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Editorial Board Marjorie Albohm, MS, LAT, ATC Director, Ossur Americas Past President, NATA
Maria Hutsick, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS Head Athletic Trainer Medfield (Mass.) High School
Jon Almquist, ATC Athletic Training Program Administrator Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools
Christopher Ingersoll, PhD, ATC, FACSM Director of Graduate Programs in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training University of Virginia
Jim Berry, EdD, ATC, SCAT, NREMT Head Athletic Trainer Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School Christine Bonci, MS, LAT, ATC Associate Athletics Director Sports Medicine/Athletic Training University of Texas
Timothy Morgan, DC, CCSP Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences University of Massachusetts
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Jenny Moshak, MS, ATC, CSCS Assistant AD for Sports Medicine University of Tennessee
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Predicting Concussion Recovery Using a national high school athlete injury database, researchers have identified specific concussion symptoms that, when present at initial injury, predict the athlete will struggle with concussive symptoms for longer than one week. Their study appeared in the January issue of Brain Injury. Researchers from the University of Washington, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that drowsiness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating at the time of the concussion were associated with lingering symptoms for athletes in all sports. For football players specifically, sensitivity to light and noise was associated with a longer recovery. And for male athletes, amnesia was associated with lasting symptoms. Loss of consciousness did not play a role in prolonged symptoms. In addition, the study found that athletes in all sports who displayed more than three concussion symptoms at the time of injury were at double the risk for the injury to linger for more than a week. And for football players only, a history of prior concussion put them at twice the risk for symptoms to continue past the one-week mark. The findings could have an impact on return to play guidelines following a concussion. “The medical community is becoming more aware that concussions may not be a minor injury and may result in prolonged symptoms,” Sara Chrisman, MD, an adolescent medicine fellow at UW and lead author of the study, said in a press release. “This is a step towards developing evidence-based return to play guidelines.” To view a summary of the study, search its title, “Risk factors for concussive symptoms 1 week or longer in high school athletes,” at: http://informahealthcare.com/loi/bij.
Division III Passes Sickle Cell Legislation NCAA Division III schools will begin testing athletes for the sickle cell trait this fall, joining their counterparts in Division I and II. The rule requiring testing was approved at the NCAA Convention in January and goes into effect Aug. 1, when incoming student-athletes will be tested. Schools are required to finalize confirmation of sickle cell trait status for the rest of their student-athletes no later than the 2014-15 academic year. Division III schools can confirm the sickle cell trait status of student-athletes in one of two ways: Athletes can be tested or provide documentation of a previous test. They can also choose to sign a waiver declining to be tested. If an athlete chooses the third option, the school is required to educate that athlete about the condition and possible ramifications of not being tested. TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
An educational component of Division III’s rule makes it unique from Divisions I and II. All D-III athletes are required to be educated about the condition, even if they’re not at risk. It is the NCAA’s hope that this component will ease student-athletes’ fears about the ramifications of a positive test. Contrary to some athletes’ beliefs, those who carry the sickle cell trait are not barred from athletic participation. Instead, athletic trainers and coaches can take steps to properly manage the condition that will allow athletes to continue in their sport. To help defray testing costs, the Division III Presidents Council authorized a one-time allocation of $220,000, awarding each school $500. The additional funding augments a deal the NCAA has struck with Quest Diagnostics, a national lab service, to provide testing and results in a timely fashion at a reduced rate. The NCAA estimates that for as low as $8.50 (and up to $32.50 depending on the process), a studentathlete’s results can be available in a matter of days. For more information about the sickle cell trait, the testing process, and educating student-athletes, go to: www.ncaa.org and search “sickle cell.” To read a T&C article written by Scott Anderson, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Oklahoma, about testing student-athletes for the sickle cell trait, search “Testing for SCT” at: www.Training-Conditioning.com.
Warding Off Overuse Numerous studies have found that sport specialization may increase an athlete’s risk of injury, especially overuse injuries. New research presented at the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science meeting, and the United States Tennis Association-Tennis Medicine & Injury Prevention Conference has found that the solution may be as simple as having athletes spend more time playing various recreational sports for fun in a non-organized setting. Researchers from Loyola University (Ill.) studied the records of 618 young athletes who were treated at the Loyola University Health System and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago clinics for various injuries. For comparison, they also included 273 uninjured athletes who were seen for sports physicals. This pool of 891 athletes included 124 who played tennis, 74 of whom participated in tennis exclusively. The injured athletes who played tennis exclusively spent an average of 12.6 hours per week participating in organized tennis and 2.4 hours per week playing other sports in a recreational setting. The uninjured tennis players spent an average of 9.7 hours per week playing tennis and 4.3 hours per week playing various sports for fun. “Our findings suggest that more participation in a variety of unorganized sports and free play T&C APRIL 2013
Board may be protective of injury, particularly among tennis players,” Neeru Jayanthi, MD, Associate Professor at Loyola and Medical Director of the school’s athletic center and primary care sports medicine facility, said in a press release.
Position Determines Muscle Response A study published in the December issue of the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology found that soccer players’ muscle responses differ depending on the position they play. The authors, from the University of Vigo in Spain, concluded that their findings—and the measuring technique they used—may be able to help players optimize their training and recovery process. The researchers used tensiomyography, a non-invasive method of neuromuscular assessment, to measure the rectus femoris and biceps femoris of 78 professional soccer players. (The players’ average age was 26.6 years old, average weight was 75.8 kilograms, and average height was 179.2 centimeters.) The following tensiomyography measurements were taken after the players had two days of rest with no practices or training sessions: Maximal displacement Contraction time Sustain time
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time • Delay Half-relaxation time. • While no significant differences were found in the play-
ers’ biceps femoris, significant differences were observed between contraction time, sustain time, and half-relaxation time in the players’ rectus femoris muscles based on their playing position. Central defenders and goalkeepers showed lower contraction time when compared to side defenders. “This is because central defenders and goalkeepers need higher levels of explosive force in the knee extension muscles to jump, stop, and head the ball effectively,” Ezequiel Rey, PhD, a Professor in Vigo’s Physical Education department and lead researcher, told Medical News Today. The tensiomyography technique allowed researchers to “obtain information on the acute and chronic effects of training on a muscular level, prevent injuries, detect muscle imbalance and muscular asymmetry, and assess the state of muscle fatigue after training,” Rey added. “[The study] provides values that can be used when prescribing the training loads in elite football and to reduce the risk of injury in the different specific positions.” To view the abstract of the study, search its title, “Tensiomyography of selected lower-limb muscles in professional soccer players,” at: www.sciencedirect.com.
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Bob Marley University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Nominations for the inaugural Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award were plentiful and impressive. But one athletic trainer rose above the rest. By R.J. Anderson
The Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society (GHATS) puts on an athletic training student workshop every year, and it was Andy Dekaney High School’s turn to host it two years ago. Head Athletic Trainer Thomas Woods, MS, MEd, LAT, ATC, wanted to do something exciting for the students and had the idea to get one or two members of a helicopter medical crew to give a presentation. As many athletic trainers in Houston do when they have a question, problem, or new idea, Woods turned to Bob Marley, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS, Senior Outreach Athletic Trainer in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Marley sits on the GHATS Advisory Council and more importantly to Woods, he is someone who will take a suggestion and run with it. “When I told Bob my idea, he smiled and said, ‘Let me see what I can do,’” says Woods. “Not only did the whole crew show up, they came in a Life Flight helicopter, landing it at the school, which really wowed the kids and was much more than I expected. But if anybody could get something like that done, it’s Bob.” For Marley, it’s all in a day’s work. His passion for athletic training has led him to be a leader among his peers, a trusted professional among every student-athlete and coach he works with, and a steward for the profession. Known as an approachable and unassuming athletic trainer, he has fashioned a career out of going the extra mile for his athletes, R.J. Anderson is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. He can be reached at: rja@MomentumMedia.com. 8
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coaches, and colleagues. For those reasons and more, Training & Conditioning is proud to present Robert “Bob” Marley with our 2013 Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award, sponsored by Sports Health. “No matter what role he’s filling, or where he’s working, Bob just makes things happen,” says Woods, who nominated Marley for the award. “He is a consummate professional who wins people over with a disarming charm and an ability to connect with them interpersonally. If you met him for the first time, you’d think, ‘This is a great guy.’ “I have never heard anyone say a negative thing about Bob and I’ve never heard him say anything derogatory about anyone else,” Woods continues. “He’s very positive in his approach and that manner is infectious.” Woods, who is an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Hall of Fame, has known Marley for more than 30 years. “I’ve worked with the NATA and SWATA for a long time, and everything Bob does stacks up with what I’ve seen from the best leaders in those organizations,” says Woods. “However, he doesn’t stand in front of the cameras with his chest out—he works behind the scenes to advance and promote our profession.” As part of his day job with UTHealth, Marley travels 900 to TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
1,000 miles a week, providing sports medicine services to 22 school districts in 10 counties. It is the only access most of the rural schools have to a sports medicine professional. In addition to his hands-on work, Marley develops professional and community education seminars, provides medical coverage for special events, and assists UTHealth’s Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute Outreach Program. Since 1989, Marley has also been a contract Athletic Trainer for Needville (Texas) High School, where he provides daily athletic training services and covers most home athletic contests, as well as all football games. In addition, he oversees the school’s student athletic training program— which he started his first year there—and instructs the coaching staff in CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications. “Bob goes above and beyond with everything he does here,” says Needville Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jamie Valentine. “He is by far the hardest working person I know. I have no idea how he balances everything and is still able to positively affect so many people each and every day.
“No matter what role he’s filling, or where he’s working, Bob just makes things happen. He is a consummate professional who wins people over with a disarming charm and an ability to connect with them interpersonally.”
training students choosing athletic training as their college major and career.” Marley’s athletic training expertise expands beyond the many high schools he serves. On Sundays in the fall, you can find him working the sidelines for the NFL’s Houston Texans, providing athletic training support during home games and certain away games. He also works the team’s preseason training and mini camps. Somehow, Marley finds time to be an Adjunct Professor and Co-Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program at Houston Baptist University, where he began his athletic training career in 1982 after graduating from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in physical education and a specialization in sports medicine. He spent seven years at HBU, leaving as the school’s Head Athletic Trainer in 1989 when it chose to de-emphasize athletics and leave NCAA Division I. Since 2002, Marley has also taught courses in HBU’s School of Nursing and Allied Health. With so many roles and responsibilities in the Houston
Award Criteria The Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award, sponsored by Sports Health, was created to honor high school athletic trainers who have become MVPs by going above and beyond their job duties. The criteria for the award includes the following: • Works with high school athletes
“Even though we keep him extremely busy throughout the year, he still finds time to develop positive relationships with our athletes, coaches, district employees, and the entire community,” Valentine continues. “There are not many phones in our district that do not have Bob’s number on speed dial.” Valentine says that Marley’s knowledge of injuries and rehab is second to none and he always puts the athletes first. “It amazes me that Bob can know exactly what is wrong and how to fix it with just a couple of questions and a few simple tests,” he says. “And it’s not unusual to see him perform rehab on some of our injured athletes while getting paperwork ready for game workers and officials. On top of that, he always makes time for anyone from our community or staff who has a question or minor injury that needs attention. And of course, he’s constantly taping and stretching athletes as they trickle into the athletic training room.” Marley has also had a big impact on Needville’s future generations of athletic trainers. “Our student athletic training program has grown to be one of the best, if not the best, in the entire state,” Valentine says. “Bob is a tremendous mentor and teacher, which has led to several of our athletic TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
• Has earned the respect of coaches they work with and student-athletes they care for • Goes beyond their job description to support student-athletes • Puts in extra effort to make the athletic training program the best it can be • Serves the local or larger community through community service. High school athletic trainers are often the unsung heroes of interscholastic sports and many work countless hours to help young people become the best they can be. We are excited to honor professionals who put their heart and soul into helping student-athletes on a daily basis.
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area, Marley’s weekly schedule is a geographical puzzle, but that’s how he likes it. “When you have a passion for something it’s easier to be organized,” he says. “If I didn’t love what I’m doing, I probably wouldn’t be as motivated to keep on top of everything. Plus, the variety is one of my favorite aspects of this job—no two days are ever the same.” When it comes to prioritizing his duties, Marley organizes each day around his responsibilities to
our doctors. If that athlete has already seen one, I’ll provide follow-up care and let the doctor know how that athlete is doing. If they don’t need to see a doctor, I’ll get them started on a rehab protocol. “It’s neat because those mini clinics have grown over the years to where players’ families, the school’s staff, and even guys who work at the grain elevator down the street will come in for an evaluation if they’re hurt,” Marley adds. “It’s become more than just
Marley strongly believes in the power of connecting people, and in his 30-plus years as an athletic trainer in the Houston area, he has accumulated a sizable digital Rolodex that he uses to share information, help colleagues find jobs, and more. UTHealth. “Every morning, I leave my house at about 6:30, travel to a handful of high schools, and hold mini clinics to evaluate injuries,” says Marley, who visits each school once a week and occasionally provides game coverage when it fits his schedule. “If an athlete is injured, I schedule an appointment for them to see one of
a high school outreach program. It’s now more of a community outreach program.” Because his on-site time is so limited, Marley encourages coaches to call him anytime they have questions or concerns, and he has created pamphlets that help coaches assess common injuries and provide initial care.
Other Honors & Awards 1982 Northwest Missouri State University Wall of Fame 1987 Houston Baptist University Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2004 Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society (GHATS) Tom Wilson Service Award 2006 Greater Houston Football Coaches’ Association John Kelley Distinguished Service Award 2011 Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association John Harvey Humanitarian Award 2013 GHATS Logan Wood Award for Meritorious Service
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“When I started working with the rural schools, I realized I kept telling coaches the same things over and over,” he says. “So I came up with a couple of booklets that provide information on certain topics. They cover everything from hamstring and quad strains to criteria for pulling an athlete out of an activity. I tried to make things very basic by including clear diagrams and concise descriptions for best practices.” Every day Marley also works in a trip to Needville, either in the morning or afternoon depending on his driving itinerary and the schools’ game schedules. “It’s not unusual for me to cover a contest at one school on Thursday night, be at Needville on Friday, then cover another game at another school on Saturday.” And that workload is only the start of how Marley helps others. He strongly believes in the power of connecting people, and in his 30-plus years as an athletic trainer in the Houston area, he has accumulated a sizable digital Rolodex that he uses to share information, help colleagues find jobs, and more. Many of his contacts are organized into e-mail lists. One includes 725 names and caters to athletic trainers in Southeast Texas while another includes about 500 athletic trainers in and around the Houston area. He also has a list of high school and college coaches in the greater Houston area (Marley is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, serving on its Executive Board of Directors since 2003) that he uses to disseminate information about sports medicine issues and new practices. “With the athletic trainer lists, if somebody tells me they’re looking for an athletic trainer for an event or they have a job opening, I forward it to my list,” Marley says. “Or, if a certain athletic trainer is looking for a job and I’m alerted to an opening, I can recommend that person right away.” TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
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Marley also works tirelessly on sharing information in a more formal way by hosting or presenting at educational seminars. One such endeavor is UTHealth’s annual “Updates in Sports Medicine Symposium,” a twoday event in June featuring a who’s who of local speakers that Marley hosts at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. For $150, attendees are able to satisfy some of their athletic training certification CEU requirements while enjoying presentations that profile the latest innovations and information related to sports health issues. “It’s not a big fancy event with a ton of bells and whistles, but athletic trainers and physical therapists can come in and hear from the professionals who take care of the Texans, the Rockets, the Astros, the University of Houston, and HBU,” says Marley, who estimates that more than 225 people attend the
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of Famer] Allen Eggert all helped me find my way when I was young and it meant the world to me. I guess I’m trying to do the same for the younger men and women on their way up. I take great pride in helping them find their niche.
