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Publisher pre-season. As my kids say, “We want to play when it counts.” While that may be the meat of it, preparation is the key to the meal. Preseason really does count. It counts with a payoff in the real season.


nticipation is a good feeling and this time of year is full of it. We’re eagerly anticipating the upcoming school year and fall sports. It’s a good feeling with that little butterfly in your stomach and great time of year. And with the stifling heat, many of us are anticipating cooler weather too. We have two daughters now in high school. Our youngest is a freshman, so at first there may be more angst than anticipation, but our oldest is a senior this year so anticipating that last season of high school sports is certainly a fun part of the school experience for her. We anticipate making a lot of memories this fall. Like so many athletes, coaches, parents, and fans, the excitement and build-up of the season is some of the best part. Whether it’s the anxiety of conditioning before the official start of organized practices or the joy of putting on the pads and practicing the game, anticipation of the sports we love to play, coach or watch is a favorite part of August. We also have a positive outlook at this point too. No reason not to – we haven’t played anybody yet, the teams are just in the ‘forming’ stage and the optimism is high. Along with anticipation is an eagerness to get things going and start the season – the real season and not just

New leaders emerge during this time of year too – leaders who have to step up and take the place of last year’s senior leaders. Others may make the decision that a sport may not be for them and they choose to pursue something else. It’s all part of the circle of high school sports, that on-going Ferris wheel of kids coming in, kids going out and the development of skills, character, leadership, and life lessons along the way.


Our August issue takes you to Pope John Paul II high school and the anticipation of their new coach, Jeff Rutledge, who returns to Tennessee after coaching in the NFL. The best part is that he’s here for all the right reasons and has the experience and heart to make a difference. You’ll also read about another football coach, the legendary Herschel Moore, who has been coaching football here for 60 years. His knowledge and love of the game have kept him active and enjoying it right into his 80’s. Coach Moore will tell you it’s his favorite time of year – football time in Tennessee.


Travel sports are wrapping up their summer schedules and we’ve got a story on one of the best girl’s basketball teams in the country. Nike Flight is an extraordinary team of athletes who travels extensively from their homes in other parts of the country to tournaments all over the country without even time to practice and they win … big.

We also included a story highlighting some local high school teams who answered the call to help Nashville flood victims. From big football players to tiny cheerleaders, these kids stepped up to help out and found they received more than they gave. Good kids doing good things. We also have some coach’s reactions to the much–anticipated upcoming football season. We think you’ll enjoy reading what’s going on in preparation for Friday night match-ups. Something that tickled me with this story is that it doesn’t matter how long these guys have been coaching, they still get goosebumps when they talk about it. It’s the anticipation of another season, another goal to reach for, another fresh start to making great memories that for some, will last a lifetime.

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We hope this fall season of sports is a magical one for our Middle Tennessee high schools and colleges. Thanks again for picking up a copy of MTSM and best of luck when the whistle blows the start to your season.

All the best,

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A Word from the Publisher..........3 Publisher/Editor Jane Hutson Managing Editor Jim Muir Account Executives Janet Collins Jane Hutson Becky Sweeney Jon Williams Photographers Kevin Pieper Joel Smith Contributing Writers Autumn Boaz Paul Erland Rudy Kalis Roger Lipe Dr. James J. Lohse Jim Muir Kevin Pieper Greg Sage Kathy Steakley Bill Traughber

FCA.................................................6 Shut Up and Serve........................9 Ask the Jock Doc....................... 32 Sports Mom Spotlight................41 The A-Game................................ 42 Ask the Certified Athletic Trainer........................... 44 Rudy Kalis Looks Between the Lines.......... 46

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here exist in sport two liars of the highest order. They lie to novices and to sport’s most highly achieving. They lie to both the obscure and the most famous. These liars fluently speak every language on the earth and deceive without conscience or conviction. They both whisper and shout with equal effectiveness. These masters of deception never tire, never take a day off and never worry about being caught. They monitor every practice, match, game and even one’s most private thoughts and emotions. Success and Failure lie to our souls about our identity, our worth to and our standing before God. Those who achieve highly hear Success’s lies related to the unimportance of ethical issues, teamwork and character. Failure lies by stating that even one’s margin of victory may be a failure because the spread is deemed to have been insufficient. Both Success and Failure are measured by the world in terms of results as expressed in wins and losses, points per game, home runs, yards per carry, championships won, world records, batting averages, strike outs, earned run average, and on and on and on. Success and Failure speak truthfully about one’s performance. There is truth in their descriptions of the game’s final score and the endless list of statistics which accompany sports today. The problem for many of us is how Success and Failure spin those results into lies related to who we are and from where we derive our personal worth. Success lies by inflating our sense of importance. It says, “I must be the best player on the court today.” “My team could never do without me. I can do whatever I please.” “I don’t care what the others do, I will get mine today.” “I must have God’s favor because we’re winning.” It flatters us with words which excite our egos by reciting our accomplishments and comparing us to those lesser souls not faring so well. “My success is obviously the mark of God’s approval.” “If the Lord was not so pleased with me, I would not be winning like this.” Success lies to your soul as it mimics the voices of sycophantic fans, hangers on, groupies and fawning media. Success distorts the truth of our identity by telling us that it’s to be found in achievement. Its greed is

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Faith on the Field

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James Lohse, M.D. Family & Sports Medi cine never satisfied. Success deceives our souls’ sense of worth by whispering that performance makes us worthy of love and dignity; that losers are not worthy of such delights. It tries to convince us that wins are the indicators of a life in Christ. These are lies one and all. Failure’s condemning voice whispers in our soul’s ear, “You’re not good enough.” “You can’t compete at this level.” “You should just quit.” “You aren’t worthy to wear this uniform.” Failure shouts at us when we’re running on the pitch, “You can’t guard this player, she’ll embarrass you.” It laughs heartily as we stumble and fall, the pain in our body echoing Failure’s derisive comments. Worse still are Failure’s accusations that our lack of success is a sign of God’s displeasure. “You must have sinned badly to have failed so miserably.” “God is angry with you; that’s why you struck out three times today.” “A real Christian wouldn’t play this badly.” “Maybe God wants you to give up this silly game and get on with more important things” “If you were a better Christian, you would be more successful than this.” Failure assaults us in the condemning voices of the coaches from our past who used shame to motivate, our never satisfied parents or angry teammates. These voices remind us of our most bitter failures and disappointments. Failure lies by distorting the truth of our unlimited value to Christ (Romans 5:8), our identity in Him (Ephesians 1:3-14) and our being totally without condemnation before him (Romans 8:1). All these lies gnaw at our souls, impeding our progress as lovers of God and hindering our Lord’s gift of fulfilling enjoyment of sport. Both Success and Failure speak these lies with equally damaging consequences to our hearts, minds and souls. There is more wisdom to be found by focusing our hearts and minds on the process of training, competition, personal and team development in sport. Take care to listen wisely to the reports of success and failure. Understand that statistics, win/loss ratios and other measurements of sporting achievement speak truthfully about performance, but they lie about identity, worth and significance. These can only be found in an abiding relationship with Christ Jesus.

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ennessee State University football will not only play before over 200,000 fans this year, but first year head coach football Rod Reed will showcase the Tennessee State University Tigers team before a world-wide audience during the 2010 season. In addition to radio broadcasts on the Big Blue Sports Network, television broadcasts originating on regional and cable television networks such as Fox Sports, Versus and Wazoo Sports will air seven of TSU’s eleven games. The Southern Heritage Classic game (9/11/10) in Memphis, Tennessee against Jackson State shown regionally on the Fox Sports Network will also be shown

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Three of the Tigers games will be available on Sirius/XM radio and the internet on Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN). Satellite radio games include the John Merritt Classic (09/04) in Nashville, Tenn., the Southern Heritage Classic (9/11) in Memphis, Tenn. and the Circle City Classic (10/02) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Tigers will be featured in three OVC Football “Games of the Week” on the Wazoo Sports Network when they match-up against Austin Peay State (9/18), Tennessee Tech (10/23) and Tennessee Martin (11/13). The games will air in the Nashville metropolitan area on TV 30 – UPN. Wazoo Sports is headquartered in London, Kentucky. Versus, a national sports oriented cable channel, will air the Tigers’ game from the Atlanta Classic (9/25) in Atlanta, GA against Florida A&M. In addition to playing their seven-game Ohio Valley Conference football schedule, Tennessee State plays a four game “Classics” schedule consisting of traditional HBCU rivals, which draws nearly a quarter-million live fans for the Classics alone. The John Merritt Classic in Nashville’s LP Field has averaged over 25,000 fans in the past four years. The Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tenn., averages over 45,000 fans at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. The Atlanta Classic in Atlanta, GA shows an average attendance figure of over 50,000 fans in the Georgia Dome. TSU returns to the Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since 2005, and that event averages around 50,000 fans each year. In the past two seasons, TSU has an average attendance rank in the top fifteen among the 118 NCAA FCS (formerly 1-AA) schools. With the early popularity of TSU’s new coaching staff headed by Rod Reed, the Tigers are poised to spread the brand of Nashville and middle Tennessee to arguably the widest audience of any football team in the area.

