By Emma DeWeese
Playing a sport in high-school results in improved physical and mental health and better performance in the classroom. Senior Sam Barhorst states that football has taught him “problem solving, dealing with adversity, leadership, teamwork, and communication.” Dr. Cindy Gellner, a pediatrician, recommends that children play sports to experience healthy social interactions that will set them up for success. She claims playing a sport “can also teach empathy in the form of learning how to be a good sport.” Another social benefit of sports is the confidence and friendships gained by joining a team. Junior Jordan Meadows claims lacrosse helped her make connections outside of her grade.
Many students are concerned a sport will get in the way of their education. It may be stressful to balance the two at times, but it teaches students how to manage their time. Senior Alana Vavao admits, “Sometimes balancing all of it is hard, but when I stay focused and organized, I’m able to get to everything I need done.”
A typical day for an athlete starts with school and then practice usually follows. A typical high school athlete practices for around an hour to two hours. When the student gets home it’s usually around dinner time which leaves a little time for homework and then bed. This cycle can seem frustrating and monotonous, but practice combines social time with physical activity.