Do athletes excel better in their studies? Is being good in sports transcends being good in the academe, too? And for some who have difficulties balancing the two, is there any way to carry both responsibilities without sacrificing the other?
Any regular student can attest to that vigorous exercise of chasing deadlines and running late to classes, not to mention understanding the quirks of your professors. Even more challenging is your goal of balancing an excellent career in sports while enduring the daily grind of school. How do student athletes achieve this seemingly impossible feat? Or is it possible?
It might seem taxing, but evidence suggests that academic and sporting performance can be juggled successfully. According to published research in the International Journal of Sports History, results that your “dual careers” can provide great motivation for preparation and training, relieve your stress, and can stimulate athletes intellectually. To be able to do that, you might need always to make an extra effort in both departments. Here are some helpful tips to achieve excellence in sports and studies.
-Prioritize. The time required to commit by athletes can be compared to the time you allot to your full-time job. A sportsperson needs to juggle strength and conditioning, competitions, sports physiotherapy, and team meetings, and those are just sports-related duties. It is necessary then that athletes develop valuable time management skills to be able to keep up successfully with sports and academics.
-Plan. Get organized and stay that way. You can opt to use a large desk calendar for your school and sports activities. You can also use tools like time management apps to aid you in plotting your study and sports schedules. List down all due dates for projects, papers, and schoolwork. Write down all sports games and practices. Make corrections as necessary.
-Find a place where you can study productively and quietly. Distractions will always be the number one enemy for achieving good grades. Make time and space for your mind to focus on the task at hand.
-Your weekends should be used wisely. Weekends should be your preparation time to plan for papers and projects that are due. Read in advance chapters for discussion next week. Study the notes taken last week.
-Refrain from procrastinating. Acquire the discipline of doing homework as soon as assigned and avoid last minute submissions. Missed practices and games could result from doing assignments and projects at the last minute.
-Use your time wisely. Your travel time to and from school could be utilized as additional study time; you can listen to audiobooks while traveling. You can also review notes, read books or study during time gaps between practices and games. Take advantage of your free time at school, making use of study hall periods for, you know, study.
Some studies show a direct relationship between academic performance and physical activity. Results from the University of Kansas research indicates that ninety-seven percent of student athletes graduate high school, having better GPA than non-athletes. Some attribute it to the increased development of your cognitive ability from playing sports. Endorphins are activated, and an increased blood flow to your brain results from physical activity.
Team sports also fosters emotional maturity. A published article from the Canadian Lifestyle and Fitness Research Institute states that exercise can cause a unique state of mind relaxation which promotes better memory, increased concentration, more effective problem solving, and enhanced creativity.
Balancing and achieving excellence in both sports and academe is a handful but not impossible. It’s a decision you made at the outset and fixing your eyes on the prize.