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‘Audience of One’


n 1895 Volleyball began in Springfield, Massachusetts at the YMCA with a goal to train young men how to train their body, mind, and spirit. The inventor, William Morgan, was a close friend of James Naismith who recently invented basketball at another YMCA only ten miles away. Both William Morgan and James Naismith probably never would believe how far reaching each one of their new inventions would now become! Last month, I had the privilege of seeing the global impact of volleyball in the nation of Brazil with a ministry called “Athletes in Action.” Now if you know anything about volleyball, you would know that Brazil goes absolutely nuts for this game. They have produced more gold medals than any other country and are currently ranked number one in the world for men and women. Our team of players from all

over the U.S. played against different professional teams from Brazil, and then one of our players would give a testimony about their faith. It was a great combination of love for volleyball, love for other players, and a love for God. My role was primarily to encourage our players in their faith. I had the heart, they had the vertical leap! I have been on a lot of teams in my life but I think this team was the most rewarding. The constant heart cry for our players was to play for an “audience of one”… Jesus Christ. For many, this was a totally new concept because most have been playing for so many others reasons. One of the players named Brad Lawson of Stanford University recently won the NCAA Men’s Championship and was selected as the Co-MVP of the tournament. Brad said: “This team has taught me so much that I never knew was possible. I had no idea how to play with all my heart for the Lord. I am starting to see I


can use volleyball to influence so many others for the Lord.” Time and time again players began to learn to use their platform to serve others. Whether we played in front of 50 fans or 5,000, the testimonies of the players reached into the hearts of those listening. A personal highlight came when we met the Brazilian National Team and got talk to some of the greatest volleyball players in the world. Many of our team had the chance to pray and encourage their national players and are still exchanging emails with them as they travel. It encouraged our team immensely to see players from another culture loving God and loving volleyball at the same time. Thank you William Morgan for inventing this great game that pulls hearts together from every nation and thank you God for allowing a Nashvillian like myself to “shut up and serve!” Next month stay tuned to hear about some amazing stories right here in our backyard of Nashville, TN. Please visit our website at if you would like to see more or contact me.


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Set your GPS for a Trip to the Championship


Just as the success of the modern road-trip is dependent on the guidance provided by the onboard Global Positioning System (GPS), any team’s trip to a championship similarly first requires use of GPS: Goals and Process Steps.

to achieve it. Directions are presented in a logical order, each moving closer to the ultimate goal and each pursued only when preceding steps are completed. Instructions are always presented in terms of the car’s progress (e.g., “precede 1.2 miles and turn right. precede 1 mile and turn right.”) are never provided in reference to local landmarks (e.g., “when you pass the large maple tree turn right”). If, however, the driver gets off-course the GPS is able to quickly adapt with a new set of instructions that can either undo the error and reestablish the initial path or it can provide a new route moving toward the goal. This instruction and recalibration is completed in a calm yet authoritative voice that conveys comfort and security.

Whether heading to the beach for a weekend or an epic journey to see the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, every road-trip begins with two decisions: (1) picking a destination, and (2) determining a route to get you there - preferably a route that is both efficient and scenic. That is, before we begin our journey, we need to know where we are going and how we will get there.

For athletes to be successful, they also must begin with their version of GPS: Goals and the Process Steps. Before one’s season begins, athletes need to know (1) their goals, and (2) exactly what will be required to achieve them. And according to sport psychology and business researchers, athletes’ GPS should share much in common with that used for road-trips:

his month students across the state will be preparing for the start of another school year. Already student-athletes are gathering for pre-season workouts preparing for their fall seasons. As they run sprints and repeatedly practice their top-spin serves or five-step drops, recent summertime vacations may seem more and more distant. But twoa-day workouts should not completely displace the summer roadtrip in the minds of athletes and coaches!

Briefly consider the GPS used for road-trips: its function is to guide you to where you want to go once its operator determines its location. Once programmed, it provides a turn-by-turn, momentby-moment direction as to how



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Goals determine one’s ultimate destination. Each and every athlete must establish her or his goals (often in conjunction with coaches and teammates, but individuals must

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be committed to the goal if it is to be reached). Many specific steps that lead toward one’s ultimate goal should be defined. At any moment, athletes’ mental and physical energy hould be focused on the immediate step being executed. Team members and coaches who share a single goal must have individual process steps appropriate for each person’s position and expected contribution to the team. Goals and Process Steps should be behavioral (e.g., run 6 miles this weekend), rather than dependent on external factors outside one’s control (e.g., win the race). Although established at the start, Goals and Process Steps can be adjusted as needed throughout the season. Any assessments of one’s progress and/or adjustments should be done calmly and rationally.

Setting meaningful goals is more complex than simply stating, “I want to.”; just like planning a road-trip takes more than deciding to take a trip. For goals to effectively drive athletes’ performance, to motivate them on a daily basis, goals need to do what any reliable GPS does: provide a clear, step-by-step approach to the final destination. So, while

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preseaon workouts necessarily stress physical and tactical skill development, athletes and coaches should take time to set te course for their entire season not simply their destination. Athletes and travelers alike would be wise to remember the words of the indelible Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.” Pausing to set one’s GPS at the start will make for a more successul journey. (Michael Sullivan, Ph.D. is the President of AHEAD Performance Consulting in Nashville, TN. As a Sport Psychology Consultant, he combines his advanced training in psychology and athletic coaching with his own experiences in sport as a collegiate athlete and martial artist. AHEAD Performance assists coaches and athletes at all levels of competition improve their performance in and enjoyment of their sport. For more information about Proud his work, go to Sponsor of the Williamson County Fair Proud Administrator of Williamson County Benefits

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Catching Up With … Eric Yutzy Talented Sportscaster faced tough career decision By Greg Sage



ne could argue the meteoric rise of area sports favorites Chris Johnson, Eric Berry and David Price has been mirrored by an equallytalented sportscaster who documented all the touchdowns, interceptions and strikeouts that talented trio recorded.

Eric Yutzy, whose unaffected on-air delivery and penchant for storytelling as sports anchor at NewsChannel 5 endeared him to viewers, also made him a coveted commodity across the country. So in January when the Associated Press and Emmy-award winning sportscaster was offered a position at WTHR-TV – the NBC affili-

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ate in Indianapolis – Yutzy faced the toughest professional decision of his young career. “It was very difficult on a personal level,” Yutzy said in reference to leaving Nashville, a place he had called home for over six years. “Pretty much every major adult milestone in my life happened there. I got engaged there, both of my sons were born there … bought my first house there. I don’t know where my career will take me, but I know that Nashville will always feel like home.” And for now, after stops in Dayton, Atlantic City and Nashville, Yutzy’s career has taken him to Indianapolis, the Crossroads of America. Having built a reputation for tireless work ethic and genuine stewardship of stories big and small, Yutzy had little time to ease his way into new surroundings. “Covering sports in Indy has been a dead sprint from day one,” Yutzy reflected. “My first day of work was the week before the Super Bowl. It hasn’t stopped since. As an NBC affiliate, we sent a team to the Olympics in Vancouver, which meant I was anchoring every night. Then came the NCAA Tournament.” And what an NCAA Tournament it was. Seemingly ripped straight from the movie Hoosiers – down to Gordon Hayward’s heroic channeling of Jimmy Chitwood – Butler University, the mid major darling from Indianapolis, sent college basketball fans – and Yutzy – on a thrilling four-week ride. What began for Butler as a second-half rally past UTEP culminated in the riveting National Championship game against Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium, a mere bounce pass away from the Bulldogs’ campus.

“The Butler run was incredible,” Yutzy said. “For a mid major to make a National Championship run in their hometown – it was the most incredible sports story I’ve ever covered. The city was buzzing … to see them run out in front of a roaring crowd of 70,000 is something I will never forget. I had goose bumps.” But as glamorous as rubbing elbows with Brad Stevens, Helio Castroneves, and Peyton Manning sounds, Yutzy’s line of work comes with a price – a steep one. “It’s is very challenging because of the hours,” Yutzy said when speaking of job drawbacks. “We work nights, and weekends, and long days. Thank God I have an understanding wife, who is a former producer, so she gets it. I’ve been blessed to be in a sports department where family is very important, and I’ve been able to see my family so much more in Indy. That means the world to me.” Not a bad career crescendo for the Massachusetts native who attended Quinnipiac University with aspirations of becoming a physical therapist. And given more than a decade behind the microphone, Yutzy is hard pressed to single out a few memorable moments. “There are so many stories I really don’t know where to start. I’ll never forget, after Belmont lost to Georgetown in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Hoya coaching legend John Thompson coming into the Bruin locker room. He went straight to Andrew Preston, who we were interviewing. Thompson interrupts us, and says to Preston, ‘I want to shake your hand. You could have played for me.’”

