During this pandemic, life as we know it has changed. CHSAA canceled spring sports and all school-sanctioned events have been canceled. Students’ lives have been changed drastically and many are quite disappointed that their seasons or last season for seniors have been cut short. Despite the hardship, many of them are choosing to train and exercise from home to stay positive and hopeful.
Head baseball coach and math teacher, Coach Tyler Munro, offered some advice. He sent this message out to the baseball athletes in hopes of giving them insight to the situation.
“I did hear someone talk about the cancelling of March Madness and for the NCAA players that had their seasons cut short, who said ‘that if this is the worst moment of those players’ lives, then they’ve lived an extremely fortunate life.’ Don’t think I can express that any better. If by not playing this season, if that’s the worst thing that happens to our seniors, then they’ve indeed had an extremely fortunate life,” says Coach Munro.
This piece of advice puts this hardship of not being able to compete into perspective. Coach Munro also references his family and their commitment to the military in the world wars and the Vietnam War.
“The sacrifices that they and many others had to make during those times are far greater than anything that I’m having to deal with at this moment,” says Coach Munro.
Student athletes have found the positive and have been able to engage in training and exercise. College-bound athletes specifically have focused on training to keep in shape for their upcoming seasons.
“Find a way to ‘press on.’ There are many difficulties that are facing all of us. Most important thing athletes should be doing is taking care of themselves and those around them,” says Head Football Coach and PE teacher, Tyler Knoblock.
Another important piece of advice for all students is to practice social distancing to protect themselves and others.
“Athletes should be following social distancing so upcoming seasons are not also in jeopardy,” says Coach Knoblock.
Students athletes’ social media platforms have displayed their training and exercising techniques in this time. Many athletes have gotten creative to work on their skills. For example, there’s been a trend of football players pushing trucks and cars to work on their strength.
“Some athletes have equipment available for training and others don’t, but you can’t have excuses when you know that your opponents are out there working. Self-discipline is key in this time as there are no team workouts to help motivate the athletes,” says Coach Knoblock.
Coach Knoblock references the importance of staying active and focusing on joint mobility and flexibility to help prevent injuries and enhance overall performance. He explains that these skills can be a good source of training in this time, when other methods of training can be difficult to attain.
“For athletes it is especially important to stay active because it helps maintain some sense of normalcy for people that thrive on these types of activities and are used to being highly active in their day-to-day activities,” says Coach Knoblock.
Creating a schedule has helped many people in this time of uncertainty.
“All in all, this extra time off is a tremendous opportunity for ALL student-athletes to be in the ‘best shapes of their lives.’ With the amount of free time and chances to get outside, there aren’t a lot of excuses for athletes not to workout,” says Coach Munro.
“It’s important for all of us, not just athletes, to continue to get exercise to take care of our mental health and our heart, lungs and muscles,” says Coach Knoblock.
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