“I have a hard time saying no. I feel like if I quit something or turn down a request, I’d be letting someone down. Plus, doing all of the things I’m involved with makes me feel like I’m a part of something bigger.” A huge motivating factor for Marley is his dedication to giving back. “Sometimes, I don’t think veteran athletic trainers realize how much we can help our younger colleagues,” he says. “My mentors, guys like [NATA Hall of Famer] Bobby Gunn and [SWATA Hall
“Any time an athletic trainer who is new to the area or the profession asks me for advice, I try to go out of my way to get them an answer as soon as I can,” Marley continues. “I was really impressed when somebody would take the time to help me when I was young.
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Now, I’m just trying to pay it forward.” While he enjoys his work with GHATS, SWATA, and the various other professional organizations he contributes to, Marley says the most rewarding elements of his job center on his work with young athletes and the impact he’s able to make on their lives. “For example, the other day I walked into a grocery store in one of the little towns I work in, and a young man who had graduated a few years earlier saw me and immediately came over. He thanked me for helping him overcome a knee injury when he was in high school,” says Marley. “He told me he was doing well, that he had gone on to play junior college baseball, and that he appreciated everything I had done to help him get back on the field. When somebody remembers you and goes out of their way just to say thanks, it’s a great feeling.” From being a fantastic hands-on
healthcare provider to a leader and advisor among his peers, what drives Marley to do it all? “I have a hard time saying no,” he says. “I feel like if I quit something or turn down a request, I’d be letting someone down. Plus, doing all of the things I’m involved with makes me feel like I’m a part of something bigger, which is what I think everyone wants.” With two grown children and a granddaughter, Marley says he never would have been able to maintain a career in athletic training without the patience, understanding, and complete support of his family, especially his wife. “If they had been demanding and inflexible, there’s no way I could have made it in this profession,” he says. “I also have tried to include my family in as many work opportunities as I can—it’s always better when they’re around. And when I’m home, I make sure my focus is on spending
e truly appreciate the outstanding job you do for our athletes. You are also a tremendous mentor and teacher of our athletic training students— they couldn’t be in better hands. In addition to being the best athletic trainer in the business, you sincerely care about the youth of Needville and take the time to develop strong relationships with our athletes, coaches, NISD staff, and the entire community of Needville. ThaNk You for the job you do everyday and we are proud to call you a Needville Blue Jay.
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time together.” Marley says he lives by a mantra of: Work hard, take pride in your work, and do the right thing. “I think it’s all about the golden rule—treat people the way you want to be treated,” he says. “And if you tell somebody you’re going to do something, then do it. Dropping the ball leaves a lasting impression.” When it comes to lasting impressions, Woods says the positive imprint Marley leaves is longer than the Texas highways he travels every day. “Some people say and do little while others say and do only what is required,” Woods says. “Then there is the rare individual like Bob Marley who says and does more than you could hope or expect. I consider myself blessed to have him as a friend and colleague and I am proud that our profession has people like him leading the way.” n
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he primary coaching style we want to use with our youngest athletes is called outcome-based coaching. This style of coaching puts more emphasis on the outcome of the activity or exercise you have asked for from your athletes. Outcome-based coaching utilizes very little cueing or technique modifications, if any. Our 6–9 year old athletes can suffer from goal confusion, leading to frustration and a less than average experience. As youth coaches, our goal must be to provide an exciting, memorable, and remarkable experience—EVERY TIME. A communicative coaching style such as outcome-based coaching is exactly what a young person needs to ensure the indoctrination of a healthy physical culture. At some point in life, every athletic career ends. Our role is to provide an opportunity for their ability to move and exercise to continue long into their adult lives, no matter their current level of sporting success. In addition, it is imperative that a young athlete discovers movement patterns on their own as much as possible. A young athlete has a much more plastic central nervous system than does an adult. That is, a young athlete’s CNS is very sponge-like or magnet-like. Internal
and external stimuli are more readily assimilated, learned from, and transferred to movement patterns. This aspect of neural development is a crucial component of the natural development of a child. Let your young athletes “discover” movement patterns on their own. (It is no coincidence that “Discovery” is the name given to our youngest group of athletes). Here are some practical concepts to think about as you engage in outcome-based coaching: Be careful what you ask for. If you cue your athletes to skip across the length of your facility and what a few of them perform is a high skip in a zig pattern, they are STILL giving you what you asked for. Encourage their creativity, then layer one or two appropriate boundaries with simple cueing. In this example, ask the entire group to skip in a straight line on the next try. Be a reflective coach. During and after your sessions, reflect on the effectiveness of your coaching cues. Take note of what was successful and what you and your coaches need to improve on. Communicating more effectively with your young athletes will only result in more fun for both them and you!
Praise and praise often. When a child gives you their interpretation of what you asked of them, praise them for it. If modifications or boundaries need to be communicated, use simple cuing. For instance, a lunge walk with a pronounced forward lean at the hips can be corrected by saying, “Heads up,” “Eyes up,” or, “Reach for the sky.” Use names. Calling and praising a child by name will add tremendous value to the relationship building process and significantly increase the enjoyment your young athletes’ experience while in your care. In short, this makes coaching personal. Always keep in mind that your young athletes are still children. They need a certain amount of love, care, attention, and encouragement. One excellent way to deliver those things is by using outcome-based coaching and taking a less-restrictive approach to delivering your training. Over time, you will refine your cuing to where you will no longer get (as many) zigzaggers, and it will help you build lasting and trusting relationships with the athletes. Take these concepts and coach your young athletes with your heart first and head second.
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The Art of
ART Since discovering Active Release Techniques (ART), this author has learned to better assess soft tissue injuries and expedite return to play. By Bradley Pike
Athletes at Syracuse University have benefited from the sports medicine staff incorporating ART into many rehab programs.
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ll athletic trainers have been there: An athlete with chronic pain that just won’t seem to dissipate completely. For me, it was just last year when a male rower came into our athletic training room at Syracuse University complaining of chronic lower back pain on his right side. Though he was able to complete all required rowing, long sessions were resulting in significant pain. It wasn’t severely affecting his performance in competition, but it had come to the point where the rower’s pain was consistently lasting longer into the evening with each successive practice until he had low back pain all the time. I assessed the rower and noted lumbar dysfunction and associated multifidus atrophy. The next step was figuring out how to get him pain-free and back to full functionality as soon as possible. Conventional care of heat, ice, elec-
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treating the athlete trical stimulation, stretching, and restrengthening exercises provided some relief, but the condition was not remedied. What other modes of care could possibly be used? Enter Active Release Techniques (ART), a patented soft tissue mobilization system steadily gaining in popu-
had more immediate results and better functional outcomes than ART. This is a treatment system that shows no signs of going anywhere but into more athletic training rooms in the years to come. DISCOVERING ART A few years ago, I was seeking differ-
Following just one ART treatment, we saw the player’s functional movement improve. Subsequent ART treatments, along with a core activation and stabilization program, helped the athlete gain that last 20 percent of function. I was immediately impressed. larity throughout the sports medicine profession. ART is a treatment approach designed to give clinicians the ability to assess and treat soft tissue injuries. In a nutshell, the technique allows the clinician to identify what is impaired (muscle, nerve, tendon, or fascia) while providing expedited relief of the soft tissue restriction. In my 25 years as an athletic trainer, I have never used a technique that has
ent ways to add to my “tool box” of care for the athletes at Syracuse. When speaking about treating athletic injuries with my professional colleagues, ART was becoming a more frequent conversation topic. For example, Denny Kellington, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer for Football, was a new addition to the Syracuse athletic training staff in 2005. During internships with the Denver
Broncos Denny had some firsthand exposure to ART with its creator, Colorado-based chiropractor P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Denny explained the positive results Dr. Leahy would see after applying the technique to the players on the team, including the resolution of flexibility restrictions due to muscle strain and reduced swelling from various injuries. Then, during the 2005-06 men’s basketball season, I witnessed ART’s effects firsthand when our best player suffered a groin strain. I tried many different treatments and was able to reduce his symptoms enough so that he was able to play at 80 percent. This was a huge improvement of course, but I needed something to help resolve the remaining 20 percent. A local orthopedic surgeon and Syracuse alumnus called and asked me if I had considered ART. He told me he had seen positive functional outcomes by referring some of his patients for ART treatments. I sought out Dale Buchberger, MS, PT, DC, CSCS, DACBSP, a Syracuse area chiropractor and physical therapist who
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treating the athlete has been certified in ART for many years and served as an ART instructor. Dale assisted me in caring for our basketball athlete by evaluating him, helping me come up with a new outline for his treatment, and performing ART treatments on him. Following just one ART treatment, we saw the player’s functional movement improve. Subsequent ART treatments, along with a core activation and stabilization program, helped the athlete regain that last 20 percent of function. I was immediately impressed and started looking into making ART an additional mode of care I could incorporate into my repertoire.
he came up with different muscle, ligament, and nerve entrapment protocols that make up the ART system. ART can resolve or offer relief from many common conditions in athletes, including tendon strains and ligament sprains, by restoring normal ligament mobility and elasticity. Scar tissue and
HOW DOES IT WORK? ART is a soft tissue management system that has been developed over the past 25 years by Dr. Leahy. He noticed early in his career that many of his chiropractic patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue. By experimenting with how his patients’ muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves responded to specific soft tissue manipulation techniques,
muscle adhesions that restrict mobility and elasticity are the body’s normal response to a soft tissue injury, and through ART, they can be broken down to prevent or reduce hindrance to range of motion, strength, and function. For muscle strains, ART can help with the sliding that occurs between the impaired muscle and its adjacent tissue. Nerve compression injuries, which can become disabling to an ath-
lete and often result in surgery, may be treated through ART as it assists in the reduction of nerve entrapment. The length of an ART session is dependent on the number of ART protocols a clinician chooses to employ. A typical treatment session lasts an hour. The ART portion typically lasts 10 to
After determining the depth of the tissue, the clinician applies tension to the athlete’s muscle, tendon, or ligament, and the athlete either moves through active range of motion or is assisted passively through that motion by another person. 15 minutes, and the rest of the time is spent on the application of moist heat or ice, flexibility and range of motion work, and/or strengthening exercises. I like our athletes to warm up (preferably actively) and work on some flexibility, then I administer the active release protocols. Warming up first allows for the reduction of adhesions and remodeling of the scar tissue before the ART portion so strengthening
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treating the athlete and functional training can be more efficient. There are more than 500 ART protocols, including 13 different contact methods. Contacts range from a single thumb—the most common contact—to all five fingers. For more consistent tension, the clinician may use the opposite hand as backup support. After determining the depth of the tissue, the clinician applies tension to the athlete’s muscle, tendon, or ligament, and the athlete either moves through active range of motion or is assisted passively through that motion by another person. This is known as a “pass,” and the number of passes is directly correlated to the size of the area. A typical soft tissue injury requires three to fives passes. The degree of tension application is determined by the depth of the tissue and the type of tissue being treated. Fascia requires more tension and nervous tissue requires less. The clinician must be careful to not provide too much tension to the tissue to avoid compressing it, thereby restricting active or passive movement of the muscle. ART is also used as an assessment tool. In fact, a typical
It is very important that some type of activity, whether it is a strength training session, team practice, or a game, be completed after the ART session because it helps facilitate the improved range of motion. ART session is a combination of assessment and treatment. First, the clinician uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. When scar tissue or muscle adhesions are detected, the clinician uses specific movements and directs tension accordingly to break it up. In addition to being used as part of an evaluation and treatment plan, ART can also be used for maintenance or as a performance-enhancing tool. ART tends to be most popular among track and field athletes and triathletes because of their rate of overuse injuries. For athletes especially, an ART session should be conducted before a workout whenever possible. It is very important that some type of activity, whether it is a strength training session, team practice, or a game, be completed after the ART session because it helps facilitate the improved range of motion realized through treatment. Positive results can be expected immediately following an athlete’s first ART session. Results could range from a reduction in pain to increased range of motion and flexibility. Over time, many athletes also see strength gains as a byproduct of ART. By releasing the muscles of any scar tissue or adhesions, they can be activated more efficiently and strength training is less painful.
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protocol is reintroduced in this small group setting and the technique is reinforced through repetitive practice. One of the biggest skills instructed and emphasized in the courses is the palpation skill or “touch” of the clinician. The development of the clinician’s touch is paramount in assessing
ART has improved my soft tissue assessment and evaluation skills and made me more proficient in anatomy. The technique has allowed me to effectively evaluate injuries and differentiate between tendon pathology and nerve root adherence or compression within the muscle. soft tissue and making the correct diagnosis before developing the appropriate treatment outline. Discussions between the different disciplines (chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and massage therapists) attending the course are plentiful and helpful in this area. Certifications last for one year, so each clinician at any level of certification needs to recertify annually. There
attended all three ART certification courses). ART courses are held monthly throughout most of the United States, Canada, Europe, and East Asia. There are many highlights to the certification courses, including the teaching method. The protocols are initially taught to the entire group, which ranges from 45 to 90 people, then the class is broken down into small groups of six to eight students and two instructors. The
are special sections available in the spine and extremity courses for clinicians who are recertifying. These clinicians typically only attend 12 hours of the three- to four-day course for recertification. Full body certified clinicians are afforded the opportunity to enhance their knowledge through additional classes, including a biomechanics course and/ or a nerve entrapment course. Though these additional courses are not required, they are extremely helpful in becoming proficient in the assessment and treatment of impaired soft tissue. I have taken the nerve entrapment course, and it changed the way I evaluate upper and lower extremity issues. If a clinician has full body certification, he or she can recertify through a Master’s course or take an online course. I have participated in both courses and found them to be valuable. During a Master’s course, the clinician spends a few hours with Dr. Leahy in a small group setting, and the online course is streamed live from corporate headquarters in Colorado and allows time for questions and answers.
