2020 May/June (Volume XXX, No. 03)

2020 High School Athletic Trainer of the Year — Ashley Jenkins

Walking through the hallways of University City High School, in University City, Missouri, it’s not uncommon to hear students referring to the Lions’ athletic trainer by one of her various nicknames.  “Hey A-Jacks!” “How are ya, Apple Jacks?” “See ya later, Ms. AJ!” In her three years serving as UCity’s athletic trainer, Ashley “AJ” Jenkins […]

Bracing For Support: Highlighting the Transformation of Braces in Athletic Rehabilitation

On the second level of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, just a few steps below the research and preservation observation deck resides the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl gallery — home to relics from gridiron greats on the game’s biggest stage.  Encased in glass and standing at a bent 45-degree angle sits the mostly […]

Combatting Stress with Nutrition in Post-Workout Recovery

Practice makes perfect, right? But how do you make your practice…perfect?  Every athlete participates in workouts that prepare them for their next game/competition/tournament/etc. They run plays, work on skills, and spend time in the gym building their muscles. All of these things are very important for performance, but it can be easy to forget that […]

Hot Topic, Cool Solutions: When and Why To Use Hot & Cold Therapy on Athletes

Hot and cold therapy are both effective ways to help athletes rehabilitate injuries and surgeries, as well as recover from strength and conditioning training. While both strategies are helpful to athletes, their applications produce different outcomes and, thus, should be used in different stages of the recovery or rehabilitation process.  Both forms of therapy provide […]

Preventative Measures for High School Field Hockey Players

It has been said that you are only as strong as your weakest link. In most sports, I have found that to be true. To be a complete player in any sport, you have to work on your weaknesses (both physical and mental) – and most coaches will tell you that. Complete physical development in […]

Speed Kills: Incorporating agility training give programs an edge

Nowadays, every athlete is bigger, stronger, and faster than those from previous generations.  Offensive linemen, once thought of as the “hogs” of the football team, are running sub-five second 40-yard dashes and sub-eight second three-cone drills at the NFL Combine. Athletes in general, specifically offensive linemen, have learned they don’t necessarily have to sacrifice size […]

Virtual rehab presenting different challenges for strength training

Learning how to train an athlete during a pandemic isn’t exactly part of the process of becoming a strength and conditioning coach. Though that could change given what’s gone on in the United States since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down sports, separating professional athletes and student-athletes from their strength coaches and athletic trainers. But while […]

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