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Warmer weather is causing students to be more active outdoors, but some students have personal injuries preventing them from springtime activities like baseball.

Baker University soccer and baseball player Steven Stewart has a broken navicular bone in his foot.

“It happened during soccer season. I kicked the ground,” Stewart said. “I didn’t practice during the week, I just played games. I took pain pills before games so it didn’t hurt to play.”

Stewart tried to play baseball for a month, but was injured too badly. Now, he is in a cast for six weeks and cannot put pressure on his foot.

Stewart uses a scooter to travel from place to place without putting pressure on his injured foot.

“It’s much easier than crutches, and it’s a lot less work,” Stewart said. “I actually get places faster than normal people. It was actually something I chose to get.”

Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, thinks scooters can be a big help to people with injuries.

“Those scooters are awesome,” Sarna said. “It doesn’t hurt under your arms like crutches would.”

Stewart likes the support he gets from his friends, but having the injury has made some tasks difficult.

“Showering is the hardest actually. I can’t get my cast wet either,” Stewart said. “Just getting around my room, I have to hop around on one foot.”

Stewart is not alone in coping with an injury.

Junior Alexa Cioffi is also injured with a fractured ankle and tibia and is wearing a walking boot.

Cioffi was playing a role in the musical “Honk!” when she hurt herself.

At first, she didn’t think anything had happened to her ankle, and thinks she may not have realized it because of her adrenaline. She later ended up getting an x-ray and an MRI.

“I had to move downstairs in the dorms, and I can’t shower standing up,” Cioffi said.

Cioffi has even had a professor move a class for her so she can get there easier. Student Academic Services can help students that are injured and need some extra help.

Sarna said it is necessary to get medical attention quickly a person thinks he or she may be injured.

“If it’s a break, the bone can knit back wrong, and you may have to have surgery to fix it,” Sarna said.

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