Strength, conditioning coach advises precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses

Strength, conditioning coach advises precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses

As a heat advisory for Middle Tennessee has been issued until Sunday at 7 p.m., Lipscomb Athletics assistant strength and conditioning coach Sean Johnson discussed the necessary precautions to take when exercising or working outside in extreme heat. Johnson, who began working with Lipscomb Athletics the spring of 2016, said the most important thing to do when outside in extreme heat is to make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and to consume electrolytes during exercise. Another precaution to take is to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. For exercise specifically, moisture-wicking, quick-drying gear is best, such as Nike Dri-Fit, and wearing light-colored clothing will reflect the sun, rather than absorb it. Sunscreen is also essential for protecting one’s skin. Johnson said the guidelines for Lipscomb sports teams vary, but he recommends checking the weather beforehand and planning to exercise or practice during a part of the day when the humidity is low. “If we are going to train outside, it is best to do it early in the morning — 5:30 or 6 a.m. — before the sun gets too hot or late in the evening when the sun is going down,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of up to each coach as to when they want to practice, but they try to avoid the hottest parts of the day when they can.” This week has been one of the hottest of the summer. In addition to high humidity levels, the temperature reached 98 degrees in Nashville today.  A 60% chance of rain is expected tomorrow, which will cool temperatures slightly, but the highs will stay in the...
Hutcheson reflects on playing for Coach Meyer, coach’s induction into Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

Hutcheson reflects on playing for Coach Meyer, coach’s induction into Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

Coach Don Meyer is an undisputed legend at Lipscomb. Meyer coached Lipscomb basketball from 1975 – 1999 — back when the school was still NAIA — and led the Bisons to 13 NAIA national tournaments, three Final Fours and won the 1986 NAIA National Championship. One of his star players was Philip Hutcheson who played for Meyer from 1986 – 1990, broke college basketball’s all-time scoring record at the time, scored 4,106 points during his career and was selected as the 1990 NAIA Player of the Year. This fall, Meyer will be adding yet another accolade to his prestigious career, as he’ll be posthumously inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame in Evansville, Indiana. Hutcheson said the organization was established to recognize coaches and players who played for universities that weren’t a “Power Five” school, or a larger institution. “It was created because there was a feeling that there were a lot of great athletes and coaches whose contributions to basketball weren’t recognized nationally as much as they probably should’ve been,” Hutcheson said. “Maybe the people who know the game well would know them, but the casual sports fan would not know them as much. And so I think this organization was kind of created to help tell the stories of these people who otherwise might not be recognized as they probably should have.” Meyer is already a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the South Dakota Hall of Fame, the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame and the Northern State Athletics Hall of Fame. However, Hutcheson noted how Meyer is...
Marvel spins first-rate Spider-Man entry film into MCU

Marvel spins first-rate Spider-Man entry film into MCU

The third time really is the charm with the latest Spider-Man saga. Spider-Man Homecoming is just what the fans wanted. It’s the nerdiest, and best, Spider-Man film to date, reaching $117 million at the box office opening weekend. Only Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have made more this year. The story opens right where Captain America: Civil War left off. This Spider-Man retelling doesn’t start from the beginning with Peter Parker’s legendary spider bite, but rather it covers a very specific time in Peter’s life as a 15-year-old highschooler, specifically during Homecoming season. Tom Holland is the Spider-Man comic book readers know and remember — epitomizing the kid inside the suit that made Spider-Man the unique superhero that he is. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark also brings a solid performance, serving as somewhat of a father figure to Peter Parker. Although the new souped-up Spidey suit Stark gifts Peter with is a little off-putting, as it seems the suit’s technology simply makes him into a mini-Iron Man, Holland still manages to show Spider-Man as his own, unique hero. Marisa Tomei, on the other hand, is quite different from the Aunt May readers will remember in the comic books. She’s more like a big sister to Peter, and Peter a kid brother. But it works. Gwen Stacy will forever be Peter Parker’s true love, and Emma Stone’s performance as Gwen opposite Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) is still the best portrayal of Spider-Man’s infamous other half, but Michelle (Zendaya) looks like a promising potential love interest in the next chapter of the Spider-Man...
Minions take backseat in wacky, tired ‘Despicable Me 3’

Minions take backseat in wacky, tired ‘Despicable Me 3’

Oh brother — the Despicable Me franchise is back yet again with Despicable Me 3, and this time Gru has a long-lost twin brother, Dru. Despicable Me 3 is familiar yet fun at the same time. There’s the recognizable plot line of a long-lost twin when Gru (Steve Carell) finds out he has a twin brother, Dru (Carell), supervisor of the family pig business, which is merely a coverup for the ancient family history of villainy, much to Gru’s surprise. The two brother supervillains (or superheroes?) out on a quest together, mixed in with Gru’s three daughters’ amusing antics and his new wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) discovering her role as a mom to the girls, makes for an absolutely madcap romp through Fredonia and the world of heroes and villains. Despite the critically unsuccessful Minions movie, the love-’em or hate-’em yellow fellows return, bent on returning to the glory days when Gru was a villain; therefore, they tempt Gru to try to push him back to his old ways before abandoning him when he refuses. The film starts with Gru and Lucy on a chase to stop Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former 80’s kid star seeking revenge on Hollywood after his TV show “Evil Bratt” was unceremoniously cancelled when he entered his teen years. For his evil plan, Bratt borrows an episode from his show which involves stealing the world’s largest diamond to destroy Hollywood. Gru, a changed man — and now a family man, for that matter — wants to stop this atrocity and employs the help of his twin, Dru. Meanwhile, the girls, Lucy and the...
Sound Emporium allows Lipscomb students to make their mark in its iconic history

Sound Emporium allows Lipscomb students to make their mark in its iconic history

Just down the road from Lipscomb University on Belmont Boulevard, the Sound Emporium holds a deep music history — a history that Lipscomb is now privileged to be a part of too. Last month, the Sound Emporium was gifted to Lipscomb by former Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn as part of his $15 million donation to Lipscomb, the largest in school history. Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment and the Arts will now bear Shinn’s name, renamed the “George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts.” The Sound Emporium has housed acclaimed artists varying from Johnny Cash to Trisha Yearwood to Kenny Chesney. Lipscomb’s School of Music Academic Chair, Donna King, hopes this rich history will benefit Lipscomb students as they integrate into the workings of the studio this fall. “It’s kind of a pioneering venture,” King said, “because Lipscomb is not taking over the running of a studio and turning it into a Lipscomb studio and a student studio. I think what we’re doing is actually better; we’re sort of coming into partnership with this historic, active studio that is still very actively making recordings.” Lipscomb’s contemporary music program is just in its third year of existence, and King said a gift of this magnitude was never expected so early on in the program. Charlie Peacock, the school of music director, is an active Nashville songwriter and producer and has been for several decades. Peacock is currently on leave, but will be directing Lipscomb’s integration with the studio for the upcoming school year. “It’s very difficult for a young program like ours . . . we would be thinking...