Bird Flu: Not Cause for Panic

President Bush has discussed our need to be prepared for it. The evening news has warned of its potentially devastating impact. The government is stockpiling vaccine to guard against it. It is H5N1 avian influenza, commonly known as the Asian bird flu, and scientists predict that it could reach the United States some time this fall or winter. As an athletic trainer, should you be alarmed?

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“Precooling” May Help Deter Heat Stress

When athletes are working out in hot weather, warming up should include cooling down. That’s the finding of a study published in the May edition of the International Journal of Sports Medicine.

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NSCA Welcomes Back Epley

Boyd Epley, once labeled the “Godfather of Strength and Conditioning,” founded the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 1978, with just 76 people attending its first conference. Twenty-eight years later, the association boasts 33,000 members in 56 countries, and Epley has returned to its leadership ranks. As the new Director of Coaching Performance, he’s looking forward to leading the NSCA to new heights.

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Examining Protein in Sports Drinks

An independent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2004 found that adding protein to sports drinks consumed during exercise improved performance. Now, another study in the same journal has refuted that conclusion, finding that the presence of protein offers no performance benefit.

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Tyler Oliver, Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy

Watching Tyler Oliver’s slick play at first base, you would never guess the Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy (LCA) senior only recently learned how to catch with his right hand and throw with his left. By the time he was 16 years old, Oliver had undergone two surgeries on his right elbow—one as a 14-year-old to correct osteochondritis dissecan (OCD)—an articular cartilage defect, and another two years later to remove a bone chip from the same elbow.

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Best Foot Forward

Designing single-leg training programs means more than targeting specific muscles. It requires evaluating the athlete and using a whole-body approach.

Jeremy Boone and Gray Cook

Jeremy Boone, CSCS, NMT, USAW, is the owner of Athlete by Design in Charlotte, N.C. He has worked with several professional sports teams, including the Carolina Panthers, and can be reached at:

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Shake, Rattle & Roll

The latest buzz in the athletic training world is whole body vibration, which holds promise for everything from strength work to prehab to rehab.

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 Great Finish

At the University of Washington, strength training for middle distance runners focuses on establishing a good base, improving leg strength through full ROM, and limiting muscle soreness. This spring, it lead to two first-place finishes at nationals.

By Matthew Ludwig

Matthew Ludwig, SCCC, CSCS, is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Washington. He can be reached at: [email protected]..

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Checking the Windmill

On a farm, a windmill can keep going forever. But on the softball diamond, windmill pitchers need to be watched closely for overuse injuries, which are becoming more prevalent in the game.

By Dennis Read

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

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