Senate to Reconsider Medicare Reimbursement

Since 2005, government rules have prevented Medicare from paying for physician-supervised treatment unless provided by a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech and language pathologist. As a result, athletic trainers, kinesiotherapists, and other allied health professionals have been left out of the Medicare picture. Now, a Senate bill aims to change those rules, to the benefit of athletic trainers and Medicare beneficiaries alike.

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High School Sports Injury Rate Plummets

As high school sports participation continues to rise, injury rates have fallen in the past decade, according to new research. Yet while this data is encouraging, one high school athletic trainer says more information is needed before drawing any conclusions.

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Interval Training: Equal Benefits, Only Faster

The practice of interval training—alternating short bouts of high-intensity exercise with longer periods of recovery—has been a mainstay among competitive athletes for years, since it replicates the brief and intense bursts of energy required in most sports. But how does it compare to standard cardio exercise for promoting muscle health to improve performance? A new study suggests the two are essentially equal.

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Schwarzenegger “Terminates” ATC Licensure in the Golden State

California is one of only six states that doesn’t regulate or officially recognize the title of athletic trainer. And after an October veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, that won’t be changing for now.

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Courtney Evans, Tufts University

In December of 2004, Courtney Evans should have felt like she was on top of the world. The top blocker and server on the Tufts University volleyball team, the junior middle hitter led the Jumbos to a 28-6 record and second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Despite that success, she felt nothing like a fine-tuned athlete.

Instead, Evans was exhausted and experiencing extreme abdominal pain. She had also noticed a loss of appetite and energy—although she didn’t tell her teammates or coaches.

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Ready to Roll

Interested in providing a massage therapist for each of your athletes? Try handing them a foam roller.

By Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle, MEd, ATC, is a strength and conditioning coach and consultant based in Boston. He has trained numerous athletes, from amateurs to Olympians and professionals, and can be contacted through his Web site at:

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Making Dreams Come True

If your recurring dream is to add more staff to your college athletic training room, you’re not alone. If you want to know just how to fulfill that dream, read on.

By Greg Scholand

Greg Scholand is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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The Ankle Report

The amount of research on ankle injuries is expansive—but maybe too expansive for a busy athletic trainer to read. That’s why we’ve compiled it into one comprehensive article.

By Dr. Rod Walters

Rod Walters, DA, ATC, is Director for Sports Medicine and an Instructor in Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina. He served on the NATA’s Board of Directors from 1997-2003 and was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2005. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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Off & Running

Boston University’s strength and conditioning program for women’s softball has the team off and running toward newfound success.

By Victor Brown III

Victor Brown III, MS, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, is the Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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