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    Is Strength and Conditioning Necessary for the Youth Football Athlete?
    Youth weight training is often misunderstood. However, as more injuries occur in youth football, we have to ask if strength and conditioning could help prevent both the severity and frequency of injuries.
    Injury Prevention in EMS
    Strengthening fundamental movement patterns and decreasing restrictions in the calves/ankles, hip flexor group, hip extensors, and thoracic region may reduce injuries during patient transfers and spine board lifts for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel.
    Physical Education: Why Do We Make Kids Move?
    This article on physical education is a summary of a three-part series published on GrayCook.com. It focuses on recognizing the goal of physical independence in fitness and healthcare decisions, determining why we, as professionals, have failed to get there, and proposing what we can do to improve physical literacy in diverse populations.
    A Physiological Analysis of Ice Hockey Positions
    As hockey season approaches, it is important to examine the physiological demands placed on each of the player positions to help in guiding program design. This article covers those demands in detail.
    What is the Scientific Basis of Speed and Agility
    Why do various training protocols work more than others? What is happening “behind-the-scenes” of speed and agility development? Dr. Bruce Craig discusses the adaptations that take place for the central nervous system to accommodate accordingly. These adaptations are what lead to enhanced speed and agility development.
    Training Considerations for a Fitness Challenge
    In this article, Steve Rhyan provides training considerations for such fitness challenges. He discusses the importance of (relative) strength, power, and anaerobic conditioning to the successful completion of the event and wraps it all up with program design recommendations.
    Conditioning for Combative and Defensive Tactics
    Combat calls for more than maximum strength. At times, close combat can last for more than 3 min, so it is imperative that tactical operators include conditioning into their training programs to be prepared for all possible scenarios. Chris Mooney offers a program that consists of training three days per week to enhance conditioning levels for combat readiness.
    How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers
    In this article, author Doug Jackson defines the concept of self-efficacy and explains how it impacts exercise behavior. Interestingly, exercise itself also improves self-efficacy. Jackson wraps up the article with related, practical tips that personal trainers can use with their clients to increase exercise adherence and achievement of specific personal fitness goals.
    Importance of Fitness and Firefighter Heart Health
    Heart attacks are known to be the leading cause of death in the firefighting community. Get a deeper look at some tips from John Hofman that may reduce the likeliness of heart disease in firefighters.
    NCAA Acknowledges NSCA’s Effort for Raised Certification Standards
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Acknowledges the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Effort to Raise the Certification Standards