Topical Solutions

When an athlete has minor pain, topical analgesics can be a great solution. But how do you sort out the different choices and options?
By Dr. Brent Mangus & Dr. Dustin Mangus

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Bulletin Board

Nitrate for Increased Muscle Power?
Spinach, beetroot, and other leafy green vegetables like lettuce and chard are not just full of vitamins. They are also rich in nitrate, which, according to a study published in the August issue of The Journal of Physiology, may help boost muscle strength.
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Lakeisha Crouch

Xavier University
By Patrick Bohn

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

When Xavier University women’s basketball forward Lakeisha Crouch tore her left ACL in an October 2009 scrimmage before her senior year of high school, she knew she was going to miss her final high school season–a tough blow for any athlete. What she didn’t realize, however, was that the injury would be the first in a series of setbacks spanning two and a half years and half a dozen surgeries.
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Master of Movement

Functional training is accepted worldwide, but it’s not always implemented correctly. The master of the idea explains how it can take your athletes to the next level.
By Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta, MA, is President of Gambetta Sports Training Systems in Sarasota, Fla., and a longtime contributor to Training & Conditioning. He is the author of Following the Functional Path and his daily thoughts on training can be viewed on his blog at:
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Collaborating on Coverage

As hospitals expand their athletic training staffs, many are looking to partner with high schools to provide athletic team coverage. Here’s a look at two successful and innovative models… more »

Detox is Hot

Some celebrities swear by cleanses or detox diets, but are they a good idea for athletes?
By Marie Spano

Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, is the Owner of Spano Sports Nutrition. She is also a sports nutrition consultant for Competitive Edge Sports and the sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves’ minor league organization. She can be reached through her Web site at:

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Flying High

The new sport of acrobatics and tumbling requires athletes to be incredibly strong, flexible, and explosive. At the University of Oregon, the squad’s strength coach has developed a unique program to keep them flying high.
By Geoff Ginther
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October 2012: Topical Solutions

Haroutiunian S, Drennen DA, Lipman AG. Topical NSAID therapy for musculoskeletal pain. Pain Medicine. 2010: 11; 535-549.Kuehl KS. Review of the efficacy and tolerability of the diclofenac epolamine topical patch 1.3% in patients with acute... more »

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