by Emma Duncan, Allison Meyer, & McKenzie Whelan
When deciding upon a story topic, we knew that we wanted to cover something that was an issue throughout our school. We immediately turned our attention to some of our peers who had their sport season cut short or put on pause due to sports-related injuries. We all decided that our story should show different athletes' personal experiences when having to deal with the setbacks due to injuries.
Coming up with interviewees was a simple task. It’s no secret that sports-related injuries in American teens are quite common, and our school is no exception. Each of us knew of at least one to two people off the top of our heads that would make for an exceptional interview.
Our first interview was with Dylan Pape who unfortunately had recent shoulder surgery on his labrum. His injury was a build-up of too much wear and tear through his baseball and football careers as a junior. He gave concise and direct answers, which came in handy while writing the script because they were extremely useful soundbites.
Our next interviewees were Ellie Quaethem and Delaney Siefken. Although involved in different athletic activities, both girls gave tremendous sound bites that flowed nicely within our script. Anyone could see that both of these young ladies were very passionate about what they are involved in. This allowed them to express their emotions, as well as the lessons that have been learned.
We also interviewed Lindsay Sprung. She reflected on her injury that took place during her current cross country season.
Our final interview was with Head Track and Cross Country Coach Michael Olszowka. He explained his tactics and reasoning behind why he feels that athletes are more susceptible to various injuries. He also dove into how sports injuries can be prevented, and that it all starts with the quality of training during the offseason.
Obtaining b-roll for this story was easy. We grabbed some film that we had shot previously from various sporting events. This came in handy to lay over the shots of the interviewees when they were talking about their sport. It was also very convenient for us to film our own b-roll because the training room is accessible on campus at all times. Students frequently move in and out of it.
When it came to editing our story, we had a vision of how we wanted it to begin. We started off by having all of the athletes name what sport they were involved in, to give our audience some background and grab their attention. From there it flowed into their various injuries and Coach Olsowka's thoughts.
We hope that you find this story as inspiring and enjoyable as we did. It was a great experience for us. We were also able to gain a sense of empathy and compassion towards our peers. We wish to shed light on how injuries are affecting teens involved in sports and to raise awareness in taking precautionary actions while competing.