several years combined.

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Upwardly Immobile

When an athlete’s injury requires a cast or brace, their whole body doesn’t have to remain inactive. A smart rehab plan can help them work effectively within their limitations and come back better than ever.
By R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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Q&A with Meg Frens

Assistant Athletic Trainer, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Hope College

As a teenager in Osseo, Mich., Meg Frens, MS, ATC, dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. But after meeting Rich Ray, EdD, ATC, while attending a science camp at Hope College in the summer of 1991, she changed her mind.
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From ATC to AD

More and more athletic trainers are taking the leadership, communication, and managerial skills they’ve developed in the field and applying them to athletic administration. The people in this article did, and they explain how you can, too.
By Kenny Berkowitz

Kenny Berkowitz is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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Increasing Workout IQ

petertwist-head.jpgBy Peter Twist

Executing whole body movement relies on excellent proprioception and coordination derived from rehearsed mind-to-muscle communication pathways. Strategic training for this outcome will create bigger, faster, stronger and smarter muscles.

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The Rest of the Story

Success-driven athletes push themselves harder and harder in the weightroom, on the practice field, and in every other aspect of their lives. It’s up to you to teach them that rest and recovery are essential parts of the performance equation.
By Dr. Terry Favero

Terry Favero, PhD, is Professor of Biology and Conditioning Coordinator for the women’s soccer team at the University of Portland. He has also worked with the U.S. Olympic Development Program, and can be reached at: [email protected].

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Shifting Gears: Game Ready

petertwist-head.jpgBy Peter Twist

In today’s performance training landscape, improved speed is a common goal. However, to get the most out of their speed, athletes must also learn how to stop. Here, the author explains teaching athletes to put on the BRAKES.
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Over Easy

Athletes don’t have to be gourmet chefs to prepare healthy, satisfying meals that meet all their nutrient and energy requirements. They usually just need a little guidance on simple ways to achieve balanced nutrition all day long.
By Ingrid Skoog

Ingrid Skoog, MS, RD, CSSD, is a sports dietitian specializing in performance nutrition for collegiate and elite athletes in Eugene, Ore. She can be reached at: [email protected].

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