Due to the world’s current state of affairs and the measures that were put into place, Tennessee State University Student-Athletes have had to make adjustments to how they go about their everyday lives.
In March, TSU transitioned to online classes and all athletic related activities, including completion and practice were suspended. Since then, student-athletes have had to adjust to a new normal.
Name: Kendall Bullock
Q: How has this health crisis affected you as it relates to your sport?
A: This health crisis stopped our spring season abruptly. As we were just starting team practice to prepare for our tournaments, the season was ended. This is unfortunate because the spring is about individual and team growth, which helps during the fall season. While we can still grow from a distance, being together would be more effective.
Q: How has the transition to online classes had an affect on your life?
A: It’s affected my life because it makes me feel less active. As an athlete, I’m so used to movement. I needed those walks to class to keep me going. Sitting in front of a computer screen for so long makes me feel so sedentary. I try to make up for lost movement in my workouts though.
Q: How have you adjusted to the “new normal” that the world is currently facing?
A: I have adjusted fairly well. It took a while for me to find a schedule that works for me, but now that I have, I’m okay. I try to plan out my day like how it would be for me at school so that I can keep myself busy. It is not an ideal situation but I take whatever is thrown at me and deal with it.
Q: What are you doing to stay on top of your game while you have to train/practice away from your team?
A: I workout six days a week. This includes a lot of running and I lift at home too. I also do the individualized at-home workouts our coaches sent to us. This helps me stay on top of my volleyball skills and stay in shape simultaneously.
Q: How are you taking advantage of or making the most out of this situation?
A: I’m taking this extra time to really learn the game more. I watch film from our past season along with other teams that are very successful. Increasing my IQ will help my decision making on the court. I expect to implement some of the things I learn this fall.
Q: What are you doing to keep in contact with your teammates and coaches?
A: Our team communicates through group chats weekly to make sure everyone is on top of things. We do this because we know that we still have to hold each other accountable. There are weekly Facetime calls with coaches and every Friday our team gets on a zoom call to have our Leadership session. There are also positional group meetings!