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treating the athlete The only potential downside to the ART certification courses is the cost, as each one is $2,100. I was fortunate to have the support of Tim Neal, MS, ATC, our Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, who developed a proposal to get our full-time staff members certified in ART and submitted it to the administration. Our Athletic Director, Dr. Daryl Gross, recognized the added benefit, and our staff began the ART certification process. GETTING RESULTS ART has improved my soft tissue assessment and evaluation skills and made me more proficient in anatomy. The technique has allowed me to effectively evaluate injuries and differentiate between tendon pathology and nerve root adherence or compression within the muscle. Prior to my ART training, I followed standard evaluation protocols and would assess range of motion, ligament integrity, strength, any tenderness, and functionality. But since I have become ART certified, I take much more time evaluating soft tissue. I appreciate the texture of tissue, ligament mobility, and whether the muscles are sliding appropriately. For example, nerve compres-
Since I have become ART certified, I take much more time evaluating soft tissue. I appreciate the texture of tissue, ligament mobility, and whether the muscles are sliding appropriately. sion injuries frequently mimic muscle strains or overuse injuries, so nerve gliding and nerve root impingement testing are always included in my exams. My treatment and rehabilitation protocols have become more functionally based and efficient, and time-loss injuries have even been reduced. Overall, my ART certification has assisted me in providing a higher level of hands-on care for our athletes at Syracuse. Do you remember the rower at the beginning of this article? I implemented ART into his treatment plan and we saw great results. In addition to chiropractic care and a strengthening program, I used ART protocols to work TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
on his flexibility restrictions and the muscle gliding issues he was experiencing in the multifidus, piriformis, hamstrings, psoas, and iliacus. I also used ART on the dorsal sacral ligament and sacrotuberous ligament to address his mobility issues. With the exception of the psoas and iliacus, which are treated with a broad, soft-finger contact, I mostly treated with a single thumb contact. In this approach, the muscle to be treated is shortened, tension is applied, and the athlete actively moves
in the opposite direction to lengthen the muscle. By the end of the season, about 10 weeks after we started ART, the rower was no longer experiencing lumbar dysfunction or associated multifidus atrophy. He was able to row symmetrically without listing to the side. And most importantly, he was pain-free. n To learn more about Active Release Techniques, visit: www.activereleasetechniques.com.
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he days of simply refilling the team’s water bottles for games and practices have faded as a variety of beverages to help athletes perform at their best have entered the market. In this article, we’ll take you through some of the options that are currently available, so you’ll be better able to help your athletes prep for their games, outlast the competition, and recover quickly. CeraSport CeraSport is the only rice-based hydration and performance drink. CeraSport quickly and effectively restores essential salts and fluids lost in sweat due to exercise, fever, or heat stress. It prevents dehydration, without the cramping and nausea caused by many sugar-based sports drinks. This allows athletes to perform better and stay healthy. CeraSport was developed with help from physicians at major medical institutions. Its patented rice syrup blend contains short, medium, long and very long chains of carbohydrate. It also uses natural rice or rice-syrup solids instead of simple sug-
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“There are many misconceptions about how to optimize workout results, especially when it comes to post-workout nutrition. It comes down to reframing the way we think about nutrition and understanding that how you fuel your body after working out is as essential as exercise itself.” difference between the two products is that CeraSport EX1 has half of the ricebased carbohydrate and nearly double the amount of electrolytes compared to CeraSport.” CeraSportEX1 comes in lime, orange, and pomegranate flavors. The original CeraSport is best used for endurance events and training regimens where carbohydrate consumption before, during, and after activity is essential to help maintain blood sugar and prevent fatigue. This includes long distance running, triathlons, long distance cycling, backpacking, adventure races, or other physical activities that last over 60 minutes. CeraSport EX1 is slated for shorter events or bouts of physical activity in hot and humid environments, such as those experienced in football, soccer, baseball, short or middle distance track
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NUTRITION Klean Isolate offers a low-sugar, lowcarbohydrate option—containing one gram of each—for athletes concerned with limiting these nutrients. “Klean Isolate is pure-whey protein isolate free of artificial flavoring or sweeteners,” says Halpner. “This allows you to add what you want for flavor, since the powder mixes easily into your favorite beverage or food.” Klean Isolate is tested and certified by the NSF Certified for Sport Program, which provides ease of mind for athletic trainers and coaches. “This product carries the NSF mark and has undergone stringent laboratory testing to confirm content, purity, and compliance,” Halpner says. “The Klean Athlete formulas are made by Douglas Laboratories, which has more than 50 years of industry leading experience and is a trusted manufacturer worldwide. To ensure the highest quality products and meet the most rigorous standards, Douglas Laboratories controls its own manufacturing process with outstanding quality control from start to finish.” MET-Rx MET-Rx has long been a provider of nutritional products, including protein mixes and drinks for athletes. Its line of ready-to-drink products includes highprotein, high-carb, and energy beverages as well as meal replacement fluids. “MET-Rx is a premium brand for athletes regardless of their sport,” says Mark Innace, Senior Brand Manager for MET-Rx. “We have products for all workout goals and pride ourselves on our quality and customer service.” Its Nutrition Shake Collegiate Series is a pre-mixed ready-to-drink shake that provides 18 grams of including MET-Rx’s Metamyosyn-blend. Originally developed by a physician and based on metabolic research, Metamyosyn protein is a highly bio-available fuel. Available in vanilla and chocolate flavors containing 240 calories and two grams of fat per serving, the Nutrition Shake Collegiate Series is designed to rapidly replenish glycogen and begin muscle recovery following a workout. To help athletes meet daily nutrition needs, MET-Rx offers its Hi-Test Amino Acid Supplement in 16 ounce bottles. It contains a blend of essential amino acids, including all three Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
in a nitrogen formulation designed to supply an athlete’s body with the essential protein building blocks it needs. Specially formulated for athletes, it’s available in a cherry flavor. MET-Rx also has a broad line of drink mixes to help athletes reach their performance goals. Its Natural Whey mix, which comes in chocolate and vanilla, provides high quality ultra-filtered whey protein concentrate. Benefiting from state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, Natural Whey
mix delivers a cutting edge protein blend that is both wholesome and scientifically advanced. The Ultramyosyn Whey mix delivers a powerful blend of high quality protein that supplies the perfect combination of naturally occurring Branched Chain Amino Acids that athletes need. It contains all the amino acids required for supporting lean muscle in a high quality ultra-filtered whey protein concentrate made from a quick absorbing whey protein blend that speeds amino acid delivery.
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NUTRITION Muscle Milk After starting its line with a protein-enhanced powder, Muscle Milk—which is produced by CytoSport—has expanded its offerings to include ready-to-drink beverages, protein bars, and oatmeal. All of these protein-enhanced products are intended to help athletes and active individuals recover from workouts, competitions, and other physically taxing activities. “Muscle Milk is different from similar products on many levels, but first and foremost is taste,” says Luke Cherry,
a Marketing and Sales Manager at CytoSport. “Muscle Milk actually tastes good while providing a precise blend of premium protein, healthy fats, good carbohydrates, and 20 vitamins and minerals in a lactose-free, gluten-free formula. “Our products contain exactly what is stated on the label and absolutely nothing more,” he continues. “This has led over 400 collegiate athletic programs, as well as numerous professional teams and world-class and professional athletes, to use Muscle Milk and
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other CytoSport products while training for—and competing in—top-flight events.” To ensure the quality of its products, CytoSport controls the ingredients that are used in its manufacturing facility from start to finish. Likewise, the company holds both Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification and GMP for Sport Certification through NSF International, an independent group that monitors products and facilities for banned ingredients and good manufacturing practices. “We will always remain true to our core values of providing high quality, well-manufactured nutritional products and functional beverages that consumers can trust,” Cherry says. “It’s important for athletic trainers and their athletes to know that we monitor the process from raw material to finished products. We don’t merely put our label on someone else’s bottle or jug. “We also have relationships with the top experts in many fields,” he continues. “This includes sports dieticians, strength coaches, athletic trainers, and others. These professionals expect the best and trust that each product functions and tastes as we say it will.” REFUEL “got chocolate milk?” Everyone has seen the ads with public figures sporting milk mustaches for the popular “Got Milk?” campaign, which started 20 years ago. However, over the past year, athletes and sports medicine professionals may have also noticed the REFUEL “got chocolate milk?” multimedia campaign, sponsored by the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP). Its purpose is engaging its audience with the benefits of chocolate milk as an athletic recovery drink. “Chocolate milk has what it takes to help athletes refuel and recover,” says Miranda Abney, MilkPEP Marketing Director. “It has nine essential nutrients that an athlete needs, including some not typically found in recovery drinks. Some studies suggest that drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a strenuous workout could help athletes boost power and even improve training performances in their next bout of exercise. “It has the right carbohydrate-to-protein ratio shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles,” she continues. “It’s TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
NUTRITION a natural source of lean protein to build muscle and has been shown to help athletes tone up—build lean muscle and lose fat—when compared to a carbohydrate-based sports drink.” Chocolate milk also naturally provides electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium. “These are some of the same minerals that are added to commercial recovery drinks,” Abney says. “Some research suggests milk may help you stay hydrated after exercise better than some commercial sports drinks. Chocolate milk is a simple way to make sure your athletes recover effectively—and the science is there to back it up.” Along with these benefits, chocolate milk is cost-effective and palatable for most athletes. As testimony to its effectiveness, the REFUEL “got chocolate milk?” campaign is gaining increasing support from elite athletes. “We have several athlete spokespersons, as well as grassroots partnerships with organizations such as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and the Ironman Triathlon,” Abney says. “I would encourage anyone to check out our Web site, gotchocolatemilk.com to learn about the science and see Hines Ward’s transition from an NFL superstar to an Ironman triathlete.” Shamrock Farms’ Rockin’ Refuel With three different offerings, Shamrock Farms’ Rockin’ Refuel proteinfortified beverages fit the needs of several types of athletes. Made with real milk, these protein drinks pass the customer taste test while providing the nutrition athletes need to achieve their goals. “Rockin’ Refuel makes the best tasting, better-for-you, protein beverages on the market,” says Blake Atkinson, a Brand Manager at Shamrock Farms. “All of our products—Intense Recovery, Muscle Recovery, and Muscle Builder— are made with real milk and natural protein, and they deliver real results.” With 20 grams of protein, Intense Recovery is geared toward professional, high school, college, and competitive endurance athletes with intense training regimens. Muscle Recovery contains 17 grams of protein and is intended for active and fit exercisers who want a muscle recovery beverage with reduced calories and carbohydrates. The newest addition to the Rockin’ Refuel line up, Muscle Builder, is formulated for athletes TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
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NUTRITION who want to build muscle with its 30 grams of protein. Available in 12-ounce bottles or 11-ounce shelf-stable packages, Rockin’ Refuel comes ready for consumption. The shelf-stable packages of Intense Recovery and Muscle Builder are lactose-free. For those concerned about sugar intake, Muscle Recovery contains no added sugars. Similarly, Muscle Builder offers a low-carbohydrate option, with eight grams of net carbohydrates. “Rockin’ Refuel isn’t another protein beverage created in a lab,” Atkinson says. “Our Intense Recovery and Muscle Recovery products are both made with real milk so not only do they feature a two-to-one carb to protein ratio, but they also provide the great taste and essential nutrients found in milk, like calcium and vitamin D. “And we recently launched our new Rockin’ Refuel Muscle Builder protein milk beverage designed for those looking to build muscle,” he continues. “Also made with real milk, it is packed with high quality protein and only six grams of sugar.” Along with its nutritional offerings, Rockin’ Refuel backed by several athletes, including NFL running back Peyton Hillis. Rockin’ Refuel Intense Recovery and Muscle Recovery are also NCAA compliant. “Rockin’ Refuel continues to grow in popularity among professional and amateur athletes because of its great taste and high quality natural protein, which builds and rebuilds muscle,” Atkinson says. “And Intense Recovery is now the protein beverage of choice at more than 140 college and university athletic departments across the country.”
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The Right Stuff The Right Stuff aimed for the moon with its formula—literally. Developed to help combat dehydration in astronauts coming back to the gravity of earth, the formula was the result of over a decade of NASA testing. Along with its use in space, athletes use The Right Stuff to optimize hydration before, during, and after even the most strenuous exercise conditions. The liquid electrolyte concentrate is packaged in single-serve tear-top pouches, which allow users to easily squeeze the contents into water bottles. The formula does not contain carbohydrates,
caffeine, sugar, or added colors, which differentiates it from other sports drinks on the market. During the formula’s development, research indicated that carbohydrates can slow down the rate of absorption of electrolytes. As a result, in addition to the electrolytes in The Right Stuff, the formula includes citric acid, all-natural flavors, and a small amount of sucralose that combine to offset the saltiness, but does not contain carbohydrates or other sources of energy like fructose, sucrose, or guarana. “The Right Stuff is superior to other NASA-tested formulas in fighting the cramps, headaches, muscle fatigue, light headedness, and other symptoms associated with sweating, dehydration, and electrolyte loss,” says David Belaga, President and CEO of Wellness Brands Inc., marketers of The Right Stuff. “Our formula also improves core thermoregulation, which means it protects athletes’ bodies from overheating both in high-heat and high-exertion settings, and it increases athletic endurance by over 20 percent more than other NASA-tested formulas. “High schools and colleges across the U.S., professional teams, and Olympians—including multi-medal winning sprinter Walter Dix—have integrated The Right Stuff into both their training and competition regimens,” he continues. “The formula is especially beneficial for big crampers, heavy or salty sweaters, and athletes who struggle with their endurance.” As far as safety is concerned, The Right Stuff does not contain any banned substances, contaminants, or heavy metals—and it is also free of common allergens such as dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, and shellfish. The Right Stuff is manufactured in an “NSF Certified for Sport” facility. n
For more information on a wide variety of nutrition topics, go to the T&C Web site: Training-Conditioning.com. There you will find articles from past issues of T&C as well as blogs and links to current news items relating to nutrition.
& the evolution of Performance education By Nick Winkelman
s strength coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and registered dietitians we understand the value of information and staying on the cutting edge of our perspective fields. However, with the overabundance of available information and the next great training tool waiting to emerge, what can we do to capture and contain the most important information? How can we avoid this “re-invention of the wheel syndrome” that we replay over and over every time we learn about the next greatest training method or device? To answer this question we have to dissociate between methods and systems.
training device, or piece of research will make the system better, worse, or make no change at all.
