By Brody Patmore
Nine hundred eighty-nine million dollars. That is the amount of money the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) made in the fiscal year 2014.
Despite the whopping amount of money the association brings in, NONE of the collegiate athletes themselves get a single penny. Collegiate athletes deserve to be paid.
By Austin Kelly
John is a typical high school football player. He’s muscular, because he works out with the team several times a week. One day during practice, he was missing blocks and was always a step behind his teammates.
John’s teammates use supplements before workouts and he doesn’t.
Now John has a question: “Should I take supplements or not?”
Many student athletes are facing this same question, but they get mixed messages about the risks and benefits of taking a regiment of supplements.
By Claire Krackow
When going Back to School, getting back into the swing of things can be difficult. Here are some tips to help feel better about going Back to School!
1. Mornings are going to be very rough after sleeping in all summer, so start going to bed earlier. This will make you perform to your fullest potential!
2. Make sure you eat breakfast so you have the energy to pay attention during class.
3. Confirm that your homework is done the night before so you don’t have to worry about it early in the morning.
4. Score your school supplies early, beat the rush and avoid traveling to more than one store.
5. Set up a place to study so you can keep up on your classes and maintain good grades.
6. Plan out and reset your daily schedule and map out where you are going ahead of time.
7. Set goals for yourself for this upcoming school year. Make sure to stick with those goals!
8. Make sure you’re keeping active and balancing school and sports well. An unbalanced schedule can really mess with your head, and your grades.
9. Follow @rlshs, @RLFootball, and @TheLeonid to keep updated on school cancellations, football games, and events.
10. Good luck getting back to school and make this school year a great one!
By Ian Adler
Today’s high school athletes are extremely stressed. Whether it is the pressure of making a foul shot to the pressure of turning in their latest project, students may often have a difficult time balancing out sports with academics. One thing is for sure, athletic injuries don’t make it any easier.
“There’s a difference between being hurt, and being injured” said Red Lion’s head football coach, Jesse Shay. “If you’re hurt, you can fight through it. But if you’re injured, you don’t fight through it. You let us (coaching staff) know so we can get you the proper attention you need.”
Concussions and hamstring issues are the most commonly seen injuries to today’s athlete.
“There is so much more education that the coaches and players have, that we’re doing a much better job diagnosing and treating concussions than back when I played” said Shay.
According to Lindsay Barton on momsteam.org, “There are an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions every year.”
Along with Shay and Boys Basketball Coach Mr. Steven Schmehl, Junior Angelica Gonzalez says to “stretch every single day, before and after practice”. Gonzalez also recommends maintaining a balanced diet and “laying off the junk food.”
“You can’t be worried about injuries. I think that when you’re thinking about getting hurt, that’s when it happens the most.” says Schmehl. “I don’t think there’s really anything you can do to prevent getting injured, you just have to be ready to take care of it when (and if) it happens.”
If there is one thing that students can gain from the coach’s advice, it is just to be smart in general while they are both training and playing.
Maintain your fitness by staying healthy in the off-season, stretching before and after every event or practice and keeping your diet in check.
By Adrianna Clinton
These people do not have a clue who I am, yet I have one of the greatest and most intense
relationships with them. I tweet to them on Twitter after tough losses or amazing wins,
feeling heartbroken when they go unanswered. I anticipate games as if they are Christmas
morning. I remember certain plays from five years ago rather than my extended family’s
birthdays. Their jobs have consumed my life.
My interest in athletes could be considered unhealthy by non-sports fans, but the
die hard supporters of any team can relate to my trials and tribulations as a sports fanatic.
Over the course of baseball and college football seasons, I have laughed, cried,
jumped for joy, thrown Tom Brady-esque temper tantrums, and screamed my head off at
officials when they blow a call. When my team messes up, I have the desire to start playing
for them and try to change the scoreboard. Unfortunately, I am forced to watch their
mistakes from my home many miles away.
I have witnessed so many great things in result of my sports obsession. I have
watched Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian of all time when his team
and he took the gold medal in the London Olympics in the 4x100 medley relay. I saw the
Saints win the Super Bowl for their city after 42 losing seasons and Hurricane Katrina.
The UConn vs. Florida State game was on my TV when the UConn girls won their 89th
consecutive game, a record in NCAA basketball history. One of the best moments in my life
was when the Orioles eliminated the Red Sox from playoff contention in the 2011 season.
Sports for me are not always about the athletes making millions of dollars or the
incredible athleticism, or even about my teams’ successes or lack thereof. The inspirational
backstories of where that athlete came from and the adversities faced in their life fuel my
obsession. Even though at the end of the day my over-enthusiastic support will neither help
nor hurt the team I’m supporting, because I can’t imagine life without sports.
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