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Training & Conditioning, 12.8, November 2002, http://www.momentummedia.com/articles/tc/tc1208/bboard.htm

ACL Warmup Study Enters Second Phase
This fall marks the start of a full-scale, multidisciplinary project looking at whether a particular warmup routine can decrease ACL injuries among female collegiate soccer players. Touted as the first large-scale study of ACL injury prevention in collegiate female athletes, it stems from a pilot study done with a small group of NCAA Division I women’s soccer teams in the fall of 2001 that showed promising results.

Participating teams have been randomly assigned to use either their own warmup routines or the one under study. The warmup being tested is a 20- to 25-minute, on-field routine that combines stretching, strengthening, jumping, sports-specific agility drills, and special injury -avoidance exercises.

During the pilot trial, researchers compared knee injuries among more than 1,000 female soccer players who were enrolled in a training program that included the test warmup with nearly 2,000 players who were not. They found that those enrolled in the program reduced their rate of ACL tears by 88 percent.

The study is a combined effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NCAA, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Research Foundation, and the International Federation of Football Associations. For more information, e-mail Heidi Melancon, Project Manager, at hmelancon@cdc.gov.

NSCA Announces Award Winners
The National Strength and Conditioning Association handed out several awards at its 25th annual convention in July. Winners were nominated by the general membership and specific committees.

The award for Strength and Conditioning College Professional of the Year went to Joseph Kenn, CSCS*D, Head Strength Coach for Football at Arizona State University. Rosalin Hanna, CSCS*D, who was the Head Coach for the Women’s Weightlifting Team at University High School in Orlando, Fla., and is now the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Arizona, took home the High School Professional of the Year Award.

The Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist Award went to Jeff Fahrenbruch, MPT, CSCS*D, co-owner of Metro Physical Therapy, in Phoenix, Ariz. William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS, Director of Research and Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, was given the Educator of the Year Award. Michael Bemben, PhD, Associate Professor in the Health and Sports Science Department of the University of Oklahoma, received the Outstanding Sport Science Award. And Patrick Hagerman, EdD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, owner of Quest Personal Training, Inc., in Oklahoma City, Okla., was given the Personal Trainer of the Year Award.

Blame It on the Bench
A recent study shows that sitting on a bench for a prolonged period of time causes back stiffness that can lead to lower back pain, even if the athlete warms up and stretches first. Researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory studied collegiate volleyball players, but note that the findings suggest similar outcomes for other athletes, particularly basketball players.

Nine male varsity athletes were tested for back stiffness both before and after a 30-minute warmup. Following the warmup, they were asked to sit on a typical college sideline bench for 30 minutes and then retested for back stiffness. The results clearly showed that back stiffness increased after the time on the bench. The researchers suggest that back rests would substantially improve the situation.

The article was published in the July 2002 issue (Vol. 34, No. 7) of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Full articles are available on-line only to subscribers, but abstracts can be viewed for free at www.acsm-msse.org.

Team Docs on the Run?
The popular media has recently run articles about professional athletes suing their team physicians and other team officials because they felt their best medical interests were not being looked after. A couple of recent articles in Orthopedics Today look at the issue from team doctors’ perspectives.

The first article, bluntly titled “Private practitioners cannot afford to be team physicians,” is a commentary from the magazine’s chief medical editor, John B. McGinty, MD, which can be viewed on-line at www.slackinc.com/bone/ortoday/200209/edit.asp. The second analyzes the situation and quotes several team physicians around the country. It can be viewed at www.slackinc.com/bone/ortoday/200209/team.asp. You will have to register to read the articles, but registration is free.

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