The Athletes’ Performance Mentorship series provides every participant with transparent access to the system behind the top champions in sport, military, and the corporate space. Through practical and applied education sessions across mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery, every participant leaves with a training system that can be molded to their unique environment and evolve as our field progresses. Our goal is to provide every participant with the most cuttingedge training tools, but at the same A method can be time provide the training toolbox to house the many tools that can be considered a technique, to correct and develop the huprotocol, or singular way used man system. In the end the methods of doing something, while we employ are only as good as the a system is a coordinated system from which they come.
A method can be considered a technique, protocol, or singular way of doing something, while a system is a coordinated body of methods or components that form a singular whole. Said another way, the method can be considered the tree Nick Winkelman MSc, CSCS*D, body of methods or and the system can be considered USAW, USATF, is the Director of the forest. If we only prescribe to components that form a Training Systems and Education at methods then we are limited to the singular whole. Athletes‘ Performance. Winkelman capacity of that method to produce leads the Athletes‘ Performance results, engage our clients, survive Education programs in addition to providing training to scientific rigor, and last the test of time. For example, the elite and professional athletes that train at Athletes‘ someone who only uses kettlebells, weightlifting, or Performance. power lifting will only receive the benefit those methods supply. Conversely, if we develop a system, we have Athletes‘ Performance Education programs offer the Perprinciple-based training components that seamlessly formance Mentorship program teaching the integrated integrate to create a complex whole, and it is within Athletes‘ Performance Training System, in addition to each training component that we apply the best training accredited education courses for rehabilitation specialists methods. and registered dietitians. At Athletes’ Performance we have spent the last 14 years creating and perfecting our training system, and we have been teaching this system to industry professionals through our Athletes’ Performance Mentorship program for the past 8 years. The goal of the Athletes’ Performance Mentorship program is to provide each participant with a training system that can house what they currently know, what they will learn through their Athletes’ Performance education experience, and what they will learn throughout the remainder of their career. This system allows each participant to be a better consumer of information and never again re-invent the wheel. A quality training system inevitably acts as a filter for information with the output uncovering if a new method,
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Aiming Higher When athletes are interested in using an outside facility for strength training, how should you respond? By P.J. Gardner
high school volleyball player looking to make an elite club team. A college football player preparing for the NFL combine. A professional athlete working on specific areas that need improvement during their off-season. With a growing number of sports training facilities opening around the country, athletes in a variety of sports are becoming increasingly aware of how these centers can help them develop speed, agility, and power. Both national franchises and smaller, privately owned centers have been marketing their services to youth, high school, collegiate, club, professional, and Olympic athletes for years. They generally offer research-based training programs created around specific sports, positions, and ages. And they all promise results. So what should you say when an athlete asks you about using a local facility? If you are a school’s strength coach, you may immediately balk at the idea. If you are the athletic trainer and there is no strength coach at the school, you may quickly give the athlete the goahead. But in either scenario, you might
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optimum performance want to give your response some deeper thought. THE PLUS SIDE If you or someone else serves as a school’s strength coach, why would an athlete even consider an outside facility? One reason is the facility may simply be better than the school’s because it can afford to be.
A lot of outside facilities also have great systems in place for monitoring progress, so athletes can see how they are improving. Few high schools and small colleges have access to electronic timing, vertical jump mats, or leg press units that measure torque, but this technology is commonplace at training facilities. Athletes can also use this equipment to easily compare
While some facilities require their coaches to have certain education and/or credentials, some may not ... At minimum, the facility’s coaches should each have an exercise physiology degree and certifications by the NSCA, NASM, and/or ACSM. An athlete can often make greater gains at a newer facility that has more modern equipment their school may not have access to. In addition, professional facilities sometimes have an indoor turf area for conditioning work during the winter, while the school gymnasium is unavailable to offseason athletes due to basketball practices and games.
their scores in the vertical jump, broad jump, T-drill, 40-yard run, and various lifts to age group norms and other local athletes who use the facility. Seeing that a rival team’s running back has a better 40-yard time can be a great motivator. There is often better access to new programs at these facilities as well. Maybe vision training is an option, or
one of the coaches is certified in a specialty area like kettlebells or suspension training. Some facilities even hold combines and sponsor select athletes who use their center. Outside facilities also employ entire staffs to develop programming and coach athletes through workouts. When compared to a typical high school or small college, an outside facility can offer more personalized, individual attention during workouts—a plus for both performance gains and athlete safety. Finally, it can be generally refreshing for athletes to get out of their usual routine and enjoy a change of scenery, both literally and by changing up their training methods. In the end, this results in reduced boredom and a fresh mental attitude. POTENTIAL PITFALLS Of course there are question marks. Will the coaches at the facility do a good job? How will the athletes respond to the coaches? Will the facility’s programming mesh with the school’s strength and conditioning program?
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optimum performance The first step to figuring out whether a facility is a good fit for your athletes is to find out more about how it operates. If there are several options in your area, check them all out so you can contrast and compare. Open houses can be a great way to learn about a facility, but any type of visit will do. The key is to focus on the following areas: Take a close look at the facility. Is the equipment new or well maintained and regularly inspected? Are the free weights, plyo boxes, and platforms in good shape? Look at the bungee cords, resistance bands, and other pieces of specialized equipment for excessive wear, and ask how often they’re replaced. Make sure the treadmills are in good working condition and all safety features work properly. In addition, look at the facility itself. Is there enough space between platforms and weight machines? If there is indoor turf, examine it for wear and tear. Some facilities use adjacent outside areas for running and/or agility drills. Be sure the surfaces are sufficient. If an entire team is considering going to the facility, make sure there’s enough room for everyone. Observe a workout. Watch the warmup drills, order of exercises, rest periods, and cooldown to make sure they combine to make a sound and efficient session. Look to see if the athletes are getting good instruction and if they respond to the staff. Often, a free training session is offered. Take advantage of it to see how your athlete(s) respond to the staff
COST CONSIDERATIONS The cost of training at an outside facility is something a lot of athletic departments and parents wonder about. Individualized sport training packages generally vary from $400 to $750, depending on length and number of sessions. A team training package usually requires a minimum number of athletes, but typically costs less per athlete. If you have athletes who are interested, get a specific quote from a local facility. Can they offer a great price for a full team? Would they be willing to give student-athletes who are economically disadvantaged a break? The facility may also give seasonal discounts to teams or individual athletes at various times of the year. Sometimes the facility is willing to provide a free team training package if the school reciprocates in some way, possibly through advertising opportunities in its arena or game program. Or the facility’s staff could come to campus to do occasional training sessions as we have done here at my school. It’s convenient for the school teams and also helps the facility create some buzz about what they have to offer.
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optimum performance and if it seems like a good fit. Learn about the staff. You don’t want to turn your athletes over to anyone who has not shown they are competent in the principles of strength and conditioning, so inquire about their background and experience. While some facilities require their coaches to have certain education and/or credentials, some may not, so it is especially im-
Ask about overall program implementation. Find out about the different programs and training packages the facility offers. Look for overall training programs that last four to six weeks with the athlete training two to four days a week—two or three days for treadmill/speed work and one or two days for plyometric, agility, or resistance training.
Ask the staff to call you or the athlete’s sport coach weekly to report progress and participation. You will want to know if your players are showing up or not, and you should get updates on the intensity and duration of workouts. portant to check this. At minimum, the facility’s coaches should each have an exercise physiology degree and certifications by the NSCA, NASM, and/or ACSM. Finally, all staff members should carry some type of liability insurance. Most facilities require this, but it’s a good idea to double-check for your athletes’ sake.
WORKING TOGETHER If everything at the facility checks out, ask about teaming up. If they truly want to help develop athletes to their fullest potential, the coaches should be open to collaborating with you. There are several areas you can work together on: Developing the training program. The programs at larger franchises are generally set and there isn’t a lot of
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room for discussion with the school strength coach about changing them. However, at smaller facilities that do not use pre-established programs, there may be more flexibility. Regardless of the situation, there is no harm in telling the facility’s coach about the athlete’s goals or his or her team’s goals. In the end, program design is a big part of a professional facility’s business, and they will implement the programming they feel is best for the athlete(s). As long as staff members are educated and experienced in designing and implementing research-based training programs tailored to the specific energy systems and physical demands of a given sport, the program should be safe and effective. Committing to ongoing communication. Ask the staff to call you or the athlete’s sport coach weekly to report progress and participation. You will want to know if your players are showing up or not, and you should get updates on the intensity and duration of workouts. You will also want to be alerted to any problems or concerns— especially any injuries that occur. On-
optimum performance going communication is also a key to avoiding overtraining (or undertraining) athletes. Transitioning the athlete back to inseason practices and training sessions. Athletes usually go to an outside facility during the off-season, so when their program is close to its conclusion, you should work with the facilityâ€™s coach to make sure the transition is seamless. If you have established a rapport, you already know what the athlete has been doing. Ask the facility coach for their advice on the transition to in-season workouts. I can tell you from personal experience that partnering with an outside facility can work. Although the programs here at our school are sound and effective, some athletes have made further gains in their speed and agility by using outside facilities. In all of my experiences, the facility coaches told me they wanted to work with me and our other coaches, not take our places. Several of our girlsâ€™ lacrosse players have gone to a facility for individualized training help over the summers, and two of our teams have participat-
ed in team training sessions at a professional facility. For team training, a squad of 10 to 15 players can be trained all at once in about an hour, with two coaches running the workout and supervising. After a full group warmup, a typical session has each athlete rotate through treadmill training at specific speeds and grades, while the rest of the athletes sep-
sions. When our football team partnered with an outside facility, the staff traveled to our campus for two mornings, and I was able to assist them in running a speed camp. Athletes were timed in the 10- and 40-yard runs and the T-drill. The staff also went over running mechanics and showed the coaching staff and players a variety of drills that would help them improve
I can tell you from personal experience that partnering with an outside facility can work. Although the programs here at our school are sound and effective, some athletes have made further gains in their speed and agility by using outside facilities. arate into groups to perform plyometric drills based on their playing position and age. There is also a strength training component, again based on position and age. Rest periods are monitored for efficiency and everyone gets through all of the stations in an hour. I have also had the pleasure of assisting the staff at a facility here in Colorado Springs on a couple of occa-
their speed. Both of these examples were positive experiences for our athletes, sport coaches, and myself. We are fortunate to work with facilities that are willing to partner with us. The key to our success was doing our homework and making sure that maintaining effective communication was going to be a possibility ahead of time. n
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Partnering on Products
If you’ve ever thought about creating your own product, promoting one, or doing research for a company, this article is a must-read.
magine: Creating a recovery beverage specifically for your school’s athletes. Appearing in an advertisement in a national magazine. Teaming with a sporting goods manufacturer to research a new product. These scenarios are not part of the typical day for most athletic trainers and strength coaches, but they were a reality for three of them. In this article, we hear from a college strength coach, high school athletic trainer, and director of a college athletic training education program about how they each got involved in unique partnerships. In all three cases, their experiences started by branching out of their professional comfort zones.
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CREATING RED WHEY By John Dettmann
have long believed in the antiinf lammatory benefits of tart cherry juice. I also know the value of whey protein in athletes’ recovery. So why not put these two things together? This was the initial thought behind
Red Whey, a recovery drink that I helped produce for our University of Wisconsin athletes. Combine this with the fact that I had one of the world’s best dairy research institutions, the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR), less than two blocks from our athletic facilities, and the idea looked even better. Our Athletic Director, Barry Alvarez, has always encouraged members of the athletic department to engage campus resources and build bridges with our academic colleagues,
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and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. I began by contacting CDR Dairy Ingredient Applications Coordinator K.J. Burrington. I told her of my goal to create a recovery drink that would be delicious, while meeting NCAA supplement guidelines and nutritional requirements. I had worked with K.J. and the CDR on other projects in the past, and our previous relationship helped this project get started quickly. Next, I contacted Mike Johnson, the President of Country Ovens in Forestville, Wis., which sits in a well-known cherry growing region in the northeast corner of the state. I told him about my idea, and he readily agreed to provide the cherry juice for the drink and oversee sales and distribution. From there, I connected the CDR and Country Ovens and served as a taster to test various batch runs the CDR produced. Those who have tried whey proteins know that achieving a pleasing flavor is challenging, and this process took several attempts. We were also committed to making sure the product was all natural, made with 100-percent tart cherry juice and as few ingredients as possible. Often times juices are diluted with apple juice or water and we did not want to compromise the nutritional benefits or the anti-inflammatory properties of our product by taking these cost-cutting measures. In the end, we formulated a simple drink that meets NCAA standards and contains a unique balance of amino acids that aid in muscle recovery. The CDR normally charges companies a significant fee for this type of work, but because of our relationship and the fact that the drink was being made specifically for Wisconsin athletes, the fee was waived during the testing phase. Country Ovens provided cherry juice free of charge during the development phase because they would be awarded distribution rights and we would purchase the final product directly from them. Red Whey is now John Dettmann is in his 24th year as Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Wisconsin. During his time as Head Football Strength Coach, the team played in 14 bowl games and won three Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships. He can be reached at: email@example.com. TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
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LEADERSHIP available at retail stores in our areas so that Badgers fans can buy it as well. Our athletes love Red Whey and drink it frequently. As with anything else new, we had to educate the athletes about the benefits, but our athletes are intelligent and understand our intent. They also know that as an athletic department, we always have their best interests in mind. Although working on this project is a diversion from the typical duties of a strength and conditioning coach, it aligns with the goals we have established at Wisconsin. We want to put our athletes in the best possible position to be successful both on and off the field. In this ever-changing landscape and constantly evolving field, we should always look for ways to do what is in the best interest of our athletes. I feel the development of this product accomplishes just that.