Yutzy added a different tone, “Hours after breaking the story of Steve McNair’s murder, I was at Eddie George’s house. I did the interview, and then stayed for a while, eating with Eddie and his family, talking about Steve. We didn’t leave until well after midnight; the entire day is still very surreal.” With unquestioned class in building lasting relationships reporting the glory and sadness that life brings, Yutzy’s career trajectory is without bound. And while larger market or network placement appears inevitable, Yutzy seems to have found true contentment. “The reason is Nashville. I never thought I’d be so happy in a mid major market. We have great friends there (in Nashville), lifelong friends. We were very happy in market 29, so who knows. I want to be where my family and I will be happy … I’m taking it one day at a time, for the first time in my career, and I couldn’t be happier about it.” Greg Sage is the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Belmont University Athletics. He also serves as an adjunct instructor of sport journalism for the Sport Administration graduate program at Belmont University. He will be a regular contributor to MTSM focusing on sportscasters from the Nashville area. • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Points to Ponder Hard Work

How do you approach the sport in which you compete? Is it just a game to you or is there more to it than that? How do you practice? Do you apply all you have and all that you are to improving your game or do you just try to get through practice and do what it takes to keep the coach off your back? The Bible gives us some encouraging words about work and practice. My favorite verse related to work is from Paul’s letter to his friends at Colossae at chapter 3 and verse 23. Here he says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for people.” In your case this may be related to your chosen field of competition. How should we approach these things? Heartily, that is with all our hearts. We might say that we should pour out our guts in pursuit of achieving excellence. Give all that you are to doing the work that’s before you. Why? Because, ultimately we’re serving God in this, rather than just the coaching staff or our schools. God is honored by our whole hearted pursuit of excellence in our work. Let’s honor Him today in the way we go about our work of competing and let’s trust Him with the results. Give all that you’ve got to your competition today.

God’s Help

Have you ever had a sense that God was helping you as you competed? Do you remember having

healed from an injury more quickly than normal? Have you obtained help from God? Have you told anyone about it? In the Acts of the Apostles at chapter 26 and verse 22, the Apostle Paul says to Festus the governor, “And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place.” Here is Paul in chains before the people who could free him or could send him on to Rome and ultimate death. What does He talk about? He speaks of how God has helped him and how Jesus is the fulfillment of everything spoken by the prophets and Moses. Has your relationship with Christ so changed your life that it consumes your conversation with both great and small? Let’s join Paul in speaking of the times in which we’ve sensed the Lord’s help. Times of recovery from injury, grief from a friend’s death, hope in the midst of despair, displays of power when you feel weak. As you pray and prepare today, ask the Lord for His help. He is ever present. Ask Him also for the opportunity to speak of Him to both the great and the small. He will be honored by your witness, as He was by Paul’s.


Roger Lipe In the Acts of the Apostles at chapter 13 and verse 36, the Apostle Paul says, “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and underwent decay.” Paul, many generations after King David had died, says of him that he served the purpose of God in his own generation. What a marvelous legacy! How great would that be for you and me, to know that we had served God’s purpose in our own generation. How do we approach such matters? What shall we do to insure our success in this pursuit? Let’s do as David did and give ourselves fully to seeking God’s face and to serving Him only. Let’s give the very best of all that we are and all we have to loving God. Then as we sleep with our fathers, we shall have confidence that our descendents will look upon us as having served the purpose of God in our own generation. As you pray today, ask the Lord to show you His purpose for you in this generation. sk Him further for the power and wisdom to carry it out.

Do you ever wonder about what God’s purpose for you might be? Have you ever contemplated why God would have you born in this generation and not a hundred years earlier, or later? How will our great-grandchildren see ourlives long after we’ve died? • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine • May 2010 •

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Anticipating August Unlike any other sport the start of the high school football season has a different feel By Jim Muir


erhaps it’s the anticipation of a new school year, a fresh start and a new beginning or maybe it’s just the sheer excitement associated with it, but there is no high school sport that has the build up and the ‘feeling’ that’s associated with high school football. It’s an annual happening here in Middle Tennessee as July vanished into a memory, two-a-day


practices will give way to the beginning of a 10-week battle all geared at being one of the ‘chosen’ team that will earn – and in many instances fight and claw – for the opportunity to play football on those chilly, gray afternoons in November.

dress-rehearsal mode gearing up for an August 20 performance. In an effort to help our readers get in that game-ready frame of mind MTSM asked six area coaches to summarize what August and the start of another season means to them personally.

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Coach Glenn McCadams, David Lipscomb High School – “I think this time every year, I wish I had just one more week to take care of those things that just have to get done whether it’s the field, the stadium, the playbooks, the equipment, just all the stuff that goes along with football. I always wish I had one more week to get it done. But then it sure is fun to stop messing with all that stuff and just work with the kids. It gets my juices flowing and I get excited about it every year. I love watching these kids grow up, learn to lead, improve, overcome obstacles, get tougher, get better, get knocked down and get back up. It keeps you young. I’ve been lucky enough to have a livelihood that is also a hobby and a wonderful wife that has let me do it for 42 seasons.”

Coach Ron Aydelott, Riverdale High School – “With older coaches, it’s a little different, I think. With experience, you kind of know what to expect. I can’t say I’ve lost any sleep but I still think about what the issues are. You know, I worry about things like scrimmages and kids getting hurt, over-heating. You could say I’m cautiously excited. The older I get, the more I probably worry about things. I want to be proactive and get through fall camp with no injuries. I tell the coaches if a kid gets hurt during a game, there’s not much we can do about that, but if they get hurt during camp or a scrimmage, that leaves a bad taste for me. We’re looking, of course, at what kids we lost to graduation and then we fill our depth chart. We try to prepare for the inevitable and then some. But I do still get excited about it rolling around again every year. I guess when you stop getting excited it’s time to get out.”

Coach Jay Mathews, Christ Presbyterian Academy – “It’s kind of crazy right now. While we’ve worked really hard during the off-season, it still takes some getting used to when we start back in August. You have to get used to the adrenaline rush, lack of sleep, and increased time, just everything. Yeah, I still get that feeling in the pit of my stomach, sort of anxious and excited. Early part of the season can be tough just getting used to that again. It’s a constant rehearsal in your head. It’s easy to have those anxious thoughts like ‘what would happen if my quarterback gets hurt?’ We’re constantly watching so much film that when I close my eyes I still see the lights flickering from the video. And there’s a lot of juggling. You have to manage team goals, individual goals, expectations, selfishness, fear. And you have to manage that with the kids and the parents. Then there’s the paperwork, travel arrangements, equipment, practice schedules, heat policy, concussion policy, liason with the press. Very few people realize all the components that go into starting a season. But the team’s needs are the most important. At the end of every day, you’ve got to know you’ve done the best for your team. • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Yeah, I’m excited about this year because these players have worked really hard this summer. Probably the best summer work ethic I’ve seen here in my seven years at CPA. The late dead period puts us a bit behind, but this great group of kids has worked really hard and we’ll be ready. I’d rather have it like this than the other way around.” Coach Jay Gore, McGavock High School – “As a football coach for 32 years, the calendar rolling over to August really doesn’t matter all the much. It means two things – it’s going to be hot and we’d better be ready for Friday night when they flip on the lights. We’ve been working hard all summer, working out, running, lifting everyday except during dead period. I do get goose bumps when August gets here, though, with kickoff right around the corner. I get a little excited about it because we’ve been working all winter and spring to put it together. Now we’ve got to see if it’s going to work.Who’s going to show up? Who on offense is returning and defense because some kids haven’t come back? Now we’ve got to figure out the plan from there. It’s exciting and a great opportunity. It’s my first year as head coach here at McGavock and I’m excited about that. But it can also be a bit unnerving. We’re also getting ready for some 80-90 hour work weeks when football season starts up too and you just hope with all that, these kids are ready. When we take that field, we’re turning it over to 16, 17, 18-yearold kids and at that point, it’s pretty much out of your control. But it’s fun and exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.”


Coach Robert Lassiter, Gallatin High School – “Well, it’s about managing the time you’re given to develop the areas you need to develop and get your team ready for the season. We want to make sure we aren’t working them too hard or not enough. We’re looking at our current situation of experience and inexperience and what kind of mix of that we have. Even after 35 years, I always get a little anxious about it. No doubt. It’s about knowing how your team is going to respond. Your quality players, and they’re all quality players, you know, we want to manage their number of hits. We don’t want to scrimmage our quarterback too much, let him take too many hits or anything. We want to manage our time and make sure we’re doing everything we can to be ready when that first whistle blows.”

Coach Ralph Thompson, McMurray Middle School -- “I get excited and I’m relieved in a way that the long wait is about over. The anticipation is over and the kids can get their pads on. I’ts exciting to see the team come together and execute plays. See the hard work paying off. Now it’s time to put up or shut up. The week of the first game, I do a lot of rehashing too. I’m thinking about ‘did we do everything we should have done in the off season to be ready for this season?’ Is everybody ready and prepared for whatever comes at them? We don’t want surprises or don’t want to be stuck not knowing what to do with a situation. I rehash about the plans and did we cover everything. “ I always look forward to it, the kids, and getting back at it every year.

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By Bernard Childress Executive Director, TSSAA

The TSSAA Board of Control members work with the state office staff to help coordinate and administer the programs our member schools have said they want. TSSAA is a member of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). All 50 states have an athletic organization that is recognized by the National Federation. All of the actual playing rules in each sport are written by the NFHS. A national committee in each sanctioned sport is selected to study and make any changes to the playing rules. Whereas all states following the same playing rules in the sports they sanction, no two states have the same constitution, bylaws, and eligibility require-

ration shall be as stated in the Charter of Incorporation and, in addition, to stimulate and regulate interscholastic athletic competition among the member schools in accordance with the standards established by those schools in the TSSAA Bylaws. This is the time of year when many questions about studentathlete eligibility arise. Listed below are a few eligibility requirements all student-athletes and parents should be familiar with:

ments. The mission of TSSAA, as stated in the TSSAA Constitution, is as follows: “The mission of the TSSAA is to serve its members by providing leadership and coordination for the administration of interscholastic athletics, which will enhance the educational experiences of students. The TSSAA will promote participation and sportsmanship to develop good citizens through interscholastic athletics, which provide equitable opportunities, positive recognition and learning experiences to students while maximizing the achievement of educational goals.” The purpose of TSSAA, as stated in the TSSAA Constitution, is as follows: The purposes of the corpo-

first day of the beginning of the school year.

