NCAA Division II Summer Strength and Conditioning Workouts

NCAA Division II Summer Strength and Conditioning Workouts

Proposal No. 2014-13 (No.2-20): Football Summer Workouts

 
Strength and conditioning sessions have become an integral part of athletic preparation. An appropriately structured strength and conditioning program can serve to prevent injury, complement skill, and enhance an athlete’s overall performance.
 
NCAA Proposal No. 2-20 (outlined below) passed with a vote of 108-60 during the January 2014 NCAA meeting. This proposal allows NCAA Division II institutions to conduct on campus summer conditioning workouts for football beginning June 1, 2014.

 
Proposal No. 2014-13 (No. 2-20): Football Summer Workouts

 
In football, specifies that beginning June 1 through the conclusion of an institution’s summer vacation period, strength and conditioning personnel may design and conduct workout programs for student-athletes, as specified.
 
The proposal would require the strength and conditioning coach conducting such workouts to:
 

  • Perform strength and conditioning duties for at least one other intercollegiate team at the institution during the academic year.
  •  Be certified through a national strength and conditioning program.
  •  Maintain a current certification in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) use.

 
The NATA College & University Athletic Trainers’ Committee has available the following resources to assist the NCAA Division 2 athletic trainers as they address institutionally Proposal No. 2-20: Football Summer Workouts.

NCAA Division II Summer Football Workout Checklist. The NATA’s College and University Athletic Trainers’ Committee has developed this checklist for the NCAA Division II athletic trainer to utilize for planning and preparation prior to the implementation of these conditioning sessions. This document can be accessed at: www.nata.org/sites/default/files/NCAAII-Summer-Workout-Checksheet.pdf
 
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) Recommendations and Guidelines for Appropriate Medical Coverage of Intercollegiate Athletics (AMCIA) offers college and university health care providers a system by which they can evaluate their current level of coverage for student-athletes. These recommendations have been created for the safety of student-athletes competing at the collegiate level. With the implementation of summer strength and conditioning activities, adjustments should be made to the percent of the year the team is present. This document can be accessed at: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/AMCIARecsandGuides.pdf

All athletic training and strength & conditioning personnel should note the following recommendations and guidelines as described in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport that was released in February 2012. The document provides valuable best-practice information regarding the prevention, treatment and emergency care of the common injuries or conditions that result in sudden death to student athletes. This document can be accessed at:
www.nata.org/sites/default/files/Preventing-Sudden-Death-Position-Statement_2.pdf
 
 
To assist with educating athletic personnel such as coaches and strength & conditioning personnel, education modules have been developed to address student-athlete health and safety concerns. These modules include but are not limited to:  
Asthma in Athletes, Concussion in Intercollegiate Athletics, Diabetes Mellitus, Emergency Action Planning, Environmental Considerations, Exertional Heat Illness and Intercollegiate Athletics, Sickle Cell Trait and Intercollegiate Athletics, Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Intercollegiate Athletics
These and other educational modules can be accessed at www.nata.org/access-read/member/10-10-presentations
 
The NATA College & University Athletic Trainers Committee hopes that you find this document and the supporting resources useful and beneficial to your practice setting.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact your District CUATC representative. Your feedback is most appreciated.
(This document was created by Bob Casmus ATC, April Reed ATC, Allen Shelley ATC)
 
References
 
1.  Casa DJ, Guskiewicz KM, Anderson SA, et al. National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: preventing sudden death in sport. J Athl Train. 2012;47(1):96–118. http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/Preventing-Sudden-Death-Position-Statement_2.pdf.
2.  National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Recommendations and Guidelines for Appropriate Medical Coverage of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/AMCIARecsandGuides.pdf. Accessed February 13, 2014.

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