To Err Is Human

How you react after a misstep in the field says a lot about who you are.
By Dr. Amanda Andrews

Amanda Andrews, PhD, ATC, is an Assistant Professor and the Department Chair/Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Troy University. She can be reached at: [email protected].

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Q&A with Charlotte LaVerne

The Woodlands (Texas) High School
In her 17 years as Head Athletic Trainer at The Woodlands (Texas) High School, Charlotte LaVerne, LAT, ATC, has grown used to the day-to-day challenges of the profession. But last November, she experienced a day like no other. She used an AED for the first time to save the life of 30-year-old assistant football coach Emory Bartolazzi.
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News from the Lab

Research presented at the 2008 ACSM Annual Meeting offers new information about fueling during activity, the performance benefits of caffeine, the efficacy of some popular supplements, and more. Our nutrition expert shares her notes from the convention.
By Dr. Janet Rankin

Janet Rankin, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. Her teaching and research specialty is sports nutrition.

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Taking Off

First-step acceleration is among the more valuable skills in most sports, so it deserves special attention in a training program. Developing flexion-extension patterns, coordinated efficiency, and explosive strength are the keys to putting your athletes a step ahead.
By David Donatucci
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Panther Power

Known for its toughness, the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team benefits from a strength program built around “training blocks” with specific goals and a plan for how to achieve them.
By Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz, MS, CSCS, SCCC, is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for men’s basketball at the University of Pittsburgh. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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A Tough Age

Student-athletes in their early teens are no longer “kids” but not yet adults. When they’re injured, everything from your communication to assessment and treatment methods must follow an age-appropriate strategy.
By R.J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: [email protected].

Place an 18-year-old and 20-year-old side by side and try to guess who is older. That can be a tough task. Unless the 18-year-old is a late bloomer, they both typically look like young adults.
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Knowledge at a Premium

Being well versed in health insurance issues can increase your value to your department. Here, an experienced and decorated athletic trainer offers his perspective on today’s insurance options.
By Dr. Rod Walters

Rod Walters, DA, ATC, is a sports medicine consultant and the former longtime Director for Sports Medicine at the University of South Carolina. A member of the NATA Hall of Fame and a former member of the associationís Board of Directors, he can be reached at: [email protected].

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September 2008: News from the Lab

All the studies discussed in this article can be viewed in abstract form in volume 40, issue 5, supplement 1, of the Journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The same abstracts can be... more »

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