A student must earn five credits the preceding school year if less than 24 units are required for graduation or six credits the preceding school year if 24 or more credits are required for graduation. All credits must be earned by the

TSSAA – More than a Building on Lebanon Road


hen it comes to high school athletics, there are so many misunderstandings about the athletic association and the role it plays. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is a voluntary organization of member schools. Those schools have developed a legislative process they follow to write and enforce the rules they have established. The TSSAA is comprised of nine athletic districts across the state. Each district has a Legislative Council and Board of Control member that is elected by the schools in their area. The Legislative Council members are responsible for writing and amending the TSSAA Constitution and Bylaws.


A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying at least five full courses during the present semester.

A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth grade. Junior division students are permitted four semesters of eligibility beginning with the eighth grade.

A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before August 1 or in junior

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high if he or she becomes 16 years of age on or before August 1. •

Athletes must live at home with their parents.

In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s parents.

·All transfer students must be approved by the Executive Director of TSSAA before participating in any game.

A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored sport.

An athlete may accept a medal, trophy, high school letter, sweater, jacket, shirt, blazer or blanket for athletic participation but nothing else of commercial value, and these awards must carry the school’s letter or other appro-

A student who engages in three or more days of practice - including spring practice - with a high school in which

he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her parents.

A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf, tennis or bowling.)

priate award emblem. •

All expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered must be paid by the athlete or his parents.

When an athlete is charged tuition to attend a school, it must be paid by the parent or bona fide guardian or other family member.

A student who repeats the seventh or eighth grade after passing that grade and participates in school athletics while repeating shall be ineligible to participate in athletics in the ninth grade.

A student may not participate in an all-star game unless it is sanctioned by the TSSAA and unless he/she has completed high school eligibility in that sport. In conclusion, the general public should not think of TSSAA as the building on

Lebanon Road in Hermitage. TSSAA is the 394 member high schools and 307 member middle schools that work together creating athletic programs designated to enhance each student’s educational experience. • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Rutledge Returns


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Jeff Rutledge –

a name synonymous with football success and winning – will try to rebuild the Pope John Paul II High School football program

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“I’ve told some of our coaches we’ve got to develop an attitude around here that we can win and we expect to win. I just know we are having fun and that is what high school football in general is all about. We want the kids to create some great memories and have fun.”” – Jeff Rutledge, JPII football coach –

Clear communication is part of the strategy for JPII this fall as Coach Rutledge directs the team during pre-pad drills.

By Bill Traughber


hen the high school football season opens this month, a familiar name and face to the Nashville area will be roaming the practice fields and sidelines. Jeff Rutledge, a former Vanderbilt assistant coach and head coach at MBA, will be guiding the football program at Hendersonville’s Pope John Paul High School. Rutledge said in the end family ties brought him back to Tennessee. “My kids and grandchildren still live in Nashville, “said Rutledge. “I was told four days after Arizona lost the Super Bowl that they weren’t going to keep me. Since then I have talked to some peo-


ple in pro football and college, but that didn’t work out. Then I had the opportunity to come back here. I thought God obviously wants me back in Nashville.” Rutledge, 53, was born in Birmingham and played his prep football for Coach George White at L. Frazier Banks High School. He quarterbacked a team that won 36 straight games and backto-back state titles. Growing up in the state of Alabama and in the south where football is king, a local legend would secure Rutledge’s talents. “Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant didn’t start recruiting me hard until late in my senior year,” Rutledge said. “I had an older brother that played at Alabama and my dad went to school there. I think they just assumed that I was coming.

Then they got wind that I was seriously considering going to LSU and they gave me more attention. Coach Bryant came to my house and asked why I would want to go there. At that time LSU was running the same offense we ran in high school. But when it came down to it, I was born and raised Alabama football and making a decision was a no-brainer.” Rutledge was a three-year starter (1976-78) for the Crimson Tide where he would be recognized as an All-SEC performer and a Second Team All-American. He capped off a senior season by helping lead Alabama to a national championship win over Joe Paterno and Penn State, 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl. Entering that game, the undefeated Nittany Lions were ranked

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Senior quarterback, Mike Colello, returns to the field after knee injury.

No. 1 while Bama was No. 2 with one loss on the season. Rutledge tossed a 30-yard TD pass to Bruce Bolton to open the scoring in the second quarter. The third quarter saw Penn State tie the game at 7-7 with a Chuck Fusina to Scott Fitzkee 17-yard reception for six points. Alabama’s running back Major Ogilvie rushed for the final TD later in the third quarter. “Obviously, everyone remembers the fourth quarter goal line stand in that game, which was huge,” Rutledge recalled. “The play that set that up was Cornerback Bob McNeal knocking out Fitzkee on the one-yard line. He had a full head of steam going in for a sure touchdown. That was in the fourth quarter with us up by seven points. We held them on four running plays. It was just • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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a great atmosphere and the toughest game that I had ever played in physically. They beat me up pretty badly.” On that day in the New Orleans’ Louisiana Superdome, Rutledge was 8-of-15 passing with 91 yards and one TD pass. Following the game AP would select Alabama as the No. 1 team, but the UPI coach’s poll chose USC as their national champs. The only blemish on Bama’s schedule was an earlier defeat to USC, 24-14. Alabama and USC would share the national championship for the 1978 season. Rutledge would join the Alabama quarterbacking legacy with Joe Namath, Steve Sloan, Ken Stabler, Scott Hunter and many more. He would also pass for more yardage than Namath. Rutledge was asked if he had a favorite Bryant story. “I got married the weekend after we played Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl my junior year,” said Rutledge. “I asked Coach Bryant for his blessing. He said, ‘do you know who we are playing?’ I said, ‘yes sir, we are playing Ohio State.’ He said, ‘no, we are playing Woody Hayes. Then he said ‘while my quarterback is getting married.’ I thought ‘oh my gosh, he is going to tell me I can’t get married.’ “He said, ‘do you love her?’ And he started asking me all these questions like have you talked to her mommy and daddy. There were a hundred questions. Not many people get married in college, but I did. We still had a chance to win a national championship and I tell him I’m getting married. I thought if I played poorly, I might not a have a senior year. We beat them 35-6 and I got MVP. There is a great photo taken after the game where he said to me, ‘nice


wedding present wasn’t it son?’” The Los Angeles Rams in the ninth round (246th overall) of the 1979 NFL draft selected Rutledge. Rutledge enjoyed a 14-year career in the NFL playing mostly as a backup. He played for the Rams (1979-82), Giants (1983-89) and Redskins (1990-92). Rutledge was also quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals 2007-08 including their recent Super Bowl appearance. He is the only person to be a part of four Super Bowl’s with four different teams. “I always kept telling people they need to keep me around because we will go to the Super Bowl,” joked Rutledge. “All three teams I played for made it to the Super Bowl and then I got into coaching with the Cardinals and we got to the Super Bowl. Keep me around for good luck.”

Rutledge’s most prominent years were with Bill Parcells New York Giants as backup to Phil Simms. He did start four games in 1983 and four more in 1987. From 1984 through 1989 Simms, Rutledge and Jeff Hostelter were the Giants trio of quarterbacks. Rutledge made a big play in Super Bowl XXI with the Giants trailing Denver 10-9 when they began the first series of the third quarter and faced a fourth and one. “I went in as an up-back on a fake punt then shifted up and ran a quarterback sneak,” Rutledge said. “We were behind at the time. It was called ARAPAHOE which was an acronym for a run, a pass, a hit on the enemy. Parcells called ARAPAHOE and I ran out trying to catch the Broncos off guard. I ran the quarterback sneak, got the first down and we went in to score

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and go ahead of them to win.” Rutledge said his best game was in November 1990 as a member of the Redskins. That game is considered the greatest comeback in Washington’s history. Rutledge entered the game in the third quarter with the Redskins trailing Detroit by 21 points. He passed for 363 second half yards (30-of-42) giving Washington a 41-38 overtime victory. After retiring form the NFL where he appeared in 117 games, passed for 3,628 yards (274-of526) with 16 TD passes and 29 interceptions Rutledge became Vanderbilt’s quarterback coach under Rod Dowhower who had been Rutledge’s QB coach in Washington. Rutledge was a holdover when Woody Widenhofer replaced Dowhower. In his tenure at Vanderbilt (1995-2001),

