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Balancing sports and schoolwork a challenge
Friday, May 14, 2010

Tatiana Ensslin is a fresman at Academy of the Holy Names

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If you have ever played a sport, you know that most teams have practices quite often. Some students are realizing that because of practice, they are having less time to study, causing them to get worse grades.

Of course, to be good at sports, it takes a lot of hard work and practice. As time goes by, parents are noticing that kids are having a hard time balancing both school and sports.

Megan Gallager, a student at the Academy of the Holy Names, still manages to get all of her homework done and study, even when she has practice every week for her school’s basketball team. How does she do it?

“It takes a lot of hard work, but what I find most helpful is making your own schedule or trying to manage your time better, such as get home from practice, take a shower, do homework, watch television and go to bed,” Gallager said.

On average, freshman students at the Academy of Holy Names get about two or three hours of written homework to do each day, plus an hour or two for studying.

Time management and organization are extremely important when you are balancing both school and sports. According to Helen Spiro, a guidance counselor at the Academy of Holy Names, “Time management is one of the most important things that can help you when you are juggling two important topics. For organization, have a planner, and most importantly do not get behind in your classes.”

Having a planner can help you not only remember what you have to do later on, but it will help you plan out your time, so you can better understand what you will be able to accomplish that day.

Sleep is also a very important topic when it comes to balancing both sports and academics. If you do not receive enough sleep each night, not only are you more likely to catch an illness, but you are also risking the fact that you could get worse grades due to being exhausted.

According to Spiro, “The number one thing to do is to stay healthy and to get sleep because if you do not, you are more susceptible to illness.”

The state of New York has also announced this year that students in high school should be getting on average eight hours of sleep each day.

Gallager said that she gets on average “about eight to nine hours each night. Sometimes even more!” She also stated that “sleep plays a major role in balancing both topics. If you are too tired, you are going to be stressed … when you take a test or start your homework, you are more likely to rush through it and do a poor job.

“If you can get enough sleep, you will follow your schedule and you will get all of your work done, but if you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to procrastinate on your school work and instead just relax. Also, while having less energy while playing sports, you feel more tired, which may cause you to do worse.”

Balancing both school and academics is definitely a challenge. With the help of organization, time management and sleep, a student can become better not only in school, but on the playing field too.



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