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MARKET TESTING By Daniel McInerney
n the summer of 2010, Thomas Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FACSM, Professor a nd Di rec tor of Athletic Training Education at the University of Delaware, was invited to an Under Armour facility in Maryland where he and several other specialists worked with shoe designers and a research and development team to
Spat taping is common among football players, but large amounts of tape are required, and it can be difficult to remove the tape if a player sustains a lower leg injury. Under Armour, with the help of Kaminski and several others, set out to design a cleat that would eliminate the need for extra ankle support via taping. Kaminski, who is an expert in ankle injury prevention and treatment, had input in the front-end development of the cleat but knew that he could offer Under Armour more. After giv-
Kaminski says research partnerships like this one are extremely valuable for athletic training students because they are able to gain experience working in the field. create a new cleated shoe. The product, dubbed the Brawler, was designed for football players looking for ankle stability who didn’t want to use spat taping. Daniel McInerney is a freelance writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ing the designers several suggestions about how to design the cleat so that it would provide proper support for the ankle, he approached Under Armour’s research and development team and offered to test the Brawler at Delaware’s Human Performance Laboratory. A few months later, Under Armour
LEADERSHIP sent a team of researchers to look at Delaware’s testing facilities and determine if the research they were interested in could be conducted there. Kaminski says that the Human Performance Lab is one of the key reasons the university was able to establish the research partnership with Under Armour. A full biomechanics laboratory, force plate technology, motion-capture equipment, and several other methods would be employed to test the effectiveness of the cleat. The Lab’s proximity to the athletic fields would allow Kaminski and his team to conduct a wide range of tests, both in the lab and on the field in quick succession. “The other important thing was that we had access to studentathletes,” Kaminski says. “Under Armour is a sponsor of our football team, so those athletes were already familiar and comfortable with the company. I think the athletes felt it would be fun to participate. They would get to test a new product before it hit the market, and there is some intrigue and novelty associated with that.” With the go-ahead from Under Armour, Kaminski assembled a research team that included both graduate and undergraduate athletic training students. The researchers then recruited 26 athletes from the football, men’s lacrosse, and men’s rugby teams. Each athlete’s proprioception, balance, stability, laxity in the ankle, speed, strength, and agility were examined in a variety of tests—both when wearing the Brawler and when wearing Under Armour’s traditional cleat. After compiling the data, Kaminski and his team found that the Brawler provided increased balance and more comfort. The cleat also effectively replicated the benefits of spat taping by decreasing laxity in the ankle, and was found to be especially effective for football linemen. Kaminski says research partnerships like this one are extremely valuable for athletic training students because they are able to gain experience working in the field. The hands-on participation allowed students to familiarize themselves with testing equipment, practice data collection, and have a chance to work directly with athletes in a testing scenario. In addition, company-funded partnerships like this one allow the univerTR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
sity to participate in research studies without the need to secure grants. On a campus-wide level, the partnership draws attention to the university by showing other companies that Delaware is capable of conducting extensive research in the Human Performance Lab and strengthens the university’s goal of promoting a connection between education and industry. Under Armour benefited by receiving valuable information about its product from Kaminski and his team. The company ended up using some of
the study data when marketing the Brawler cleat. After Kaminski submitted his formal report to Under Armour, the company asked him to do more research on several other Under Armour cleats. He is now researching and comparing three different cleat models designed specifically for lacrosse and soccer players. This continued partnership will allow for the research and development of several new products and present more Delaware students with the opportunity to participate.
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POISED TO PROMOTE By Phil Hossler
he large text in the full-page ad reads, “In Phil Hossler’s circle, athletes refuel with chocolate milk.” And there’s me in my East Brunswick (N.J.) High School Athletic Training jacket— a “got chocolate milk?” campaign representative. I had the honor of appearing in this ad in seven nationally distributed magazines last year as part of the Milk Processor E ducation Prog ra m’s (M il k PE P) R EF U EL “got chocolate milk?” campaign. Not only was it a wonderful experience to be involved in the campaign, it gave me the opportunity to educate others about a product I believe in while also promoting the profession of athletic training. The ad showed that athletic trainers can play a role in athletes’ nutrition. While we aren’t dietitians, we see athletes before, during, and after practices and games and can help them make smart fueling decisions. I believe that lots of other similar opportunities are out there for other athletic trainers, too, but it took time, effort, and a little bit of luck for me to get the chance to be involved. So how did it all happen? About four years ago I began speaking to our teams about the value of low-fat chocolate milk as a recovery beverage in short PowerPoint presentations during preseason team meetings. I had received some research from the MilkPEP group, as well as convenient and useful graphics about the value of low-fat chocolate milk. My preseason PowerPoint presentations touch on a variety of subjects, including stretching, insurance, heat illness, and heat versus ice applications. I encourage my athletes to eat something for breakfast each day, so the idea of starting the day right and ending pracPhil Hossler, MS, ATC, is Head Athletic Trainer at East Brunswick (N.J.) High School. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1999 and is a former President of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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tice with proper nutrition fell into place as a good presentation topic. Two years later, I started stocking chocolate milk in the athletic training room. The school cafeteria allowed me to tack my order onto its weekly shipment, and I sold the cartons to athletes as an after-school fundraising program with proceeds benefiting our athletic booster club. Athletes became accustomed to stopping by the athletic training room after practices and games to enjoy a carton of chocolate milk. Our winter sport athletes especially liked the new routine. Our wrestlers are big believers in the nutritional value and convenience. Later that year, I approached MilkPEP with a brief story about how I was educating our athletes on the benefits of chocolate milk and a photo of me giving the wrestling team a presentation on the topic. In 2011, I was featured in MilkPEP’s “got milk? spotlight on” Web segment. Later that year, I was selected as one of MilkPEP’s national personalities for 2012. A train trip to Baltimore and a professional photo shoot later, the ad was finished and ran in the magazines. Since then, I have been interviewed about the campaign several times, and STACK.com came to campus to shoot two video segments about our “got milk? REFUEL with chocolate milk”
program. The videos were posted on MilkPEP’s social media channels and on the NFHS Web site, and appeared in two American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance newsletters late last year. Milk is a staple in our country. I had no hesitation encouraging (though never requiring) our athletes to drink low-fat chocolate milk. They can buy it from our athletic training room stock or have their parents put some in the refrigerator at home. Who is going to argue with teenagers drinking more milk? All in all, this has been an exciting experience. While the photo shoot was fun and I got to spend a little bit of time as a “celebrity” around here at East Brunswick, I think one of the most important things to come out of the attention was the publicity for our profession. The public is becoming increasingly aware of how valuable athletic trainers can be in so many avenues when it comes to athletic healthcare, including nutrition. n
To view the videos about East Brunswick’s REFUEL program, go to: http://bit.ly/MilkVideo1 and http://bit.ly/MilkVideo2
SPOTTING AN OPPORTUNITY Phil Hossler, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer at East Brunswick (N.J.) High School, didn’t have his “got chocolate milk?” campaign opportunity handed to him. He had to do some work for it. He offers the following tips for others seeking out a similar role: • Be active, be involved, and keep your professional eyes and ears open so you are aware of the “landscape” around you. • Seek opportunities—don’t wait for them to seek you. • Research the product and the company. Make sure the product has value and the company has credibility. Any product you involve yourself in should be one you firmly believe in. • Look at your involvement from the company’s perspective as well: What can you offer them? • Above all, remember who you are and who you are not. You cannot speak for your colleagues or any association that you belong to.
It’s All in the Hips by Ken endelman
s most athletic trainers realize, hip pain and injuries suffered by athletes are most likely caused by direct impacts and overuse syndromes. This is especially true for athletes who participate in track, running, soccer as well as rotational sports like golf.
Start with the Orbit in front of the standing leg with the moving leg knee straight, the foot flat on the Orbit or plantarflexed and the hips level.
Exhale: Continue the circle by rolling the Orbit through the center to return to the starting position
Inhale: Roll the Orbit out to the side and then to the back. Keep the hips level.
It’s important for an athletic trainer to pay attention to an athlete’s hip pain when it begins in order to prevent a chronic condition from developing. One such way to strengthen an athlete’s hips in order to prevent injury is exercise on the Orbit. The Orbit resembles a foot stool with casters and wheels. Exercises on the Orbit contain many of the principles in the Pilates method and include both circular and linear movements, ranging from mild to complex.
Repeat 4x in each direction. Variation: 1/4 Circle Front Draw a quarter circle to the front with the Orbit. 1/4 Circle Back Draw a quarter circle to the back with the Orbit.
The Orbit can increase upper body and lower body strength, and improve flexibility and balance as athletes can sit, lie, kneel and stand for a wide variety of exercises.
The Orbit fits in a very small physical footprint (dimensions are only 22.75” x 15” x 6.25”) and come with carrying handles for easy portability and storage. You can learn more about it at pilates.com.
Here’s a simple exercise athletes can do on the Orbit to improve hip flexibility
Ken Endelman is the Founder and CEO of Balanced Body.
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The Wildcats tallied 11 wins and a share of the Big 12 Conference title in 2012. K-State Athletic Communications
Strength IN UNITY By Chris Dawson
Teamwork takes practice. That’s why Kansas State University’s Director of Strength and Conditioning focuses on team building during football workouts.
ootball players today are not any different than when I began coaching nearly 20 years ago. However, the number of outside distractions that players are exposed to almost daily has increased tenfold. It is because of these increased distractions that the player-coach relationship has become so significant. So many of these distractions that student-athletes are exposed to daily do nothing but tear down the values that we spend countless hours trying to instill in our players, primarily the value of the TEAM. Chris Dawson, CSCS, became the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Kansas State University in 2010 and is the former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Kansas. In 2007, he was named the National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. T&C APRIL 2013
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sport specific Football is a team sport, in which one player is reliant on the other 100plus players in order to achieve not only his individual goals, but also our collective goals. Therefore, it is imperative that our players understand that the needs of the team will always take precedence over the day-to-day comforts and wants of the individual player. In order to emphasize this, we must create an environment that does exactly that, in addition to one in which players want to continually work to improve. Everything that we do from a training standpoint for our athletes at Kansas State University is geared toward making our players better teammates. A better teammate has done everything he can to prepare himself mentally and physically, is selfless, is coachable, understands and embraces his role on the team, and always puts the team before him-
goals, it does not matter what else is occurring on a day-to-day basis from a physical training standpoint—we will never meet our expectations as a player or as a team. PLAYER-COACH RELATIONSHIP In order to have any chance to train players “above the neck,” you must establish a player-coach relationship based on mutual respect and trust for one another. We do not have to agree with one another, but in order to continue improving over time, there must
be a mutual respect and trust based on open communication. Consistent, immediate, honest, and direct communication is paramount; do not sugarcoat it. They might not like it, but they will respect it if you are that way with all the players, all the time. I am a firm believer that the better the coach and player communicate, the more coachable the athlete. Remember that players have to earn the trust and respect from a coach through their consistent efforts, and that is no different for us
Consistent, immediate, honest, and direct communication is paramount; do not sugarcoat it. They might not like it, but they will respect it ... Consistency is the single most important ingredient to successful coaching. self. If they are the best teammates they can be, then we will be the best team that we can be. A few years ago, I wrote an article in which I correctly stated that football is a game that is played below the waist and above the neck, emphasizing first and foremost the training of the legs and hips, and their relevance to putting a player in position to make plays. However, I incorrectly stated that my primary focus as a strength coach was to train “below the waist.” I could not have been more incorrect. I have had the privilege of being a strength coach for the last 18 years, and there is nothing that supercedes the training “above the neck.” If what is going on between the ears of your players is not in line with the team’s TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
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sport specific as coaches as it relates to the players we coach. Consistency is the single most important ingredient to successful coaching and successful playing. Be who you are, and be that way all the time. We learn far more about people by what they do rather than by what they say. Let your players know that you care about them. You cannot fake this, and
ing their expectations. It is the difference in attacking the work and doing the work. It is the difference in knowing you will win versus hoping you will win. Finally, we want to establish accountability amongst the players through training. It is important that as teammates, they understand that they are a part of something larger
Ultimately, it is the player’s choice. Their attitude and effort are the two things that we have the least control over, but have the greatest impact on their development. There are no excuses—we either get better or we get worse. All we ask is that our players take ownership of their daily performance. this is not easy, as it takes time! Find out about their family, where they are from, and what they like or do not like. Players need to know that you spend two hours a day concerned about the number on their jersey, and 22 hours a day caring about the name on the back. Make sure that you speak the same language that your athletes speak. Displaying your knowledge of strength and conditioning by explaining triple extension and concentric versus eccentric to your players may prove to be more confusing than helpful to your athletes. In order to illustrate a point, use coaching cues that they can relate to and understand. EXPECTATIONS, FOCUS, ACCOUNTABILITY Every year, I ask our players what their expectations are for the coming year. I want our players to think about what they want to achieve individually as a student-athlete, as well as collectively as a team. It is extremely important that as coaches we remind our players of why we are asking them to train with such diligence. Remember that our job in a nutshell is to get players to do what inherently they do not want to in order to achieve what they want to achieve. Remind them of what they want to achieve. Second, I ask them where their focus is when it comes to training. It is important that we encourage our players to stay focused on the task at hand relative to training, and achiev52
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than themselves, and that their attitude and effort have an impact on more than just themselves. We want to create a situation in which the players feel a responsibility to their teammates to perform at a high level with a winning attitude. Ultimately, it is the player’s choice. Their attitude and effort are the two things that we have the least control over, but have the greatest impact on their development. There are no excuses—we either get better or we get worse. All we ask is that our players take ownership of their daily performance and the team’s results. TRAINING THROUGH ADVERSITY Football is a simple game complicated by simple people. It is nothing more than two teams, both of which are trying to make the other as uncomfortable as possible so that they cannot perform to their full potential. Quite often it is the team that can perform comfortably in an uncomfortable situation the most that wins. In order to best prepare our team to face these challenges, I want to create adversity and difficult or uncomfortable training situations so that the players can better learn how to stay focused on what it is they are trying to accomplish and perform at an optimal level both individually and collectively as a team. When properly implemented in training, these adverse and uncomfortable situations will promote communication, leadership, competitiveness, and accountability to one another. In addition, it will also encourage disci-
pline and sacrifice amongst teammates for the betterment of the team. It identifies in a team setting who can be counted on, and helps to instill confidence amongst teammates. Equally as important, adversity in training will identify and expose those who are selfish and soft, and not ready to put the team before themselves. As coaches, we need to understand that this is commonplace with first year players and very indicative as to why so few true freshmen play. It takes time— that is why we call it player development, and it is our job as coaches to help them develop. TRAINING IDEAS TO BUILD TEAMWORK The following ideas are just that: ideas to incorporate in training to emphasize the team and ways to improve the team. The following are ever-evolving, and need to be adjusted and customized to fit each team. Each year before we start off-season, we evaluate where we are as a program and make adjustments based on our needs. It is important that as coaches we customize them to fit our current situation. Team sprints: We run our team in three different groups, linemen (offensive and defensive linemen), big skill (quarterbacks, fullbacks, tight ends, linebackers, defensive ends, kickers, and punters), and skill (wide receiver, defensive back, running back). We begin by having the first group start the first sprint (i.e., 40 yards) on the coach’s whistle. Another coach will be standing at the finish line and will blow a whistle when the last person in the first group crosses the finish line; this whistle starts the sprint for the second group. When the last person in the second group crosses the finish line, another whistle is blown that starts the sprint for the third and last group. Again, a whistle is blown when the last person in the third group crosses the finish line, which starts the second sprint for the first group coming back to the original starting line. This process is repeated until everyone has completed the designated number of sprints. The time that the team is expected to make is a cumulative time and not dependant on any one person, but rather on the entire team. The idea is that if someone is struggling, or not giving good effort, TR AINING-CONDITIONING.COM
sport specific then others have to pick up the slack. The concept is exactly what teams live out during the course of a game or a season; your teammates are counting on you, and your effort or lack thereof has a direct effect on the rest of the team. Difference Makers: We have designated a five-minute time period once a week after we have completed our off-season workout in which everyone is already fatigued, similar to a game situation. We set up a scenario like the end of a game and call them difference makers. The idea is that in the last five minutes of a game, if you are on the field, your performance will make a difference; will it be a positive difference or a negative one? We have five different stations, each with a different drill. I want our players to become more comfortable at performing in an uncomfortable situation. They perform the drill for five minutes straight, alternating reps with the other teammates in their group. Each group works one station on any given day. Each week we rotate, and that particular group performs a dif-
ferent drill. Some ideas for the five stations include board pushes, battle ropes, tire flips, sled drives, and dumbbell farmerâ€™s walk. Competition: We often match up various players or group of players in competitions at the end of workouts. These competitive situations are short, intense, and have a definite winner and loser. Sometimes they are
As coaches, we can tell players again and again, but the message received seems to carry much more weight when it comes from their teammates. Some ideas for competitions include tug-of-war, relay races, or whatever else the mind can conjure up to encourage players to compete at a high level. Without question, competition brings out the best, as well as exposes
There is no shame in a freshman being on level one, but if a senior is working at level one, then it is a pretty good indicator to his teammates that he has not invested very much into his physical development, and is not willing to put his own comforts and wants behind the needs of the team. individual, and sometimes they are a collaborative group effort. We often also have the non-participants choose who they think will win the competition. This is a good way to let the players know what their teammates think of them as those choosing the losing team will have additional updowns or the like.
