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.