Training & Conditioning


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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Voices for Safety

Representatives from some of the nation’s most influential bodies in hockey are converging in St. Paul, Minn., next month for a Player Safety Summit on how to make their game as safe as possible while being true to the game. “Our goal is not to change the game, but rather to enhance it by creating a safer environment,” said John McClellan, executive director of Herb Brooks Foundation, which is hosting the gathering March 8 at the Xcel Energy Center, home to the boys state hockey tournaments being played that weekend… more »


Bulletin Board

Delaying ACL Surgery: A Bad Choice?
Recent research is supporting the theory that having reconstructive surgery as soon as possible after an ACL tear is usually the best route for youth athletes. Waiting could result in further injury and therefore a more difficult surgery.
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From Good to Great

A veteran head strength coach shares how he helps his less-experienced assistants become great coaches.
By Tim Wakeham
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Got Sponsorship?

The REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?” campaign has announced 50 new openings on Team REFUEL. Each comes with sponsorship money, free race gear, and the chance to star in a “got chocolate milk?” ad. To join, athletes are encouraged to showcase their after workout routines and explain the role that chocolate milk plays in helping them refuel, then drum up votes to help land them a spot on the team… more »


Q&A with Brad Swope

Sumner Regional Health Systems
By Patrick Bohn

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

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Wait Until 14 for Tackle Football?

Fourteen is the age at which most teenagers start attending high school. It is also the age at which athletes should start tackling in football, body checking in ice hockey, and heading a ball in soccer, according to Dr. Robert Cantu, chief of neurosurgery at Emerson Hospital and co-director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
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Centered Strength

Though experts continue to disagree about some aspects of core training, our author says it’s the points they see eye-to-eye on that are most important.
By Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle, MEd, ATC, is a strength and conditioning coach and consultant based in Boston and co-founder of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. He has been training athletes, from amateurs to Olympians and professionals, for over 25 years and is the author of Functional Training for Sports. He can be reached at: [email protected].
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