the worst. It creates adversity, and instills confidence. Multi-Level Training: We have a few different levels of lifting. We do this for a few different reasons, two of which are to continue to progress the more advanced athletes who have truly committed to the physical development, as well as to serve as a motivational tool
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sport specific for the players. We color code the workouts of the different levels so that the players know what level they are, and so that their teammates know as well. All incoming players begin at level one. However, how quickly they progress is completely dependent on the athlete. There is no shame in a freshman being on level one, but if a senior is working at level one, then it is a pretty good indicator to his teammates that he has not invested very much into his physical development, and is not willing to put his own comforts and wants behind the
needs of the team. Incentive-Based Conditioning: Quite often we do conditioning, but give our players an opportunity to reduce the amount and increase their rest time if they make a certain time, which would indicate better effort and intensity in their individual effort. Once we attain a certain level of conditioning, I am more interested in the quality as opposed to the quantity. DAILY ASSESSMENT At the conclusion of each day our
strength staff meets to discuss the day’s performance, both the good and bad, individually and collectively. It is important that we not only discuss what needs to be corrected, but also what needs to be commended. In addition, we post a copy of our assessment in the weightroom. Without fail, the majority of players take time each day to read the evaluation, which is honest, specific, and direct. I believe it is a great way for our staff to keep up on the progress of all of our players, as well as a great source of feedback for our team. The players take a great interest in the assessment because they know that their teammates are also reading it. I want our offensive line to know how the running backs are working, and vice-versa. Over time, as we build better teammates and ultimately a
Over time, as we build better teammates and ultimately a better team, I want our players to gain confidence in their teammates’ preparation and commitment, which will result in them gaining confidence as a team, and the product that they take to the field. better team, I want our players to gain confidence in their teammates’ preparation and commitment, which will result in them gaining confidence as a team, and the product that they take to the field. From training in off-season workouts with no one outside of our team watching, to playing in a BCS Bowl with a TV audience of 20 million, it is important to remember that we all are after the same thing, and the only way to achieve that which we want is together. Nearly every young man between 18 and 23 years old in college wants to “stand out” to some extent and be different. Encourage them and coach them to stand out with those things which matter most: their attitude, their effort, and their team. n Circle No. 145 5 4
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Flexion Contracture Treatment Device For the Knee
Get It Straight . . . Get It Symmetric . . . Get it Strong! The Elite Seat® is a patient controlled contracture treatment device specifically designed to safely and effectively correct any loss of extension in the knee which can help to decrease pain and improve the overall function of the affected knee. For more information about the Elite Seat® and its indications for clinical use or for home use as an adjunct to physical therapy, please visit our website: For prescription information, contact: - 317.770.8355 • For prescription information, contact: AKT Medical • For information on a Clinical Unit, call: 866.756.3706 AKT Medical - 317.770.8355
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Rehab Equipment Functional Training
Pilates on a Reformer takes functional athletic training to a new level. The Allegro® 2 Reformer was designed in collaboration with fitness professionals and offers a streamlined and optimized functional training experience for athletes and instructors. The Allegro 2’s EasySet Footbar adjusts vertically by lifting up the footbar and moving it to the next position—even with the feet. The SoftTouch Rope System makes instant, one-touch, rope adjustments—even while lying on the carriage. Balanced Body • 800-PILATES www.pilates.com
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The inside front cover of this issue features the Dynatron Solaris® Plus. Combining all the features of Solaris, plus enough power to generate eight separate treatments simultaneously, the Dynatron Solaris® Plus provides many options. It also utilizes TriWave Light Therapy, providing three wavelengths that can blend into seven combinations for both pad and probe; new fixed-frequency IFC/Premod option; full-color user interface—so easy to use that only two key presses can start a treatment; and the new three-drawer Solaris Cart. Call Dynatronics to learn about free demonstrations. Circle No. 501
The Single Leg Squat Stand is perfect for working your hamstrings, glutes, quads, and low back. It allows you to perform all single-leg exercises comfortably with its tubular top and vinyl-encased foam covering. Its sturdy design now has a onepiece, tubular steel base, and the stand measures 18 inches high—no more searching for a bench to do your lower-body work. For more information on the Single Leg Squat Stand, visit Perform Better online, or check out the 2013 catalog. Perform Better • 800-556-7464 www.performbetter.com
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Comfort and Convenience
The new DonJoy® UltraSling IV leads the way in comfort and convenience. The sling’s threepoint strapping system is easy to put on, while its unique design eliminates pressure on the neck, leading to increased patient comfort and compliance. The soft, breathable inner lining with mesh laminate helps improve ventilation. And a new, contoured cushion provides the needed abduction while relieving pressure on the ulnar nerve. This sling is ideal for post-operative treatment following rotator cuff repairs, Bankart procedures, capsular shifts, glenohumeral dislocation/subluxation, and soft tissue repairs/ strains. Go online to learn more. DJO Global • 800-793-6065 www.djoglobal.com/donjoy
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Unrestricted Movement ESS Ankle Compression Sleeve’s patented, articulated ankle joint allows for unrestricted movement while providing mild compression and support to the joint. Compression provides a performance-enhancement benefit as well as mild muscular support. The unique knitted design allows for lightweight fit and exceptional stretch and comfort. Cramer Products, Inc. • 800-345-2231 www.cramersportsmed.com
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Sticks to Itself, Not You
The Scap & Cuff Trainer™ is now available. Strengthen and stabilize the shoulder joint and girdle with this new product. Designed by a physical therapist, the Scap & Cuff Trainer features a 12-ounce weighted ball that can be oscillated linearly while the user performs isometric and isodynamic exercises. Use the Scap & Cuff alone or in combination with an exercise ball or the BOSU® Balance Trainer.
SelfGrip® helps active people and athletes perform their best by providing firm compression and maximum support to ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The unique cotton/latex woven process allows SelfGrip to stick to itself without pins or clips—without sticking to hair or skin. SelfGrip is reusable, tears easily, wicks away moisture and perspiration, and even maintains grip underwater. Recommended by doctors and trainers, SelfGrip is available in two-, three-, and fourinch widths and assorted colors.
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“We have tried many topical agents in our athletic training room and have found RAW roll-on topical analgesics to be the best. Before practice, RAW Heat provides immediate relief of pain and stiffness over the targeted area with long-lasting results. After practice, RAW Ice provides soothing relief from muscle aches and pains. Our sports medicine staff and student-athletes are very happy with the product’s effectiveness—as an added bonus, it is a certified all natural product. I would highly recommend RAW products to anyone.” -Mike Lesako, Head Athletic Trainer, Washington & Jefferson College Pressure Positive Company • 800-603-5107 www.pressurepositive.com
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Rehab Equipment Relieves Pain
PolyMem Finger/Toe dressings help reduce edema, bruising, pain, and inflammation when applied to open or closed injuries. When applied to open wounds, the dressings continuously cleanse, fill, absorb, and moisten wounds. The dressings help relieve both persistent and procedure-related pain associated with injury throughout the healing process. PolyMem Finger/ Toe dressings are the ideal choice for managing sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, lacerations, burns, and surgical procedures of the toes or fingers. Ferris Mfg. Corp. • 800-765-9636 www.polymem.com
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Perform Better introduces its new Firm Massage Balls. These Firm Massage Balls are perfect for targeted massage to specific body regions. The small size of each ball helps release tension in hard-toreach places and is used to relieve trigger points and help alleviate pain. These Firm Massage Balls are lightweight and durable, and will keep their shape during and after use. They are odorless, water-resistant, and are available in both three- and five-inch diameters. For more information, contact Perform Better. Circle No. 510
Climb Your Way Back
The SRM Rehab Model VersaClimber is a total-body, closed-chain, rehabilitation exercise machine. The SRM allows patients to progress from non- to partial- to full-weight bearing, full-body exercise. It is fully adjustable to fit the height, weight, and length of all types of athletes and patients. Rehabilitation routines have been developed to provide a continuous arm and leg action in a seated or standing position, using varying stroke lengths, rates, and resistance levels.
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Quality, durability, and innovation are guarantees for Dynatronics’s Ultra 2 and Ultra 3 section tables. These exclusively engineered, heavy-duty, 550-pound capacity tables come standard with a unique caster raising system that lifts the table onto casters with a single lever, allowing an easy change between mobility and stability. These tables are powered by high-quality gas cylinders that control section adjustments and are designed with full-length foot bars and optional fixation rails and horns.
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Every roll of Cramer 100-percent cotton porous tape is like the next, which means you can count on it to unwind consistently, conform better, and adhere longer. Cramer 950, constructed with a latex-free adhesive, is perfect for athletic trainers or athletic programs looking for a high-quality, economically priced porous tape alternative. Cramer Products has been an industry leader in sports medicine and athletic training room supplies for more than 85 years.
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The Original RAW-DOCK™, a companion tool for the Backnobber® II, is a powerful self-care delivery system for your personal health and wellness. The RAW-DOCK quickly and easily slips on to the large end of the Backnobber II and locks solidly into place with a secure, flexible silicone strap. The RAW-DOCK will accept your choice of a RAW Heat® or Ice® Roll-On topical analgesic to self-apply therapeutic relief to hard-to-reach areas of the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Once finished, simply unlock the flexible strap allowing the RAW-DOCK to slip off the end of the Backnobber II. You are now ready deliver deep, self-care trigger point pressure release with the Backnobber II. Pressure Positive Company • 800-603-5107 www.pressurepositive.com
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Medically designed, athlete-proven MediDyne products are easy-to-use tools that relieve tight muscles, stretch important muscle groups, and prevent pain and injury. With patented stretching, strengthening, foot, knee, and blister products, the Medi-Dyne family of brands includes: Cho-Pat ®, Tuli’s®, ProStretch®, StretchRite®, CoreStretch®, Skin-on-Skin®, and RangeRoller®. These products are known for both their effectiveness and ease of use. Medi-Dyne is dedicated to providing innovations in pain relief and prevention. Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. • 800-810-1740 www.medi-dyne.com Circle No. 550
Made for Athletic Market
The PRO Tubular Compression Bandage is knit to specification to meet the needs of the athletic market. Completely latex-free, the knit is heavier than typical so it won’t easily stretch out of shape. Available in black or white, it is packaged in 11-yard rolls in popular widths of two, three, four, five, six, seven, or eight inches. PRO Orthopedic Devices, Inc. • 800-523-5611 www.proorthopedic.com Circle No. 505 T&C april 2013
Football Conditioning Products A Trusted Authority
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The National Strength and Conditioning Association is a trusted authority on strength and conditioning. It has been bridging the gap between science and application since 1978. The NSCA offers four highly sought-after certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(R) (CSCS®), Certified Special Population Specialist™ (CSPS™), NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer ® (NSCA-CPT®), and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator™ (TSAC-F ™). Being a part of the NSCA gives coaching professionals the tools, access, and knowledge to reach higher in their careers.
The Tred Sled combines a one-man sled and tethered-sled pulling with interactive treadmill technology. Training in groups of up to six, the Tred Sled transforms workouts into competitions, challenging athletes to out-perform themselves and their teammates. Electronic sensors measure response time, impact force, and distance. The Tred Sled also displays reports for individual performances and the rankings in competitions.
NSCA • 800-815-6826 www.nsca.com
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The Rogue Bar is a polished 28.5-millimeter bar with no center knurling—and both powerlifting and Olympic lifting knurling marks. This bar has the great understated knurling that has made Rogue Fitness’ bars famous. It features high-quality brass bushings for reliable spin, and will whip enough for use in Olympic Weightlifting.
Rogue Fitness • 614-358-6190 www.roguefitness.com
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Best of Both Worlds
The 1.25-inch thick Infinity iTurf is the perfect companion for the Infinity Max tiles. Both have the same thickness, which allows you to have the best of both worlds in your weight room in a flush installation. The Infinity iTurf is perfect for running, jumping, and agility drills. This product does not have rubber infill. It is available in 16 colors, with option of customizing with your layouts and logos.
Infinity Performance, Inc. • 888-479-1017 www.infinityflooring.com
Rogers Athletic Company • 800-457-5337 www.rogersathletic.com
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Push it. Pull it. Drag it. Since its first sale in April 2005, Williams Strength’s Prowler 2 has been featured on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and called “quite possibly the most versatile and effective conditioning tool ever devised,” by Muscle and Fitness. It has been used by more than half of all NFL teams and countless colleges, high schools, and training centers. All of this has made it one of the most popular conditioning sleds ever built. Total Strength and Speed • 888-532-8227 www.totalstrengthandspeed.com
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The International Youth Conditioning Association is a premier authority in youth fitness and sports performance training. The association provides world-class education to coaches and conditioning professionals who work with young athletes from ages six to 18. The association features the Youth Speed & Agility Specialist Certification, which covers speed skills and drills—acceleration, top speed, speed endurance, deceleration, and more; multi-directional speed patterns and drills; sample speed training programs from expert coaches in the trenches; and information on warming up, mobility, screening, strength and power development, and more. International Youth Conditioning Association • 888-366-IYCA www.IYCA.org Circle No. 519
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Guaranteed to Last The Laser Rack is one of the first barmeasuring units that calculates peak power and velocity using patented notouch infrared sensing technology. The Laser Rack allows users to view their peak power in horsepower or watts. Users’ peak velocity can be measured in either feet-per-second or meters-per-second.
