Here at Arkansas State, we pride ourselves on being passionate about our university and all of our athletic programs. This is the time of year where our spirit is put on full display.
Fall Saturday’s, Thursday’s, Tuesday’s and even Wednesday’s are for A-State football. One of the traditions at Arkansas State is the Red Wolf Walk.
Coach Blake Anderson and his team take a stroll down through “Tailgate City” and greet fans on their way into Centennial Bank Stadium. Surrounding the team are members of the A-State Cheer Squad and Dance Team.
This led me to think about what all goes into the day as a member of one of these spirit squads. Luckily for me, I was able to catch up with Red Wolves freshman dancer Ellie Stafford and in the interview below, she takes you inside a gameday from the cheering perspective.
Prior to attending Arkansas State University, I had always heard of how successful the rugby team was and they weren’t even an NCAA-sanctioned sport. Since being here, I’ve made good friends with a fraternity brother of mine, Dalton Steele. Dalton is from South Carolina and he came to ASU to play rugby.
During his time here, he suffered multiple concussions on the pitch. Faced with a tough decision, Steele decided it was best to give up the sport he loved in order to prevent further injury.
After hearing his story, I immediately begin to wonder of the correlation between rugby concussions and concussions in American football. Similar to the National Football League, CTE is being heavily researched overseas by European doctors. One study showed rugby players take an average of 77 hits to head per game. The game is dangerous and with athletes becoming bigger, faster and stronger, the game will continue to be violent.
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