This special edition comprises four manuscripts, and a foreword by Rebecca Hess, Ph.D., California University of Pennsylvania
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The Effects of Hydration on Athletic Performance
Meredith Decker, California University of Pennsylvania
Abstract Hydration not only involves providing the body with enough fluids to function during exercise but also to prevent subsequent injuries and illnesses. By educating athletes and providing them with fluids during practices and competitions, certified Athletic Trainers’ can ensure that athletes will be properly hydrated and will not encounter further complications due to dehydration. The purpose of this paper is to give emphasis to the topic of hydration and the importance of incorporating fluids regularly into an athlete’s daily routine to ensure the best athletic performance.
Current Trends in the Assessment and Management of Sport-Related Concussions: The Result of ImPACT
Chris Parker, California University of Pennsylvania
Abstract Sport-related concussions are all too common in athletics today. Repeated concussions can lead to more serious injuries such as long-term brain damage. Difficulty in assessment and management of sport-related concussions results in premature return to play decisions by certified athletic trainers and physicians. The purpose of this paper is to outline the methods of diagnosis, the current assessment and management trends in athletic training, and the role of ImPACT concussion testing in the advancement of concussion management.
A Review of the McKenzie Method of Spinal Rehabilitation and Evaluation
Kathryn Ramsdell, Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program, California University of Pennsylvania
Abstract Neck and lumbar dysfunctions are a common aliment worldwide. Through research, the McKenzie method of rehabilitation and spinal stabilization is a widely considered and practiced form of therapy for non-specific spinal dysfunctions. With the use of evaluation and determination of preference of movement, therapy is able to provide a functional manner for alleviation of symptoms. Although commonly practiced amongst physical therapists, certified athletic trainers could develop the use of the McKenzie method in order to ensure the wellbeing and safety of athletes. With further examination to determine the reliability and validity of the McKenzie method, the profession of athletic training could consider this new form of evaluation and rehabilitation.
The Role of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Treating Athletic Injuries
California University of Pennsylvania
Abstract With the increasing speed, size, and strength of today’s athletes, athletic injuries are becoming more prevalent. Due to high demand for athletic competition, the fast rehabilitation and return to play process is crucial. Common athletic injuries such as torn tendons and ligaments are slow healing injuries that sometimes keep athletes out of play for an entire season, but that could all change with the introduction of platelet rich plasma therapy. Platelet rich plasma therapy may be able to reduce healing time by as much as half for injured athletes and, in the future, may become a great tool for certified athletic trainers, doctors, and physical therapists to utilize in returning athletes to the field sooner.