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First impressions mean a lot. Here at The Athletic Edge, we understand that. It’s why we put such care into working with each of our customers to ensure that their training rooms, locker areas and general facilities not only meet their specific needs but look great too. Our custom products tell a story—your story. As part of Pivotal Health Solutions, one of the largest manufacturers of beautifully designed and rugged products for athletic trainers, physical therapists and other health care providers, our products go way beyond standard. One of The Athletic Edge’s core competencies is a broad capability to draw on a variety of processes and materials to support our customers’ needs. The result is a feature-rich line of products, including the uniquely designed, patent-pending Leg and Shoulder Therapy (LAST) table; ruggedly handsome and modular locker series; our industry leading cold lasers; and more. We promise that each product meets our exacting standards in terms of durability; user-friendliness; patient comfort; and brand-ability. Those are our values, drawn from the fact that at our heart, we remain a Midwestern company, with products crafted every day in our plant in Watertown, S.D., and in our second location in the mountains of Eugene, Ore. Today, facilities with that Athletic Edge stamp can be seen across the U.S., from professional teams to universities to high schools. We’re proud of that—and proud to partner with you to tell your story through high-quality, successfully branded and beautifully functional equipment and facilities.
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Athletic trainer vs. personal trainer...what's the difference?

Posted by Athletic Edge on Mar 22, 2018 10:41:48 AM

The term "athletic trainer" has been used loosely and incorrectly for years. Often confused with a personal trainer, there is a difference. "Really?" you may ask, but the difference is something that should not be confused. 

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Topics: athletic training, athletic trainer, athletic

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

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

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

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

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