It can be quite alarming to hear the statistics with obesity in the United States, but Michigan is one state to be especially worried about. From the year 1990 to 2014, the obesity rate in Michigan jumped from 13 percent of overweight people to an alarming 32.6 percent. What is most concerning about this last number is that the age group of 10 to 17 years old occupies almost half of this number. This number is 14.8 percent, which happens to almost the same number of obese people of all ages in Hawaii. This is something to notice and not ignore.
Katie Feirer never played a sport before transferring to Michigan State University, now she’s a regular. She plays tennis, ping pong, basketball, and hockey weekly. “I played tennis my first summer here, and I met peter. He was always interested in starting up this club so this was his first year to kind of get it going,” she says. The club she is talking about is MSU’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Club.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association awarded $1,800 to Haslett High School for the broadcast program. DSBA is a nonprofit organization, which promotes sporting activities and educational broadcasting programs around metro Detroit. The nonprofit generates funding from its annual summer golf outing to provide applicants with grants. Nearly 20 years ago, the organization shifted its focus to education and began promoting broadcast curriculums in Southeast Michigan up to East Lansing, said Marketing Director Bill Harrington. Harrington is on the DSBA executive board and said he looks at the grant applications to decide how the funds will be distributed.
One of the harshest Michigan winters on record is causing games to be canceled and forcing practices indoors as Holt High’s spring sport season begins. The Rams’ coaches and athletes can do nothing but wait for field conditions to improve. “We’re just being patient, waiting for the snow to melt,” said Holt Athletic Director Rick Schmidt. “All other schools in the area are going through the same difficulties.”
With Holt’s spring break scheduled for April 7-11, most teams should be preparing to play their first game this week. Instead, swamped fields and inclement weather have already forced cancellations.
Every so often, there are student-athletes who come through a program and although not expected to make an impact, become key pieces to a team’s success. Kyler Elsworth is that type of player for the Michigan State Spartans football team. Elsworth, now in his senior season, has made crucial plays during his tenure here on both defense and special teams. He has key sacks, tackles for loss, and punt blocks that big time players make. But it has to be mentioned; Elsworth was once a walk-on. Elsworth, who was featured in last weeks media guide, walked on to the team in the summer of 2009. “Everyone asks why I chose football over wrestling,” said Elsworth, who was a high school All-American wrestler, sporting several D1 scholarship offers to wrestle including one to Michigan State.
By Lilli Khatibi
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
Donald Behm never knew he was destined for success in athletics. In fact, he never even wanted to join the sport that would change the course of his life. “I wanted to be a gymnast, but somehow that didn’t work out,” said Behm. “My brother was a wrestler so I just walked in there one day and it just kind of fit, just felt really good. So I did it and I had immediate success.”
Behm was in the ninth grade when he started wrestling.
Over the past decade, there has been an effort to make sports safer. Yet, whether it be non-contact sports or new helmets, there is still going to be a risk of concussion. “Concussions are a serious matter,” said Haslett High School Athletic Director Darin Ferguson. “If we do not protect our athletes then we are not doing a good enough job.”
Ferguson presented the board with information about the new Michigan State Law that will affect all schools and coaches (Michigan Law Public Acts 342 and 343) which has been in effect since June 30 2013. “Haslett already has a concussion protocol,” said Ferguson.
By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Writer
Injuries are nothing new in the sports world. Athletes are no strangers to sprains, strains, contusions, concussions and broken bones. In recent years, injuries amongst female athletes have been going up, especially lower leg injuries. The three most dangerous sports when it comes to these lower leg injuries are soccer, volleyball and basketball. Examples of lower leg injuries are ankle sprains and strains, hip problems, foot problems, shin splints, pulled muscles, and the knee.
By David Topham
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
INGHAM COUNTY—There isn’t anything quite like the brain. It is the most complex and vital organ in the human body. That is why protecting it has become a main priority of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in the past two years. Starting in 2010, the MHSAA launched a five-step protocol all high schools must follow during a contest in which an athlete is believed to have sustained a concussion. The protocol forces any athlete at risk of a concussion to come out of the game and be evaluated.