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Sac State student injured on campus by falling tree branch

A branch fell and struck a Sac State student on the head on Monday, Feb. 17. The unidentified student was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Sacramento Fire Captain Keith Wade.
Madeleine Beck and Chris Wong February 17, 2020

A falling branch injured a Sacramento State student outside Riverside Hall just before 3 p.m. Monday, fire officials said. Paramedics were dispatched at 2:58 p.m. and arrived around 3:10 p.m. to take...

Men’s tennis reserved by injured roster

State Hornet Staff March 18, 2014

Injuries are a common occurrence in sports. They can arise from poor preparation or fluke accidents and can put an entire season in jeopardy.For the Sacramento State men’s tennis team, that is the dilemma.The...

Women’s basketball senior guard Se’Nyce Parrish out indefinitely with knee injury

Satchi Hover November 13, 2013

Se’Nyce Parrish, senior guard for Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team, sustained a knee injury in the first half of the Hornets’ 93-89 victory over San Diego State Sunday – she will be...

Hornets fall short late against UC Santa Barbara

Clifton Jones October 23, 2013

Sacramento State’s lack of a prolific scorer was evident in the loss against UC Santa Barbara Tuesday.The Hornets were in a tight match but fell to the 17th ranked Gauchos 2-1.Head coach Mike Linenberger...

Kassidy Kellogg out for season with leg injury

Clifton Jones September 7, 2013

Sacramento State women's soccer sophomore forward Kassidy Kellogg saw her season come to an end due to injury Friday in a match against UNLV. Kellogg suffered a broken tibia and apparent damage to her...

Hornets suffer injury and loss in extra time against UNLV

Sac State defender No. 8 McKenna Swanson conducts a corner kick during a game at Sac State.
Clifton Jones September 6, 2013

Sacramento State women’s soccer was dealt a major blow after today’s extra time loss against the University of Las Vegas Rebels. Sophomore forward/defender Kassidy Kellogg was carried off the field...

Softball loses Alexis Martinez for the season with leg injury

Clifton Jones March 6, 2013

Sacramento State softball freshman Alexis Martinez suffered a leg injury on Feb. 22 during a defensive drill in the outfield. Martinez collided with sophomore outfielder Nicole Clark, and immediately Martinez...

Buzz of the Crowd: Hornets need to find leader during second half of Big Sky

State Hornet Staff February 6, 2013

A team becomes lost without its leader.Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team might not have been the favorite to win the Big Sky Conference this year, but it was headed in the right direction.That...

Hornets find offense from others while Garrity remains injured

Hornet sophomore guard No. 5, Dylan Garrity, had nine assists against the Bears in the Nest on Saturday.
State Hornet Staff January 27, 2013

With point guard Dylan Garrity out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, Sacramento State looked to the other half of its back court.Sophomore guard Mikh McKinney led the Hornets to their...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?
James Heck December 5, 2012
Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at [email protected]
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