Ups & Downs

My life as an athlete began in first grade when I first tried out for gymnastics. I fell in love with the sport instantly and had a fun time. Imet some really good friends of mine there. I liked being able to do tricks other people couldn’t, and I always had a smile on my face during practice. Flash forward two years later to the end of 3rd grade, I stopped going to practice for a few weeks and i realized during that time that i didn’t want to do gymnastics anymore. I told my mom and we took me out. Right after that my mom was telling me about how she played volleyball, and I decided to give it a try. So the summer going into 4th grade I played volleyball for the first time and my coach realized I was good for barely starting. We ended up winning the“championship” and I just knew this is what I want to do in my future. I played for 3 years every summer until 6th grade when I played on my first school team. I was one of two 6th graders on the 7th grade team.That was one of the proudest moments I’ve had. That same year I tried out for my first club team and made it. Our team had its ups and downs, but we got through them. Our last tournament we played together was May 12, 2019. Which was in San Francisco and two days long, we played our hardest. We finished off the season in the gold brackett. Sadly on the last day of the tournament I ended up injuring my knee, but I didn’t realize it until a couple weeks later when I was practicing for a different club I had joined for the summer. I kept complaining to my mom about my knee bothering me but nothing would help, so she finally took me to a doctor. He told me that I most likely had osgood-schlatter disease and that I had to take 6 months off and it was common for kids my age who did sports to have it. He said depending on how serious it was I could possibly not play again, I cried as soon as we left. I stopped playing until august which means I didn’t listen and i played for my school team again. I was the only 7th grader on the 8th grade team and this time I took precautions while playing and after practice. In march of 2020 my mom told me she was going to take me to the doctor that they go to, because it hadn’t gotten better but worse. A couple days later I went to the other doctor and this time she said I should get an x-ray. That same day I got an x-ray. I went back a week later and she said nothing was broken and that I should try physical therapy for a month. So on march 17th 2020 I started my first day of physical therapy. I did that for a month in hopes it would work but nothing changed. So I went back to the doctor and she said this time you need to get an mri. I got my MRI and it came back like a week later and she told my mom what it said because my mom is a nurse so she knew the medical terms. I didn’t know what happened yet until a couple days later when I found the papers on the kitchen table and asked if this is what happened. On the paper it said I had two tears in my meniscus. When an athlete hears they have a tear in a muscle that means the end of the world for them. That is when my world changed, this was the first year in five years I didn’t get to play. I thought nothing would help and that I guess sports wasn’t for me. But after finding out what happened I went back to the doctor and she said another month of physical therapy, but somewhere else. So I did another month. Again it didn’t help, so guess where I went, to another doctor. This time I went to a specialist, and here is the part I wasn’t ready for. He said that from his eyes i didn’t have a torn meniscus, trust me i was happy don’t get me wrong but i was still in pain and i didnt know why. I won’t go into detail cause to some people it can be really not so pleasant to hear. Before my surgery in July. I probably went to the doctor more than 10 times and had over 16 physical therapy appointments. After my surgery, the first thing I asked the nurse that was with me “can I play again” after she said yes I broke down in tears I was so happy. I continued physical therapy until september. I still was scared to run or jump so it wasn’t till November when i ran for the first time without saying my knee hurts. I am still recovering but at least I get to practice moving instead of sitting on my bed not being able to go anywhere. I learned my lesson to not take a break when the doctor tells you to take a break.

Written by Lauren

Sports Are A Life Style

I can’t imagine what it would be like without sports. Sports are extremely relavent. Sports are a life style. Kids grow up watching sports, then wanting to play them, then actually playing them. They become a huge deal when you get to junior high, high school, college and professional level. I’m currently not playing any sports, but it’s something that I’m into and enjoy. I like watching several sports. I’m especially a fan of basketball and watching the Lakers win their games and championships. It’s been so different with COVID where people can’t attend gamesand cheer on their teams. I hope sometime soon we can get back to that and to the way things were.

