An article in Men’s Health once claimed, Michael Phelps often eats three cheesy fried egg sandwiches, lettuce, mayonnaise, fried onions, two cups of coffee, a bowl of grits and last but not least, three chocolatey chip pancakes to top it off.
Remember back to the days of riding a 5-speed full throttle down the street. Legs pedaling faster than the tires would spin, shoulders down and above the handlebars for maximum aerodynamics, hair flowing in the wind unprotected by a helmet. Although helmet use was mandated in 1995 in Ontario, initially there was very little buy-in. Bike helmets were not cool, but over time their importance was obvious. Helmets slowly became (relatively) cool. A similar movement is happening within the world of sport with mouthguards.
When it comes to exercise and working out our bodies, options can go from heavy machinery to load-handling inexpensive barbells. Regardless if you are an elite athlete or a beginner in fitness, the benefits of barbells is that they allow small increases in weight based on the level of comfort and training goals.
Wayne Boucher, Fitness and wellness coordinator at Algonquin College says that “(with barbells) you are not limited to the range of motion of a machine, for example. It activates the body, psychically and mentally is very stimulating.”
The final year. The final season. One last time for the athlete to make or break. Statistics aside the year can be full of gripping moments. One soccer season could hold ten matches for a team. Ten times an athlete takes to the field or court. Ten times to fight for a win. Ten chances to come toe to toe to possible injuries.
“I just remember dropping and screaming in pain,” says Ali Palmer.
Injuries can turn any career upside down.
Palmer was the sweeper for the women’s soccer team at Sheridan for two years from 2013 - ‘15. Her position as the sweeper forces her mostly to defend her net by “sweeping away” any moves that passes other defenders. Having played since the age of nine she was familiar with the balancing act of training, study and games.
Lucia Kalmeyer, a volleyball player at Durham College, suffers from anxiety and depression, and says that being a student-athlete takes a toll on her, and it isn’t something that she would recommend for everyone.
“I think a lot of people underestimate what it takes to be a student-athlete because not only are you worrying about your sport and school. Sometimes other people have jobs that they have to take into account – trying to find a common ground can be hard sometimes,” says Kalmeyer.
Having problems with your mental health can push you to act in indescribable ways.
Many students feel stressed juggling school work, a part-time job and their everyday social lives.
There have been moments where former Humber student, Cece Girma, would have a full-blown breakdown over things she couldn’t control.