Education Over Athletics

By Rachel Van Nosdeln

Practice, practice, practice!  It is like an iPod stuck on replay.  When do high students have time for academics?  Being on an athletic team in high school has benefits to students.


The fitness level of athletes in high school sports programs cannot be underestimated.  According to a report from the national federation of state high school association (NFHS) a 2006 study on female athletes found that when female students are given more opportunities to participate in athletics in high school their weight and body mass improved. A 2001 survey found that student agreed they would not spend as much time in nonathletic like watching television and playing video games if they had other options after school.

Leadership Skills                                                                                                                                                                                       According to grace Chen author author of the article athletics as students work their way to the top of the totem pole on their high school team they learn valuable leadership skills. senior athletes are expected to encourage younger team members and hold them accountable. they set an example and often provide advice and guidance both on and off the field.

School Representation

While club sports have become a popular pastime for both students and college recruiters there is still a lot to be said for playing for your high school team. According to Unigo, students who participate in high school sports learn the benefit of representing their school on the field or court. these athletes learn the fun of team rivalries and soak up the praise of a job well done for their school. this feeling of community and the honor of representing the home team may run over into college athletics if the student advances in their sport as well.

Being on an athletic team in high school has negative effects on students.

Injuries                                                                                                                                                                                                     According to Chan organized youth sports take steps to keep young people from getting hurt while playing. but sports are not risk free and even with the right techniques players are going to get injured. this is particularly true when they play contact sports such as football hockey and soccer. injuries can also occur in basketball baseball volleyball and tennis. students who  suffer serious injuries  knee, shoulder, back, and neck) might be hesitant to take the field in competitive situations again.

Parental Pressure

According to Chan sometimes the parents of athletes put undue pressure on young performers. Some might provide specific expectations. “I expect you to get at least two hits tonight,” a father might say because he hopes to bring out a good performance. Others might indicate that the family name is on the line and issue a threat. you better not do anything to embarrass me could be a parents last words before their child takes the field. Those are harmful words. Even if the child does perform well after hearing those words, all he might feel is relief. He won’t feel any of the joy that these sports are designed to promote.

A Report Card to Keep Off the Fridge

In the 2010-2011 school year 7.6 million American high school students played sports. For the 2011-2012 school year almost 4.5 million boys and about 3.2 million girls a total of roughly 7.7 million participated on high school sports teams. This increase from 2010 to 2012 is no outlier; athletic participation has increased for twenty two consecutive years.

According to Jean M. Keelan author and high school teacher it is more fun to sit back and relax with a cold beer on super bowl Sunday if one is not worried about the fact that  only 77% of American students graduate from high school and that six other countries have higher graduation rates. It is easier to cheer for a favorite basketball team than to acknowledge that 24 countries currently outpace the U.S. rate of educational improvement. as long as this attitude continues Americas academic standings relative to other nations show little promise of returning. American children are increasingly falling behind.


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