NSCA Lists Recognized Education Programs

Future strength and conditioning coaches looking for help in picking a school to attend can turn to the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Through its four-year-old Education Recognition Program, the NSCA offers students a way to determine which schools have met educational standards established by the association.

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Birth Control Pills & ACL Injuries Revisited

The ongoing effort to reduce non-contact ACL injuries in female athletes returned to the subject of hormone levels after a McGill University study suggested that birth control pills may help stabilize knee joints.

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For Hamstring Stretches, Supine Is Fine

Hamstring stretches have long been used to increase flexibility and guard against injury. In most cases, standing hamstring stretches have been used. Now a recent study in the Journal of Athletic Training suggests that supine stretching is just as effective and may be easier for athletes to perform properly.

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Steroids in High School

Although most of the discussion surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs has focused on Olympic and professional sports, there’s growing evidence that high school athletics are not free from their influence.

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Back in Business

Kristin Mahoney works her way back from a spinal fusion.

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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Coping with Coach Difficult

One of the hardest parts of being an athletic trainer is dealing with a difficult coach. Seven ATCs share the lessons they’ve learned.

By David Hill

David Hill is a former Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning.

They always want things their way. They don’t respect you or trust your decisions. They won’t communicate. They take you for granted. They argue, they manipulate, they outright lie. They go by many different names, but we call them Coach Difficult.

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Fueling for Football

Apples … Hamburgers … Cookies … All have a place in the football player’s diet. But it’s important that your gridiron athletes know when and how nutritional choices can make a difference.

By Leslie Bonci

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN, is Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and serves as a consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pitt athletics, and several area high schools.

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Pitching in Stitches

How did Curt Schilling help the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series with a ruptured tendon in his ankle? And what did his postseason surgery and rehab entail? It’s all here.

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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A Step Ahead

Known for its outstanding conditioning program, the University of California, Santa Barbara men’s soccer team is adding strength to its regimen.

By Alison Parakh & Leo Chappel

Alison Parakh, MS, CSCS, USAW-Level 1, is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Leo Chappel is an Assistant Coach of Men’s Soccer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chappel was named the Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last season.

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