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Denebola » Josh Carney http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 Running shoes crucial for athletes http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/running-shoes-crucial-for-athletes/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/running-shoes-crucial-for-athletes/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:27:16 +0000 Josh Carney http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5811 An Olympic runner fitting running shoes sounds unrealistic. Yet Mike Roche is the owner of Boston Running Company in Newton Centre, and has been designing shoes for 25 years. He is a former Olympic runner as well.
Running is a crucial aspect of many sports, so a running shoe is the basis of performance when it comes to training. Shoes are crucial for student-athletes, it matters to invest in a durable pair of running shoes.
This fairly new local business is the “only store in the Boston area that does a video gate analysis” according to Roche.
This procedure is when a video camera captures the motion in which your feet travel, and when talking to a professional they are able to identify the weaknesses in your feet.
The runner is then able to get a feel as to the shoe that should be selecting according to one’s arch and other aspects of their foot mechanics.
Through this relatively simple procedure the employees at Boston Running Company are able to explain and then provide any customer with a comfortable shoe that fits his or her foot’s specific needs.
When selecting a running shoe it is critical to identify aspects of a runner’s mechanics that must be tended to.
“Some people don’t understand that most of the running company’s make a spectrum of shoes. They make shoes for people with high arches to people with flat feet. If they randomly select a shoe they have less than about a 20 percent chance of that shoe working for them,” Roche said.
It is important to buy a running shoe that works for you since there are many consequences to having poor running shoes.
For example, shin splints, knee pain, and other running related injuries. A personalized foot analysis is necessary in order to become less injury prone.
Some people may believe that he or she wears an everyday shoe that is no different from a shoe built specifically for running.
This belief is untrue do to the complexity of this specific category of shoes.
“The running shoe category is the only shoe category that provides very specific structure below the foot that helps either guide the foot more truly or to provide a lot of support.
“Running shoes are probably three times the complexity of the next category of shoes; what I mean by that is that they have a lot of components. It’s a very dynamic category,” Roche said.
When comparing shoe categories, there are many different aspects to consider in order to determine the complexity, for example, of just how many components are in the shoe.
“If you took apart a basketball or a tennis shoe there are literally three materials that make up the shoe. In some of the more complex running shoes there are at least ten or twelve molded pieces that all come together to form the shoe,” Roche said.
One might wonder; what does the durability of these complex running shoes do for the customer?
“If you’re fitted properly, you are getting a shoe that fits with your mechanics. Then another thing that the shoes give you is durability, the shoe is going to last longer than a $40 running shoe.
“Those shoes compress very quickly which means that you are not absorbing shock as quickly,” Roche said.
When determining which shoe to select in our current athletic environment everyone must take into account the different aspects of his or her feet’s mechanics in order to make the best choice.
The Boston Running Company in Newton Centre is there to help runners find the right choice for their feet by analyzing one’s specific running mechanics.
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Athletes’ injuries possibly preventable http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/athletes%e2%80%99-injuries-possibly-preventable/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/athletes%e2%80%99-injuries-possibly-preventable/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:19:43 +0000 Josh Carney http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5802
Injuries of all kinds have affected student athletes at South throughout this academic year.
Athletes who are becoming focused primarily on a single sport are becoming injury prone. These athletes stress the same muscles daily without exercising their other muscles, which results in those muscles being overworked.
Due to this, student-athletes suffer repetitive stress injuries with an above-average frequency.
“When kids focus soley on one thing, they become injury prone,” Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. When looking at specific sports and the repetitive injuries that result, it is difficult for one to tell which sport has the most students with repetitive injuries,.
However, according to Perrin, worst is Girls’ Soccer. “Girls’ Soccer has had issues with knee injuries over the years,” he said.
When athletes play sports that require extreme stress of a specific bone or muscle, the consequences can be severe. “Knee tears are perfect examples of this,” Perrin said.
With soccer stressing legs and knees, it is clear that repetitive stress is the reason as to why many athletes have, and currently are, struggling with the health of their knees.
The main cause of many of these injuries is that athletes are stressing their bodies by over-excising certain muscles, while leaving others weak and injury prone. “Yes it’s all about repetitive stress on a kid’s body. You wear out the same parts of your body over and over again without building up other parts,” Perrin said.
When being able to operate from a healthy position, it is easier to have a better performance throughout the competition or training session.
One idea that would decrease how injury prone certain areas of a student-athlete’s body is having the athlete play additional sports or train in order to exercise muscles that lack strength.
This would allow muscles that have not been excessively exercised the opportunity to build, while still maintaining the strength of muscles that are stressed through other sports.
“We promote and advocate for kids to play different sports, but if the student only plays one, we support that student as we would any other in our department,” Perrin said.
The idea of playing multiple sports that stress different muscles and bones throughout the body is positive for an athlete’s performance. Eventually the athlete’s endurance will build, thus increasing the athletic ability for the athlete’s primary sport.
