Iron Deficiencies During Training

Although often overlooked, iron plays an important role in exercise. It is required for the formation of hemoglobin and myoglobin, which are oxygen-binding proteins. However, there are conflicting views about the effects of iron deficiency on athletic performance.

By Heather Barnhill & Dr. Christopher Mohr

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Cherries For Your Muscles

Tart cherries (also known as sour cherries) have received increased interest as a functional food because they contain a high percentage of antioxidant compounds. Functional foods are those which provide health benefits above and beyond basic nutrient content.

By Heather Barnhill & Dr. Christopher Mohr

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Making Tea a Habit

Green tea is a healthy beverage and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times. Black tea has also been found to have healthy effects. In fact, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world behind water.

By Heather Barnhill & Dr. Christopher Mohr

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In Search of Instability

From sand to wobble boards, unstable surfaces are everyone’s newest training device. However, it’s important to understand your performance goals before you start getting tipsy.

By Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta, MA, is the President of Gambetta Sports Training Systems in Sarasota, Fla., and a frequent contributor to Training & Conditioning. His daily thoughts on training athletes can be viewed on his blog:

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On Top of Their Diet

Three athletes, three different dilemmas. Here’s a look at how a specific nutrition prescription got each one past their problem and back on top of their game.

By Michelle Rockwell

Michelle Rockwell, MS, RD, is the former Coordinator of Sports Nutrition at the University of Florida and now serves as a nutrition consultant for several sports teams and athletes from U.S. Soccer, Major League Baseball, and the World Tennis Association. She can be reached at: [email protected].

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Steve Hornor, University of Central Arkansas

Over the last three decades, Steve Hornor, MA, LAT, ATC, has worked at virtually every level of competitive sports. The day after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1977, Hornor became Head Athletic Trainer for the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League. When the league folded four years later, he returned to the west coast as Head Athletic Trainer at Yuba (Calif.) Community College, where he remained for 15 years, also working part-time at a physical therapy clinic and volunteering some summers at the U.S… more »

Another Insurance Option?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the cost, choices, and fluctuations of secondary insurance coverage, you’re not alone. A new NCAA program hopes to help.

By Abigail Funk

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

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Breathing Easy

Asthma is becoming more prevalent among today’s athletes. A specialist in pediatric sports medicine answers athletic trainers’ questions on the subject.

By Dr. Jorge Gomez

Jorge Gomez, MD, MS, is a Team Physician at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Professor and Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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At the Core

Mid-torso strength underlies every move your athletes make. That’s why you need a multi-faceted approach to training the core.

By Dr. Larry Judge

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