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The Struggles of Student Athletes

Student athletes are used to pressure, they are used to being under a microscope and having everything they do judged by others. They also have to balance their school work with sports while still maintaining friendships. But there is even a darker side of the sports world. 

We wanted to see what a student athletes view is.

Senior Skyler Thompson said, “There is a big differences in my opinion of a student athlete and a regular student. Being a Student is already stressful and putting on the workload of playing a sport makes that ten times harder.” Being a student athlete puts on double the pressure and work load compared to a regular student. The stress of having to be committed to two things and not letting eitehr slip is hard.

There is more than one view on athletes struggles. Mr. Gelalia, a gym teacher at Wayne Hills and a  baseball coach at Don Bosco Prep, Gelalia decides that how his athletes struggle because most are not prepared, a lot of their stress comes from not having what is needed for the sport.

“At the end of the day I think time-management is what stresses people out,” Mr. GelaliaIf you are unprepared from an organizational standpoint like you didn’t pack your bag or you forgot something it is just added stress. The other side of it is the social media side of it. You are in a world of comparing yourself to others and some can argue there is a benefit to social media which I don’t disagree with. I think it just needs to come in between the framework of understanding who you are as an athlete opposed to comparing yourself to essentially imagery people because you don’t know who these people are. That is what I would say is a very common struggle with all types of athletes.”

The struggle of Athletes of time management and the pressure of sports is obvious to the outside eye. But there is a way to help, being prepared with everything you need prier to the practice and being on top of school work so it doesn’t spill up are just two examples. 

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Danielle Iannelli
Danielle is a Senior at Wayne Hills High School. She is a member of the Journalism class and she loves it! She loves to find new things out and write about important topics. Danielle has been playing for Wayne Hills soccer since her freshman year and has been playing on a club team since she was little. She loves the beach, shopping, makeup, animals, and music.  Her favorite food is sushi, the color pink, and Harry Styles.  Danielle wants to major in Media and Sports Communications and will be attending Drew University to continue her soccer career.

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