OATA Cavs Night

OATA Cavs Night

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The Ohio Athletic Training Association (OATA) offers presentations throughout Ohio for athletic trainers and other health professionals. These presentations are given by anyone from surgeons to athletic trainers to physical therapists. On Sunday, March 11, a presentation was held at Quicken Loans Arena right before the Cavs game. The Athletic Training Club at Mount Union encourages members to attend these presentations as it exposes us to the real world and allows us to network with professionals.

Five of us attended the two presentations on Sunday. The first one, which was very interesting, was about barefoot running. Barefoot running is healthy because it allows your legs to get stronger while catching your body weight. Running barefoot puts 50%-70% of all your body weight on your feet, while running with shoes on, puts 150%-200% of your body weight on your feet. You let the cushioning of the shoe take the blow, which really just sends a big shock throughout your leg, adding unneeded stress to your body. If you’re going to do this, train into it slowly as it takes months to fully adapt. The other presentation focused on how young athletes are more likely to have a bone chip rather than an ankle sprain.

After the presentations, we attended the basketball game. They won, surprisingly. Overall, I thought this was a great experience, and it only cost $10. We got discounts from OATA and from the Athletic Training Club at Mount Union. Hands down, this was easily the best $10 I have ever spent.

Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders

Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders

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Once you’re in college, most people would agree you are too old to trick-or-treat. I disapprove that thought, but none of my friends want to go trick-or-treating anymore so what did I do instead? I helped hand out candy to kids with the wrestling team and the rest of the athletic teams on campus in the Peterson Field House during Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders.

This was the first year this event was held and I’d say it was a success. All of the sports team were dressed in their jerseys, game wear and even singlets, and each team had their own station. The kids couldn’t simply just say trick-or-treat for candy, they had to earn it.

The children could kick a soccer ball, shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, bump a volleyball, swing at a golf ball or complete an obstacle course to get their piece of candy. Every kid there was enthusiastic and stubborn toward getting their candy, nothing was going to stop them! For wrestling, we had an obstacle course where kids had to scoot, hop, run with weights as big as them, army crawl and then hit a giant muscle beast as hard as they can. All of this effort was for a piece of candy.

For a college student, all the work doesn’t sound worth it, but for the kids it is. That was the point of this event, to make kids happy by getting candy from their athletic role models. It really did make me laugh seeing kids in their costumes struggling to hold and run with a weight and getting to hit someone with a ball. It was also interesting seeing my professors and other coaches with their kids. It was a reality check that professors aren’t just professors, they are parents that love to dress their kids in embarrassing costumes and watch them eat candy.

If this event is held again, I am definitely going to do it. I might even dress up to scare the kids just a little. If you’re an athlete and you didn’t help out this year, I recommend doing it next year. It’s nice to get away from all the studying and interact with kids once in awhile.

Cavs get #1!!!

Cavs get #1!!!

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Cleveland sport teams have been on a roll recently. Joining the recent phenomenal form of the Indians (coined the “WINdians”) comes news from the 2011 N.B.A. draft lottery for draft picks which will occur next month.

Just one year after Lebron James decided to take his talents to South Beach, the Cleveland Cavaliers have landed two of the top five picks from this year’s lottery which now positions them perfectly to grab some of the hot talent we’ve all been watching from this year’s March Madness.

The last time Cleveland had the #1 overall pick, they choose standout Lebron James. Now, seven years later they have a chance to grab another chance to grab another player who, although not the physical presence of Lebron, brings his own tactical and special talents to the table; Kyrie Iriving.

We still have to wait for the actual draft to be able to see what happens, but I know that a lot of Mount Union students (who happen to be some extremely dedicated Ohio sport fans) we’re really excited to hear the news. Let’s go Cavs!