The Athletic department encourages students to play several other sports for additional reasons, other then to prevent injuries.
When exploring different sports to play based on the athlete’s preference, he or she might want to be able to play a sport that increases their athleticism and skill in their primary sport. For example, a Basketball player that would like to increase his or her endurance and vertical jump may want to play Volleyball.
In order to prevent repetitive stress injuries an athlete should play other sports to exercise muscles that are not used as frequently as others. By exercising muscles that are not used as frequently, an athlete may make him or herself less injury prone.

By Joshua CarneyInjuries of all kinds have affected student athletes at South throughout this academic year.Athletes who are becoming focused primarily on a single sport are becoming injury prone. These athletes stress the same muscles daily without exercising their other muscles, which results in those muscles being overworked.Due to this, student-athletes suffer repetitive stress injuries with an above-average frequency.“When kids focus soley on one thing, they become injury prone,” Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. When looking at specific sports and the repetitive injuries that result, it is difficult for one to tell which sport has the most students with repetitive injuries,.However, according to Perrin, worst is Girls’ Soccer. “Girls’ Soccer has had issues with knee injuries over the years,” he said.When athletes play sports that require extreme stress of a specific bone or muscle, the consequences can be severe. “Knee tears are perfect examples of this,” Perrin said.With soccer stressing legs and knees, it is clear that repetitive stress is the reason as to why many athletes have, and currently are, struggling with the health of their knees.  The main cause of many of these injuries is that athletes are stressing their bodies by over-excising certain muscles, while leaving others weak and injury prone. “Yes it’s all about repetitive stress on a kid’s body. You wear out the same parts of your body over and over again without building up other parts,” Perrin said.When being able to operate from a healthy position, it is easier to have a better performance throughout the competition or training session.One idea that would decrease how injury prone certain areas of a student-athlete’s body is having the athlete play additional sports or train in order to exercise muscles that lack strength.This would allow muscles that have not been excessively exercised the opportunity to build, while still maintaining the strength of muscles that are stressed through other sports.“We promote and advocate for kids to play different sports, but if the student only plays one, we support that student as we would any other in our department,” Perrin said.The idea of playing multiple sports that stress different muscles and bones throughout the body is positive for an athlete’s performance. Eventually the athlete’s endurance will build, thus increasing the athletic ability for the athlete’s primary sport.The Athletic department encourages students to play several other sports for additional reasons, other then to prevent injuries.When exploring different sports to play based on the athlete’s preference, he or she might want to be able to play a sport that increases their athleticism and skill in their primary sport. For example, a Basketball player that would like to increase his or her endurance and vertical jump may want to play Volleyball.In order to prevent repetitive stress injuries an athlete should play other sports to exercise muscles that are not used as frequently as others. By exercising muscles that are not used as frequently, an athlete may make him or herself less injury prone.

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Freshmen join Varsity squads, prove their skill http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/freshmen-join-varsity-squads-prove-their-skill/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/freshmen-join-varsity-squads-prove-their-skill/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 08:20:45 +0000 Josh Carney http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5140 On the court, freshman Phil Levine-Caleb’s six-foot-three, 174-pound frame indicates much more than his 15-year-old age. Levine-Caleb is South’s most recent freshman success story, recording a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds against Wayland last week.
Levine-Caleb is not the only freshman to find success donning Varsity blue and orange; in fact, many young athletes have reaped rookie rewards on the fields, rinks, and courts.
Deciding which freshmen are ready to face the Dual County League’s best is a delicate art; the transition from middle school is difficult, and the learning curve is steep.
Exposing a young athlete to the Varsity ranks too soon could ruin his or her self esteem, thus his or her South athletic career; to do it too late could deprive a freshman of valuable Varsity experience, sending him or her quickly through the developmental phase and securing a program’s future.
“Freshmen on Varsity teams happens about one or two times a year, Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. “[A] freshman player is not going to get better if he or she doesn’t play in the right environment. The freshmen might be on the bench a lot of Varsity, but they might be projected starters for next season.
So far, Levine-Caleb has proven his worth and readiness to a Boys’ Varsity Basketball squad, adding much-needed height to a small but quick roster.
“Phil has size, which we are lacking this year, and he works hard, Basketball Captain Diijon Reed said. “Because he’s a freshman on Varsity he has a lot to learn, but this experience is going to better him in the long run.
For Head Basketball Coach Joe Killilea, an athlete’s age does not determine his or her playing time; skill is the key factor when deciding what freshmen are ready to join Varsity.
“Playing time is often decided by how well you are playing in practice’€then you get an opportunity to play in the game. What you do with that opportunity will then determine how much more playing time you will get, he said.
Killilea’s requirements for starters allow freshmen to qualify for positions against upperclassmen as long as they display necessary talent. Killilea also believes, however, that sitting on the bench is a waste of time for a developing player.
