Overcoming An Athletic Injury

Overcoming An Athletic Injury

This injury will not define you. You will overcome.

If you've been an athlete for any period of time, you've most likely experienced some sort of injury during an event, practice, etc. You love the sport you play, but it's always a downer when you experience an injury doing what you love. Sometimes we get lucky and only get a few bruises or scratches. Sometimes it may be temporary like a broken bone or concussion, even though that still sucks. However, sometimes the injury may be something that causes you pain over an extended period of time, causes surgery, or maybe even knocks you out of playing for a while, or for forever.

My sport of choice is barrel racing. For those of you that have no idea what that is, it involves riding a 1200 pound animal with a mind of its own, as fast as you will let it go, around three metal barrels. Sounds fun right? Well, to some of you, it may sound crazy, but to me, it's my favorite thing ever.

I started riding horses about a year and a half ago, and started barrel racing soon after that. In the short time after I started racing, I had some wrecks with two different horses. Three wrecks to be exact, that involved me falling off the horse at a decent speed and landing on my right hip on really hard ground. These three incidents caused me to jam my hip joint in two places, which is pretty painful and kinda puts a damper on riding. Now I know this may sound like nothing to some of you who have had surgeries and serious major injuries, but to me, it's been a pretty big obstacle.

You see, barrel racing takes quite a bit of guts. If you don't know much about horses, they can be a little intimidating. Since I've only been around horses for less than two years, experiencing what I have could have easily caused me to quit.

But that's the thing. I can't. If you love a sport like I love barrel racing, you know that you can't just quit. It doesn't matter how scared you are, or in my case, how long it takes you to get your speed back up, or your confidence back up, you've gotta "get back on the horse."

You can't let your setbacks define you. You can't let your injuries define you. You have got to get back in the game and use that experience as an advantage. You've gotta say, "Hey, you know what? If I can go through what all I've been through and still get back out here, I'm tougher than you think. I've got this." It's so easy to quit. You could just blame your injury and everyone would understand, right? But why take the easy way out? Why not make everyone think, "Dang, she's/he's still playing? After that injury? They must really love it. They must really be tough." What better way to make your opponent nervous? What better way to be an example for others? What better way to help you get through everything else in life? Because this doesn't just apply to sports. If you can do this on the field, in the arena, etc., you can do this when you have setbacks in life.

So, whatever injury you're going through, don't let it get you down. OVERCOME. It will not win. You've got this.

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18 Moments From The 2018 Olympics That Were Pure Gold

The Internet was the true winner of this Winter Olympics.

The Olympics are one of the most looked forward to events, being they occur every two years. It has been four years since the last Winter Olympic Games, and to say this year has been crazy so far would be an understatement.

This year, South Korea has hosted the games in Pyeongchang, and the athletes have been giving the audience one heck of a show. Whether you most look forward to hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, skiing, etc., the games are a great way to get together and bond. Here are 18 golden moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics:

1. When United States snowboarder Red Gerard was totally relatable as he won his gold.

Cause who else besides a 17-year-old guy would go to the Olympics, oversleep, lose their jacket then say "holy f*ck" as he won the gold on live television. Oh, let's not forget to mention he is the youngest American to ever medal in snowboarding.

2. When the United States figure skater, Mirai Nagasu, was the first American woman to land a Triple Axel at the Olympics.

3. Double sunglasses man.

South Korean figure skater stunned and amused the entire crowd when he revealed he was wearing not one, but two pairs of sunglasses.

4. United States snowboarder Chloe Kim's tweets.

Moments, before she was dropping into the halfpipe, Chloe Kim won Twitter. Because Olympians totally get hangry too....

5. ...And her gold medal win.

Moments after tweeting about her hanger, Chloe Kim dropped into the Halfpipe and became the youngest women to win an Olympic Halfpipe competition at age 17. Chloe Kim also became the most relatable lady at the Olympics when she said,

"I was trying so hard to hold the tears back, 'cause I was like, I can't cry right now, I can't do this, I worked so hard on my eyeliner." -Chloe Kim

6. When AT&T droids crashed skiing.

Okay, so maybe that didn't actually happen, but props to the genius who mashed these together.

7. When United States snowboarder Shaun White dominated the halfpipe, winning his 3rd gold medal.

Because White is the new Gold... #amiright

8. When the United States Olympic athletes walked out to Gangnam Style.

With 242 athletes, the United States walked out with the largest group of athletes in any winter game...ever!

