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Importance of Sleep in Athletes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Feb 26, 2018 2:06:29 PM

As more and more research is done on sleep and athletes, we achieve a broader understanding for all the areas it impacts. Three recent studies open our eyes even further, showing how a lack of sleep can affect reaction time, performance, and substance use.

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Help prevent ACL tears with these exercises

Posted by Athletic Edge on Jan 4, 2018 12:57:55 PM

ACL tears are extremely common sports injuries. There really is no secret to avoiding them. The twisting, jumping, stopping movements of the game can cause damage no matter how hard you try, but there are a few technique to help lower the risk of injury. It all begins with proper alignment.

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Topics: acl tears

Prehabilitation- A forward-thinking approach to injury prevention

Posted by Athletic Edge on Nov 6, 2017 10:31:07 AM

This blog was written by Jodi Helmer for and originally appeared here.

Runners who tear their anterior cruciate ligament, golfers with tendonitis, football players with sprains and other athletes with injuries often end up in rehabilitation. The trouble with rehab is that even if it helps you recover from injuries, the damage is already done.

Prehabilitation, on the other hand, focuses on decreasing the risk of injury. It’s based on the idea that improving strength, flexibility and motor control in the areas most vulnerable to injuries can keep you from getting hurt, minimize time on the sidelines and prevent the pain of recovery. Studies show this proactive approach works.

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Topics: prerehab

A Powerful Combination

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Oct 2, 2017 11:40:45 AM

How can massage therapy help maximize your rehabilitation? A large percentage of individuals that utilize the healthcare system are people going through some sort of rehabilitation.  That rehabilitation may be associated with the recuperation from surgery, healing from an accident, dealing with a congenital condition, or recovering from an athletic injury. 

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Topics: massage therapy

Tips to Help Student Athletes Reach Peak Performance

Posted by Athletic Edge on Sep 5, 2017 3:26:44 PM

The Fall sport season is right around the corner! With the start of a new school year and a new sports team, the beginning of the season can be tough. Regardless of what sport is being played, there are many factors that can help student athletes have a great tryout and season, including the four tips outlined below.

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Topics: Athletic Trainers

5 Qualities of the Best Athletic Trainers

Posted by Athletic Edge on Aug 23, 2017 3:50:54 PM

Great athletic trainers (ATs) have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a desire to expand their knowledge and skills. What makes a truly exceptional athletic trainer? Here are five essential qualities of the best athletic trainers.

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Topics: Athletic Trainers

More Chiropractic Care? Professional Athletes Say Yes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Aug 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

More professional teams who are interested in improving overall health and maintaining peak performance are turning to chiropractic care. That's according to experts at the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, who spoke recently to the Washington Nationals baseball team. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Soft Tissue Tools, Professional Athletes, Chiropractic, Performance

Building a strength and conditioning program

Posted by Athletic Edge on Aug 8, 2017 9:45:22 AM

When we talk about the “state of the industry” of high school athletics, it is virtually impossible to do so without mentioning the strength and conditioning department within the overall athletic umbrella. Much like the structure of a building is dependent on its foundation, a robust athletic program is heavily dependent on the foundation the strength and conditioning department has created.

But where do you start, and how do you go about evaluating your existing program? Will your program fall under the academic umbrella of physical education, or will it exist within the athletic department. Do we hire coaches to train all the teams or do we let each sport’s coach be their teams strength and conditioning coach? 

Here are some guidelines to consider when developing a high school strength and conditioning program.

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Topics: Athletic Trainers, strength and conditioning

Clearing up the term "athletic trainer"

Posted by Athletic Edge on Jul 17, 2017 4:18:21 PM

Athletic trainers are critical. However, the term athletic trainer tends to be misused and misinterpreted. Alyson Footer, a reporter for digs into and clears up the term of  athletic trainer
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Topics: Athletic Trainers

A Guide to Stench Control by Pro Stock Hockey

Posted by Athletic Edge on Jul 13, 2017 1:52:46 PM

Every team loves a player who can step up and score the game-winning goal, but nobody likes a teammate or a friend who smells like he hasn’t showered in a month. The smell of hockey — that combination of sweat, plastic, leather, etc. — is arguably the worst part of the sport (or a close second to skating sideboards!). Pro Stock Hockey offers a solution to tackle the problem before it gets out of hand, and what to do to keep your gear from stinking up the rink.

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Topics: hockey

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