Strong Necks

Research has shown that a strong neck may reduce the risk of concussion. In response, the University of Memphis has implemented a comprehensive neck testing and strengthening program.
By Ryan Cidzik

Ryan Cidzik, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW, is Director of Football Strength and Conditioning at the University of Memphis. He has also worked with two NFL teams and NFL Europe. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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The Right Call

If an ethical dilemma were to present itself tomorrow, would you be prepared to handle it properly? We asked athletic trainers who have been there for their expertise.
By Mike Phelps

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

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Olympic Effort

Following the 2008 Olympics, Wallace Spearmon struggled with an Achilles injury for two years. A team approach to his diagnosis, rehab, and strength training now has him primed for the 2012 Games.
By Dr. Joel Kary, Darrell Barnes, & Brandon Johnson
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Bulletin Board

Delaying ACL Surgery: A Bad Choice?
Recent research is supporting the theory that having reconstructive surgery as soon as possible after an ACL tear is usually the best route for youth athletes. Waiting could result in further injury and therefore a more difficult surgery.
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Food for Thought

Intolerances and sensitivities to food are tough to diagnose in anyone, but especially in athletes. Once found, simple adjustments to their diet usually solve the problem.
By Sally Hara

Sally Hara, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE, is the Owner of ProActive Nutrition, a professional nutrition clinic in Kirkland, Wash. Among her specialties are sports nutrition and food sensitivities. She can be reached through the company Web site at:

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Q&A with Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson, MEd, LAT, ATC, Director of Athletic Training and Head Football Athletic Trainer at UNLV, didn’t intend to stay in Las Vegas this long. However, he’s been a mainstay in the Runnin’ Rebels athletic department for almost 30 years and at this point Wilson says he’ll stay as long as the university will let him.
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A Higher Level

The University of Kansas’ basketball training program is developed around ground-based strength and explosive exercises that mimic players’ movements on the court.
By Andrea Hudy

Andrea Hudy, MA, CSCS, USAW, LMT, is Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance at the University of Kansas, where she is responsible for training the men’s and women’s basketball teams. She can be reached at: [email protected].

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