9. When Swiss Skier Fabian Bösch formed a new way to catch an escalator ride.

10. When Norway's curling team wore pink pants for Valentine's Day.

11. When the Pacific Island Nation of Tonga gave viewers an oiled-up, shirtless hunk for the 28-degree opening ceremony.

12. When a Czech SNOWBOARDER won gold in women's alpine skiing super-G.

And yes, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic was just as shocked as we were.

13. When Austrian Snowboarder, Markus Schairer broke his neck, but got up and finished his run.

While the beginning of this moment is grim, it had a truly remarkable twist as the Austrian got up and finished his run with a broken neck.

14. When impersonators totally made the crowd believe Trump and Kim Jong Un became buddies for the Olympic Games.

Before getting kicked out of the opening ceremony, these two impersonators were definitely turning heads. It had all turned out to be #Fakenews.

15. When Olympic commentators Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski made us wonder if they were pulled straight out of The Hunger Games.

I mean, they totally look like they just came from the Capital. Johnny even wore faux birds in his hair!

16. The historic moment where North and South Korea came together as a unified team.

17. Canadian Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold in their last Olympics.

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What a perfect way to end an Olympic career –– with a gold medal. They also became the most decorated figure skaters in history with 5 medals.

18. When we weren't sure if the US athletes were Olympians or Astronauts...

Because hey, why not put the athletes in Spacesuits? IMO, they looked cool af up there.

These moments are just a few of the many that have made these Olympics so memorable. All I can say is I can't wait to see what the games has in store for us as it wraps up.

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A New Era Of Buckeye Basketball

Ohio State sports is gaining national attention again and it isn't because of football.

In sports, it comes down to consistency.

For the Browns, it usually is an issue of not being consistent enough. The constant turnover of players, coaches, and front office personnel prevent any real tangible change from taking place. The other side of the coin is when teams find themselves in a rut. Things might not be bad but they are likely not improving and are often declining.

That was the position Ohio State basketball found themselves in during the final years of Thad Mattas tenure at OSU. Consecutive years of not making the NCAA tournament is one thing, but the inability to recruit in Ohio on top of that is inexcusable.

With those two issues staring OSU in the face, they elected to move on from Thad Matta, one of the longest-tenured and most respected coaches in college basketball. With Matta's departure, in comes Chris Holtmann and a new era of Ohio State Basketball. Hopefully.

This season, the Buckeyes are sitting at 22-7 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Having knocked off the two top teams in the conference in Purdue and Michigan State, the Buckeyes are poised to make a run at the conference title and will likely have a bid to the NCAA tournament.

All of that, in part, comes from a coaching change prior to the season (Holtmann is aided by potential conference player of the year in Keita Bates-Diop who was out with injury last season but let us just call that coincidence). It is clear that a change was necessary for this team. For seniors on the team especially, hearing a different voice in the locker room might have been just what they needed.

Different speeches before games and different gameplans can make all the difference in reinvigorating players love for basketball. It may sounds cliche, but everything may feel brand new and exciting for these players.

This quick and completely unexpected turnaround by Ohio State is one that should put the whole country on notice. Ohio State may not be a blue blood basketball school like Duke or Kansas, but if they can win enough games to inspire their homegrown talent to stay home, they can be a force at the national level.

But for that to be possible, Chris Holtmann needs to show that he is a capable recruiter. There are four Ohio natives in ESPN's top 100 basketball players of 2018. None are committed to Ohio State. If Ohio State is going to lose out to schools like Syracuse, Indiana, Northwestern, and Notre Dame on their home turf, that does not inspire confidence for the future of Ohio State Basketball.

The next LeBron James to come out of this state should be at least tempted to commit to his home state school. Right now, it doesn't seem like that incentive has formed. My prediction would be that that storyline will change after this season.

Nothing is a better recruiter than winning. Duke has the top three high school players committed, and it's because they win a lot and often. After a promising season like this one, the Buckeyes can almost officially call themselves "winners."

Only time will tell if this season is a magical one and done for the Ohio State Buckeyes and their new coach Chris Holtmann. They are far from having proved themselves with the Big Ten Tournament looming, along with the NCAA Tournament. If you want my prediction, the Buckeyes are in a potent recruiting location at a school that has plenty going for it in terms of location and academics. I think the Buckeyes are here to stay. Mark your brackets accordingly.

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