Sports injuries hinder SLC athletes

Stevan Radosavljevic ‘17 gears up to shoot a basket during abasketball game before prior to his injury Photo by Tony Correa 

Stevan Radosavljevic ‘17 gears up to shoot a basket during abasketball game before prior to his injury
Photo by Tony Correa 

While people all across the world were celebrating love this past Valentine’s day, Stevan Radosavljevic ('17), a member of the Sarah Lawrence men’s basketball team, was breaking his elbow. A minute before the end of the game against Farmingdale State, Radosavljevic went in for a rebound, and landed on his left hand which caused something “weird” to happen to his arm. He felt a pop and, as he explained, “something was sticking out.”  Radosavljevic believed that he had broken his entire arm by the reaction of the people surrounding him on the court. He said “they were kinda freaked out by the whole scene.” He was ordered not to look at his arm, and trainers from Farmingdale state covered the fracture with a sheet. Radosavljevic lay on the basketball court and waited for an ambulance to arrive. “I screamed at first,” Radosavljevic recalls, “All of these things were coming into my mind. Career ending stuff. Because it felt really wrong and not natural.” 

This event was confirmed by teammate Nikos Efstratudakis ('17), who saw the entire incident occur. “Stevan was playing very hard”, Efstratudakis said. He explained that Farmingdale was playing a little too rough, they were pushing too much. “The refs were not calling anything. We were complaining for the past two or three plays to the refs because they [the other team] were pushing too much.” A few minutes before the elbow fracture, Radosavljevic was pushed all the way off the court and into the sideline bench. Ahead by twenty points, there was no need for the intensity perpetuated by Farmingdale State. Efstratudakis admits that he was completely shocked by the incident and stood with his hands covering his mouth for a few minutes. “It scared me for sure,” he stated.

When athletes play a sport, injuries are part of the game. It is in situations similar to Radosavljevic’s that a trainer is especially needed.The head Sarah Lawrence Athletic Trainer, Fred Jimenez, explains that in situations during a game, he must decipher whether athletes need to go to the hospital for injuries such as a fracture or dislocation. “We must preserve the health and safety and well being of the student athlete above everything else. It does not matter if it is a championship game, five minutes left, first game of the season, record of the opposing team - none of that matters. You have to stay completely impartial and make the best decision for the athletes long term health”,  explained Jimenez.This type of injury, fracture of the elbow, will take around six to eight weeks to heal. 

“I’m very traumatized actually thinking about playing basketball again.” Radosavljevic admitted. He is in good hands with the support of his teammates, coaches, and Jimenez. Once an injured athlete regains motion, they must work on regain function. “You do everything that you can do without causing more damage to the injury. Because there is a fine line between stimulating the tissue enough to help it repair itself, and then adding more stress and more load that will cause more damage. That’s where your education and clinical training will help.” Jimenez explained. Student-athletes regularly encounter injuries, but with the direction of their trainers, they can recover quickly. Sometimes, however, with more serious injuries, such as a concussion, athletes must be excused from their classes for a few days of rest. Radosavljevic's injury is certainly unique, but he is expected to regain mobility by the end of this semester. Luckily, too, the basketball season just came to an end which means the lead scorer will not miss any action.

“They [teammates] described it as one second of hell,” Stevan remembered. Let’s hope his next Valentine’s day is closer to heaven than hell.

by Sadie Rose Zavgren ‘17

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

Checking in with the Spring Season Gryphons

Jeff Jordan II.  Credit: Tony Correa

Jeff Jordan II. 
Credit: Tony Correa

Colette Harley '17   Credit: Jim O’Connor

Colette Harley '17
Credit: Jim O’Connor

Erin Chafatelli  Credit: Tony Correa

Erin Chafatelli 
Credit: Tony Correa

Athletes are amazing people. I think they are amazing because they are able to balance a full course load and participate in competitive and physically challenging sports. The Gryphons 2014-15 athletic season has, thus far, been successful and full of growth. It is hard to believe that it is already time to wrap up basketball and swimming and move on to softball and men’s volleyball. But, without further ado, I present recaps and previews of more impressive student-athletes who are breaking school records and raking in points left and right!

BASKETBALL:
On Feb. 28, the Men’s Basketball team will finish their 2014-15 season. The young team won their first and only game against Pratt at Homecoming in November. The squad is noticeably young; it consists of nine first-year students. Head coach Chris Ehmer predicts that with more time the team will continue to grow and be competitive in every game. “I think we’ve come a long way, but we need to keep getting more polished,” Ehmer explained. Some highlights from this past season include a tight game against Maritime on Jan. 17, which ended in a very close loss of 62-65. In Skyline games against Martime and Mount Saint Vincent, rookie Keith Burns ('18) led the Gryphons with 29 points, which earned him Athlete of the Week. 

