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Articles by Katie Lever, M.A.

Katie Lever is a former Division 1 runner who never wants to run another 10k again. Instead, she spends her time lifting weights in CrossFit gyms and studying NCAA discourse as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works as a freelance writer for LRT Sports in hopes of helping future college athletes navigate the NCAA.
Katie Lever is a former Division 1 runner who never wants to run another 10k again. Instead, she spends her time lifting weights in CrossFit gyms and studying NCAA discourse as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works as a freelance writer for LRT Sports in hopes of helping future college athletes navigate the NCAA.

Amid Coronavirus, Are Mandatory Practices Safer Than “Voluntary” Workouts? Yes and No

The NCAA’s Division 1 Council has officially released a six-week plan for teams to begin mandatory practices, and the starting date for these practices vary slightly from school to school. According to ESPN: “For teams that begin the season Labor Day weekend, required workouts will begin July 13, followed by an enhanced training schedule that

July 2, 2020 Katie Lever, M.A.

COVID-19 Risk Waivers | Here’s What We Know So Far

Voluntary workouts are currently underway around the country, and some universities, like Ohio State, are requiring their athletes to sign risk waivers. What do we know about these documents? In short, not much. But as the days pass, the list of universities requiring athletes to sign off is expanding. This is a practice that will likely

June 26, 2020

Censorship in College Athletics, What You Need to Know

Every prospective athlete should know that college recruiters comb through the social media profiles of the athletes they recruit. Even if a high school athlete dreams of making it to college, prospects need to be careful about what they post online. A great (and also horrible) example of what can happen if high school athletes

June 25, 2020

Is the “Fairness in Collegiate Athletics Act” Truly Fair? What College Athletes Need to Know About a Federal NIL Bill

Last week, Florida senator Marco Rubio proposed the “Fairness in Collegiate Athletics Act,” one of the few federal bills designed to regulate the economic activities of college athletes competing in the NCAA. Misleading title aside, the bill is problematic, in that it is the first bill of its kind to grant the NCAA rights to

June 24, 2020

Coronavirus and College Football | Are Athletes Covered by Insurance?

As football season approaches, coronavirus is spreading among college football teams. Last week, several players from the University of Alabama tested positive for the disease. Yesterday, two athletes from Kansas State tested positive, as well. These are not isolated incidents, but  even so, athletic departments all over social media are posting videos of their football

June 18, 2020

The Problem with “Voluntary” Workouts

On May 20, the NCAA gave the green light for athletes in all sports to start voluntary workouts beginning June 1. As a former Division 1 athlete, hearing the term “voluntary workout” always makes me laugh—plenty of athletes know that voluntary workouts are all but mandatory, because if you don’t put in the work when

June 11, 2020

Flaws of the 20-Hour Rule

Every prospective athlete understands that life as a college athlete is time-consuming. I remember during my time in the NCAA, telling recruits that they would have to learn time management skills once they started competing, which, while not technically untrue, was the understatement of the century. A teammate of mine used to tell recruits about

June 4, 2020

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