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Student Athlete by Nancy Arriaga

Sports have played a massive role in student-athletes’ lives. Sports can impact education in a good way and in a bad way. No matter what sport is being played, it can become a priority, preventing the student from focusing in school. Students can get stressed from working to keep up with both. However, playing a sport can improve Fitness, teach individuals the real meaning of teamwork and cooperation as well as leadership skills.

When sports become a priority over education, it becomes a distraction. It is very stressful keeping up with the two at the same time. Varsity Baseball player, Jesuel Hernandez, is one of many athletes that find it difficult to do both at the same time. He communicates how playing for the team has impacted his academics. “For me, I think I am too focused on not disappointing my family and hurting my own pride that I don’t have time for school which makes me even more stressed out”. Hernandez explains how he is exhausted with baseball; his routine consisting of going from school to practice, to work and at the end not having enough energy nor motivation for school work. Eastern Washington University studies show that between time management, sports, and school work can lead to high levels of stress. Having to travel with the team causes class lectures and makeup work missed. Classes are very important to an athlete since in order to be eligible to play the sport it’s a must to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have a 860 on the SAT and a 16 on the ACT. For some, student-athletes keeping on track with both can be difficult.

For others, it’s manageable to do both school work and be an athlete. Being a student-athlete also has its positives. “Fitness levels of athletes in high school sports programs cannot be underestimated” states Grace Chen. Studies prove that athletes are less likely to participate in unhealthy, risky behavioral activities when being on a sports team. Because everyone is working toward a similar goal, students learn how their performance impacts the rest of the team. Senior athletes especially, since they are expected to encourage younger team members and hold them accountable.

There are definitely some complications in being a student-athlete. However, it all depends on what type of person they are and how they manage their time in doing both.