The Junction Boys syndrome

J Strength Cond Res. 2012 May;26(5):1179-80. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31824f2091.


Strength and conditioning training for football has become year-round in virtually all levels of play, but none so much as contemporary NCAA DI football. Football players spend more off-season months and weeks in preparation for sport than is given to in-season practice, let alone play. A present peculiarity to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision is conditioning and off-season football training is the sole setting for non-traumatic death in its participant players. Training regimens are too often built on tradition versus based on science and place players at-risk.

MeSH terms

  • Death, Sudden / etiology
  • Death, Sudden / prevention & control*
  • Football / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Physical Education and Training / standards*
  • Physical Exertion