Today, high school student athletes need to have a solid game plan for athletics and academics if they want to take their game to the next level. College recruiters are looking for skill both on and off the field. Fortunately, being successful in your athletic endeavors can help your performance in the classroom.
Athletics Improve Academics
Studies have proven that athletics improve academics. Physical activity increases brain function, concentration levels, behavior, self-esteem, and energy levels. Also, playing sports shows that the significance of commitment and cooperation can help reduce stress levels developed from the classroom. Everything you learn from athletics is applicable towards becoming a better student. When it comes to the recruiting process, you as a prospective college student athlete can use this to your advantage and stand out from the crowd.
Accomplish More Than You Think You Can
A great athlete has the potential to be a great student, and vice versa. Focus, discipline, and motivation are essential in the foundation of a strong student athlete, and success does not exist without one of the three. If these qualities are already present within you, it is important that you apply these attributes to your entire life, especially your sports career. You will achieve more than you think is possible. Everyone possesses this ability, the hard part is truly believing it.
Enhance Your Future
Only a small percentage of high school athletes will actually find a career in professional sports. Regardless of this fact, any athlete can use the skills they learn in school to be successful in their respective futures. For example, thinking logically and being able to analyze information quickly are abilities gained from the classroom that support any career, athletically related or not.
Success is a gift earned by those who strive for it. Use everything you learn from the books and from your athletic experiences to always improve who you are. Always remember, you carry the potential for greatness.
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen
By Scott Kwon, SportsForce