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Aquatics Center Now and Later

The activities of the Aquatics Center ebb and flow just like the water that it is centered around.

At CRI the Aquatics Center has held many events this past semester and is looking forward to hosting more next semester.

Over the past semester, the events and activities that the Aquatics Center has hosted have done better than ever.

The Dive-In Movie featuring 22 Jump Street saw the largest attendance to date with 350 guests, Battleship had the largest participant record as well with 12 teams.

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Swim the Sunbelt participants are doing a great job this semester. The Georgia Southern football team is playing a great season, which translates to a lot of yardage for swimmers! Even with all of the touchdowns to keep up with, participation is at an all time high!

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Next semester CRI members can look forward to even more aquatic events like the Polar Bear Plunge on January 26, another Dive-In Movie on April 10th, and then the Outdoor Pool Opening on April 13th.dsc_0011 copy

“The water is fun! The staff here is great, the atmosphere is always positive. Water exercise has been proven to be one of the most effective types of exercise out there,” Brad Field, Aquatics Graduate Assistant, said.

Along with events, the Aquatics Center offers numerous classes for members such as group and private swim lessons. In addition, for those interested First Aid, CPR/AED, and lifeguard classes are offered to students. Also, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor classes are taught as advanced courses.

Group Fitness utilizes the Aquatics Center as well for Aqua Zumba and Water Aerobics.

Along with the activities and events, the facility itself is fully equipped for the benefit of members.

Indoors there is the 385,000 gallon competition pool with 1 and 3 meter diving boards in the diving well of the pool, and two 5,000 gallon whirlpools. There is also a dry sauna, two large scale locker rooms and a family locker room. Outdoors, there is a 60,000 gallon pool with a vortex.

Swimmers can also use the full set of water weights, kick boards, and floating belts.

The wet classroom is also equipped with full digital and AV capability.

“Whether someone is just lounging in the sauna or whirlpool, or swimming laps, I have never heard of someone who didn’t enjoy their experience in our facility,” Field said.

The Aquatics Center indoor pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and for more information about hours or events being hosted, visit http://recreation.georgiasouthern.edu/aquatics/aquatic-center/indoor-pool/.

Athletic Training in CRI

CRI offers numerous opportunities to its patrons to better their health and fitness needs and goals.

Located in the Injury Prevention and Care (IPC) office near the body conditioning room and the rock climbing wall are two Athletic Trainers who offer their services to members free of charge.

“This means that among other services, on site emergency care, injury evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, taping, and consultation on how to prevent a recurring injury or self-treat an existing injury is provided to the students who enter the RAC at no additional cost,” Jordan Dorrien, IPC Graduate Assistant, said.

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On average Dorrien and Jessica Pasternack, Director of the IPC, see and/or treat anywhere between 30 to 60 individuals a day. The amount of people can sometimes limit how much time the two can devote to each person and so for larger needs it is encourage that members schedule an appointment ahead of time.

The most common injuries are those involving the ankle and the knee.

“Because these injuries are so prominent, we encourage individuals who are concerned about sustaining an injury to come in for preventative information,” Pasternack said.

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There are many misconceptions surrounding Athletic Training and what Athletic Trainers do.

“I believe a common misconception is the way people view the name Athletic Trainer. People hear it and think, oh they must train athletes,” Pasternack said. “In actuality Athletic Trainers are also employed in settings such as large industrial companies, performing arts, military, private clinics, hospitals, and Doctor’s offices.”

“Also, I think sometimes what people believe an Athletic Trainer is comes from what they see at games or on TV which can often be handing out water and taping ankles,” Dorrien said.

The two most common duties of Athletic Training are injury evaluation and rehabilitation.

The IPC room is open Sunday through Thursday from 3-11pm.