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athletic trainers
November 18, 2019

Editorial: Full-time athletic trainers can no longer be optional

[caption id="attachment_28416" align="aligncenter" width="490"] David Koch, an embedded athletic trainer with the U.S. Air Force 59th Medical Wing’s VIPER Clinic, works with a trainee in a program examining the effectiveness of embedding athletic t...


athlete refueling
November 6, 2019

Rapid Recovery: Refueling the body after an intense workout

What athletes do nutrition-wise following a hard workout is just as important as the physical efforts they undertake. It can determine the quality of the next day’s training session. It also can affect their ability to avoid injures and burnout...


sylvia fowles basketball free throw
October 28, 2019

The role of sleep in athletic performance

[caption id="attachment_28368" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Photo: Lorie Shaull[/caption] Sleep is often the first thing players and coaches sacrifice, but that turns out to be a poor choice. In his 2011 article in Harvard Business Review, “Sl...


October 16, 2019

NATA offers 6 recommendations to reduce specialization-related injuries

From the NATA In anticipation of National Youth Sports Specialization Awareness Week (third full week in October) the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) released an official statement with health-focused recommendations to reduce the...


October 16, 2019

Study identifies 3 sports with highest concussion rates

A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics found that concussion rates in football games are on the rise. However, the rates of football practice concussions and recurrent concussion in all sports have declined. The study included...


screenshot CLF PSA
October 14, 2019

PSA compares youth tackle football to smoking cigarettes

The Concussion Legacy Foundation last week unveiled its "Tackle Can Wait" PSA, comparing the dangers of youth tackle football to smoking cigarettes. The Boston-based organization hopes to change how we handle and understand concussions in sports. ...


youth sports lacrosse
September 25, 2019

Study: Sport specialization comes with increased risk for injury

From Brown University A new study finds that kids who specialize in a chosen sport tend to engage in higher levels of vigorous exercise than their peers and may be more likely to sustain injuries, such as stress fractures, tendinitis and ACL tears...


August 1, 2019

Is it heat exhaustion or a concussion?

{Sponsored} The news is full of stories of sports-related concussions and how they impact health. Coaches and parents are going to great lengths to reduce student-athletes’ risk of brain injuries. However, a hidden danger lurks this time of year, a...


July 28, 2019

Tips for creating a sanitary environment for athletes

Schools would be amazed at what a difference a clean facility can make. They might be more surprised by what can happen if they neglect their duty to create a sanitary, safe atmosphere. Part of the equation is the cleaning products and methods use...


July 28, 2019

MRSA: What you need to know

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. As with all regular staph infections, recognizing the signs and rec...