Rutledge’s prize pupil was Greg Zolman who would become the Commodores’ all-time leading passer. Rutledge recruited Jay Cutler who broke Zolman’s passing marks, but never coached the future NFL player. When Widenhofer was fired, Rutledge became the head football coach at Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy. Rutledge led the Big Red for five seasons (2002-06), compiling a 41-17 record that includes a pair of state championships. In the spring 2003, Rutledge was driving home alone from “Spring Fling” in Memphis to Nashville. Just after leaving the Memphis city limits he crashed into a truck parked in his lane. “That was an eye-opening experience,” said Rutledge. “I know that God spared my life for a rea-

son. You don’t end up under an 18-wheel truck going 70 miles per hour like I was. The roof of my car was torn off and I was life-flighted out and lived to tell about it. I remember thinking at the time I’ve got a son and two daughters. I always thought about walking my daughters down the aisle and being the best man at my son’s wedding and those things I was fortunately able to do.” After leaving MBA, Rutledge became quarterback coach for the Arizona Cardinals where he tutored USC Heisman trophy winner Matt Lienart and veteran Kurt Warner. Four days after the Super Bowl Rutledge was dismissed. Now he is back in the Nashville area coaching Pope John Paul II in arguably the state’s toughest division with Brentwood Academy, Ensworth, MBA, Father Ryan, Baylor and McCallie. Pope John Paul II was 2-9 last season. “It is a very tough division,” said Rutledge. “I was in this division when I was with MBA so I know it well. I know it is a challenge, but that was one of the attractions to JPII. It is a competitive division and I’m very competitive. I learned from Coach Bryant that discipline would help you find success. I plan to bring that to the school. “I’ve told some of our coaches we’ve got to develop an attitude around here that we can win and we expect to win. I just know we are having fun and that is what high school football in general is all about. We want the kids to create some great memories and have fun.” • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Taking Flight

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By Kevin Pieper


hat you notice first is their hands – always moving, always grabbing. If you blink, they will steal the ball. If you hesitate, they will steal the ball. What you notice next is their accuracy. Swish! Whether it’s under the net, or from outside, these girls always make their shots. And when the game has ended, you’ll notice some of the most lopsided scores in basketball. For many teams, a 71-31 win would be an incredible victory. But for Tennessee Flight Silver, this is just another average game. “Five of the 20 best players in the country play for Flight Silver,” says head coach Tom Insell who also serves as director of the Tennessee Flight girl’s basketball program. “You’re talking the who’s who of girl’s basketball.” Current Tennessee Flight member Kaleena Lewis was this year’s ESPN Player of the Year. “And she will be again next year,” says Insell, adding that she’s only a junior. Both Lewis and teammate Ariel Massengale made the U.S. Olympics team, playing for Team USA. Fellow player Isabelle Harrison was also one of the 36 girls who competed at the Under-17 Team USA trials. • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Lewis flies to Tennessee from her home in the Los Angeles area, to attend tournaments with her Flight Silver teammates. Massengale flies from Chicago to play with her team. In fact, Tennessee Flight players fly or drive in from at least a half dozen states, including California, Illinois, Kentucky and Florida. This is in addition to having “12-13 of the best players in Tennessee,” says Insell. For many people, travel is

tiring. Playing a sport is obviously tiring, judging from


the sweat pouring out of most athletes. So how does travel affect their play? Even in major league sports, you hear about the “home field advantage,” as an acknowledgement of how travel can affect players. “I’m used to it,” says Flight Silver freshman Becca Greenwell. “I’ve been doing it since two summers ago,” playing on summer tournament teams. “Probably the first time I started traveling a lot was the summer of 6th grade.” “My parents usually drive me, too,” she adds, referring to the trip from her home in Owensboro, Kentucky to Nashville. “It’s not too far – it’s just two hours.” “I fly everywhere,” says Flight Silver junior Danielle McCray. “I’ve been flying to most tournaments since I was 15.” According to Leslie Downs, Associate Director of Court Operations at the A-Game Sportsplex, and mother of two girls who play basketball, Tennessee Flight was the first team to bring in out-of-state players. “It’s a different kind of team,” she says, speaking of Flight Silver and the Tennessee Flight program teams as a whole. “With most teams, you practice a couple of times per week and get to really know each other.” But on a Flight team, given the distances girls must travel, there’s not a lot of practice going on. “We don’t practice,” says McCray. “At most, maybe I come a day early.” Learning the nuances of her teammates and of the Flight style of basketball was difficult in the beginning, McCray says. In time,

it got easier. “The style of play Flight uses helps me to make shots,” she says. “And I have great teammates.” “Defense is a main point that Tom tries to make to us,” says Greenwell. “Getting it to the post is what we’re always doing.” Of course, with lopsided scores the rule rather than the exception, the important of practice seems a bit diminished. Indeed, the purpose of Tennessee Flight is about getting the girls seen by college coaches, and not necessarily about winning games. One of the core missions of the Flight program is exposure. Back in 1977, Rick Insell started what would eventually become the Tennessee Flight girl’s basketball program, in their small-city Middle Tennessee hometown of Shelbyville. Sons Matt and Tom would eventually get involved, too, making girl’s basketball the family business. “It was a slow process,” says Tom Insell. “We started building teams local and then we started covering the state.” In time, Flight became a national program. “Travel ball has changed in the last 10-15 years,” says Insell. It used to be that “you only had one option – AAU. In Tennessee, there used to be 10-15 teams. Everybody was battling to get into AAU Nationals, staying seven to nine days straight. And AAU was not supplying enough college coaches.” The Insells, through their Tennessee Flight program, wanted to change the options available to players. “We had a three-pronged approach,” says Insell. “First, we had Nike, and nobody else could do that. Second, we wanted to find the best teams, and then play them.” And third, rather than attend the long AAU events, the Insells

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would go to tournaments that lasted no more than three or four days. “That enables kids to meet more coaches,” he says. “We travel around and play for colleges.” The Nike and Flight format of traveling basketball tournaments puts girls in front of two to three times more college coaches, says Insell. “When we walk into gyms, there’s upwards of 100 college coaches. Others have 2030 at most.” Being with Nike also has its advantages. Nike helps to pay tournament fees and travel costs. One season alone, which lasts from March to July, can have a budget of $80,000 for the program. The tournaments range from $700-800 each for entry fees, per team, and Tennessee Flight teams attend at least eight tournaments per season. As a Nike team, Flight must attend two Nike qualifiers, such as the recent Nike Music City Madness in Franklin, and then the other tournament selections are their choice. And according to Insell, there are more than 300 tournaments to choose from nationwide. “I make our decision after others have made theirs,” says Insell. “We’re going to go where other top teams are going to be.” In addition to victories at various tournaments, Tennessee Flight Silver was the 2008 Nike National Champion team, and has been named as one of the top three girls basketball programs in the country for the last three years. “Tennessee Flight is brand,” says Insell. He doesn’t want Flight to be thought of simply as a collection of teams or an organization. “Tom has created an environment where girls want to play for him,” says Mark Elliot, director of

basketball at the A-Game Sportsplex. “The Insells have long been known as aggressive, with attention to detail, and for being successful. Go ask any girl what team she wants to play for, and she’ll either say Flight or Pride.” “We just get the best players,” he says. “Other teams have try-outs and make cuts. We do invites – there are no try-outs.” “We treat kids good, treat parents good,” says Insell. “When you build it, they will come. In six years, no kids have left me.” Insell says that he starts looking for potential players in the eighth grade. They’ll start on one of the freshmen Flight teams, and then progress as they improve and get older. “We don’t have anybody just riding the bus,” he says.

Greenwell was spotted by Matt Insell, who’s currently an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky. (Father Rick Insell is head girls coach at MTSU.) McCray was playing for the Tampa, Florida based Essence team, where she first played against Flight Silver. “We called him,” she says. “Danielle is one of the top 20,” says Insell, who recruited her. With the summer tournament season now ending, and school starting the selection process will start all over again, Insell said. • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Are you ready for the Heat, and I don’t mean Lebron, Wade or Bosh!! Recognizing and Treating Heat Illness James J. Lohse, MD, CAQSM


very year, during the hottest part of the year, we are faced with the return of sports during elevated temperatures and humidity. As parents, coaches, and spectators, we feel the “heat” and can visibly see the heat’s effect on our athletes. This article will help you recognize the various types of heat illness and their treatment. First, you must remember, heat illness is a preventable sports injury! Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.

lumps with an intensely itchy or prickly feeling. Heat rash usually goes away on its own. Severe forms of heat rash may need medical care, but the best way to relieve symptoms is

to cool your skin and prevent sweating.

Points to Ponder

What is a heat rash? More commonly known as “prickly heat”, occurs when your sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration is trapped under your skin. Symptoms include superficial blisters to deep, red


What are heat cramps?

Heat cramps are painful, involuntary muscle spasms that usually occur during heavy exercise in hot environments. The spasms may be more intense and

more prolonged than are typical nighttime leg cramps. Inadequate fluid intake and poor stretching often contributes to heat cramps. Muscles most often affected include those of your calves, arms, abdominal wall and back, although heat cramps may involve any muscle group involved in exercise. Initial treatment of cramps includes a brief rest and cool down from exercise, drink water or an electrolyte-containing sports drink, and practice gentle, range-of-motion stretching with gentle massage of the affected muscle group. Please don’t resume strenuous activity for several hours or longer after heat cramps go away. Only call your doctor if your cramps don’t go away within one hour.

What causes heat exhaustion and heatstroke?

Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, occur when your body can’t keep itself cool. As the air temperature rises, your body stays cool when your sweat evaporates. On hot, humid days, the evaporation of sweat is slowed by the increased moisture in the air. When sweating isn’t enough to cool

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your body, your body temperature rises, and you may become ill. Symptoms of heat exhaustion: · Heavy sweating · Feeling weak and/or con fused · Dizziness · Nausea · Headache · Fast heartbeat · Dark-colored urine, which indicates dehydration

What should I do if I think I have heat exhaustion? If you think you have heat exhaustion, get out of the heat quickly! Rest in an air-conditioned building. If you can’t get inside, find a cool, shady place. Drink plenty of water or other fluids. Do NOT drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks (such as soda). These can make heat exhaustion worse. Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool water to your skin especially to your head, under the arms, and groin. Take off any tight or unnecessary clothing. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes, you should contact your doctor. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can progress to heatstroke.

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is when the internal temperature of the body reaches

104°F. It can happen when your body gets too hot during strenuous exercise or when exposed to very hot temperatures, or it can happen after heat exhaustion isn’t properly treated. Heatstroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. Heatstroke can cause damage to your organs and brain. In extreme cases, it can kill you! Symptoms of heatstroke: · High fever (104°F or higher rectally) · Severe headache · Dizziness and felling light- headed · A flushed or red appearance to the skin · Lack of sweating · Muscle weakness or cramps · Nausea · Vomiting · Fast heartbeat · Fast breathing · Feeling confused, anxious, or disoriented · Seizures Get medical help right away if you have these warning signs: · Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty. · Confusion or loss of consciousness. · Frequent vomiting. · Shortness of breath or trouble breathing.

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What should I do if I think my athlete has heatstroke? If you think someone might have heatstroke, call emergency medical personnel immediately! While you are waiting for medical assistance, take the person into an air-conditioned building or a cool, shady place. Remove the person’s unnecessary clothing to help cool him or her down. Try to fan air over the person while wetting the skin with water. You can also apply ice packs to the person’s armpits, groin, neck and back. These areas contain a lot of blood vessels close the surface of the skin. Cooling them with ice packs can help the person cool down.

Dr James J. Lohse is a board certified physician in both family medicine and sports medicine who is currently practicing at Brentwood East Family Medicine conveniently located in Brentwood, TN. Dr Lohse is currently offering sports physicals in his office for only $25. Please call 615-941-7501 today for an appointment!

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Nashville Celtics 15U boys basketball team played throughout the Southeast this summer. Some tournaments include Arkansas Real Deal, champions of String Music Tournament, Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Adidas Invitational, Kentucky Hoopfest and Tennessee Hoopfest.

(back row): Coach Alan Williams, Mason Ramsey, Drake Young, Joey Barnes, Tom Kaiser (front row): Bobby Johnson, William Hall, Princeton Harlan, John Bachman, Melik, Josh Williams, Josh Lester, Coach Roe Frazier

Alliance Volleyball Club 14U team took 9th place winning bronze in the Open division of the Junior Olympics national tournament in Reno, NV in June. The team also won the Southern Region Volleyball Association championship qualifying for the national tournament.

Coach Jay Golsteyn, Sara Zumbach, Sarah Ngo, Maya Horner, Kathryn Hutson, Anisa Moore, Coach Jess Enderle, Reagan Petty, Julia Clare Cornay, Julianna Joiner, Hunter Thompson, Maddie Earp


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NDOUTS brought to you by CRONS

Team Nashville 16U team placed 8th in the AAU National Tournament in Orlando in July. They also finished in the Elite 8 at the Knoxvegas Heat Invitational, Final 4 in the Speice Run & Slam, and champions of the Tennessee Hoop Fest. Team Nashville is co-sponsored by the Charles Davis Foundation of Nashville. Congratulations to Coach Carlton Battle and team.

(front row) Coach Brandon Powell, Zach Jones, Devin Robinson, Ivan Alsup, Cornelius Elder, Andy Moore, Coach Carlton Battle (back row) Trent McLaurine, Rozell Wilson, Bari Craig, William Powell, Isaac Harris, Coach Sterling Brown

Tennessee Elite Girls 12U won sub-state (North Middle Region), Super Regionals at: A-Game, Huntsville and Bowling Green. Won the AAU Southeast Challenge. Runner-up in the National Classic tournament.

(back row): Coach Mark Springer, Coach Tommy Beck, Meme Jackson, Rachel Burden, Lauren Ransom, Laken Arnett, Sarah Duncan, Alex Miller, Coach Stacey Springer, Coach Haven Springer (front row): Colyn Springer, Lexie Risner, Morgan Beck, MaKayla Timmons, Regan Croff. Best Bus Driver Mr. Morley • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Giving Back Following the devastating Nashville flood young athletes by the droves turned out to lend a hand in the massive clean up By Kevin Pieper


or some people, the Nashville flood was merely another big storm system that over-watered their lawns and ruined their weekend plans. But for others, the flood was a life-changing event that affected both victims and volunteers. Around the mid-state, many student athletes traded their cleats for rubber boots, baseball bats for hammers, and cheers were reserved for those in need of a smile. Here are three stories on how

local students took time to help others as their school years and seasons were wrapping up for 2009-2010:

Fairview High School Cheerleaders

His daughter’s little Bert and Ernie toy was dirty. The storage closet offered no protection when the flood waters came and rose to the roof of his home. With a sad look on his face, he started “Everybody’s memories were just piled high on the side of the road.” – Katie Heithcock, Fairview cheerleader

to put it with all the other ruined items destined for the trash. “No, I think we can save that,” said Fairview cheerleader Katie Heithcock, as she washed it off and put it back in his closet. For Katie, it was the small things that stand out in her mind. “It was just mud – everywhere,” she says. “Everybody’s memories were just piled high on the side of the road.” Next, he pulled out his army bag, which was damaged beyond cleaning or repair. “My brother recently joined the army. When we had to throw that away, it was heartbreaking,” she says.

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Fairview High School cheerleaders form an assembly line at the River Plantation subdivision in Bellevue, passing debris from one home to the trash pile at the end of the street.

Katie, along with fellow cheerleaders, helped the older gentleman for hours. The irony is that they don’t even know his name. At the time, names didn’t seem important – like so many other volunteers in the area, they were there to help, and little time was wasted on introductions. Although it had been two weeks since the May 1 flood, there was still plenty for the cheerleaders to do. “It was extremely bad,” said Coach Tammy Heithcock. “I didn’t expect it to still be that bad. The smell was awful.” “I thought the girls would really give me a hard time about that,” she says. “Girls are usually not about getting dirty. And it was a ‘dirty’ they’ve probably never seen before. But nobody complained. Nothing was too heavy. Nothing was too dirty.” “We found maggots and flies in things,” says cheerleader Kaitlyn Warren. “We all got nasty and had who-knows-what all over us. At first, we’d scream out ‘eww, this is so disgusting, come look at this.’ But we kept going until it didn’t affect us.” “And it wasn’t just one or two houses – it was everywhere,” says Heithcock. “It looked like

everybody lost everything in their homes. Once I turned down Sawyer Brown Road, it made me have cold chills. When you see it on the news, you know it’s bad. But you don’t realize how bad it is until you’re there.” The squad’s decision to assist in the relief efforts was heavily influenced by the story of their friend and varsity football player Cody Fisher, whose grandmother lost nearly everything in the flood, and was too sick to do it herself. Although the girls went there with the intention of helping the Fisher family, neighbors would walk up to thank the girls for their help. As the day went by, many of the girls branched out to help some of the neighbors. The neighbors “didn’t ask them, they just took initiative and went,” says Heithcock. “There were 10-15 people in every house on the street. We pretty much walked into a house, put out our hands, and asked what to do.” – Joe Townsend, senior defensive lineman Hendersonville High School –

“One girl only weighs 98 pounds, and is the smallest girl on the squad,” says Katie. “She was waist deep, pulling stuff out. It was crazy to see her lift objects that were bigger than she was.” “We cleaned up stuff we thought could be kept, like pottery and glass,” says Heithcock. But pretty much everything else, like carpet and papers, had to go. “He had a lot of trouble parting with a briefcase full of papers,” says Kaitlyn, of a resident she assisted. What she remembers most about the day was the tears welling up in one man’s eyes and his promise that he would “never let anybody ever say anything bad about today’s youth.” “We really made a difference in his day,” she says.” What really affected me was how we affected someone else.” “It was overwhelming,” says • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Heithcock of the day they spent in the River Plantation neighborhood. “It was a crazy range of emotions.”