MEN’S and WOMEN’S SWIMMING:
In three weeks, the swimmers of the Men’s and Women’s teams will ditch their bathing suits, goggles, and caps after three months of competing. The swim season will end with a four-day competition at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championships. Eric Mitchell, the coach of the Men’s and Women’s swim teams, remarked that this season was full of highlights including the recruitment of first-year student Hannah Lawson ('18) who set school records for the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. Mitchell added that the swimmers have “become a strong and closer team, which are all good things. We work on camaraderie and make sure we are cheering for each other. Swimming is a team sport at the NCAA level, but it’s really an individual sports so it’s easy to just get in and swim your laps and not worry about what the person next to you is doing. We make sure that everyone is aware to cheer on the person who’s still swimming behind them.” Six seniors, three men and three women, will graduate from the team this year.  

SOFTBALL:
Although the softball season will not officially begin until March, second-year coach Chelsea Sheehan will train her young team for six weeks at Sarah Lawrence in preparation for their first game of the season. On March 11, they will kick off their season against Yeshiva, before traveling to Myrtle Beach for a week of training in warm South Carolina. Last year was Sheehan’s first season coaching at SLC and she notes that it was a “learning curve” for her and the team. The players and coaches have agreed that their season is not about winning or losing. Instead, the softball team looks to put in their full effort and energy during every practice and game.  The team has seven first-year students and three seniors. The Gryphons will host their first home game of the season on Mar. 29 against Mount Saint Vincent. 

WOMEN’S CLUB BASKETBALL:
SLC offers a wonderful diversity of activities to explore one's interests. The focus of the women's basketball club program is to offer students a previously-unavailable way to enrich and enhance their college experience. Women's Basketball is about learning and improving a set of skills, as well as overcoming the challenge of working as a team made up of individuals from all walks of life. The women’s basketball club team is actively seeking and welcoming new players. Mark Burger, assistant coach of the men’s basketball team, is the head coach of the women’s team. Burger writes that he is “happy with this season because one of the things that makes this year so special is our diversity. We have players who started with zero experience and others who have played on a competitive team before. It's been a blast seeing them figure out how to succeed in a team concept.” Burger goes on to write that his “primary goal is to offer our student body another means of personal growth and self expression. This one just happens to be called basketball. In that sense my goal for the participants is to learn to overcome boundaries and have fun doing so.”

By Sadie Rose Zavgren '17

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

SAAC and Gryphons Gear-Up for Homecoming

The 2013-2014 Sarah Lawrence Basketball Team.  Photo courtesy Paul Blascovich via gogryphons.com

The 2013-2014 Sarah Lawrence Basketball Team. Photo courtesy Paul Blascovich via gogryphons.com

The annual Sarah Lawrence homecoming event will take place on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Campbell Sports Center from 7 - 10 p.m. There will be a variety of events including a men's and women's swim meet which will begin at 7 p.m., the men's basketball team's first home game of the season starting at 8 p.m., and a half-time performance by the SLC dance team. There will be a recognition ceremony for all senior student-athletes from the six fall teams: women's tennis, women's volleyball, women's and men's cross country and women's and men's soccer. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase as well as a tag sale featuring gently used Varsity sport equipment. All proceeds from the homecoming event will support the Students for Students Scholarship Fund (SSSF). Homecoming is organized by SLAC, SAAC and SSSF. SLC students, faculty members and staff are invited to gather as a community to cheer on Gryphon athletes as they compete and perform.
                    
The SLC men's basketball team comprised of 16 players who hail from many locations around the United States as well as three international students from Canada,Greece, Turkey, and Serbia. This squad is young, considering nine of the players are first year students, and only one senior remains on the team. Head coach Chris Ehmer notes that fresh faces are exciting to have on a team because it creates more options for the future, but at the same time, “it will take a few games for us to generate some positive chemistry.” This season will be the basketball team's first in the Skyline Conference, which will demand a higher level of competition. Ehmer expects this basketball season to be bright with an “exciting future.” The basketball team appreciates the support from the SLC community and intends to share their hard work and talent at homecoming.
                    
The men's and women's swim teams began practicing in late September and this homecoming will be the their fourth meet of the season. The women's swim team has five first-years students, in addition to the nine returning athletes. The men's swim team has two first-year students who will compete along with the seven returning athletes. This is the first year the men's team will compete in a conference.The women's team has already earned their first conference victory. On November 10, three swimmers, Hannah Lawson (‘18), Cameron Martinez (‘16), and Albert Riley (‘18) were honored by Skyline for their efforts in the last meet. The men's and women's swim team have a promising season ahead.
                    
The SLC dance team was created last year by three students: Anjette Rostock (‘17_, Kayley Shimmin (‘17), and Monet A. Thibou (‘1&). This year, the SLC dance team has 19 dancers, nearly double the dancers from last year. According to Lindsey Guion (‘17), this year at homecoming, the SLC dance team will perform to a “Beyonce mash-up.” Last year, the troop performed at half-time for the first time. And as first year students, they were, according to Guion “very nervous.”
Guion adds that as first year students, “we didn't go to sporting events because it wasn't common, so going to this event, to support the Gryphons, was exciting.” 

This year, the team practices three times a week and they are excited to share their dance moves at homecoming. 

by Sadie Zavgren ‘17
szavgren@gm.slc.edu

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.