November Club Sport of the Month

Congratulations to the Women’s Club Soccer team for being recognized as CRI’s Club Sport of the month for the month of November! I had the opportunity to ask the club president, Madeline Bunn, some questions about the team.

1. What is a tradition your team has?

We don’t really have any long-standing traditions. Since I’ve been on the team we have started two new traditions, which are team pasta dinners and always saying GATA before our games.

2. What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

The best part about playing on the GSU Women’s Club Soccer team is being able to continue to play the game I love and creating new friendships with the girls I play with.

3. How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

Practices are twice a week for about two hours each day. We typically spend the first part of practice working on technical and tactical work – small touches on the ball, passing, shooting, etc. Then the second part of practice we spend scrimmaging or playing small-sided games with a little bit of conditioning spread throughout.

4. How often to you have games?

The fall is our main season where we play 6 inter-region games and one or two out-of-state tournaments, all of which count towards qualifying for the Regional’s tournament, which is towards the end of October. Spring is more of a “we play as many games as we can schedule” kind of season with another tournament or two thrown in. But the games don’t really matter.

5. What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

Traveling is one of the best parts about being on the team because you get to know your teammates better and bond with them, which is beneficial both on and off the field. Playing other schools is also fun because you may run into people you know, and you get to see how other schools are coached and how they play.

6. What is your best memory about Club Sports?

My best memory about playing on the club team was the day I found out we made it to Regional’s. I immediately told all the girls and pretty much everyone I knew. To see the excitement on all my teammates faces was so rewarding. I was especially excited to have this happen for our seniors who had played on the team for three straight years without winning more than one game in a single season. The whole experience made our hard work and dedication in practices and games worth it.

7. When did you start participating in Women’s Club Soccer?

I started participating my spring semester of my freshman year.

8. What if someone is interested in playing soccer? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

Every year we have tryouts the second week of school for three days, usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tryouts are open to anyone, and we typically take around 22-25 players. We also have tryouts in the spring, but they are more informal because we tend keep the same team as the fall, and look to just add/replace players that may have left. If anyone is interested they can look up contact information on our club page on OrgSync, or contact me directly either through email – mb04945@georgiasouthern.edu, or phone – 404-838-7966.

9. When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

I am not really sure. My best guess would be in 1989. After that there were a couple years where there wasn’t a team, but I’m not sure when it was started back up again.

10. Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

This past season we made it to Regional’s, which is a big honor because that was the first time the team had done that in at least 10 years.

Fit Sleep into your Schedule!

At the beginning of the month, Jennifer Brown, CRI’s Coordinator of Injury Prevention and Care and Athletic Trainer, came to the Group Fitness monthly meeting to speak with the staff about over exercising and taking care of ourselves.

As I expected, she spoke with us about exercise, stretching and having a well balanced diet. What I wasn’t necessarily expecting was when she began to stress how important it is for us to get enough sleep.

I know we’ve all seen the popular, triangular diagram online, joking that college students can only pick two choices out of studying, sleeping and a social life. But I disagree. I think it’s more about time management and putting your health before anything else.

Now, I know we’re all in college and we’re all busy and sometimes something just has to give when time isn’t on our side. But think twice before you decide to pull that all-nighter studying or staying out extra late for an after party. Jen was adamant about all of us on the group fitness staff getting AT LEAST six hours of sleep. But the six to eight hours of sleep rule doesn’t apply to just some people, it applies to everyone, so that means YOU!

I began to do a little more research on how lack of sleep can greatly affect all aspects of your life. And I’ve honestly found that six hours doesn’t even seem to be enough. Most sources are insistent on at least eight hours a night.

The University of Michigan has an awesome website dedicated this topic.
Check it out here!

Some of the main points they touch on are how the amount of sleep you get directly affects you performance in school as well as your diet. They included two links to a 60 Minutes video segment on sleep studies. They’re a little lengthy, but I’ve posted them below incase you’re interested! I definitely learned a lot from watching these segments and recommend them if you have the time.

