The Ball in Their Court
Student trainers & nutritionists collaborate with athletics for unique hands-on experiences
On the eve of the upcoming basketball season, Hunter Cattoor, a star guard on the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team, hopped onto the training table, waiting to get his ankle stretched and taped. Cole Stevenson, a student athletic trainer for the men’s basketball team, was there, ready to help.
Leg propped up on the table, Stevenson used a rubber strap to take Cattoor through a series of ankle stretches designed to maximize movement and flexibility while increasing strength.
Once fully stretched, Cattoor moved over to a balancing board, basketball in hand. Standing on one leg and using the hand opposite the leg on the ground, Cattoor and Stevenson practiced hand-eye coordination and balancing drills, passing the ball back and forth with one hand.
This interaction between Cattoor and Stevenson is symbolic of a partnership that is rare between athletics and academics at the upper echelon of Division 1 athletics and is a testament to the power of hands-on learning in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. More than 50 students from the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise gain experiences with all of Virginia Tech’s sports teams in all different facets, from being on the sidelines as a student trainer to fueling student-athletes in the classroom and on the court.