Manufactured to IWF specifications, these training plates have a 450-millimeter diameter, with a onemillimeter tolerance. The plates contain a tungsten steel hub, which is surrounded by a synthetic compound comprised from plastic and Kevlar for longevity. These plates are guaranteed against defects for two years and the weight of plates is guaranteed within a tolerance of .20 kilograms.
Power Lift® • 800-872-1543 www.power-lift.com
WerkSan Barbells • 877-937-5726 www.werksanusa.com
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Football Conditioning Products Progressive Powerlifting
These 60-inch long loading chains for progressive powerlifting come with end hooks, and one or more chains can be added to improve your blasting power. Made of heavy-duty forged steel, there are four different chains available for any level of lifting light duty (25 pounds per pair); medium duty (40 pounds per pair); heavy duty (55 pounds per pair); and extra-heavy duty (88 pounds per pair). The company can supply chains up to 200 feet long and can add attachment weights of up to 100 pounds to each chain. Call for more information or prices.
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Athletes’ Performance delivers an unparalleled competitive advantage to the world’s top athletes, teams, and military operators. Athletes’ Performance shares its integrated training, nutrition, and rehabilitation systems—which have supported the world’s top champions in sport—through industryleading, accredited continuing education programs. These education programs are offered at their world-class facilities as well as international locations, providing hands-on, practical education to industry colleagues.
Athletes’ Performance • 480-449-9000 www.athletesperformance.com/education
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Create more effective workouts with the Resist Assist, a TurfCordz® product featuring a 10-foot nylon strap that connects two belts for two-person resistance drills. Athletes improve core strength and agility by pulling against the resistance provided by the strap, which is held by or secured around the waist of the other athlete. Resist Assist improves acceleration and explosiveness through quick start drills and powerbuilding footwork exercises. TurfCordz resistance products provide a versatile, safer, and more comfortable workout.
NZ Manufacturing • 800-886-6621 www.turfcordz.com
The PowerMax Push/Pull Sled answers your needs for versatility and adjustability in speed training. This U.S.-made steel frame sled features a space-saving design that is less than seven inches high when folded, features replaceable/removable runners for use on a variety of surfaces, and has quick-release pins for fast set-up and breakdown. The versatile sled accommodates all sizes of athletes with adjustable-width push posts (12-21”W x 32”H) and multiple push/pull options. PowerMax • 800-637-3090 www.gillathletics.com
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Safe and Versatile
The Westside Barbell Performance Series Hip and Quad Developer #3306 is safer and more versatile than typical leg extension machines. It provides accentuated muscular effort in building hips and quadriceps using a full range of motion and has variable starting positions to accommodate injured athletes. The padded lever arm and generously cushioned calf pad come with chrome plating in all the right areas. Plus, it uses constant tension in both phases of the repetition, and its five-foot frame is stable, using three bolts for ultimate rigidity. Legend Fitness • 866-753-4363 www.legendfitness.com
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A Unique Design
The new Functional Training Rack Series is setting the world of strength and conditioning ablaze. This unique design combines a fully functional Power Rack with two adjustable cable column machines—all within a compact area. Never before has an athlete been able to perform all the core lifts a rack/platform provides with the multi-faceted capability of a fully operational functional trainer. This product is extremely easy to adjust and use quickly, getting your athletes in and out of every facet of a workout much more effectively. The new 111FTR Rack Series is only from Samson Equipment. Samson Weight Training Equipment • 800-472-6766 www.samsonequipment.com Circle No. 521
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Mission Competition Fitness Equipment created and manufactures The Halo, a dynamic rotary neck strengthening cable attachment. The Halo works out the neck by applying horizontal resistance during neck rotation. Mission Competition’s goal is to help prevent concussions and neck injuries by increasing the athlete’s neck strength. Neck strength allows greater force dissipation upon head impact, which results in fewer neck injuries and concussions. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com.
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Football Conditioning Products A Strong Base
The heavy-duty Rogers Pendulum rack provides you with the strongest training system available. The uprights on the Rogers Pendulum Racks are engineered with 3”x5” 7-gauge tubing, making it the strongest base to systemize your training. Link your racks together with custom or standard pull-up bar options. Finally, choose the Rogers Pendulum Rack accessories to add variety and complete more exercises in one space.
Rogers Athletic Company • 800-457-5337 www.rogersathletic.com
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Natural Wrist Motion
New York Barbells offers a complete selection of training ropes in 1.5- and two-inch diameter in all lengths up to 100 feet. New York Barbells offers a 1.75-inch braided rope that retains its shape and is more resilient than twisted rope. New York Barbells also offers and installs handles on the ropes for a natural wrist motion. A complete line of exercise chain is also available. Fulfill all of your rope needs for climbing, battling, pulling, and special applications with New York Barbells. New York Barbells of Elmira, Inc. • 800-446-1833 www.newyorkbarbells.com Circle No. 526
Gain a Winning Edge
Developed at a football university the Football Bar reduces stress on the rotator cuff, while employing biomechanical engineering to strengthen the hand, wrist, and shoulder. Likewise, this important rehab tool mimics hand and shoulder positions for all sports. Using the Football Bar can help increase bench press poundage. Practice getting hands up, elbows in, and drive with the Football Bar and gain that winning edge. The Football Bar • repsfootballbar51v0wu www.repsdirect.net
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Exervibe is a whole-body vibration stepper that provides athletic enhancement when used in either the static (standing) or dynamic (stepping) position. Vibration stimulation is applied simultaneously to the feet, hands, arms, and core. The Exervibe has a step range from one to 18 inches, an adjustable seat, and a control module with four settings. It is an extremely versatile device that efficiently and effectively implements the benefits of vibration. VersaClimber/HeartRate, Inc. • 800-237-2271 www.versaclimber.com Circle No. 524
Finally there is a heavy-duty, adjustable dumbbell that doesn’t break the bank—the DB from Samson. This unique design features two handles (each weighing 15 pounds) and all the 10-, fiveand 2.5-pound plates you need to adjust each DB up to 90 pounds. Each plate slides on effortlessly, then pins in place with solid-steel rods. Each handle is open, just like any other DB, so full wrist range of motion is possible. A custom table operates on lock-in-place casters, the top “staging area” is coated with heavy-duty urethane, and the front of each table can be fully customized with your graphics.
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Working with more than 200 elite teams and institutes around the world, Catapult is a global leader in athlete analytics. Born out of collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport and an engineering research organization, Catapult can track, improve, and protect teams in the NFL, NBA, English Premier League, and major NCAA programs. Catapult’s wearable tracking technology is scientifically proven to improve performance and reduce injury. Put the science of winning on your side today. Catapult Sports Pty Ltd • 61-3-9095-8410 www.catapultsports.com
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These bars are made from specially formulated, chrome-plated tungsten steel manufactured in Sweden. Each individual bar is pressure tested before knurling and sleeves are applied. Knurling and markings are applied per International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) specifications. Five carbon fiber needle bearings are inserted in each sleeve, strategically distributed at highest pressure points. Bars measured tensile strength at greater than 50,000 pounds. These bars are guaranteed against defects for life. WerkSan Barbells • 877-937-5726 www.werksanusa.com
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Learn The Ropes
Rope training is quickly becoming one of the most popular training methods available today, and Total Strength and Speed offers a great selection of exercise ropes, sled pulling ropes, and rack pull-up ropes. All styles are available in multiple lengths, with either one- or two-inch diameters, and either manila or composite construction. Call or go online to learn more. Total Strength and Speed • 888-532-8227 www.totalstrengthandspeed.com
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Football Conditioning Products Stands Up to Abuse
Infinity Max 1.25-inch thick tile stands up to the constant abuse of heavy weights being dropped directly on the weight room floor without denting, tearing, or splitting. This tile is backed by the company’s exclusive 10-year warranty—and you can even use the floor itself as an Olympic Lifting Platform. The tile is available in 10 standard colors and an unlimited number of custom colors, with custom logos also available. This product contains up to 95-percent recycled content and may qualify for up to eight LEED Points.
Infinity Performance, Inc. • 888-479-1017 www.infinityflooring.com
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The Power Lift ® Indoor Cycling Bike is available in both a chain- and belt-driven version. The belt-driven version allows users to pedal backwards with resistance. Standard features for both bikes include: dual-sided pedals with a clip-less system on one side and toe-cages on the other; adjustable positions for the seat height and forward/back position; and adjustable positions for the handlebar height.
After five years of research and development, Suspended Bodyweight Training—a suspension exercise tool—has been tried, proven, and officially patented. SBT EXTREME offers features unlike other suspension training devices— including a slip-proof ankle cradle, integrated wrist wrap, and an independent arm design that allows effortless movement transitions. Made from the highest-quality heavyweight polypropylene webbing with a breaking strength of 675 to 1800 pounds, SBT EXTREME is a musthave for serious fitness trainers. Suspended Bodyweight Trainer • 855-797-1661 www.sbtextreme.com Circle No. 527
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Power Lift® • 800-872-1543 www.power-lift.com
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The Rogue Fitness Monster Series Rigs are the ultimate gym accessory. Built with the collegiate athlete in mind, the Monster Rig is a classic example of Rogue’s “over-built” construction that will suit any affiliate or gym with its immovable capacity. The standard Monster Rig is built with 11-gauge, 3” x 3” steel tube uprights. This is a virtually immovable piece of American-made training equipment. Rogue Fitness • 614-358-6190 www.roguefitness.com
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Athletic Trainers and Strength Coaches may earn continue education units by taking the CEU QUIZ in Training & Conditioning. By satisfactorily completing the quiz, readers can earn 2.0 BOC Athletic Training and 0.2 NSCA (two hours) CEUs. Save time, take one quiz or multiple quizzes online, click on “CEUs” at:
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Knee Products Excellent Comfort
The Pro-Tec Gel-Force® Knee Support is great for alleviating knee pain and providing moderate knee joint stability for conditions of patello-femoral pain syndrome, patellar tracking, chondromalacia, and minor meniscus and ligament tears. Its breathable, soft fabric offers a multi-directional stretch applying even, comfortable compression throughout the brace, and the thick oval gel provides excellent comfort and support to patella area. Medial (inside) and lateral (outside) spiral stays offer overall knee joint stability. Pro-Tec Athletics • 800-779-3372 www.injurybegone.com
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The Thermoskin Patella Tracking Stabilizer includes a fully adjustable internal buttress and assists in the treatment of patella problems, including instability, pain and subluxation. Thermoskin knee products have been clinically proven to increase blood flow by eight percent, increase skin temperature by 1.7 degrees Celsius, and create a 1.0 degree (Celsius) greater muscle temperature than the control condition. The results: helping the healing process, reducing pain, and increasing elasticity and reactivity of the muscles. This stabilizer is latex-free, and comes in sizes XS through XXL. Swede-O, Inc. • 866-317-5678 www.swedeo.com/patellatrackingstabilizer.htm Circle No. 530
An OPTP exclusive, Robin McKenzie’s Treat Your Own Knee™ educates the reader on the importance of the self-management and self-treatment of knee injuries or recurring pain. With its detailed exercise program, this comprehensive text is a valuable resource for both patients and clinicians alike. For more information on Treat Your Own Knee, or a free OPTP catalog, visit the OPTP Web site. Circle No. 531
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The Thermoskin Patella Tracker™ has a lowprofile-contoured shaped design that allows for greater movement during the flexionextension phase. Its adjustable straps provide improved locking strength for patella instability, while its flexible internal buttress provides for correct positioning and control of patella during vertical and horizontal tracking. Its indications include functional patella tracking stability and assisting in the treatment of patello-femoral pain(chondromalacia), patella dislocation, patella lateral subluxation, and patella lateral tilt. This Thermoskin product is latex-free, and comes in sizes XS through XL. Swede-O, Inc. • 866-317-5678 www.swedeo.com/patellatracker.htm
OPTP • 800-367-7393 www.optp.com
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Fight Knee Pain
Get fast relief with DonJoy ® Reaction, a revolutionary web brace design that actually pulls pain away from the knee, absorbs shock, and keeps you moving. The innovative solution disperses energy, providing comfort all day long. The brace stabilizes the patella on all sides, putting your knee in the correct tracking position. The lightweight and open framework is very comfortable, breathable, and stays in place. Go online to learn more. DJO Global • 760-727-1280 www.djoglobal.com
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The Iliotibial Band Compression Wrap helps reduce pain on the outside of the knee, alleviating conditions of Iliotibial Band Syndrome. Applied above the patella with the compression pad on the lateral aspect of the leg, the non-slip Iliotibial Band Compression Wrap provides warmth and targeted compression, to stabilize the Iliotibial Band, thereby reducing rubbing and irritation on the femoral condyle (outside of the knee). This wrap is now available in size XL. Pro-Tec Athletics • 800-779-3372 www.injurybegone.com
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Elite Knee Care
The PRO 110 Knee Sleeve has helped set the standard for neoprene supports. The PRO 110’s unmatched fit, support, and therapeutic heat retention have contributed to its standard-setting rank. It’s designed with an inner neoprene skin to provide better stretch and fit, while reducing migration. The sleeve also has an oval pad to concentrate heat and accompanying increased circulation over the infra J supra and patella areas. The altered version has an opening to eliminate compression on the patella for athletes with chondromalacia complaints.
The Elite Seat ® is a portable kneeextension device designed for the non-operative treatment of degenerative knee conditions. By evenly distributing force across the leg, the Elite Seat provides effective full-knee hyperextension and reduces pain in bent knees caused by any of these conditions: acute ACL injury, inadequate post-operative rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction, total-knee arthroplasty, arthrofibrosis, deconditioned knee with a flexion contracture, and arthritis.
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Elite Seat ® • 866-756-3706 www.eliteseat.com
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A Dynamic Neck Workout
hile traditional neckstrengthening machines enable users to work on flexion and extension, there aren’t many options for developing rotational strength. Last spring, however, William Hicks, Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance at Syracuse University, saw a new product—the Halo—invented by Mike Jolly at Mission Competition Fitness Equipment. The circular device weighs 11 pounds, fits completely around an athlete’s head, and provides a dynamic workout experience. “Everyone uses manual resistancetype exercises, but the Halo adds a different dimension,” Hicks says. “Training the neck in all planes is important, and the natural, fluid way the Halo allows athletes to do that appeals to me.” One of the Halo’s unique aspects is an air-filled bladder that inflates to fit any athlete’s head perfectly—much like a football helmet. It also has a chinstrap, ensuring that the Halo will stay on, regardless of the movement performed. This is a major benefit, says E.J. “Doc” Kreis, a former strength and conditioning coach at UCLA, Colorado, and Vanderbilt, who also is the co-founder of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), and currently trains athletes at an Olympic training center in Southern California. “It really frees you up to do a number of different sport-specific exercises,” he says. Another benefit is that it allows athletes to progress slowly. “You can start with a light horizontal resistance and progress at a speed that’s comfortable for you,” Kreis says.
