Commentary

An honest appraisal can change course of student-athletes

Growing up in rural South Carolina, sports were always an integral part of my life. This inclination followed me into my days as a young man, when I dreamed of one day becoming an NBA player and emulating Jo Jo White of the Boston Celtics. Then, I met Dr. Elizabeth Bethel.

Coaching Certification Will Help Ensure Safety

Each year our athletes are challenged to run faster and jump higher. The physical demands required of them continue to escalate. The need for a person who is certified in the proper exercises to attain these goals while ensuring safety and preventing injuries is vital.

Prescribing a New Tactic

There’s a good chance you never considered painkiller use to be an epidemic, but there is another side to their use: the easy introduction to their potent high through initial prescriptions; ready access to more pills through black markets; and eventually, a pathway to dangerous street drugs.

Playing, Practice Seasons Get Look

A comprehensive evaluation of rules governing Division III playing and practice seasons has begun in earnest. We hope to ensure our model for college athletics is sustainable and continues to serve the best interests of our schools and student-athletes.

What took so long?

Michael Sam answered many questions in February, when the Missouri lineman chose to own his story and announce two months before the NFL Draft that he was gay. They were tinged with the inevitable sensationalism: Was the NFL ready for an openly gay player? How would his teammates react? Would it impact Sam’s draft status?

Point of view

“Is this starting to feel less and less like a basketball game?”

Preserving balance is in best interest of student-athletes

Faculty athletics representatives work on a day-to-day basis to support student-athlete well-being as well as to promote academic integrity. As such, FARs are uniquely positioned to comment on student-athletes and their role within a university.

Lessons learned live on

Eric Roberts can eloquently describe every feeling he went through from December through late February – the pain of traumatic injury, relief of recovery, the tightened connection with his team, the pain of losing a friend and all the discovery that came with it.

Celebrating the Champion

My first experience with Champion magazine in summer 2011 was probably similar to others from outside the NCAA membership who come across it. I had no idea it existed.

Limit head trauma by reducing potential for collisions

As a former NCAA Division I student-athlete and coach, and now an athletics director, I have had a front-row seat to important discussions of head trauma in athletics.

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