Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Monday, 17 June 2019 22:31

Mark O'Neal

Mark O’Neal, an Arkansas graduate and longtime member of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals organizations, has been hired as Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Basketball. O’Neal replaces Dave England, who served in a similar position for the past 36 years with the Razorbacks and has recently moved into the University’s athletic administration as director of sports medicine.

O’Neal is a highly respected member of the athletic training profession and has been a champion for workforce inclusion that has made an impact on a national level.

O’Neal, who served as director of medical operations for the Chicago Cubs since October 2012, received a departmental alumni award from the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas in April 2018 for his career work, representing athletic training in baseball at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. O’Neal is a three-time president of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) – serving in that role since 2013 – and was chair of Major League Baseball’s Medical Advisory Board.

While president of PBATS, O’Neal reinvigorated tobacco education in baseball and established ProTep, the Professional Tobacco Education Program. In addition, he solidified the Ability Transcends Challenges (ATC). The ATC program was designed to educate the American public about disability inclusion in sports and in the workplace. O’Neal’s work on the ATC program has led to millions of Americans being made aware of the issue of disability inclusion. He has also forged partnerships with the National Down Syndrome Society and the Ruderman Family Foundation; two of the largest disability advocacy groups in the world. He also spearheaded an effort through PBATS to build one of the largest scholarship annuities in NATA history from a single organization. In addition, O’Neal worked with MLB and USA Baseball on instructions and injury prevention programs for young people.

In 2008, O’Neal joined Cubs’ assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur in being named the 2008 Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year, and, in 2007, O’Neal was elected Secretary of the PBATS Executive Board.

Prior to his time in Chicago, O’Neal spent 15 seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization. His first appointment with the Cardinals major league staff came in 1998 as the medical and rehabilitation coordinator before being promoted to assistant athletic trainer in 2003.

En route to the major leagues, Mark made stops in the Cardinals’ farm system at Savannah (A), Arkansas (AA) and Louisville (AAA).

He was a keynote speaker on the Kinetic Chain Assessment at the 2003 NATA National Convention and a speaker at the Annual Medical and Legal Controversies in Sports Conference at Northwestern University.

O’Neal received his degree in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 1989. He worked with the Razorbacks’ football and basketball teams under England’s guidance during his time in school. He is a certified and licensed member of the Arkansas, Arizona and Illinois National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and is Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) as well as having other sports performance related certifications.

O’Neal and his wife, Stefanie, have three children – Conner, Cade and Kyle.

Monday, 17 June 2019 16:00

Hot Yoga

The latest installment of our Friday workouts was hot yoga. This was a first for the majority of our players and they were definitely pushed out of their comfort zones.  

In addition to our more regular strength training, flexibility is vital for maximizing athletic performance and injury prevention. Therefore, yoga is a natural complement to the weight room that athletes also enjoy.

In the summer we put a huge focus on investing in ourselves to prepare for the upcoming season. This workout was just another segment in our larger emphasis on creating a team full of elite athletes.

Our message this week was focus. We want our players to learn to focus on what task is in front of them and block out everything else.  

Stay tuned to see what’s up next week.

Monday, 17 June 2019 15:51

A letter from Mark O'Neal

I am very excited to bring my family and career back to my alma mater, The University of Arkansas after spending the last 29 years in Major League Baseball with the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. My family is elated to be able to return back to Fayetteville and build on our deep passion and roots with the Arkansas Razorbacks. I am eager to learn and excited to share my professional experience with the incredible sports medicine team at the University of Arkansas. I am very excited about getting to work with Coach Musselman and his staff. Go Hogs!

Friday, 14 June 2019 20:46

Basketball Camp

Friday, 14 June 2019 20:41

Isaiah Joe

Friday, 14 June 2019 20:38

Boxing

Monday, 10 June 2019 19:44

Boxing

During the Summer we are always looking for different ways to get our guys a different type of workout. Conditioning is so important in basketball, but it can be really challenging to stay motivated when you are doing the same workouts or conditioning programs.

This past week we took our guys to a boxing class where they got the opportunity to work on their quickness and footwork in a high intensity atmosphere. They LOVED it. Not only was it a workout for them, but it was a way for our team to spend time together outside of the basketball court. 

Our message to the team for Boxing was to bring a lot of Energy, Effort, and Enthusiasm, things we know are important on the floor. 

Saturday, 08 June 2019 17:26

First Class Facilities

BUD WALTON ARENA 

Arkansas begins its 26th season in Bud Walton Arena – The Basketball Palace of Mid-America in 2019-20

When Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in August of 1990, then Razorback Men’s Athletic Director Frank Broyles knew the athletic facilities had to be upgraded to contend in America’s most nationally competitive league.

His attention turned immediately to basketball. The men’s basketball team had been very successful,

coming off a Final Four trip earlier that year, but they, along with the women’s team, played in 9,000-seat Barnhill Arena.

One day, Bud Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, visited Broyles and

asked him what Arkansas needed most to be competitive in the SEC.

Broyles mentioned the need for additional basketball seats and was asked by Walton what a new arena would cost. The figure $30 million was discussed and Walton offered to pay half. From that visit, fabulous Bud Walton Arena was born.

Ground breaking to grand opening was accomplished in a remarkable 18 months. The Razorbacks played in Bud Walton for the first time in November of 1993.

Everything went perfectly during the first full year.

Not only did Arkansas men’s team sell out the arena, the Razorbacks were unbeaten in their new home (16-0) and won the 1994 national championship.

BASKETBALL PERFORMANCE CENTER 

The 66,000 square-foot Basketball Performance Center opened in the fall of 2015 and is the new home of the Razorback men’s and women’s basketball programs. 

The facility includes two full-court gymnasiums, locker rooms, a weight room, an athletic training room, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, a student-athlete lounge, study areas and an equipment room.

The largest components of the facility are two identical practice gyms, which are approximately 12,280 square feet each.

Each gym has six wall mounted goals and two portable goals that are identical to the goals used in Bud Walton Arena.

A state-of-the-art video coaching system is available in each gym with a large format video display for the team’s use in reviewing video footage recorded during practice through the remotely operated cameras mounted on the ceiling.

The Performance Center’s training room is approximately 1,720 square feet and contains a large treadmill treatment pool, cold plunge pool, hot plunge pool and a dual extremity pool.

The weight room is 4,030 square feet with a dedicated plyometric training area, private massage rooms and strength coach offices.

Click here to view the Facilities Video

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 16:04

First week of practice

The Razorbacks are hitting the ground running with their first week of practice of the 2019 summer session. With the coaching staff set, we are looking forward to getting our first chance to see the team together.

 

This opportunity will begin to set the tone and build the habits that we need to implement our culture. We are looking towards establishing our philosophy and creating an environment of enthusiasm.

 

Additionally, this time is vital for us to begin to build our system and connect on the floor with our players.  The bonds we can forge these eight weeks will carry us into next season. The summer session also allows our incoming guys to get better acclimated to Fayetteville and campus.  

 

We look forward to setting the foundation that will produce results for the upcoming season and excite our awesome fans. Go Hogs!

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 22:02

2019-2020 SEC Opponents Announced

Arkansas will host Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt. 

We will return games to Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Texas A&M.

Also we will play games on the road at Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

 

The SEC is proving to be one of the best Basketball Conferences in the country. This past season the SEC had 7 teams selected to the NCAA tournament. 

The times, dates, and television information will be released at a later date!

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