Injuries Impact on Athletes

Junior+Hudson+Rodriguez+is+carried+off+the+field+b+the+athletic+trainers+after+sustaining+a+significant+injury+to+his+knee.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Injuries Impact on Athletes

Junior Hudson Rodriguez is carried off the field b the athletic trainers after sustaining a significant injury to his knee.

Junior Hudson Rodriguez is carried off the field b the athletic trainers after sustaining a significant injury to his knee.

Kamryn See

Junior Hudson Rodriguez is carried off the field b the athletic trainers after sustaining a significant injury to his knee.

Kamryn See

Kamryn See

Junior Hudson Rodriguez is carried off the field b the athletic trainers after sustaining a significant injury to his knee.

Michael Williams, Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






180 Views

Athletes all over the world put their bodies on the line every day. Whether they’re playing a game, working out in the gym, or simply just going through the motions at practice, athletes must be very careful about how they take care of themselves every day of their lives.

 

The Bearkats were plagued with injuries throughout the season. Finishing the season with a 5-5 record, after winning two games straight. The Bearkats are already working towards next season.  

 

  “Players first and foremost need to take care of their bodies during the season,” Coach Shane Hallmark said. “As coaches we control practices and we never have full contact drills once the season starts. Unfortunately, in football, you can take all of the precautions in the world and players still get injured. Losing Tyson (Thompson) who was last year’s district MVP was substantial. The leadership and playmaking ability he brings can’t be replaced. Luck and prayer never hurt.”

 

Injuries vary between each player by what position they play and what they were doing that caused an injury. For instance, for a wide receiver, like Thompson, the most common injury spot would be the ankles. However, at an offensive line position like Corban Jimenez, the most common injury spot would be the knees. Training is very important for all athlete’s and how they train and prepare themselves is more valuable as a pose to how much they train. 

 

“Different positions in football do require different training techniques in practice during individual position drills,” Defensive line Coach Belton said. “A quarterback goes through very different drills than a defensive lineman. We focus on getting bigger, stronger and faster each day and focus on resistance training, sprinting, strong man drills and proper form and technique.”

 

The coaches adapted to the different injuries that were inflicted on their players throughout the season. Medical trainers were alongside them trying to get their players back healthy.  

 

“The injuries were handled with knowledge and patience,” Running back Kenzo Viteri said. “Seeing the trainers every day and showing up early for treatment; none of us will sit around and wait for it to heal. We’ll go out and make it heal”

 

Dealing with injuries takes a lot of time and patience in doing so and can also be very stressful. Injuries require other players to step up to the line and perform as well, if not better than the person that got hurt. 

 

“The team has handled all the injuries through perseverance,” Viteri said. “Football is a team sport, not an individual sport. When one player would go down with an injury, the next man has to step up. There are no backups at Klein. We don’t consider anyone a “back up”. We’ve all trained all offseason to be ready to step up at any time no matter what the circumstances are. That’s how we’ve been able to stay together as a team.”   

 

The Bearkats hold their offseason training program immediately after the season ends working on things like energy levels, strength, and recovery process. Not only is training important to an athlete and how they train, but eating healthy and staying in shape year-round play into how each player performs in each game. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is also important. 

 

“Diet is one of the most important things for an athlete to manage,” Belton said. “Food is fuel for your body so you must put the right kind of fuel in your body. A highly trained athlete cannot perform well with a poor diet. Not eating enough or eating the wrong foods and not staying well hydrated directly affects the performance of the athlete. We focus on getting bigger, stronger and faster each day and focus on resistance training, sprinting, strong man drills and proper form and technique. Also attending summer Strength and conditioning camp is vital to our athlete’s success. It is an extension of our offseason program and helps us continue to build strength and come together as a team over the summer.”