Coaches play an instrumental role in the prevention of heat illness. Although there are some factors that are out of the coach’s control in terms of prevention of heat illness, there are 11 important actions that can be addressed.
Football, more than any other sport, is about developing players that are bigger, faster and stronger each and every year. This incessant drive can make players more prone to overuse injuries than they might otherwise be.
Before getting too far into planning the specifics of a plyometric program, James Radcliffe says the prudent approach is to look honestly and carefully at issues that could affect safe participation in such intense training.
LSU’s Eric Donoval used Polar’s GPS technology during the 2016-2017 season in an attempt to better understand the team’s performance, as well as try and gain a competitive advantage. The benefits became obvious, especially when Donoval began comparing performance as the season progressed.
Evidence supports the use of some supplements, such as creatine, branched-chain amino acids, and L-carnitine; these supplements may be beneficial to the strength athlete when used correctly. In a survey of Division I athletes, 89 percent had used or currently were using nutritional supplements, including sport drinks and bars. Additionally, about 47 percent consumed a multivitamin, and 37 percent used a creatine supplement.
The coach asks, “How will this help win games?” The athletic trainer asks, “How can this prevent injuries and get players back on the field quicker?” And the strength coach asks, “How can I get my players to perform at their peak?” The answers are customized training, improved conditioning and peak performance, which can all be found in Zephyr™ Performance Systems.
Some of the many benefits of playing multiple sports include fewer overuse injuries, improved decision-making skills and mental health, better overall athleticism, a more diverse peer social network, and exposure to different coaching styles.
American football includes many positions, and each requires different stretches to maximize performance. There are a variety of poses that all football players need to help prevent injuries and enhance their performance on the field.
The NFL Foundation, in collaboration with Gatorade, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), announced the launch of a pilot program to provide funding to public high schools with football programs that have limited or no access to an athletic trainer.
No football coach in his right mind would recommend that student-athletes use helmets or shoulder pads from the 1950s. But that is when bulky EVA-based mouthguards – the same material still used to make most mouthguards today – made their entrance into the game of football. A mouthguard isn’t just a piece of equipment that makes a player game-eligible. Its first job is to protect the athlete’s teeth and keep that athlete safe. SISU mouthguards do that job better than any other mouthguard available using the latest in materials science.
The key to prevention of heat-related illness is balancing all the factors that influence body temperature so that the body temperature stays within a safe range. Here’s how coaches can help.
By looking inside the recovery data gathered by Polar technology, coaches can prevent injuries before they occur.