Sports and studies: Why a balance is best

If you are an aspiring athlete, finding time to practice and train can be difficult. When in the middle of your college studies, finding space in your schedule to actively hone your skills isn’t always straightforward. Many rising stars find they struggle to attain one or the other – sporting prowess or impressive graduation scores.

However, there are ways to balance both. Sports education is amazingly important, too, even if it is not your main focus. For example, through his 2×2 Foundation, Nick Palazzo has already helped thousands of young people realize their true potential. While Palazzo and his team aim to help as many people as possible, it is also essential you build a healthy mindset and working balance on your own.

Why is sports education so important?

 

There is still a division between sporting prowess expectation and academic prowess expectation. However, it is perfectly possible for a rising athlete to ace their final studies. It’s also possible for a math major to be just as talented out on the gridiron. The idea that our students are ‘one or the other’ is amazingly outdated. Anyone who’s actually been to college will know that things are never as clear-cut as they seem in the same old movies and TV shows.

Sports education is just as important as traditional studies for the simple fact that it breeds confidence. Not everyone will be the next Usain Bolt, Simone Biles or Tom Brady. However, that doesn’t mean there are some people who should stop trying altogether.

Sports education helps us all to gain confidence in ourselves. Regular exercise, for one, is crucial for long-term health. Not only that, but team activities, when coached effectively, can help people come out of their shells. A culture of encouragement and nourishment is so important at college level. This, unfortunately, is where many people can develop harmful self-esteem issues, some of which may hurt them long into adulthood.

The importance of sports education, therefore, lies in how well it is delivered. College freshmen don’t always arrive with athletic prowess. With many people, it takes years of practice to take on the world stage. With the healthy attitude that sports are life-enriching, rather than just another pressure on your shoulders, it could become a crucial part of your daily life.

Balancing sports and studies

Unfortunately, there will be cases where some college ‘stars’ find themselves struggling to balance sports and final studies. Those athletes, football stars and gymnasts who show ‘star potential’ may find themselves under pressure to perform at the top of their game. This level of pressure is unhealthy – and it can lead to neglect of other studies.

While much of the perfect balance between sports and studies can rely on the way a faculty manages its students, there are things students can try themselves, so they have a clearer picture of their schedule.

For one thing, communication is key. College students must speak with their professors and tutors to ensure that they have time to attend class as well as track and field. Respecting the timetable is vital, so is taking time to breathe. Spending your whole week both mentally and physically exhausted is not going to breed success in any area. Therefore, students should take time to appreciate their limits and to reach out to counselors wherever appropriate.

Many successful students use the ‘get ahead’ approach. This means that, instead of sticking to strict deadlines and playing catch-up, they plan ahead and actively use their free time to attack long-term goals. Regularly practicing sports alongside attacking long-term study goals will allow for more time, later on, where students can effectively apply themselves entirely to exercise. Cramming everything into the last two weeks before finals is simply unhealthy.

A positive attitude, many will argue, is everything. Respecting peers and tutors and adopting a healthy approach to both sports and studies may help to balance out the pressures of daily life.

Crucially, college students have more on their shoulders than many people give them credit for. Once fraternity and sorority fun is out of the way, crunch time looms into view. However, college admissions should always know that help is at hand.

Reaching out

In the modern age, college students and admissions should be ready to reach out for support. Counselors and pastoral care teams can support athletes and science majors alike. The culture of ‘going it alone’ is rapidly fading from public consciousness.

Yes, there are pressures in college, but current admissions are in a fantastic position to reach out for care and guidance no matter their majors, minors, or sporting interests. College is, after all, just the first step – and we all need a helping hand before we set out on our own.

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