Academics are important, so we caught up with some athletes pursuing a degree in kinesiology for this edition of the T-Birds 5-on-5. These are the people you see on Imagine Day decked out in bright green and likely are the fittest group of people you will ever meet. Plus, they learned more about jaw muscles in one semester than you will in your entire life.
Brandon Underwood (BU): men’s hockey
Caitlin Geary (CG): track and field
Jen Boughner (JB): alpine skiing
Jess Hanson (JH): women’s basketball
Nicole Drummond (ND): women’s rugby
1) What is the most interesting fact you know about the human body?
BU: It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. Believe me, I've tried!
CG: The strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter — the jaw muscle.
JB: We actually see the world upside-down, but the image is flipped in our brain.
JH: Muscle memory is pretty cool.
ND: I’ve learnt how to build a good hypertrophy program to get super swole.
2) Who would play you in an Oscar award-winning biopic of your life?
BU: Milan Dragicevic.
CG: Hm, maybe Rachel McAdams. Who wouldn't want to be her?
JB: Mikaela Shiffron because, realistically, I want to be a ski bum.
JH: Kristen Wiig, no question.
ND: Coach Gallo would play me because I like to think that we have similar playing styles (I wish).
3) How many bones have you broken in your lifetime?
BU: Five (the heart doesn't count, right?)
CG: Thankfully zero!
JB: My rib, but I didn’t find out until getting an x-ray at the dentist.
ND: Luckily none, but I can’t say the same for others that I’ve played against.
4) What has your favourite kinesiology class been so far?
BU: 161 because I got to study with Matt Hewitt.
CG: Exercise Physiology. The content is very applicable to athletes, which makes it really interesting to learn about.
JB: Anatomy and Physiology.
JH: Probably Active Health with Gallo.
ND: Definitely not KIN 103 or KIN 462… Having your coach as a professor definitely blurs some boundaries…
5) What three words would you use to describe your faculty?
BU: Sporty, Lululemon, hot.
CG: If anyone saw us on Imagine Day, it would be loud, energetic and very green!
JB: Hyped, sports fanatics and likely to be found at Whole Foods.
JH: No idea...
ND: Athletes and track pants.