“Do you know what an athletic trainer does?” This was the question posed to the more than 50 youth gathered in the gym of Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis - East Middle School Unit.
For these Boys and Girls Club members, they were about to have this question answered first hand from the Rams athletic training staff.
The St. Louis Rams athletic training staff headed by Head Athletic Trainer, Reggie Scott, left the confines of their athletic training room at ContinuityX Training Center to take their expertise and passion for athletics to the young men and women of the East Middle School Unit. Scott and his staff; James Lomax, Tyler Williams and Chad Moeller, were on a mission to forward the Play 60 message during the Rams Pump and Praise event on May 9, 2012.
During the event, the trainers reinforced the Play 60 message of the importance of getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The event emphasized that being active and moving your body can be fun, and when you are having fun the more likely you are to stay active and healthy for your whole life.
The day included exercises and activities straight out of the athletic training room; giving the youth in attendance the opportunity to do the same exercises that Rams players complete before preparing for a season of football and rehabbing after injury. Scott and his staff started the event by leading warm-ups for the group then completing a jumping jack matrix teaching the youth the three ways the body moves. Lastly, the youth were broken into groups to complete a circuit of five different dynamic activities.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis - East Middle Unit Site Coordinator, Marvin Crumer, shared the theme and excitement of the day. “Today is all about activity for our kids, getting them to warm-up to exercise and take these activities home and continue to do them and keep themselves healthy, after school, before school, and whenever they have time to be active.” He continued, “I think it’s great for the Rams to come back into the community and share this experience with the kids.”
All participants as well as the on-hand volunteers were encouraged to praise and offer encouragement to each other during the drills. A component of the program that Scott says is vital to keeping kids healthy and a driving factor of his staff’s involvement in the Play 60 movement.
“A lot of kids aren’t active because they don’t think they can exercise. Some think they aren’t athletic enough or are already overweight and therefore can’t be active. But we want to remind these kids that moving is exercise and exercise is for everyone,” says Scott. “By making exercise fun we can do our part to encourage healthy behavior. We want the kids to leave here today with a positive outlook on their abilities to be and stay active.”
The Rams are committed to the Play 60 mission of improving the health and wellness of the next generation by encouraging kids to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The Rams continue to engage young fans in fitness initiatives in in-school, after-school and team-based programs with the hope of tackling childhood obesity. Since Play 60 was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $200 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for PSAs. For more information on how to join the Rams and the NFL’s movement for an active generation visit www.nfl.com/play60.