Hendersonville High School Football Team Most fans and players will tell you that football doesn’t have an off-season. And according to the coaches and players of this Sumner County high school, neither does volunteering. For several days immediately following the flood, and for several hours each day, athletes and coaches gathered at Drakes Creek Park and some surrounding homes to do what they could. While most know Steve Crandell as a volun“We met a husband teer and wife, and she was so appreciative. It made coach at the you realize if you’d school, been in that spot, you he’s wouldn’t have known what to do either. It was also the maintelike a war zone, with nance big piles outside every supervihome and office.” – Ernie Smith, Lipscomb High sor for School baseball coach the local parks department. “We’ve always had a good relationship with our city parks,” says Bruce Hatfield, Hendersonville High football coach. It was through Crandell that the team found an opportunity to help locally. “After practice one day, some of our guys were willing to go and help out,” says Hatfield. The team spent several hours replacing sand on the playgrounds, cleaning up debris in the park, and cleaning up the park fences. They also worked on the fields at Veteran’s Park, where the softball fields had been damaged. “They had an event coming up,” says Hatfield. After finishing up what they


Lipscomb High School baseball players remove tile from a flooddamaged building in Bellevue.

could at the parks, some players moved on to nearby houses, to assist residents. “Everything people asked us to do, we pretty much did,” says Joe Townsend, senior defensive lineman for the Hendersonville High varsity football team. “There were cars everywhere. It was a disaster. Houses were completely ruined.” “Me and some teammates busted out a bunch of drywall,” he says. “There were 10-15 people in every house on the street. We pretty much walked into a house, put out our hands, and asked what to do.” “I’ve never seen any of these people before,” says Townsend, “but they would smile big when we’d walk in.” Hatfield wants to mention that they weren’t doing anything special. “Our entire community was great, helping each other out. I was glad that people were willing to call us and ask for help.” “I don’t know how much difference we were able to make,” he says. “But it’s good for young people to give back (to the community), and see how situations affect others.”

Lipscomb High School Baseball Team Both the football and baseball teams from Lipscomb High School went to the aid of residents. “Helping others is the mission of the school – it’s a Christian school”, says Regina Smith, wife of baseball team coach Ernie Smith. “They only did what thousands of other Nashville residents did.” It was through Mrs. Smith that Coach Smith and his team was given a chance to help flood victims immediately following the flood. Of the approximate 1,550 homes built by his contracting company, Haury & Smith, 400500 in the Bellevue area were affected by the flood. So Haury & Smith set up trailers in the area to assist residents. However, they were overwhelmed by the response. The trailers had been set up for paperwork assistance, to help with issues like FEMA applications. Many residents approached looking for some more hands-on help in their homes. “Homeowners would show up

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and say ‘I don’t know what to do,’” says Mrs. Smith. “After a few hours of being there, I sent a text message to all players and parents, seeing if any wanted to come and help.” “She told us it would be a great project for the baseball team,” says Coach Smith. “We went out there, and walked through the neighborhood. People would just walk up to you and tell you what they wanted or needed to be done.” “They had no idea who we were,” he says. “They didn’t know us, we didn’t know them.” But the local homeowners and business owners appreciated the help. “I remember one place where a few of us had gone in,” says Coach Smith. “It was a business in a strip mall, and the whole thing had been underwater. The man had been there for years and years, and had probably 30-40 years of memorabilia – photos of city councils and mayors, political stuff.” It was the office of Vic Lineweaver, says Mrs. Smith. “His office was packed with 30-plus year’s worth of metro government memories.” Coach Smith says he and his team sought out people who were overlooked and wander-

Fairview cheerleaders help a man empty a storage closet that was underwater during the flooding.

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what to do either.” “It was like a war zone, with big piles outside every home and office,” he says. “One couple was not aware of the severity of the flood,” says Mrs. Smith. “They were from Louisville. Volunteers saved them $10,000 to $15,000 (because there were professional for-hire clean-up companies out here) by doing the work. They came with tools and good hearts, ready to help people out.” The baseball field used by Lipscomb was also ruined in the flood. At the time, they were in the middle of a district tournament. “They had upset a good team in the first Players from the Lipscomb High School baseball team pose for a photo outside a game,” says Mrs. Smith. Haury & Smith trailer. The contracting company assisted residents with paperwork, As winners of the first game, they while the students assisted with manual labor. were to host the next game. “Alumni ing around. There was also some direction by other of our school went to work,” she volunteers, to try and organize the help. says. “Our fields got ready and we were able to “We met a husband and wife, and she was so host the games.” appreciative,” says the coach. “It made you realize if you’d been in that spot, you wouldn’t have known


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Sports Mom by Kathy Steakley

A Mother’s Pure Love


ow far would a mother go to continue the legacy of a much loved son? For Kay Hartman – there was no limit and no expiration on her determination and sacrifices. Kay’s son, Scott Hartman, was a natural athlete. The 6’4” Brentwood High School student loved baseball and football, but a freshman year weight room accident left him with two broken wrists and an interest in track. This new direction for Scott turned out to be serendipitous for BHS’s track team. Among his many successes, Scott won the state pole vault championship in 1985 (12-feet-6-inches) as well as the state decathlon in 1986 (8,720 points), which would lead to a track scholarship from the University of Tennessee. Scott still dreamed of playing football, and had actually talked with then football coach Johnny Majors about walking on in the spring. Tragically, that dream would never materialize. On Good Friday, April 17, 1987 Scott was set to compete in his first collegiate track meet. As Scott warmed up for the event in Lexington he was the victim of a “one in a million accident.” While retrieving a 16 pound hammer that he had thrown, he was hit in the back of the head by another hammer thrown by an opponent. Scott was not expected to live through the night, but he once again exceeded expectations. Kay explains that, “Scott was a fighter. He was not ready to go – it was not his time.” The first three weeks after the accident, Scott remained in a coma in a Kentucky hospital. He would wake up a few weeks later, but never be the same, requiring lifelong therapy and constant care. Over the next few years he would stay at various medical facilities. Even though Scott received great care at each location, there could not be an equal substitute for a mother’s care.

It was time, Kay decided, for a change. In January 1990, not knowing how or even if they could make it, she took a leap of faith and brought Scott home. This would not be easy, especially with another child still at home, and knowing she needed to work ten more years to draw a pension. Among the changes, Kay knocked out a wall between 2 bedrooms, rolled in a shower, brought in a motorized lift attached to the ceiling and installed a ramp to her sunroom so he could be “outside” more often. It also required an unending amount of physical labor, organization and scheduling to give him as close to a normal life as possible. One thing was abundantly clear – Kay did not bring Scott home to shut him in. She and her daughter, Pam, treated him like they would have if he had been making his own daily choices. His clothes would come from Eddie Bauer. They went overboard on decorations to give Scott Christmas. Feeling that Scott always knew what was going on and needed stimulation, they had adventures to Opryland, the park, the zoo, the pool and he was even able to attend his sister’s wedding. Getting him into the tux was not an easy chore! But Kay was persistent and patient. She never hesitated to take Scott somewhere just because it would be difficult, slower or possibly embarrassing. If anything, she wanted to help people understand to embrace people in wheelchairs and not be awkward or afraid. His mom and sister were not the only fans of Scott Hartman. Kay reflects, “Scott was here for a reason. He lived his first 19 years and accomplished many things that most people will never accomplish. The next 16 his life gave meaning to many other people.” Those others would include therapists, nurses, doctors, friends, family and coaches. As far as sports, Scott

always gave everything he had but did not let it rule him. If he lost, there was definitely disappointment but he was grounded enough to still go out and enjoy the weekend. Scott was not one to mouth off or say negative things about anyone else. He loved to help out his opponents and encourage them. One of the biggest sources of support for the Hartmans was the BHS community. Thanks to Scott Hartman day, enough funds were raised to purchase a van that would facilitate him. But a key tribute to this family began in April, 1990 when the “Scott Hartman Relay” was initiated. James Harper, principal at that time, came in a handicap bus, picked up Scott and brought him to that first relay. Sadly, there is another twist to this story. Nearly one year before Scott’s accident, on July 14, 1986, a senseless tragedy struck this family. Kay’s oldest daughter, Renee, who was an amazing, sweet, beautiful, smart, funny and loyal friend, was killed by a drunk driver. I cannot imagine what Kay must have felt getting the phone call that night, about Renee. How did she then cope, a mere nine months later, when the call came about Scott? How could she still stand, move, breathe, hope? That is when her mother’s pure love took over and began her journey to take care of her precious Scott. She never gave up. On November 3, 2003, Scott passed away from complications of pneumonia. The Scott Hartman Relays bring in hundreds of high school kids each spring. The UT Sea Ray Relays also host a “Scott Hartman Decathlon.” It would be amazing if all of these young, promising athletes know exactly what they’re running for: to pay tribute to the spirit and determination of Scott Hartman. • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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Basketball Homework: Getting Ready for the Season Mark Elliott


ne of my favorite instruction video series is Pistol Pete’s Homework Basketball. Pete Maravich, considered by many to be the greatest college basketball player of all time, shows how players can utilize drills to improve their fundamentals outside of traditional practice and games. I like to say that teams are made during the season but players are made during the off-season. “Individual homework” can make the difference between a player improving from average to a solid contributor. In this article, I’m going to share my thoughts on what younger players (defined as middle school and below) and older players (high school and above) can do on their own to improve their game. There are also plenty of resources online, such as www.puresweatbasketball and that offer information and videos as well.

while creating hand-quickness and hand-strength. Form Shooting – The biggest mistake many parents make is having a young kid try to shoot a regulation ball to a 10-foot goal before they are strong enough to do it correctly. This leads to poor shooting habits. The earlier a youngster can develop form shooting, the better. Former Lipscomb Coach Don Meyer developed a shooting progression method that is now used by coaches and players around the country. This is a series of drills focused on the mechanics of shooting form (creating muscle memory) with no regard to the basket itself. Run – Basketball has evolved through the years from a walk-upthe-court game to a circular game with constant running. A standard high school court is 84-feet long and 50-feet wide. I encourage young kids to learn to run every inch of it. Today, the majority of the teams press and fast break. If players cannot “run the floor” efficiently and effectively, they cannot play this style. Included in this up-tempo requirement is the ability to make a quick mental transition as well as physical transition from offense to defense and vice versa.