“A freshman will only make the team if he is going to get playing time on Varsity, so if he will not be getting a good amount of time he would start the year on the [Junior Varsity] or freshman team, he said.
Not all teams, however, are so quick to thrust their freshmen on the highest stage of high school athletics.
The Baseball program, for example, uses a “bubble system in which players reap the benefit of practicing with Varsity, but play with Junior Varsity, which often serves as the happy medium between the less developed freshman competition and the extremely developed Varsity.
These players do not count against the Varsity roster count, leaving space for unsuspecting talent such as Norris Spence and Taylor Briner, essentially walk-ons. One became a reliable pitcher all season, and the other started in right field and led off.
Junior John Jennings, a “bubble player his freshman year, started at first base last year and was second on the team in batting average and home runs.
Jennings used his time as a “bubble player to refine his skills by learning from the talented players. He is now an All-Star and a cornerstone of the program.
The Boys’ Soccer team incorporates a mix of Baseball’s and Basketball’s approach. Most freshmen that make the Varsity team are ready for the challenge and get a lot of playing time; however, some players can become “bubble players.
Andres Guerra, who recently moved from Mexico, was granted a starting position as one of the forwards.
“Andres is a really talented scorer and took advantage of opportunities in front of the net senior and forward Colby Medoff said. “He is a smart player and a natural forward.
The Girls’ Soccer team had an unusual case this year, as four freshman made the Varsity team.
Out of the freshman, Susie Frechter stood out, being a key part of the team’s defense.
“Susie really stepped it up in practice and made huge strides as the season progressed, senior and captain Hannah Nussbaum said. “She also showed impressive ball skills and is an intuitive player.
The Girl’s Soccer team allows

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An athlete’s dream realized: weight lifting course http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/an-athlete%e2%80%99s-dream-realized-weight-lifting-course/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/an-athlete%e2%80%99s-dream-realized-weight-lifting-course/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 06:59:07 +0000 Josh Carney http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4637 A new wellness offering at Newton South is Personal Fitness class, which is allowing student-athletes to prepare for their sport during their respective seasons and offseasons.
The two Wellness instructors teaching the course are longtime staff members Alan Rotatori and Todd Elwell.
According to the 2010-2011 Program of Studies the Personal Fitness class description reads: “Learn to work YOUR body – a class for everyone and every fitness level. With your specific goals in mind create a program that includes machines, free weights, body weight and other fitness tools. It’s like having your very own personal trainer two times a week!
Athletes in at South are reaping benefits that are twofold. Personal Fitness is a engaging and interesting alternative to the mainstream Wellness courses.
In addition, many of South’s athletic participants use the time in the Fitness Center and Dance Studio to stay in shape during the offseason.
“This class is helping me in football; the teacher does some really good drills to help us with our skills. The teacher seems like he is trained in football and is very helpful, freshman Alexander Voros said.
The two teachers each take a different approach to the structure of the class. Elwell uses a loose class structure, while Rotatori has a more structured one.
Elwell has the class meet in the weight room immediately. He takes a little time to show that class a type of exercise and then allows his students to explore and undergo their own fitness routines. Elwell walks around the room helping students with their workouts and answering any questions they may have.
However, the class isn’t completely unstructured, as Elwell requires all students, to develop a regular workout and modify it over time. He also requires students to record their workouts so they can track their progression.
Rotatori, however, takes a completely different approach.
“An average day includes stretching on the field [and] drills, he said. “Next, the class will huddle for instruction on the main activity for the day, then the activity or drill for the day will take place, and lastly [we go to] the weight room.
Rotatori centers his curriculum on a fitness program known as CrossFit, which has proven to be extremely beneficial to South’s Wrestling program.
According to CrossFit’s website, the program that Newton South is utilizing is the principal strength and conditioning for many police academies and tactical operations teams, as well as hundreds of other elite and professional athletes.
It claims that the program is designed based on universal scalability, which is a fantastic application for any individual regardless of fitness experience.
This class is definitely an asset to the Newton South sports teams, as students are using this class in order to help them and their team succeed on the field.
“The variation that can and should happen with each individual athlete will be the skill related portion. All athletes need the basic foundations of movement, strength and conditioning and then they can work on skills related to their specific sport, Rotatori said.
Rotatori’s CrossFit, and Elwell’s training methods, provide students with the ability to develop the skills that can propel them to a new level of competition on the field.
When asked if this class is preparing athletes for their sports seasons correctly, Rotatori said, “Right now I am treating all athletes the same.  They will learn important fitness concepts through CrossFit that they will be able to use if they decide to create their own programs later.
In addition, students can benefit academically from Personal Fitness. Those who take the class will not have to devote time after school to conditioning, giving them more time for academics, as well as other extracurricular activities.
This offering is clearly an asset to the Newton South athletics program.

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