student athletes

Pavements to Somewhere

By Alex Bonus

Photo by Nate Hill

I’ve crossed the finish line, but this crowd is unfamiliar.   My surroundings, unexpected.  Until now, it was a place I’d only dreamt about, and this is not what I predicted.

My cross-country season is over.  Practices have ceased.  My races are done.  Like so many other senior athletes — and like generations of athletes who have come before me — my status as a student-athlete has effectively come to an end.

I’ve wondered about this day for years.  How I would feel?  How I would cope?  It’s the evitable finish to a 4-year race that, before today, was obscure and insubstantial, existing only in my mind as a quietly ignored but perpetually imminent mystery.

Concussions increasing for student athletes, recent study says

By Kara Duffy |

Traumatic brain injury, also know as the silent epidemic, is on the rise for children and student athletes, according to a study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of student athletes diagnosed and treated for concussions have risen 60 percent between 2001 and 2009, the study said. The study was based off data from 66 hospitals that documented the amount of emergency room visits. It found that the rise in visits for a traumatic brain injury rose from 153,375 in 2001 to 248,418 in 2009.