A Student Athlete (sometimes written student–athlete) is a participant in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the educational institution in which he or she is enrolled. The sports specific training at this level of competition can be very intense. This added pressure of physical performance and the demands of being a full time student can become overwhelming.
High School and College are a time of many choices for our youth. Regardless if a student athlete participates in a very competitive Varsity Sport, inter-mural sports team, or a regular exercise program, continuing an active lifestyle is a habit that can lead to many health Benefits. Keeping control over a students weight and maintaining a fit lifestyle can build self confidence self esteem, and overall optimism.
Studies routinely show that student athletes typically do better in school than classmates who didn't compete in sports and there are even some indications that college athletes go on to earn more money than their non-athletic classmates. Athletics provide a "positive motivational factor for students," and the student athlete is less likely to drop out from school. Managing school and organized sports teaches children to manage their time which helps as they grow older.
Discipline is a defining characteristic of high performing athletes. Strong discipline is often the only thing that separates great Student-Athletes from average ones. Only through discipline can a Student Athlete overcome the obstacle of managing schoolwork, practices, workouts and games or competitions. This discipline can carry over to life outside of school and sports.
Youth Sports and Weight Management
Why do I encourage students of all abilities and ages to participate in athletics at some level? Because the prevalence of obesity in our youth in the United States is at epidemic proportions, and can often sneak up on a student. Obesity puts most students, especially college students at risk of many health problems, as well as psychological/psychiatric issues such as poor self-esteem and depression. For the college student, obesity can be devastating, not only physically, but emotionally as well. The time to learn healthy habits is now. Keeping athletics, sports and exercise a part of daily life can help with this epidemic.
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The Freshman Fifteen is a term coined to describe the weight gained by college students in the first year of study at college or university. This term is commonly used in the United States and Canada. The freshman fifteen refers to the often reported claim that freshman typically gain up to 15 pounds during their first year.
Typically the first semester at a college or university is a transitional period for a college freshman, where they break apart from the rules and regulations of their parents to become self ruling young adults. There are many temptations to eat and "drink" what you want, when you want. This change of lifestyle removes the parental guidance teens have lived with their entire life.
In most family environments parents determine the time of dinner and what is served. At most colleges and universities, students are presented with various food choices for each meal. The problem is there is no one there to tell students what is healthy and what is not. The student tends to eat what taste's good rather then getting the nutrition they need. In the household they may be forced to eat vegetables, but in the cafeteria, they are allowed to eat whatever they want (pizza, ice cream...). Stress, homesickness, sense of being overwhelmed can also lead to overeating.
Teaching the importance of good eating habits and incorporating an active lifestyle of fitness can eliminate this sudden unwanted weight gain and the social and psychological effects that sudden weight gain may cause.
Kevin Mackinnon writes and interesting article in the April 2010 issue of "Triathlete" magazine entitled, "Studies Show Student-Athletes Excel In Life" page 47.
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