Adolescents often experience a high amount of stress as a result of their environment. Homework and peer pressure are just two of the factors that cause stress among children. As a means to help manage youth stress, medical professionals and school faculty have promoted exercise, particularly interscholastic sports to adolescents. The problem is, participation in sports is not necessarily a cure-all. In fact, athletics can be highly stressful for adolescents if they approach it the wrong way. Sports can be both beneficial and disadvantageous.
But the sentiment is real. Maybe also a paying job. Part of the scheduling rigor involves making time for your body to repair itself after a hard game or practice. I always feel bad if I don't do my homework. The issues are nationwide, really, in almost every high school with traditional sports.
We hardly watch teenagers playing some sport in the building, playgrounds or in clubs. Few years ago, free time was equal to playing sport or getting engaged in any extracurricular activity that one liked and enjoyed. We see grounds empty where only elderly people are busy keeping themselves fit or very young kids, who are still away from the academic pressures and expectations, playing freely. The recreational activities eliminate the unhealthy habits of the children that may lead them to diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint pain, strokes and other serious diseases.
To put these numbers in perspective, in fall of , there were 28,, high school students in the U. In the Youth Indicators, report from the National Center for Education Statistics NCES , we can see that athletic teams is the favored school-related extracurricular activity for boys in and at Athletic programs come with eligibility requirements, usually in the form of behavior and grade parameters. It is important for students to achieve a balance so that their academic performance does not suffer due to athletic participation.