Part 1

Part 2

Please take into account the negative things you’re doing to your body when you decide to deprive it of the sleep that it needs. I know sometimes we feel like there are more important things to do, but you’ll be able to complete them more successfully and effectively if you give your mind and body the chance to recharge. Take this Thanksgiving break to relax and catch up on the rest your body is begging you for!

Sweet dreams!

Amanda

What’s the deal with these toe shoes?

Everyone has seen the shoes that kind of look like tennis shoes, but then kind of look like toe socks at the same time. What are these about and what’s the purpose behind them?

Vibram FiveFingers are designed for minimalism and barefoot running. I’ve done some research on these particular shoes to find out what benefits result from making the switch from a traditional tennis shoe to minimalist footwear. The majority of the information I found comes from the Vibram FiveFingers website. I had to pick and pull information in order to keep this post an appropriate length. However, if you’re interested in beginning minimalist running or a minimalist lifestyle, I highly recommend you dig deeper into the topic!

The following information has been pulled directly from the Vibram FiveFingers website:
5 Reasons to Wear Vibrams

Although the reasons listed above sound amazing for you and your feet, the most important thing to know and remember about minimalist footwear and barefoot running is that you MUST be patient. Take your time when making the transition from you traditional shoe to Vibram FiveFingers and get all of your questions answered to ensure your safety.

Avoiding the appropriate steps that should be taken when making the transition can result in serious injuries. Make sure you understand the switch you are making and that you’re committed to doing it in a safe and healthy way.

One of the first steps to take when considering barefoot training is to take a good look at your feet and begin to learn more about them. Did you know your feet have 52 bones, 66 joints, 40 muscles and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments?

I had no idea! It makes sense that we should pay more attention to our feet than we typically do and give them the attention and care they disserve. After all, our movements start with our feet.

Since our feet are so used to being “trapped” in our shoes on a daily basis, it’s important to take the time each day to wake-up all those parts and pieces in your feet to help build and strengthen your muscles.

Vibram FiveFingers recommends to start with the sensory foot exercises located HERE, on their website. I’ve been doing this the past couple of weeks! It’s weird at first, because we don’t typically have this close of a relationship with our feet, but give it a solid try!

Once you’ve rejuvenated those bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, you can start strengthening those feet! The strengthening exercises provided through Vibram FiveFingers’ Foot Fitness will help your feet become stronger, more flexible and controlled in their movements. You can find the Foot Fitness exercises HERE!

If you’re interested in barefoot running, keep in mind that you essentially have to start over. Your feet need to relearn how to run in a new way. Typically, because of the raised, cushioned heel on tennis shoes, we run with a heel-to-toe strike. With barefoot running, you land on the forefront (or the ball) of your foot. Therefore, your feet need to relearn how to run! If you jump into barefoot running too quickly, you could very well give yourself some awful injuries. Here is a barefoot running plan from Vibram à Running Plan!

Making the switch to minimalist footwear and is a personal choice and requires research and dedication.  Kat Vonier, a senior General Studies major with emphasis in nutrition health and sociology, has been wearing her Vibram Five Fingers for 3 years. I asked her a couple of questions about her personal experience with the barefoot lifestyle.

Kat told me she first started wearing Vibrams when she wanted to get back into running. Since you have to start from zero when transitioning to barefoot running, it seemed like a good time to try it out.

“The first couple of weeks of break in time I noticed soreness in my calf muscles. I definitely had some of the same discomfort and blisters that any runner breaking in new shoes has at first. After a couple of months running I have not experienced any of those issues.”

Kat says that since wearing her Vibrams, her feet have become more flexible and she hasn’t rolled an ankle or had any sprains due to the increased stability of her joint.

Just as the Vibram Five Finger websites advises, Kat suggests trying on many different sizes and styles to find out what’s right for you.  Also, take the time to learn how to properly break in your new shoes and be patient with your feet as they learn how to run with a new stride.

Best of luck!
Amanda