Path to Addiction

First comes a sports injury. Then comes a prescription for pain-relieving opioids. Sometimes, the third step is drug abuse. Sports medicine professionals can play a key role in keeping athletes from going down this road… more »

Stick With It

Lacrosse players need to move with speed and power, so that’s the offseason focus for the University of North Carolina men’s squad. By remaining dedicated to the program, the team reached the top in 2016… more »

Driving Force

Despite being the source for so many athletic movements, power rarely gets the attention it deserves in training programs. This author’s “three pillars of power” philosophy looks to change that… more »

New Point of View

The latest research indicates that athletes with eating disorders should not be treated the same as the general population. In response, a clinic in Massachusetts has developed a unique, athlete-specific program… more »

Before & After

At Cliffside Park (N.J.) High School, what was once an old, dirty auto shop garage is now a bright, top-of-the-line athletic training room. Converting one to the other required a little elbow grease and a whole lot of planning… more »

Braced for Impact

Being surrounded by a campus of experts from a variety of fields is one benefit of working in college athletics. The sports medicine staff at the University of Georgia recently took advantage of this perk by partnering with the College of Engineering to develop a custom forearm brace for an injured football player… more »

Uniting Against Domestic Violence

When former professional football player Ray Rice was caught on video assaulting his then-fiancée (now wife) in 2014, it sparked a nationwide conversation about domestic violence awareness. Following the incident, several male athletes at Saint Martin’s University expressed their desire to take a stand against domestic violence to Head Athletic Trainer Alice Loebsack, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS… more »

Weightroom Mannequin Challenge

Last fall, the Mannequin Challenge became the latest social media sensation to go viral. Everyone from presidential candidates to professional sports teams was doing it. And at Stow-Munroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio, one strength coach embraced the craze to teach his football team a weight lifting lesson… more »

Clear Guidelines

On Nov. 17, Travis Greenlaw, a former athletic trainer for Spectrum Healthcare in Grand Rapids, Mich., was sentenced to prison for taking photos and videos of female clients in his care, as well as for inappropriate touching. Some of those images were of student-athletes at Kent City (Mich.) High School… more »

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