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October 14, 2020

Iron Sharpens Iron: Love, Trust, & Respect

Love, Trust, and Respect — This segment is being written on June 21st, Father’s Day. A day rightfully reserved for honor and gratitude to dad, and those who fill the void when needed — mentors, teachers, other family members, and anyone who cho...


girls
October 1, 2020

Study: Early Sports Participation in Girls Show Improved Attentiveness

A new Canadian study suggests that girls — and not boys — who participate actively in school sports in middle childhood show improved behavior and attentiveness in early adolescence. The study was published in "Preventative Medicine" and led b...


relationship
September 28, 2020

ADs and ATCs: 4 Ways The Relationship Helps Bolster the Health of Student-Athletes

The role of certified athletic trainers (ATC) in high schools has steadily evolved. An awareness of legal liabilities for schools, the inherent risks of sport-participation, and a growing body of knowledge on student-athlete safety has created a thre...


covid-19
September 9, 2020

Cal U Football Player Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Jamain Stephens, an NCAA Division II football player at California University of Pennsylvania, passed away this week with the university's athletic department confirming his death. It appears Stephens, a senior defensive lineman, died from complicati...


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August 20, 2020

Iron Sharpens Iron: Earned, Never Given

Earned. Never Given. — It was a cold, blustery Thanksgiving eve back in the late ‘80’s. At the time, I was the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Toledo. I was driving on I-80 East, the Ohio Turnpike, with my family from...


running
August 18, 2020

What! No Distance Running?

This summer is different because of the coronavirus, so I’m offering some advice to football strength coaches as they resume activities.  Most athletes have had a long layoff from structured, organized training. As schools are allowed to return...


physical
July 23, 2020

Texas School Districts Altering Physical Requirements

As yearly athletic physical deadlines rapidly approach for student-athletes in Abilene, Texas, some school districts are approaching them differently this year, according to a report from Fox West Texas. In a conversation with Ryan Steel, Cisco In...


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July 1, 2020

UW Study: Depression Increasing Among HS Athletes

A collaborative study between the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has yielded statistics showing a correlation between a student-athlete's mental health and the moratorium on athletic acti...


June 19, 2020

Powerline: Dangerous Dog Days for Student-Athletes

As I’m writing this column for the June publication, no one is sure when training athletes will resume at colleges and high schools. When schools take the locks off weight rooms and training does resume, strength coaches need to be especially caref...


June 19, 2020

Climate Control: Handling Heat Acclimation in Athletes

The entire sports world hopes and prays for a return to normalcy by the Autumn of 2020 following a spring and summer rife with cancellations and disappointments. A return to the former status quo would mean that fall athletes will be gearing up for t...