Article By Woosuk Kim
Amidst the celebratory yet anxious transition between the first and second season, ISM has already seen multiple cases of injuries. Bamboo Telegraph looked into these common occurrences and interviewed what some athletes thought were reliable methods of injury prevention.
One Sophomore varsity soccer player who was one of multiple who struggled with injury issues throughout the first leg of the first season notes “my injury was in the lower part of the right side of my back. My injury was an accumulative injury that resulted from a small injury and through continuous play and use it became a large injury.” He noticed effects on his performance on the pitch as he “was not able to run as fast, bend, twist, or lift” because he would experience pain. “As a result, it greatly restricted my mobility on the field.” However, during the recovery period, he says, “The way I stayed fit was by constantly doing my rehab for my back, and by doing low impact cardio which was swimming.” This commitment clearly paid off as he was able to snag a spot on the IASAS soccer squad at the end of the season.
From first-hand experience, he advises athletes that “a working method of preventing injuries is to be aware of how your body is feeling and don’t be afraid to seek help because in the long term, you could be preventing something major.”
Another member of the ISM community who had to undergo the horrors of injury was Emily K., a freshman basketball athlete. Emily’s injury occurred to her right leg during second season tryouts, as she accidentally tripped over another player. With a very assertive yet mobile playstyle, Emily noticed that the injury mostly affected her ability to play as aggressively as she used to. “This will affect my performance because playing on the court requires a lot of contact with other players and it’s hard to play vigorously with a previous injury,” she said.
Since incidents such as tripping over other athletes during sports is clearly inevitable, Emily advises that a functional way of steering clear from injury is to always “stretch and warm up before playing.” With a regular routine of stretching, athletes can definitely reduce the risk of unwanted cases of muscle-related pains. Emily’s advice definitely agrees with ones from professionals, as according to Active.com, stretching both before and after the workout helps the muscles and any surrounding tissues to receive enough blood and nutrients.
Hopefully, with these useful tips from experienced athletes, our Bearcats can, as much as possible, avoid injuring themselves. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry!