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Down, But Not Out: In-Season Resistance Training for the Injured Collegiate Football Player

Dooman, Clifford S MS, CSCS; Jones, Dee MS, ATC

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - pp 59-68
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181b9983e
Article

COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS RISK AND OFTEN SUSTAIN INJURIES DURING THE COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL SEASON. ALTHOUGH INJURY MAY SIDELINE ATHLETES, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO ADVERSELY AFFECT THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE IN-SEASON RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM. IN FACT, STRENGTH TRAINING DURING THE REHABILITATION PHASE IS CRITICAL. INJURED ATHLETES WHO EFFICIENTLY USE TIME SPENT AWAY FROM TEAM PRACTICE AND COMPETITION, AND CONTINUE TO PREPARE FOR GAME DAY, WILL HAVE A MORE EFFECTIVE RETURN TO THE PLAYING FIELD.

Department of Athletics/Physical Education, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Clifford S. Dooman is the director of Olympic Sports Performance and assistant professor of Physical Education, United States Naval Academy.

Dee Jones is the associate head athletic trainer at the United States Naval Academy.

© 2009 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association