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Symposium Story – Using data science to understand and prevent sports injuries

Demorest — A group of business students are hoping to change Piedmont sports forever utilizing data science. 

Mark Mitchell, Julia Nichols, Maggie Moody, Geeth Mahagamage and Valeriya Zhurakovskaya presented at the session, “Using Data Science to Understand and Prevent Sports Injuries” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium. Working with the athletic department, the students examined where injuries most occur among the Lions’ athletes. 

“We used data from the sports department, from every sports team on campus to see how injuries have occurred, some background from the athlete there, like height, weight, race, gender, and type of injuries,” said Mitchell. “Using this data helped us see what we need to do to move forward with Piedmont Athletics pertaining to their players, and what helps and what doesn’t help.” 

The group wanted to focus on this topic in the hopes of helping future Piedmont Lions athletes. “It was something we could use to help the school, and what another way to help our school by giving them data that can help them in the long run that could improve our athletics,” said Mitchell. “Remember numbers don’t lie. Plus, data science is used across sports to see what works and what doesn’t.” 

They wanted to prove that in certain sports, players can be kept on the field by changing a few things. One of those things would be the addition of a certified strength and conditioning coach. 

Rev. Tim: Campus Minister

Demorest — From college to the Peace Corps to pastor, Campus Minister and Professor. The Rev. Tim Garvin-Leighton has been around.

“Rev. Tim” as he is affectionately called was born in Maine just outside of Portland, where he spent a majority of his life until he went to Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. “I enjoyed it , the atmosphere it was very different in northwest Ohio, so corn fields and soybean fields and I grew up on the coast of Maine I moved from ocean to rural Ohio.”

After college he went to in to the Ministry and then move on to the Peace Corps, then he became a local pastor. For the next 20 years he would be a local church pastor starting Miami, New England, Colorado, then Maryland for more than eight years before coming a Campus Minister.

One thing that Rev. Tim always thought about doing was being a Campus minister. So, he moved to California to be a Campus Minister at the University California Davis, where he worked for a couple years, then came to Piedmont in the fall of 2017.

Rev. Tim loves to explore, taking on “cycling, City actives, and Traveling.” Rev. Tim loves to travel and has traveled to 25 different countries and will be making it 26 this summer when he is taking Piedmont students on a semester abroad to Australia. His favorite places to travel are Thailand, South of France, and to Honduras where his wife is from.

Evan LaPorta: My life so far

My name is Evan LaPorta. I am 20 years of age and I was born on June 24, 1999 in Fort Myers Florida. I have an older bother named Trey that is 24 years old.

When I was 5 years old my family moved to Sarasota, FL where I would live for a majority of my life. In middle school I attend St. Martha’s Catholic School. That was a pretty boring part of my life but one thing that I did get out of that time in my life was Lacrosse, I played Lacrosse for the better part of 10 years. For high school I attend Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School where I played Lacrosse for 4 years and then decided that part of my life was over.

For my first two years college I attend Florida Southwestern State College where I end up getting my Associates in Arts and now Im here at Piedmont majoring in Mass Communication.