Kayla Principato

University of Denver women's volleyball team member. Born and raised in New York, currently living in Denver. Media, Marketing, and Italian studies.

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The off season isn’t really off, according to these student athletes

Leah is a member of the soccer team at DU and Kayla is a member of the volleyball team. Playing a division one sport at a university is extremely time consuming and takes a lot of dedication. Even when our sports are in the off season we still have to be in the gym training and competing. 

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Parking problems at DU

By Kayla and Leah

Athletic trainers at DU

This slideshow explains the daily life of an intern at the University of Denver and explains the passion and dedication that goes into being an athletic trainer. I chose to use these interns for my project because they do a lot of work on a daily basis and do not get paid or receive enough recognition for everything that they do for student athletes. In the beginning of the slideshow I had a picture of the weight room sign and a picture of the turf to set the tone of the slideshow and show where these interns spend 12 hour workdays every single day of the week.

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MFJS building

In this video I interviewed Mikaela, a junior at the University of Denver. She spoke about her favorite and least favorite things about the MFJS building.

ACL injuries & the effects on DU students

This slideshow is about ACL injuries that DU athletes have had and focuses specifically on the processes and struggles that they go through after having surgery and an ACL injury. The slideshow depicts student athletes doing their rehabilitation programs and the resources that athletes have available to them after going through an ACL injury. It also gives insight into what the athletes think about their injuries and the steps they take to overcome the struggles.

Throughout this slideshow I wanted to give insight into the life of a student athlete and explain the life changing things that happen when someone has an ACL injury. Through my photos I was able to show the Ritchie center training room and show where the athletes go for doctor appointments, treatments, and where they complete their daily rehabilitation programs. I wanted to show the story of an athlete, Courtney that had to end her career because of three ACL surgeries and the success of  a DU athlete, Taylor who has had three surgeries as well but continues to play the sport she loves everyday.

I chose these specific photos because they depict the life of a student athlete and describe what it is like to go through a traumatic injury. I wanted to make an emphasis to show the Ritchie center training room because when an athlete gets ACL surgery it is where they spend most of their day trying to recover and get healthy again.  Continue reading

ACL injuries test the love for the game

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The training tables in the Ritchie Center where athletes complete their rehab and ACL treatments.

It is common for student athletes to end up with ACL tears during their collegiate careers.

Why do they continue to play? How do they continue to endure the pain? Are student athletes continuing to play in fear of losing the sport they love?

“I continue to play after all of these surgeries to prove that it’s possible.” Junior volleyball player Taylor Loyd says when asked after undergoing 2 ACL reconstructive surgeries and a port-hole filling ACL surgery.

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