A healthy sports career

Q&a -- Devin Ewing, Harford Tech, Basketball

December 23, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

Senior Devin Ewing has been a force on the Harford Tech basketball team throughout his high school career. The 5-foot-8 point guard joined the varsity during his freshman year and began starting as a sophomore. He is averaging about 15 points this season, as the Cobras split their first four games. Ewing is in his fourth year of the school's Health Occupation Education: Sports Technician and Exercise Science program and is interested in becoming a radiologist.

Ewing helps a teacher run a class in which students choose their physical goals and then do different tasks in the weight room, cardio room and gym. He also helps people who are recovering from injuries.

He hopes to play basketball in college and is looking at Salisbury, Towson, Marshall and York.

How did you get involved in sports medicine?

I was already interested in sports and knew it would help me become a better athlete, but once I got into it, I learned that I could help others, too.

Explain briefly some of what you've learned in the sports medicine program.

Helping others is just as important as my becoming a better athlete. I learned how to tape ankles. I learned how to deal with injuries and help others deal with injuries. I've also learned about nutrition and what you should eat in pre-game meals, and how long before the game you should eat. These are things that help me, too.

What do you eat before the games and when do you do it?

About three to four hours before the game, I have pasta and I drink water. Pasta has the right amount of carbs you need to help you stay in the game longer. I drink water because it's the best drink for you before, during and after the game.

What do you want to do for a career?

I want to be a radiologist. That's who gives people X-rays and helps them know what they should be rehabilitating when they get injured. I'm supposed to be going out on an internship for this in the spring semester.

Does knowing about sports medicine makes you less worried about getting injured?

Sometimes when I get hurt, I don't always have to go to a doctor, because I kind of know what to do. I know if I have to do something like putting ice on it. It helps me get back to the game. If it's serious, of course, I'll go to a doctor.

Is this going to be a big year for Harford Tech basketball?

I think this is the most talent we've ever had in school history. I think we have a chance to win the regionals, and I think we have a chance to shock a lot of people. We're usually the underdog, and that helps a lot of the time because people overlook you a lot. But we're better this year. We have a lot of experience. Our whole team is more experienced, and we're more of a family this year and we're more of a brotherhood, this team. There's a level of trust we share with each other. We actually hang out with each other out of school. That helps a lot because we know our teammates better and know who to push harder on the court and who not to.

What do you need to do to help this team do its best?

I've just got to play my role. I'm the point guard and, for the first time, the actual leader of the team. If the coach asks what do I think we should do, I'll tell him. I have to be a leader. I like doing that.

What's in your iPod right now?

Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West. I like to listen to Jay-Z or something to help me get pumped up before the game.

What's your favorite TV show?

I like Martin. It has a lot of different themes in it. There's a lot of different plots and, of course, it's funny.

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