May 7, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Over the past season, the Michigan State field hockey team featured a student-athlete every week in attempt to "Meet the Spartans". It is now time to get to the now the Spartan Staff and to learn about their roles in preparing the team and about some of their favorite field hockey memories. Yume Nakamura, a graduate assistant for Athletic Training, sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions about her involvement with the MSU field hockey team.
A little bit about Yume: I am from Miyazaki, Japan. I went to Albion College and been working at MSU since I was accepted for graduate school in August 2010. I teach KIN 125 personal safety and first aid and work with our MSU field hockey team.
What is the best thing about working at MSU and with MSU athletes: They are all high profile athletes and here to dedicate their athleticism as representatives of the school. Even if it could be difficult to find time, they come in for injury/illness treatments and rehabilitation which makes my job a lot easier. And the best part is, our Spartans are nice, fun and great to work with!
What is your best memory with the MSU field hockey team: Seeing the team come together and performing at their best after our 2011 fall season, which was our developing year, and one of the toughest spring seasons. Spring games at home, in Central Michigan, Louisville, and Miami of Ohio summarize our growth, power, and future.
Who do you remember as the hardest working/toughest MSUFH player: I have to give a shout out to Jessica Lindner from sports medicine side. She was dedicated for daily rehabilitation, went over her pain threshold to play and actively participate in team workouts, and became one of the hardest worker and toughest player on the field. Keep shining your green light mentality!
Does anything surprise you at a workout session? Meaning, are there new things that happen? We are tough. We are polished to become champions. I got to witness it and feel the full effect.
What is your funniest memory with the MSUFH team: Bus trips when they all crack up jokes, dance, and sing.
What is your favorite movie and TV show: Remember the Titans, Gladiator, Bring it on, The Ugly Truth, Tosh.O
Who is your favorite athlete and why: No way I can come down to one!
Where would you like to be in five years: In a Division I or professional setting, hopefully working with my favorite sports since child: soccer and/or tennis. Maybe have a family.
What is your favorite place on campus: Botanical garden next to IM Circle. Gorgeous and beautiful!
Can you give us some words of wisdom for our current and future Spartans: You have 4-5 years to experience this excellent athletic program on top of college experience. It can get tough sometimes but stay in and enjoy every moment, because 4 years will fly by so fast and you don't want any regrets! SPND