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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 MLB.com 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

Qualified Athletic Trainers Needed at Every High School

Posted by Athletic Edge on Jun 23, 2017 9:05:00 AM

An editorial in the Charleston Daily Mail points out what's missing in high school athletics- enough qualified athletic trainers to make sure that young athletes in particular get seen quickly when they're injured, get the help they need and avoid long-term consequences. 

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Topics: Athletic Trainers

Locker Room Crime

Posted by Athletic Edge on Jun 22, 2017 8:51:34 AM

Locker room crimes are more common than one may think, and unfortunately, there is no perfect way to prevent locker room crime. Theft and video voyeurism are two main concerns for any locker room.

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Topics: Locker Rooms

Guarding Athletic Locker Rooms Against MRSA

Posted by Athletic Edge on Jun 5, 2017 1:08:00 PM

Although most schools are no longer in session, that doesn't mean athletic teams rest. Summer is an important time for teams to work on skills and prepare for the upcoming season. It is important to continue to properly clean and disinfect all locker rooms and athlete-based facilities to stop the spread of MRSA in locker rooms. Athletic Business’s Dawn Shoemaker discusses what athletic facilities and gyms can do to protect their athletes and clients. 

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Topics: Locker

Why Use Massage Therapy?

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on May 24, 2017 12:48:36 PM

We all have had that unfortunate experience of walking through the living room and our shin somehow finds the coffee table.  After a few choice words, what it usually the first thing we do?  It is probably the same thing our parents did for us when we were kids.  We rub it.  We do this without thinking but have you ever stopped to think why?

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Topics: massage therapy, massage

The Athletic Edge: Wood Locker Options

Posted by Athletic Edge on May 22, 2017 2:31:58 PM

No matter what configuration, each of The Athletic Edge's wood and laminate lockers start with strength, quality and longevity. Choose your configuration, add some team graphics or other customized options and you have yourself many beautifully handcrafted lockers to make your new facility or renovation outshine others.

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Topics: Locker Rooms

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

Posted by Athletic Edge on May 22, 2017 12:05:47 PM

Athletic trainers work hard and even more important, they are crucial to keep athletes in peak performance. Many athletic trainers are required to travel for work, often over state lines. What happens when an athletic trainer is in a different state where they are not licensed to practice? Medical liability insurance does not cover an athletic trainer when they cross state lines. Should the athletic trainer have to choose whether they treat their injured athletes or abandon the teams to whom they provide care for?

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Topics: Sports Medicine, athletic trainer

Stronger, Faster: Why Athletic Trainers Should Be Using Whole Body Vibration

Posted by Christian H. Reichardt, DC, CCSP on May 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Are you interested in helping your athletes get stronger and faster? What about injury prevention? Faster recovery times? Proprioceptive integration? 

Whole body vibration is commonly used with professional athletes for exactly those reasons! The technology isn’t seen as often with university and high school athletes, even though it is simple, easy to use, highly effective and now affordable. Clearly, athletic trainers in the collegiate and high school arenas may be missing an opportunity. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Prevention, Whole Body Vibration, High School Athletes, Proprioceptive Training

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