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February 18, 2018

Machinery and mechanisms of speed improvement

Speed training protocols are widely varied and sometimes conflicting. One thing you can be assured of, however, is that they are high on every coach’s priority list. In my early coaching years, I read every piece of speed training literature...


February 14, 2018

Getting athletes the calcium they need

Teenagers are in a critical period of bone development, so be diligent with nutrition Of the 40-plus nutrients required by the human body, calcium takes center stage. While it’s well known that adequate dietary calcium is vital for building st...


February 2, 2018

Poll: Half of parents would discourage kids from football

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that nearly half of parents would discourage their kids from playing football due to concussion concerns. The same poll was conducted in 2014, when 37% of parents said they would steer their kids away ...


January 12, 2018

Psychologically healing injured athletes

Because of the high demands placed on elite athletes, injury is virtually inescapable. With increasing early sport specialization comes a particular vulnerability to developmental and overuse injuries. In 2013, an estimated 27 million athletes be...


January 5, 2018

Study: PE students more prone to concussions than athletes

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine suggests that students in physical education classes are 60 percent more prone to concussions than those who play sports. The study, published in December, ask...


December 13, 2017

New Jersey high school steroid testing yields one positive result

New Jersey's random drug testing program for high school athletes yielded just one positive result during the 2016-17 school year. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) tested 502 student-athletes in six boys and seven...


December 11, 2017

Using the Functional Movement Screen to assess athletic ability

Over the last few years, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) has become a popular clinical tool in the athletic industry. Physical therapist Gray Cook and athletic trainer Lee Burton designed it to capture fundamental movement and identify movement ...


November 21, 2017

Survey: 36 percent of parents would let 10-year-old play football

A survey recently conducted by Today.com found that just 36 percent of parents would let their 10-year-old play tackle football. The survey was part of NBC's Changing the Game TODAY series, which takes a look at the state of youth sports. The firs...


November 16, 2017

Study: Heart screenings for athletes largely ineffective

Fewer than one in five cases of sudden cardiac arrest among athletes would have been prevented with a heart screening, according to a new study. Research was led by Dr. Paul Dorian at the University of Toronto, and reported in The New England Jour...


October 24, 2017

Oklahoma State football promotes sleep to improve performance

Oklahoma State University’s football team this week climbed to 11th in the national rankings, and coaches are giving at least a portion of the credit to the team’s sleeping habits. [caption id="attachment_19195" align="alignright" width="199"...