Gamers of the Week

Female Gamer of the Week – Alyssa Rittinger of Winfield High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Female Gamer of the Week award to Alyssa Rittinger, Senior, Winfield High School.

By Micaiah Branch, MS, CSCS, Assistant Program Director Potential Plus

Not many athletes are capable of taking an entire season off from a sport and perform well at it the following season. Even fewer athletes are capable of being successful enough to qualify for the state meet. However, that’s exactly what transpired with Alyssa Rittinger, and is one of the reasons she is our female gamer of the week.

Alyssa is a senior, two sport athlete at Winfield High School. With no plans to try to run cross country during college, she decided to take her junior season off from running and focus solely on swimming. As her junior year started coming to a close, she decided she wanted to run again. Once she made her decision, she started running during the summer along with her swimming regimen to prepare for the upcoming season. 
Alyssa performed well throughout the season, but if you were to ask her, she may describe it a little differently. “During the start of the season, I did not perform as well as I hoped. However, I continued to work hard despite the outcomes of the meets, and toward the end of the season I was able to drop a lot of time off of my runs.” Alyssa was able to take the acquired momentum into the state track meet, and placed 9th in a competitive race. There wasn’t much holding her back, you could say. Alyssa has no plans to run in college and as she said, “I wanted to leave it all out on the track.”

Alyssa had plenty of compliments coming into her senior season about new Coach Cam Jividen. “He’s very knowledgeable in this sport, but that isn’t what helped me the most. He’s very encouraging and confident in us and that really helped boost my own confidence going into each meet.” Cam also had a few compliments about Alyssa. When asked about her character, he said, “Alyssa is someone that any coach would love to have. She is always encouraging and stepped into a leadership role for me.”

Alyssa also wanted to thank her parents, Tom and Aimee Rittinger, for their continual support of her throughout her career. Now that cross country is over, Alyssa will turn her focus onto another sport, swimming. I’m sure Coach Jividen is looking forward to swim season where he will have the opportunity to continue coaching Alyssa.
Look for more Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.

Teays Physical Therapy Center continues to provide free sports injury screenings by physical therapists and athletic trainers to evaluate an injury and recommend further treatment if needed.  TPTC-Your Next Step to Recovery since 1990.

If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293