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Inside the Modern Team Locker Room

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Mar 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Locker Room Design, College Athletes, Student Athletes

Gender Neutral Locker Rooms?

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Sep 18, 2015 7:00:00 AM

It's a topic that has been widely discussed in recent media: gender neutral locker rooms

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Topics: Locker Room Design, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Professional Athletes, High School Athletes, Gender Neutral

Analyze Athletes' Injuries, Performance With New Tech

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Aug 7, 2015 7:00:00 AM

New technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center is helping to collect reams of data, all to build a assessment of individual and team weaknesses and potential injury risks to help predict and prevent injury whenever possible. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Technology

Is Diet Leading to Injured Athletes?

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 31, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Have certain athletes who are prone to injury? Diet could be to blame, according to experts. 

But we're not looking at the lack of certain nutrients necessarily. Simply put, athletes may just not be eating enough. After workouts, athletes should be replenishing carbs and proteins, important in relieving tired muscles (try chocolate milk--it's rich in both!). And during the season, health care providers should be providing athletes with guidelines on the calories they should be eating to stay fit, free of injuries and to maintain a healthy weight. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Dehydration, diet, Workouts

Tape or Laser: Which Comes First?

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

For many trainers and therapists, it’s an age-old question: Which should come first, tape or low-level laser therapy?

But the answer is actually easy: You don’t necessarily have to choose. It all depends on your patient, the type of injury and the goal you’re trying to reach. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Taping

Better Together: Taping and Laser

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Want to increase stability, reduce pain and stimulate healing in patients with joint and soft tissue pain? You’re right if you say that no one therapy can do all of that. But like many things, two are better than one, and in this case, that’s taping and low-level laser therapy.

Research shows that both taping and laser can enhance the rehabilitation of an injury and produce faster results. And taping when combined with laser increases the efficacy of both modalities. In fact, I almost always will combine laser with taping, and I use this combination in about 70 percent of my patients. Patients who respond well to laser and taping include those who present with a wide variety of orthopedic and sports-related issues, including sprains and strains, mechanical and hypermobility problems, general overuse issues, cramping and pain. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Return to play, Athletic Trainers, Professional Athletes, Taping

After the Cheers, What's Next for Your Athletes?

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

It's a fact: According to the NCAA, only a very small percentage of college athetes go on to professional athletic careers. For the remaining 98 percent of athletes who move on to other careers, the good news is that the hard work they've put in on the field can translate into worthwhile skills, particularly in emerging businesses.

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Topics: College Athletes, Student Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Professional Athletes

Immediate Removal of Safety Gear After Injury? Experts Say Yes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Injuries on the field? A new standard by the National Athletic Trainers' Association is advising athletic trainers to immediately remove safety equipment such as helmets and shoulder pads when players have been injuried and a spinal cord injury is suspected. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine, Safety Gear, NATA, Spinal Cord Injuries

"Brains" Talking About Brains: Concussion Conference Promises Results

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Leading authorities on brain trauma recently took an unusual step in discussing improvements in the treatment of concussion, one of the most common sports injuries in both amateur and professional athletes: They invited the public to take part in the national discussion.

The recent "Concussion: A National Challenge" conference included members of the public such as entrepreneurs of concussion-related medical technology, medical students, researchers, athletic trainers and anyone with an interest in concussion (the conference was also publicly available via webstream).

The broad scope of the conference also set it apart, focusing on everything from concussion's microscopic effects on the brain to experts on real-life collisions that can lead to head injuries. 

As a result, it's hoped that conferences like these will result in better questions being asked and further collaboration among interested parties, including making an impact nationally with groups such as the NFL and NCAA.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

First Female Athletic Trainer in Club History Joins 49ers

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The San Francisco 49ers made history this spring when it hired the club's first-ever female athletic trainer.

Assistant athletic trainer Laura Schnettgoecke started her job in March without any fanfare, but according to the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society directory, she is only the third full-time female athletic trainer in NFL history.

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Topics: College Athletes, Student Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

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