Points to Ponder

Young Players I encourage younger players to work on three things: Individual Ball Handling Drills – I know of nothing where improvement comes faster than through individual ball handling drills. There are literally hundreds of 1-ball and 2-ball dribbling and ball handling drills that can be done from a stationary position. The goal is to get a young player’s hands familiar with handling the ball (without watching the ball)


Older Players My advice to older kids is similar but a little more advanced: Cross Over Dribbling – To be successful in high school and beyond, kids must have an effective cross over move. They need to continuously work on this. The key is how fast, how low, and how sure players can execute a cross

over on the move with pressure in their face. 3 Point Shot – The 3 point shot is an integral part of today’s game. Even post players have to develop an accurate and consistent 3-point shooting motion…but not until they have the proper mechanics to do so. Play 2-on-2, 3-on-3, 4-on-4 – In the off-season, kids need to play games that teach them how to run and function within space and bodies. I like to see kids playing half court 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 or full court 4-on-4. These are great self-teaching disciplines. If they play hard, they will naturally mature as players by learning how to move on the court with and without the ball. Obviously, there are a lot of drills and games that players can do on their own to improve their skills. In addition, they should consider working with trainers to develop a workout regime that improves speed and agility and keeps them in basketball shape. The bottom line is this: basketball is not just a four-month, in-season sport. To excel in basketball, just as in academics, kids need to do their homework both in-season and out-of-season. (Mark Elliott serves as director of basketball at A-Game. A former basketball and baseball player at Vanderbilt, he played for five years in the New York Mets minor league system. He was head basketball coach at Montgomery Bell Academy for five years and assistant basketball coach at Vanderbilt for six years. He has led the NCC Warriors home school basketball program for seven years.)

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Got Shin Pain? G

oogle Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and approximately 31,000 articles will be at your fingertips. Also known as “shin splints,” MTSS is an over-use injury and inflammatory condition of the tibia or fibula in which micro tears develop at the muscle/tendon junction located along the bone shaft. The most common cause is inflammation of the sheath surrounding the tibia. The repetitive action of moving the foot up and down (dorsiflexion/plantar flexion) pulls the muscle away from its attachment on the bone. Simply stated, it is inflammation and irritation along the inside edge of your shin bone.

aren’t the only ones at risk. Bennett reported an incidence of 13 percent in civilian runners.2 Recent studies report that nearly 20 percent of athletes overall may

be affected by MTSS. 2 For certain groups, the incidence is even higher—up to 35 percent in actively training military recruits. 4 Knowing who is susceptible for developing MTSS is not hard to determine. Pinpointing what causes it is the reason for over 31,000 hits on your Google search. There does, however, seem to be a common thread in the research surrounding over-pronation (rolling your foot inward—see fig 2).

Not surprisingly, runners are particularly susceptible for developing MTSS. Bennett looked at high school cross-country runners over the course of a season and found that 12 percent developed MTSS (19 percent of females).1 Competitive runners


Changing footwear, the surface you’re running on, or a significant change in the volume of exercise are also factors known to increase your risk for developing MTSS. Unfortunately, history of exercise-related leg pain (ERLP) is perhaps the best predictor of future difficulty. MTSS usually begins as pain in the lower two-thirds of

your lower leg that occurs after physical activity. The shin at this time is often mildly to moderately painful, but only when palpated (pushed on). MTSS is not always painful with activity early on in the process. As the condition progresses, the pain will limit your activity and the shin can become swollen and severely painful to firm touch. While MTSS is common, these symptoms may also indicate other related diagnoses including compartment syndrome, which involves increased pressure within one of the four compartments in the lower leg, or tibial stress fracture (TSF), which can result when MTSS is not treated properly. If you begin experiencing significant shin pain while simply walking or sharp stabbing pain while sitting, seeking medical advice is recommended. Treatment for MTSS is most commonly time off from aggravating factors. If you are able to continue exercising, stretching the calf musculature after exercise is recommended—a simple runner’s stretch or just drop your heals off of a stair. A prolonged stretch is most effective. After stretching, applying ice to the area for 15-20 minutes will help with pain control and slow down the inflammatory process. This can be as simple as taking a bag of frozen vegetables out of the freezer. If you are unable to exercise due to pain, a walking boot is a simple way to alleviate

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almost all stress from the calf musculature which in turn will reduce swelling and pain. Different diagnostic tests may be ordered to rule out the possibility of a fracture. Most commonly an x-ray will be ordered, but a bone scan or MRI may be warranted in some cases. There is evidence to support that some therapy can be instrumental in getting you back to your game sooner. Most common modalities are iontophoresis (antiinflammatory medication delivered by small electrical current), ultrasound, and or massage. Therapists are also able to apply special taping techniques that will help reduce the stress being placed on the tibia. Other products are available to help combat the cause of the problem such as orthotics or shoes that correct overpronation. The best medicine is always prevention. There are some simple exercises that target the specific muscle groups responsible for lifting our foot (dorsiflexion). (1) Wall or Shin Raises: Simply stand with your back to a wall, with your heels about the length of your feet away from the wall. Then, lean back until your buttocks and shoulders rest against the wall. Dorsiflex both ankles simultaneously, while your heels remain in contact with the ground. Bring your toes as far toward your shins as you can, then lower your feet toward the ground, but do not allow your forefeet to contact the ground before beginning the next repetition. Complete 12-15 reps. Maintain this position and perform 12-15 pulses. A pulse is a shortened, quicker type of movement. Begin with just on set of each and progress to 3-4 sets. (2) Heel step downs: this exercise is very effective for preventing MTSS. Begin with a natural, erect body position, with your feet about shoulder-width apart, and then step forward with one foot. The length of the step should be moderate- as though you were walking in your normal manner. When your heel makes contact with the ground, stop the foot from full plantar flexing, e. g., use your shin muscles to keep the sole of the foot from making contact with the ground. After heel contact, the ball of your foot should descend no more than an inch toward the floor or ground; your foot is held in check by the eccentric contraction of your dorsiflexors (shin muscles). Return your foot to the staring position (back by the other foot), and repeat this basic stepping action a total of 15 times. As the exercise gets easier you can increase your stride length or step off of a small step. Again begin with 1 set and increase to 2-3 as tolerated. Alan Killingsworth ATC, LAT STAR Physical Therapy-Brentwood Athletic Trainer Brentwood Academy (615) 604-7092 • August 2010 • Middle Tennessee Sports Magazine

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A Man of His Word


n 1998 I drove to Tennessee State University to meet Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Sanders. A number of agents for other Titans players had called me asking if I wanted to use them in any broadcast capacity. I did, I was looking for someone who would be willing to come into the studio after games on Sunday nights and help analyze the game, but I couldn’t afford the thousands of dollars they wanted. I was told Chris was interested in the same kind of possibility, but wasn’t looking for any money he just loved to do it. We saw each other for the first time through a chain link fence between the football field and the grandstands. That big smile of his was infectious. He had a way of making you feel at ease immediately. I’ve met a lot of “big time” athletes in my career and many of them make you feel as if they’re doing you a favor spending a few minutes with you. They have other places to be. As much as I liked Chris I was skeptical to some degree. Very few, if any “big time” that I’ve met, will answer their phone when you call, or even call or text you back. It’s just as difficult getting them to commit to anything and then follow through. It’s as if they’re too important and too busy. So, as much as I liked Chris and he


agreed to join in our partnership, I wasn’t sure how dependable he would be. I told him that I wanted him at the TV station by 10pm on Sunday nights. Our sportscast started at 10:30 and I would prepare 15 minutes worth of material for us to cover, but it all depended on him being here. After the first game, I recommitted with him in the locker room and headed to work. At 10pm my cell phone rang. It was Chris at the back door waiting for me to let him into the studio. Certainly there was a sigh of relief on my part. He was magnificent. His personality just shines. There’s a natural enthusiasm in his work and the 15 minutes flew with a chemistry between the two of us that felt like two old friends. Afterwards in the parking lot, we spent another hour talking … not about football, but about his life. His mission, he said, was to be a man of character and a man of faith. Well that’s fine, but what about next week. He showed up again, on time and with that same infectious enthusiasm. Week after week, he faithfully arrived at or just before 10pm. Even when the team was on the road, unless they were on the west coast, the team plane would land as late as 9:30, but hungry and bruised from playing, Chris


never failed to show up on time. Our friendship grew, as did my respect. I saw him on nights when he could barely walk from pain … but he was faithful. After he left the Titans and moved on in his career, I still brought him back as often as I could, or used him to discuss player issues. People loved his spirit. Now retired, he is still a dear, faithful friend. In many ways he’s like a son, because his father had walked out of his life when he was 8 years old. And he continues to give. As an assistant football and track coach for MBA he empowers his young athletes. I joked with him, asking why he demanded his receivers run precise routes over and over again when he seemingly seldom did when he was a player. “Because I want them to be better than me. I want them to be great.” And they love him for that. The mark of greatness is measured by the consistency of time – coaching for life and not just for the game and being an example for all to see. Chris Sanders lives the motto “Say what you mean, and mean what you say.”

Lipscomb University

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