Training & Conditioning


Down & Out

An athlete in rehab can easily feel scared and alone. Starting rehab support groups, or one-on-one peer mentoring, can help erase the anxiety.

By R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning.

When Dave Yukelson, PhD, began his tenure at Penn State University 16 years ago, he was faced with what he felt was going to be a tough rehab. Just hired as the school’s Coordinator of Sports Psychology Services, he met with a Penn State female gymnast, who had torn her ACL while dismounting the balance beam.

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Resting to Win

The practice of tapering is common among endurance athletes, but it is often misunderstood. Our expert offers advice on how best to apply the latest research.
By Dr. Guy Thibault
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Playing with Science

Research tells us that periodization is the best approach to designing strength programs. Applying it in sport-specific situations, though, takes a little experimenting.
By John Cissik, Michael Barnes, & Allen Hedrick
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Starting at the Bottom

When the complaint is recurring pain in the heel, bone spurs may be the cause. Treating this condition means looking at the full functional capability of the athlete.
By Casey Smith & Dr. Micheal Clark

Casey Smith, MS, ATC, PES, CES, is Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Micheal Clark, DPT, MS, PT, CES, PES, is President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Academy of Sports Medicine. They can be reached at: [email protected].
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High Tops and Helping Hands

By Kenny Berkowitz
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Bridging the Gap

They’re self-confident, full of new ideas, and communicate in a very different style. Working with Generation Y athletic trainers can be a challenge and a boon at the same time.
By Nate Dougherty

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

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Knees to Know

By Dr. Dawn Comstock

Each month, The Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides T&C with an inside look at their studies of high school athletics injuries. In this installment, Dawn Comstock, PhD, takes a look at knee injuries, examining gender-specific trends and breaking down each sport’s most common mechanisms of injury… more »


What a Save!

To be an effective goalie–in any sport–you need a certain mindset. You also need a specific strength and conditioning program that is different from position players.
By Jane Koeniges & Pete Koeniges
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