Are You Connected?

If Facebook and Twitter are foreign to you, it’s time you jumped on the bandwagon. In this article, three authors share how they are using these social media outlets to their full potential.
By Luis Velez, Bill White, & Stacy Walker
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Paul Astrain

McClintock High School, Tempe, Ariz.
Paul Astrain was about to enter his freshman year at McClintock High School in Tempe, Ariz., in 2009. He was lifting weights with several of his teammates in preparation for the upcoming football season when he felt something amiss.
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Bulletin Board

ACL Injuries: Shape of Knee Bone to Blame?
A recent study has uncovered new reasoning for why female athletes may be more prone to non-contact ACL injuries than male athletes. Published in the February issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the research found that a rounded tibial plateau, which is more common in women than men, may predispose an athlete to an ACL tear.
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Plan of Attack

When Princeton University hired its first sports dietitian three years ago, she and the strength coach came up with a detailed plan of attack to work together.
By Jason Gallucci & Victoria Rosenfeld

Jason Gallucci, MS, SCCC, is Director of Strength and Conditioning and Victoria Rosenfeld, RD, CSSD, is a Sports Dietitian at Princeton University. They can be reached at: [email protected] and [email protected], respectively.

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Recognizing the Signs

Do the members of your athletic department know how to recognize when an athlete is struggling with a mental health issue?
By Timothy Neal

Timothy Neal, MS, ATC, is the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine at Syracuse University. He was presented with the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2010 and can be reached at: [email protected].

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Operation Protection

At the University of Arkansas, offensive and defensive linemen are assigned individualized training programs based on the position’s demands and the player’s weaknesses.
By Jason Veltkamp

Jason Veltkamp, MS, CSCS, is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Arkansas, where he works with the football team. He has more than 10 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level and has worked with over 40 NFL draft picks. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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Mad Dash

The 40-yard sprint performed at combines doesn’t have to be a player’s worst fear. From start to finish, this event can be coached and improved.
By Chip Smith

Chip Smith, CSPS, is the Founder of Competitive Edge Sports (CES), which has locations in Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston. He has trained over 300 players currently on NFL rosters, in addition to more than 40 Olympic athletes. He can be reached through the CES Web site at:

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