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Sports medicine goes to the girls

Cindy Ramunno

The sports medicine class at Eagle Valley High School started with around 16 kids. As the year progressed, only four senior girls remained. Teacher Randy Rohweder teaches the class and kids have gotten opportunities to learn from people at Steadman Hawkins and past students.

The dynamic four who remain ” Kendra Kahlow, Jessica Jagger, Trista Sandoval and Kirsten DeGroat ” have enjoyed the intense class, and three of the four will for sure be studying a health-related field this fall in college. Jagger is interested in nursing, Sandoval wants to be a pediatrician and DeGroat was to be an orthopedic surgeon or a trainer for a professional sports team. Kahlow took sports medicine to ‘test the waters’ and has decided to pursue more artistic endeavors at a university.

Because Sports Medicine is not a duel enrollment class, many students felt that as long as they are in a high-level academic class, they might as well be getting college credit for it. The girls in the class agree that they wish the class was duel enrollment, but what they are taking away from it is invaluable ” and they have no regrets. “There is a lot of material and tests in this class,” says Sandoval.

Past students of the class have mentioned that they breeze through their freshman anatomy class in college. The class prepares the high school students for the next level of learning. “The class is very ‘hands on,'” says DeGroat. Kahlow agrees, “If you don’t get it one way, you’ll pick it up some other way.” Kahlow explains that Rohweder teaches to a variety of learning styles, so it’s easy for students to learn the material.

One of the girls’ most vivid memories of the class was seeing a cadaver at Steadman Hawkins. Sandoval said that the skin seemed weird to her, but once they opened up the body, she was fine. “We got to feel tissues, veins, tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles,” she adds. They also remember a knee surgery video that caused some queasiness with the drilling and bending rods. “I looked over at Kendra and she was totally white,” says DeGroat. Maybe that video is what is making Kahlow take an artistic direction for her future.

Jagger will be attending Colorado State University this fall; DeGroat will be at the University of Colorado and Sandoval is deciding between the two universities. Kahlow will attend her first year at Colorado Mountain College and then make a transfer to Fort Collins or Arizona.

And if you have a question about what’s hurting you, these gals can probably give you a pretty accurate answer. They’ve all said that they are much more aware of their own bodies and recognize common injuries. “We know which muscle is sore after a workout and why,” explains Jagger. She adds that when they see kids or adults lifting weights, they also can immediately see what they are doing wrong. They are also more aware of what to eat and the importance of hydration. It’s not a bruise either, “it’s a contusion,” says Jagger with a smile.

In the remaining weeks of their class, the students are treated with guest speakers from Steadman Hawkins and more ‘hands on’ activities. Rohweder says that girls have worked hard and have been extremely motivated for this class. “These girls are fun to teach and they’ve shown an intense interest in all the material,” he says.


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