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Fresh Start

January 20, 2013

Ideas for a fresh start.

Ideas for a fresh start.

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

            Christmas cookies, honey-maple glazed spiral ham, sweet potatoes and chocolate covered pretzels have left me yearning to be home once more for Christmas time.  Although starting a new semester can be rough -especially with thoughts and tastes of home still permeating every sulcus and gyri of your brain- it can also be very rejuvenating. 

A new semester is a time to start new habits and break old ones. A new schedule, new teachers, classes and peers can make breaking old habits easier.  Near the end of last semester poor time management and lack of personal time became the norm.   I had stressed myself out so much that I was, for lack of better words, burned out.  This New Year and semester allowed me to have a fresh start.  Take advantage of these changes. Choose to see them as opportunities rather than challenges.  Look at what bothered you, made you struggle, or set you back last year and come up with your own personal game plan to fight or nullify those previous obstacles.  You might be feeling overwhelmed and crunched for already, but by taking a bit of self-evaluation time now, you will save yourself days of time later.

Stay hydrated and get rejuvinated.

 

Tags: Busy , Friends , Time management , Wellness , Workout

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Music and school life

February 25, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Over the next few weeks, I will be listening to Grimes’ new album entitled “Visions”. The album just came out the past week, and I am very impressed after a couple listens. Grimes is the stage name of Montreal based Claire Boucher, and she describes the latest album as “post-internet”. Whatever this means to you, her music is heavily influenced from electronic sounds she has heard growing up. There are layers, loops, and catchy rhythms with human-emotion based lyrics. I still have a lot to listen for, but so far this album is great!

In the Wilmington College Athletic Training world, the new week brings another rotation switch for the sophomores and juniors in the program. Next month, I will be with the Baseball team. I have never worked with baseball, so it should be a good experience! The week after next will be spring break, and I couldn’t be more excited. I never understood what a break really meant until this year, but I will fully embrace nine days without class. My schedule is very difficult this semester, with 14 credit hours of athletic training classes, but I guess I can’t expect it to get any easier in the future. I hope I can adjust soon!
 

Tags: , AT , ATC , Athletic Training , Break , Busy , college , Music , Time management , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Upcoming weeks

February 07, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

Today, I have my first big exam for my rehab class. I’ve been preparing for it basically since the first day of class and I’m nervous! It starts in about an hour from now, but I need a break from studying. Hopefully it’s not as hard as I’m thinking it will be!

I am thinking the end of this week will be a little more relaxing. Over the past week, the Wilmington College Table Tennis club has received a few exciting shipments. We now have court dividers, scoreboards, new rackets and balls, and a new table (that still needs to be put together). On March 3, a few of us will be traveling to Columbus for the Arnold Table Tennis Tournament, which is held at the Columbus Convention Center. We went to a tournament last semester and it was a lot of fun, and this tournament is part of a much larger fitness expo, so some of the areas best athletes will be there. Hopefully I find some time soon to work on my table tennis game! Athletic Training keeps me very busy, but that’s what I am here for.
 

Tags: Athletes , Athletic Training , Busy , Fitness , Table Tennis

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Busy times

January 30, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller 

 

So far, this semester is by far my hardest and I’m starting to feel the effects of it. I’m getting tired and worn down, but I can also feel myself acquiring a vast amount of knowledge. Yesterday was the first time in my life when I did homework from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, only breaking for meals (this is not a common occurrence and it was partially preventable, so no worries). In my athletic training classes, we are learning how to do ankle evaluations, the basis of theory of rehabilitation, and different muscles of the body. Today is also the first day of my new clinical rotation, softball. They either practice at 5 in the morning inside or in the afternoon outside. Today they will be outside, so I got a little extra sleep! However, I am looking forward to what this rotation has to offer, since I have never worked with the softball team. This week should also be a nice slow down after last week(end), but I do have that research project to start… In other news, I’m looking forward to some new music in February. The two biggest releases I’m looking forward to are Grimes – Visions and Of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks. I will share my opinion as soon as its available!

Tags: Athletic Training , Busy , Music

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Back on the Grind

January 11, 2012

An interesting photo of me from winter break

An interesting photo of me from winter break

Contributed by Brad Fuller

After being away from class for about a month, it feels good to be back, but I am feeling the stress of being an athletic training student now. This semester is my toughest one yet, in which I have 14 credit hours of athletic training courses, plus a philosophy class and an honors seminar for a full schedule of 18 credit hours. While I will be very busy in the upcoming months, I’m looking forward to gaining an immense amount of knowledge this semester, which will help me in my future career as a physical therapist. I know that all of the study time will pay off. This month in my clinical rotation, I am with the men’s basketball team, which I am really looking forward to! One major way basketball is better than indoor track is that it is all indoors! Sounds confusing, but the indoor track team runs outside and we cover their practices.

 

This semester, my blogs will again focus on Athletic Training, Residence Life, and Campus life in general. However, I may have the occasional blog about some new music that I am into. I can’t wait for the 2012 releases to start rolling out! Best regards to you this month, wherever life may lead you.

Tags: ATC , Athletic Training , athletics , Busy , Friends , Schedule , scholarship , students , Study , Wellness , winter

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Friday night lights

October 24, 2011

A scene from a game

A scene from a game

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

The end of the high school football season is coming to and end, and this Friday will be the last game of the year that I am covering for Blanchester High School for my Friday night football rotation. I can’t believe that the season has gone so quickly! This has been by far the most fun rotation I have had in my time in the Wilmington College athletic Training program, and I will definitely miss working with the team on Friday nights. The team was playoff hopeful for most of the season, however they suffered a couple of tough losses that may have cost them a postseason appearance. All in all, they are a solid football team that is fun to watch.

Partially unrelated to Athletic Training, this week may be my busiest of my college career. I made a mistake of scheduling three hall activities in one week (I am a resident assistant for a hallway of freshmen) and am on duty three nights this week (where the RAs are in the lobby to make sure the building is secure and everything is in order). This week, I feel like the “typical college student”, as I am looking forward to the weekend on Monday!

Tags: Athletic Training , athletics , Busy , Wilmington College

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Any interesting injury stories that can be shared from the season without violating HIPAA?
EW 10:25AM 10/31/11

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