Written by Kitana

Whenever I think of sports the first thing that comes to mind is my time swimming competitively, or watching basketball. I don’t mean to sound big headed but I think I’m pretty decent at swimming. I have a lot of ribbons from when I was 4 years old, up until 2020 when COVID hit the United States and my practices and swim meets were cancelled. Since then my practices have restarted.

Written by Ethan

Athletics to me means any form of physical sports, exercises, andgames. Such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, tag, yoga, Zumba, etc. I’m not the biggest fan of sports…but why lie. I do enjoy playing sometimes andwatching games with my family. Usually we watch soccer games. I enjoyplaying volleyball and soccer, but I’m not in any teams and all that. Now Iwouldn’t say I’m the apathetic type for sports but sometimes if I feel tired Ican be. Anywho back to the sports I enjoy. First of all soccer would have to be one of my favorite sports, and as a kid I enjoyed watching my brother play thinking he looked like a professional and all. I even wanted to grow upand be like him. I never joined any team though I still would like to. I even tried out for the school soccer team. I may not be the most “trained” but I’m still quite good. I also know some soccer teams like “Club America, Chivas, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, etc.” Then volleyball, this is a sport I started liking when I got older. Haven’t joined a team either but I hope I will when this pandemic is over. If you’ve watched Haikyuu, an anime series, itwas something that got me more eager in volleyball. Though I’m not the biggest fan of working out because then I’m sore the next day, playing actually gets me to do it. I watch some games here and there but I’m not a fan of any yet. I also recently taught myself my positions, the names of the hits and passes. I workout sometimes like running, pushups, jumping jacks, squats, and more. If i would have to choose between volleyball and soccer, I would leave you on read and not respond. Possibly because I love and like both exactly the same.

Written by Anabel

What athletics means to me is someone that works hard and practices and focuses on a sport. It also means to me that theylike that sport or just think it’s fun. When i think of sports I don’t think of myself i think about the basics like football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. I don’t necessarily watch sports but when it’s like a Dodgers game I will watch it with my dad and sometimes before the pandemic my family and I would go to the games in LA. I do find sports boring in my opinion because in ever understand and it just doesn’t get my attention to sit down and watch.

Written by Anahi

I was four when I started playing sports. I played soccer, basketball, and softball. My favorite sport has been soccer. It was fun because I got to play with my cousins and I traveled to play games. I stopped playing because I joined dance that took up most of my time and I did not have time for soccer. One thing I miss about soccer is hanging out with my friends but I love dancing.

Written by Miley

What being athletic means to me is getting out of the house to spend time with family and friends, playing some type of sports and having a good time. When I think about sports I do think of myself as an athlete who plays sports. When I play sports I can sometimes use it as a way to cope with whatever is bothering me at the time and clear my mind. I think of myself as an athlete because I like to learn how to play sports that I’ve never played before and also challenge myself to new limits. I am not a big fan of watching sports on TV because I rather be playing them, but the only sport I do watch is football. I do not believe that I am apathetic to sports because I like playing them and I have teams I prefer.

Written by Yazmine

I play volleyball! It’s really fun and I’m committed to it! I know a few people that don’t think it’s a sport! That’s crazy! It’s a game where either girls or boys can play it. There are clubs of volleyball, a lot actually. When you’re in a volleyball club you have to be fully committed, because there are girls/boys on your team that are doing club to get a scholarship to colleges! During that period your coach basically tells you what you can and can’t do, like most of thetime they say you have to be in bed by a certain time, or you can’t go out to party’s! Most of the girls/boys don’t care they still do volleyball, but also a lot of people do not like that thecoach does that! To be honest I don’t really care. I still do volleyball. It doesn’t bother me! You travel a lot to different places, like LA, and etc. You have tournaments on the weekends, very rarely you go on a week day! I definitely recommend at least trying to play volleyball! A lot of people enjoy it!

Written by Madison