Student athletes often feel pressure to perform both on the field and in the classroom, so how does participating in sports affect students in a positive way?
“According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, teens need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day for optimum health.” Athletes are often put through a variety of different workouts, including weight training and cardiovascular exercise. Because student athletes are being taught/experiencing proper exercise techniques, at a young age, this leads to a healthier lifestyle that will likely stick with them throughout their youth and into adulthood. These habits help reduce the risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc.
Students generally already have a lot on their plate, including homework, studying, projects, and even a job. However, add practice and games to the mix and things may get hectic. Sometimes student athletes have to deal with coming home late from a faraway game, practice after a long day of school, or other team obligations. Time management is a skill every athlete learns to acquire and improve on. Student athletes learn how to set priorities in order to be successful in both the classroom, as well as in his or her’s sport.
Participating in sports is a great opportunity for students to meet and connect with new people. It is also a great way for students to work together as a team, in a competitive setting, to achieve a single goal. Competition is an unavoidable part of life. Participating in sports can help students communicate better, and deal with competition later on in life. Sports can also keep students students out of trouble by providing an outlet/distraction from other stress. There’s also a substantial amount of support; Whether it’s helping students through emotional feels, to encouraging their academic aspirations, coaching staff and fellow teammates provide a solid support circle.
Most high school athletes want to eventually move on and compete in the next level of sports. Many high school athletes are pursuing scholarships in order to be able to go to college with less debt and to play sports at the collegiate level. This is a huge positive because it forces students to work hard in order to achieve their goals. Students can represent their school/team in the community. Many coaches will also give their athletes the opportunity for community service and fundraisers.
By Jon Truong