Brenna Rademaker – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- It is not a secret that sports can cause injuries.  Many people may focus on contact sports such as football and hockey.  Several LRHS high school athletes, however, bumps and bruises are a part of many events.

Sophomore Juanita Diaz is on the LRHS soccer team, as well as the Braden River Soccer Club U17 team.  Diaz said, “I stretched a ligament in my left ankle in a game and now I have to do regular therapy to strengthen it or else it will tear.”

Diaz has had several injuries throughout the years, but nothing that is going to make her stop playing the game.

Another soccer player, sophomore Josie Curtis, said, “I’ve had many injuries through my soccer career, but the most significant one for me is when I got a concussion and couldn’t remember my whole summer.”  Curtis was out of any physical activity for a while.

Even a sport like color guard for the marching band can get to be surprisingly dangerous.  Junior Mackenzie Brielmann said, “Color guard is very fun and enjoyable but can be rough, especially for the weapon line.”  Brielmann said she only does flag, but it can still be bad if the wind blows the wrong way and it hits you in the head.

“The rifles and sabers get the worst of it,” Brielmann said. “They often have large bruises on their arms from the rifles accidentally hitting them.”

She says it can be tough at times, but it’s the end product that makes all the hard work worth it.

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