Sports Failure In Sports

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Imagine you are in a situation where you are at a young age, and your parents are always yelling at you to be the best in athletics, and that failing is not an option. How do you think you would live your life with the massive amount of stress your parents are weighing you down with? Today, children are getting told by the people whom they look up to the most, that failing in sports is not an option, the only option is winning. This is putting the idea in their brains that the worst possible thing is to fail, but in reality failing is what helps us to succeed. Also, children are receiving an abundance of stress from sports, when sports are supposed to be something that is enjoyable. What happens, usually, is that parents have a child and want…show more content…
Frank L. Smoll Ph.D expresses his studies through this quote “Sport Participation decreases grades because young student athletes are overburdened with practices and games. As a result, they do not have time to focus on school work.” High numbers of youth participation in athletics has an effect on schoolwork, because of practices and games children and adolescents do not have time to fully engage in school work. This reinforces the idea of children not having time for school because of excessive athletics by showing what children are going through. Furthermore on the topic Laura Altobelli clarifies “Many young athletes become increasingly stressed as they strive to maintain academic eligibility, while advancing through the rest of their school years.” Children and adolescents are pressured to always excel in both academics and athletics to the point where sometimes they can do neither, and end up upsetting their mentors. This relates and supports the notion that excelling in sports can interfere with school work, from all the pressure, which can sometimes be too much. The last quote to be included is from an article by Daniel Oppenheimer which can be read from TIME Magazine, however it is actually from the Zocalo Public Square, articulates that “It often gives the impression as though the“student” plays second fiddle to the“athlete”.” It is very true in some cases “the student plays the second fiddle to the athlete,” meaning that it is more important to excel in athletics than academics. Acknowledging the statement that some parents have always told their children that sports are the most important thing, and living with that notion for the rest of their life. Student athletes have many challenges that they must face, stress being a major point on that
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