The Halo uses horizontal resistance by attaching to an adjustable cable machine, or a bungee cord, as a series of functional rotary movements are performed to simulate what an athlete experiences on the field, mat, or court. Kreis says the Halo can provide an optimal workout. “You don’t have to strap on a leather harness and hang 50 pounds from your head to work out your neck,” he notes. “You can get a complete workout in about eight minutes.” Neck workouts are an important part of Syracuse athletes’ strength and conditioning, and Hicks says his players have seen immediate benefits. “While we don’t just use the Halo, in the time since we’ve started using it, we’ve seen players’ neck circumferences go up and their injuries go down,” he says. While the research on neck strength’s role in concussions doesn’t draw definitive conclusions, Hicks believes strong necks are vital for athletes. “You’re doing the right thing by getting it stronger,” he says. “There’s really no drawback— if we can help one player not suffer a serious injury due to having a stronger neck, it will be well worth it.” Likewise, neurosurgeons agree that force dissipation is key in protecting the valuable cargo in our craniums, and a stronger neck will help dissipate the force of a blow to the head. Kreis agrees. “When it comes to the head and the neck, we see the injuries occurring,” he says. “But we’re not doing enough to prevent them. The Halo is a step in the right direction because it does a fantastic job promoting overall neck strength.”
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Nutritional Products Optimal Recovery Ratio
Rockin’ Refuel is a high-quality, natural protein beverage with the great taste of real milk. Rockin’ Refuel Intense Recovery provides the 2:1 carb-to-protein ratio optimal for muscle recovery with 20 grams of protein. Muscle Recovery has 17 grams of protein, with no added sugar. And it’s NCAA compliant, which is why more than 140 college and university athletic departments choose Rockin’ Refuel. It starts with real milk, and ends with real results.
Shamrock Farms • 602-272-6721 www.rockinrefuel.com
The nutrient profile of chocolate milk is what makes it so effective as a post-exercise recovery beverage. It has the right mix of protein and carbs that are scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles, and fluids and electrolytes to rehydrate and help replenish nutrients lost in sweat. Lowfat chocolate milk also has nine essential nutrients that an athlete needs. To learn more about the science around refueling with chocolate milk, visit Milk PEP online. MilkPEP • 202-737-0153 www.gotchocolatemilk.com
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Drops of Energy
Cytomax Energy Drops™ are a portable and chewable means to deliver a precise blend of carbohydrates and essential electrolytes. Cytomax Energy Drops™ may be used before and during training. Each portable pouch provides 10 individual chews. Cytomax Energy Drops™ are available in two great-tasting flavor options: Tropical Fruit + Pomegranate Berry (non-caffeinated) and Orange + Tangerine (50 mg of caffeine per pouch). Tropical Fruit + Pomegranate Berry is collegiate compliant. CytoSport, Inc. • 888-298-6629 www.cytosport.com
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Enhance Protein Intake
Klean Isolate contains no flavoring, sweeteners, or other artificial ingredients. This pure whey protein powder can easily be added to any beverage to enhance daily protein and amino acid intake. Klean Isolate is part of the Klean Athlete line of nutritional supplements, a new line of certified supplements backed by more than 50 years of science, dedicated research, and manufacturing excellence. Klean Isolate is NSF Certified for Sport ®. Klean Athlete by Douglas Laboratories • 855-255-5326 www.kleanathlete.com Circle No. 536
The Right Stuff ® hydration formula from NASA is used by high school and college teams across the U.S.—as well as pros and Olympians—for training and event-day regimens. Numerous published studies show that the NASAdeveloped formula is superior for fighting dehydration symptoms (e.g., cramps, headaches, and muscle fatigue), improving core thermoregulation, protecting the body from overheating during times of high exertion and in high heat settings, and increasing endurance by more than 20 percent compared to other NASA-tested formula. The Right Stuff, Serious Hydration for Serious Athletes™ uses technology exclusively licensed from NASA (U.S. Patent No. 5,447,730). The Right Stuff • 720-684-6584 www.TheRightStuff-USA.com
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CeraSport and CeraSport EX1 rice-based hydration and performance drinks, developed along with doctors from Johns Hopkins, feature a patented blend of brown rice and essential electrolytes, including citrate to counteract acidosis. CeraSport is fat-free and certified gluten-free. It provides energy for performance and quick yet sustained hydration. Available in powder, concentrate, and ready-to-drink in several flavors, CeraSport can be delivered to your school, office or home. CeraSport • 866-237-2770 www.cerasport.com
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Every delicious Balance Bar provides long-lasting energy based on the 40/30/30 nutritional formula, with the ideal caloric ratio of 40% carbohydrates to 30% protein to 30% dietary fat. Balance Bar is made with the ingredients and flavors athletes love so they’re sure to enjoy every bite! Learn more at Balancebar.com. MET-Rx® Engineered Nutrition • 800-996-3879 www.MET-Rx.com Circle No. 558
Supports Muscle Rebuilding G Series Protein Recovery Beverage is a protein and carbohydrate beverage formulated with the consistency of a thirst quencher. It has an effective amount of protein that contains essential amino acids needed to help support muscle rebuilding after training or competition. G Series Recover should be consumed within about 60 minutes after exercise for maximum muscle benefit. Gatorade • 800-884-2867 www.gatorade.com
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Nutritional Products Proper Proportions
Klean Multivitamin, part of the Klean Athlete™ line of nutritional supplements, is specially formulated for the unique needs of athletes. Each tablet has been carefully developed to contain the right proportions of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and other nutrients without the danger of toxic build-up or other side effects. The unique fruit and vegetable blend contains ingredients such as Lutein, Lycopene, Zeaxanthin, Astaxanthin, and Pterostilbene, which are not found in other multivitamins. Klean Multivitamin uses EZ Swallow Technology and a twice-daily dose to assist with compliance for daily consumption. Klean Multivitamin is NSF Certified for Sport®.
Monster Amino™ is an ultra-concentrated BCAA formula that delivers an 8:1:1 ratio of leucine to isoleucine to valine. Recent university research shows that a leucineenriched beverage consumed along with exercise synergistically activates and prolongs activity of the mTOR signaling pathway, which increases muscle anabolic potential (muscle growth). The mTOR pathway is the “trigger” that signals the very genesis of muscle protein synthesis. CytoSport, Inc. • 888-298-6629 www.cytosport.com
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Replenish and Recover
G Series Energy Chews are a pre-game fuel in a convenient form. They are designed to be used about 15 minutes prior to training or competition to provide energy from a concentrated blend of carbohydrates to fuel athlete performance. G Series Energy Chews help make carbohydrate energy rapidly available to working muscles for the start of activity, so athletes might feel the difference at the beginning of training or competition.
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Gatorade • 800-884-2867 www.gatorade.com
The MET-Rx ® Nutrition Shake Collegiate Series is a convenient, pre-mixed, ready-to-drink shake that delivers 18 grams of Metamyosyn® enhanced protein. It provides 240 calories with only two grams of fat. It’s a great way to rapidly replenish glycogen (muscle energy) and begin muscle recovery post-workout. The shake comes in delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors.
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Visit the company at the AT Expo to learn more about Concussion Vital Signs, an online neurocognitive test for your student-athletes.
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Thermoskin Cross-X CMC Thumb Splint supports the thumb CMC joint and offers unlimited adjustability with its new and exclusive Cross-X strap.
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See What’s New
Stop by to test out the Y Roller or Orb, and to see Pro-Tec’s new products for 2013.
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Sleek Display Units
See the sleek, all-wood product display units at the Pivotal Health Solutions booth.
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PolyMem and SportsWrap are innovative wound dressings that help to relieve pain, localize inflammation, and reduce swelling.
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American Public University offers 87 quality online degree programs for sports professionals.
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Dynatron Solaris® Plus generates eight treatments simultaneously and includes seven combinations of light. It also has a new fixed-frequency.
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Stop by Waterboy’s NATA booth and register to win a Generation 2 Vertical Power Model.
Stop by and see how Hibiclens® can help eliminate skin infections from your program.
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OPTP’s affordable products complement rehab, core stability, balance, stretching, and taping techniques.
Extension isn’t everything, but it’s the first thing. Elite Seat® is a portable knee extension device that gets the knee straight, symmetric, and strong.
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After testing it out last season, the Phoenix Suns invested in the Zephyr training system, which consists of a wearable monitoring device to help the training staff gather vital data and information about players’ fitness levels. To complement the update, the team also added a performance and recovery consultant, Tyler Wallace, to their training staff to oversee the new system. “We focus specifically on three elements. The physiological load—or how hard the heart is working during practice; the overall load and intensity; and the mechanical load, which looks at the load on the legs and the prospective speed. —Tyler Wallace, Recover Consultant Phoenix Suns
The data from those elements is gathered and an algorithm is produced—from that, the training staff can deduce the player’s overall intensity and training’s effect on the body. The data is gathered with the Zephyr training system, either with a disc inserted in a shirt, or a strap worn around the chest—which most of the players prefer. “Once we get the data, we make recommendations from a preventative, recovery, conditioning, and strength standpoint with each of the guys so that we’re not overtraining in each one of those categories,” Wallace said. “This system gives us objective data on how hard the guys are working, so we can tailor what we do from a sports medicine and strength and conditioning standpoint.” For the full story go to http://www. zephyr-technology.com/press/sunstraining-staff-introduces-superherotechnology/
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The National Strength and Conditioning Association is returning to the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the 2013 National Conference, July 10-13. As always, the NSCA delivers an outstanding event from the lecture hall to the exhibit hall, drawing top educators, researchers, trainers, and coaches in the field of strength and conditioning. Attendees have the opportunity to explore nearly 60 sessions with dedicated hands-on, coaching, and research tracks. NSCA • 800-815-6826 www.nsca.com/NATCON2013
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Bulletin Board (pages 5-6)
The Art of ART (pages 16-23)
1. In the study predicting concussion recovery, which symptom was associated with lasting concussion symptoms in male athletes? a) Nausea b) Amnesia c) Drowsiness d) Difficulty concentrating
6. What is ART? a) An assisted recovery system for balance issues b) A strength training program c) A concussion diagnosis protocol d) A soft tissue management system
Objective: Learn about recent research, current issues, and news items of interest pertaining to sports medicine.
2. Researchers found that athletes who displayed more than ____ concussion symptoms at the time of injury were at double the risk for the injury to linger more than a week. a) One b) Two c) Three d) Four 3. What makes NCAA Division III’s sickle cell testing rule different from Divisions I and II? a) An educational component, regardless of risk b) Only athletes at risk are required to be educated c) There is no financial assistance for the tests d) Athletes who test positive are barred from participating 4. What did the research on over-use injuries suggest to protect athletes? a) Complete breaks from sports b) Participating in a variety of unorganized sports c) Focusing on proper techniques d) Limiting hours spent practicing 5. How many days of rest did the soccer players have before their tensiomyography measurements were taken? a) Two b) Three c) Four d) Five 70
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Objective: A look at Active Release Techniques (ART) and how it can be incorporated into your program.
7. What makes up the ART system? a) Tendon and fascia manipulation b) Solely heat and ice techniques c) Muscle, ligament, and nerve entrapment protocols d) Stretching protocols 8. The ART portion of a treatment session typically lasts ___ minutes. a) Five to 10 b) 10 to 15 c) 15 to 20 d) 20 to 25 9. How many contact methods are there in the ART system? a) 10 b) 11 c) 12 d) 13 10. A typical soft tissue injury requires ____ passes. a) One to three b) Three to five c) Five to seven d) Seven to nine 11. How many ART certification courses are there? a) One b) Two c) Three d) Four
12. What is one of the biggest skills instructed and emphasized in the ART courses? a) Touch b) Accuracy c) Protocols d) Diagnosis
Aiming Higher (pages 35-39)
Objective: Find out what you should know when your athletes are interested in using an outside facility for strength training. 13. Which of the following is not a benefit for athletes using an outside facility? a) Having a system to monitor results b) Limited equipment selection c) New and developed programs d) A change in routine and scenery 14. What is one of the author’s recommended ways of finding out about a facility? a) Asking its clientele about programming b) Checking out its Web site c) Consulting with fellow strength coaches d) Observing a workout 15. Along with an exercise physiology degree and NSCA, NASM, and/or ACSM certifications, what should the facility’s staff have? a) Liability insurance b) A physical therapy degree c) Flexible hours for working with clients d) Drug prevention education 16. Which of the following items should a strength coach evaluate when inspecting an outside facility where a student-athlete wants to train? a) The size and location of coaches’ offices b) How much parking is available for athletes c) Whether the equipment is well maintained and regularly inspected d) The type of flooring
17. You should ask the facility’s staff to update you on progress and participation _____. a) Daily b) Weekly c) Bi-weekly d) Monthly 18. What is not one of the topics you should discuss when getting an update about one of your athletes from the staff at an outside facility? a) The intensity and duration of workouts b) Any injuries that the athlete may have suffered c) How the athlete compares to others at the facility d) Whether the athlete is participating regularly
Strength in Unity (pages 49-54) Objective: See how Kansas State University’s Director of Strength and Conditioning focuses on team building during workouts.
19. Why does the author believe the player-coach relationship has become so significant? a) Increased focus b) Increased distractions c) Increased communication d) Increased intensity 20. What does the author say is the most effective way to demonstrate your knowledge of strength and conditioning to your athletes? a) Displaying your diplomas and certifications in your office b) Giving them detailed explanations of triple extension c) Using coaching cues that athletes can relate to d) Teaching a strength and conditioning class
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21. The author states that there is nothing that supercedes the training _____. a) Below the waist b) Above the neck c) Of the whole team d) Of individual members of the team 22. Which of the following is not a benefit of using adverse and uncomfortable situations during training? a) It identifies those who are not ready to put the team before themselves b) It encourages sacrifice c) It promotes communication and leadership d) It keeps athletes from getting complacent during workouts 23.Why does the author use a cumulative time for the entire team to meet during sprints rather than individual times? a) It’s easier to track b) Athletes like it better c) It teaches players that their teammates are counting on them d) There’s no competition among players 24. During “Difference Makers,” the players perform a drill for ___ minutes straight. a) Four b) Five c) Six d) Seven 25. What was one of the suggested competitive events to use at the end of workouts? a) Tug-of-war b) Squats c) Bench presses d) A multi-sport “Superstars” competition
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