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ATC Role in Strength & Conditioning

JaNae StartI have dual credentials as an Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach (ATC/CSCS). Having more than 7 years experience as an AT has helped develop my solid foundation of both assessing and correction of functional movements as a CSCS. Combining the knowledge I have in both of these fields has made me a stronger clinician and programmer. The building blocks of all great athletes include the perfect balance of mobility and functional stability. The main goal as both an AT & a strength coach is to reduce injury rates and increase athletic performance. In my current role, I am able to do both; watching my athletes both overcome injuries and succeed through hard work.

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Rebekah GlassRunning is a means to good health for many, it can be a stress reliever for some, or pure enjoyment for those running enthusiasts! As a physical therapist and gait analysis specialist I want to keep runners running healthy and for years to come. However, this population tends to see a high percentage of injuries. So I have a question:

To all the runners out there…Do you strength train?

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Joe ChiaramonteIn recent years there has been much discussion on training for our adolescent athletes and what is appropriate, whether it be how much, how soon, how specialized? While there are not many definitive answers to these specific inquiries, we, at the Academy of Sports & Wellness believe in a model that keeps the individual athlete’s well being and safety as the central emphasis.

Gone are the days of old (even 20 years ago) when kids rode their bikes around the neighborhood to their friend’s houses or to school. Gone are the days of climbing trees or playing on playgrounds with monkey bars and balance beams. It is rare that a simple game of “tag” pops up in the schoolyard anymore. We are quick to “roll out the balls” and practice baseball/basketball/football/soccer specific drills and games and the like instead of reinforcing basic human movement patterns. We have a generation of students that spend countless hours on their phones and computers, or gaming and watching TV. We have kids that can do amazing things with the soccer ball at their feet, but cannot skip or do a forward roll.

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Youth Strength Training

Recent literature and studies have shown incredible evidence in support of Off-Season Strength & Conditioning programs. The Center's contracted schools are continually implementing year-round Strength & Conditioning programs into their school districts, which is helping to reduce incidence of injury and introduce safe, effective, movement patterns to provide all of our athletes a strong base for athletic performance. Here is a blog on the benefits and safety of youth strength training.

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Some of the documented and researched findings in support of youth strength training are coming from position statements from the NSCA, ACSM, AAP, AOSSM and MAYO Clinic. These statements are in favor of fundamental strength and fitness training that will prepare athletes for multi sport success with added benefits including:

            • Creating healthy body composition when training in conjunction with a healthy diet
            • Helping promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
            • Increasing muscular strength, power and endurance essential for sports performance
            • Strengthening bones
            • Helping to reduce incidence of injury in sport and recreational activities
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