THE PRIMARY GOALS OF ANY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM ARE TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR INJURY. IN ADDITION, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE REHABILITATION PROCESS WHEN AN ATHLETE IS RECOVERING FROM AN INJURY. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH AND THE ATHLETIC TRAINER MUST WORK TOGETHER TO DEVELOP THE BEST POSSIBLE PLAN TO GET THE ATHLETE BACK INTO COMPETITION AS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COLUMN IS TO HEAR HOW OUR PANEL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES WORKS WITH ATHLETIC TRAINERS AT THEIR SCHOOLS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL.
1Athletic Department University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, Texas; 2Athletic Department University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming; and 3Athletic Department Humboldt State University, Arcata, California