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Managing Workload for Student-Athletes

Athletes have practices, games, workouts, and team events seemingly constantly. When you ask someone what they “do,” a huge part of many identities is sports.

Students have tests, homework, meetings with teachers, and classes seemingly constantly. When you ask someone what they “do,” a huge part of many identities is academics.

So what happens when someone does both? This is reality for many, daresay most, high school students. Many high schools require athletic participation on top of rigorous academics. Athletics are a wonderful method of teaching life skills to teenagers and academics teach those same teenagers how the world they live in functions. The workload these two responsibilities place on students is bearable, but very tough. So how do busy students not only make time for all their sports work and schoolwork, but time for mental health, relaxation, and a social life? With a few simple methods, that task can become measurably less difficult.

Hi! My name is Lachen Reid and I am a student-athlete. I play hockey for my school in Minnesota. I found that so many of my friends were struggling to find time for themselves and their friends with so much homework and time devoted to their sport. Through my work in my Positive Psychology class, I have found so many methods that can help students manage their stress level, workload, and be happier with their lives. I have created a printable guide full of helpful activities, practices, and motivation students can keep in their backpack, their folder, or put on a bulletin board.

LINK TO PRINTABLE GUIDE

How to use the printable guide:

What is most important to you? Fill in 5 things you value most. Maybe your answers include sports performance, good grades, mental health, happiness, friends, family, religion, or literally anything else in your life!

Seven helpful steps: These are seven pieces of advice I researched online and tried on myself and my own routine. They are simple, but I promise, they do work!

These tips have really helped me out manage my workload and maintain both a healthy body and mind. My friend above, Michael, tried out a couple tactics for me and he said “I was very satisfied with the results of these practices. I think they really benefitted me in a lot of ways.” Thank you for checking out my project! Apply them to your life and let me know how you like them!

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COMMENTS: 9
  1. April 25, 2019 by Luciano.Ferrato

    Hey Reid,
    I don’t play any sports for school but I completed your action steps and took a gratitude walk today. I sent this to my brother who I know struggles with balancing the academic rigors of school and playing several sports. I agree with finding balance, organization, routine and health (really everything). And I am going to implement this in my life and my brother’s.

  2. April 27, 2019 by Julia.Kashimura

    As a student-athlete, I struggle with balancing my work and sport, so I found this very helpful. Thanks! I also liked how you changed the background color for important paragraphs in order to emphasize them. Good job!

    • April 28, 2019 by Lachen Reid

      Great to hear! I tried out the methods myself, and they really do work. Thank you!

  3. April 28, 2019 by Addie Anderson

    Hey Reid, as someone who plays sports at school and outside of school I found this insightful and helpful, and enjoyed hearing your own story.

    • April 28, 2019 by Lachen Reid

      I hope it does help you out! Seriously, try out one of the methods. They really do work.

  4. April 28, 2019 by Lachen Reid

    That’s so great to hear! I hope the practices help out your brother! I am so impressed you took the initiative to try out the methods. Thanks for taking the time to do so!

  5. April 29, 2019 by Yasmina Haddad

    As a student athlete myself, I relate to you and understand the struggle of balancing academics and sports. I will for sure be testing some of your tips out. Thanks!

  6. April 29, 2019 by Billy Porto

    I really like this presentation. I’m also a student athlete myself and know first hand how difficult it can be to balance school and sports along with everything else in one’s life. The guide you have provided is a great resource that can help many student athletes.

  7. May 05, 2019 by Takuma.Warren

    I liked this presentation because it’s not only applicable to our everyday lives but because it shows how as an athlete it is just as important to take care of your brain as it is your body. Good job !!!

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