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Athletes vs. Non-Athletes: Some of the benefits of playing sports

Posted: 10-26-2011 | Categories: Parents & Students

There are some obvious perks about playing sports in high school.  After a great game Friday night, your status in the school halls can skyrocket you to superstar status by Monday morning.  You occasionally get to miss that dreadful last period class to go across town to beat up on your opponent.  And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of those push-ups, crunches, and laps around the track, you’ve got a figure that’s out of this world and you’re always ready for beach season.   These are just some of the benefits that come with being an athlete, but did you know that psychologists, doctors, and tons of other smarty pants have actually gotten together to figure out just how beneficial it is to be an athlete?  Check out some of the things they found while doing a study on high school athletes in comparison to students who aren’t involved in sports. 

  1. Athletes generally have better school attendance records, lower dropout rates, and fewer discipline problems.
  2. Student-athletes generally have higher self-esteem and self-discipline than students who do not participate in sports.
  3. Female student-athletes receive just as many personal benefits and satisfaction from athletics as male student-athletes.
  4. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that over 90% of corporate executives participated in sports during high school.
  5. Students who participate in sports are more likely to graduate from high school and pursue higher education that students who do not participate in athletics.

So what is the moral of this story?  Keep playing sports, kid!  The perks are much bigger than you could have ever imagined!

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