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Research shows changes in young players’ brains after one season of football

December 12, 2016

Results of a small study looking at brain changes in 24 high school football players have just been released. The athletes each wore helmets outfitted with the Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) during all practices and games. Get the details of this research here. Read More

Cramer’s RigidLite Gameday: A Kit You Can Depend On

December 12, 2016

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Cramer’s RigidLite Gameday kit is not your everyday bag. Take a look at this light, highly protective kit that makes organization a breeze, with a special tape carrier and nine clear, zippered bags. Check it out now!

From The Archives: November 1953

December 12, 2016

For Basketball…

Any Formula for Top Basketball Must Include a Foundation of Basic Fundamentals.

We suggest the following as a part of your daily routine:

A sparkling clean ball for every practice session.

Absolutely correct, uniform air pressure – every day.

A rigid program for the care of the feet – to prevent blisters, callouses and sprains.

Briefed, daily exercises to promote freedom of movement in the shoulders.

The Atomic “sock pack” taped on shins at the first sign of shin splints.

The daily use of Firm-Grip on fingertips – particularly with boys with small hands.

Blowing the nose lustily just before practice starts. (Amusing? – No, deadly serious.)

If you have a boy who stands around with his mouth open, the chances are he has adenoids or a nasal stoppage. Breathing through the mouth has become a habit.

Refuse to stand for careless dress in practice – dirty clothing, dirty shoes, old or broken shoe laces or torn jerseys. (These invite shoddy execution instead of precision.)

The L-O-N-G Shower

The one time in the week when the shower should be casual and of considerable length is after a hard, bruising game. Boys generally rush through the dressing room, to the shower, and to the street for a date after the game. Better control of your squad at this time is advisable. Read More

Brain needs to be retrained after ACL injury

December 12, 2016

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say that brain retraining is essential to regaining full function after an ACL injury. Find out how strobe glasses can make a difference. Read More

John “Doc” Baxter: Friend, Legend, and Athletic Trainer Extraordinaire

December 12, 2016

On Oct. 3, 2016, the profession of athletic training lost a legend and an icon with the passing of John “Doc” Baxter. We pay tribute to our dear friend Doc, with some favorite memories, shared by Steve Ice, Gary Hazelrigg, and Lynn Bott. Read More