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States Act On Steroids

While much attention has been paid to Congressional hearings on steroid use among professional athletes, state legislatures are also getting into the act. Several states entertained steroid control proposals during the first half of 2005, most of them directed at high school athletes and state athletic associations.

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Migraines May Signal Concussion Damage

Most athletic trainers recognize acute headache pain, nausea, and hypersensitivity to light or sound as the hallmarks of migraine headaches. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say that these symptoms can also indicate increased neurocognitive impairment following a concussion.

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Weighty Wrestling Rules

After years of dialogue, a nationwide minimum weight requirement for all high school wrestlers will soon become a reality. In an effort to make the sport safer, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee is requiring every state to implement a weight-management program by the start of the 2006-07 season.

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Caffeine & Carbs

Caffeine is a familiar pick-me-up for many athletic trainers, but it may also help their athletes, according to a study conducted at the University of Birmingham in England. Researchers at the school found that putting caffeine into sports drinks raised the absorption rate of carbohydrates in athletes by 26 percent, which can provide extra energy for those competing in endurance sports, such as cycling and distance running.

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Pat Lamboni, Salisbury University

In 2004-05, Salisbury University captured two NCAA Division III national championships, took second in two others, and posted its best finish in the NACDA Directors’ Cup ever. Reaching 11th place, Salisbury scored its fifth top 20 Directors’ Cup finish in the last six years. Some of the credit for that success goes to Head Athletic Trainer Pat Lamboni, MEd, ATC, and his staff.

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Running on Empty

A new study has found that only one out of four athletes eat enough calories to fuel their workouts and competitions. Here’s an in-depth look at the problem and possible solutions.

By Dr. Pamela Hinton

Pamela Hinton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Dietetics at the University of Missouri. Her previous studies have focused on iron deficiency and the Female Athlete Triad.

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Questions … and Answers

Want to know how veterans in athletic training tackle their jobs, their bosses, and their lives? Your questions, and their answers, are all here.

By Dennis Read

Dennis Read is an Associate Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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Ready to Lift?

In order for athletes to get the most out of their strength training, their muscles need to be prepared beforehand. One way to do that is through a new technique called movement prep.

By Gray Cook & Aaron Taylor

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Point of No Return

When an athlete suffers a career-ending injury, the rehab process takes on a different meaning. At Cal State Fullerton, a team approach guides athletes both physically and psychologically.

By Laura Smith

Laura Smith is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. She can be reached at: [email protected].

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Before the Puck Drops

At Boston University, preseason training for ice hockey includes a mix of on-ice and off-ice work, with a focus on conditioning.

By Michael Boyle

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