if you’re looking for a way to stay fit and healthy but also boost your academic success, playing a sport may be the answer for you. Whether you’re in high school or college and you haven’t touched a ball in years, hit the gym on a regular basis or are a dedicated team player, here are four of the many benefits to becoming a student athlete.
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer but dedicating yourself to playing a sport will definitely keep you in shape. It may be hard work at times, but so long as you have the determination, playing a team sport can really help to keep your energy and fitness levels up, while giving you a place to release stress and burn off that extra piece of cake you ate. The teamwork element of playing a sport will also hopefully motivate you to keep playing and work harder as you watch all your teammates doing the same.
Access to Higher Education
There are a wide range of scholarships available to student athletes looking into higher education, and this can be an amazing way to avoid debt, stay fit and make friends at college. From golf to baseball scholarships, there’s something for every athlete and having the stress of extra financial burden taken off you or your parents can help to make your time at college a bit easier.
Socialisation and Networking Opportunities
Going to the gym is fine if all you want to do is work out and improve your physique. However, playing a sport gives you the added advantage of being able to meet new people and immediately gives you a topic to talk about straight away. This takes away the awkwardness of trying to meet and get to know new people, which can be crippling for people who are naturally socially anxious or introverted.
Not only that, but playing a sport gives you great opportunities to network that can last a lifetime and potentially help you to build a career. Future networking opportunities that can open up for student athletes are nearly endless. Keeping up with past teammates, coaches and friends will give you networking opportunities for life. Playing a sport will give you the chance to meet and connect with many different people, all who have the potential to help you later down the line.
Opportunity to Travel
Travel is a huge part of playing for a university sports team. You will need to be travelling to games, meets, conferences, tournaments and road trips. All of these will give you the opportunity to travel to new places and explore, with the added benefit of having a group of friends to go with you. Even if it’s travelling just a few hours away, you never know what you’re going to find or who you’re going to meet.
If you have been considering getting involved in a team sport, don’t be afraid to try it. Becoming a student athlete can open up so many opportunities to help further your growth mentally, physically, academically, professionally and culturally.