Does being an athlete help students improve academically?

Does being an athlete help students improve academically?

Valentina Velarde, Reporter

As we all know coaches are always on you about grades, and, honestly, that’s how it’s supposed to be. But, as an athlete, have you ever noticed a rise in your grades since joining a sports team?

Well, it is proven that student-athletes have gained or improved a better academic performance since then. I can say, as a student-athlete, I have actually seen improvement in my grades since my freshman year. According to The Guardian, “Evidence suggests that juggling the two can benefit both academic and sporting performance. Research published in The International Journal of the History of Sport last year found that having ‘dual careers’ provides motivation for training and preparation, stimulating athletes intellectually and relieving stress.” Well, as a young athlete in high school, being in a sport already comes with a good amount of stress.

In another study, it is estimated that 5 out of 10 student-athletes experience a tremendous amount of stress, and because of that, this stress interferes with an athlete’s performance in the game and in the classroom. But that’s just some students who experience stress from sports. Most students who enjoy their sport will actually have a positive impact with reducing stress, better sleep, and a good academic performance.

In sports, athletes are supposed to learn the responsibility and value of teamwork. So, the link between sports and school is that some exercises means getting more done and it’s proven everywhere. Sports can build many benefits for school, such as social relationships, time management, great mentors, and a successful mindset. As a student athlete, I can say that I have improved in many areas, socially and academically, and it’s the best thing that could happen to a student. So, are you a student-athlete? And, if so, how has your sport changed you?