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The Benefits of Playing Sports in College

18 JUN 2014

It’s World Cup season! If watching all this exciting action is having a contagious effect on you and making you want to hit the field to score a few goals yourself (or, as they say in soccer, “goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal!!!”), you should know that there are many benefits to playing sports while in school. Whether it’s soccer, hockey or any other form of physical activity, and whether you’re doing it in the hope turning pro one day or simply because you enjoy playing, you’ll find that sports can improve your self-esteem, self-discipline, leadership skills, teamwork and, of course, physical health. These are lifelong skills that will come in handy regardless of your career path, and whether or not you go on to play in the World Cup!

Here a few of the key benefits to playing sports while in college.

Support group

A team is like a family. Your coaches, teammates and other members of your group can provide support and useful advice as you tackle challenges related to studying and completing school work. They can help you stay out of trouble, by providing you with positive role-models and a strong support system. Better yet: student-athletes are often academically-oriented, meaning they are motivated to get good grades and succeed in school just as much as within their sport. Some of them will have scholarships that require of them to maintain a certain grade average.  Lastly, student-athletes also encourage one another to have high expectations of themselves, both on and off the field. This can translate into more confidence and an increased desire to perform well and stay on top of school news and educational articles you have to read as part of your classes.

Staying fit

Though this goes without saying, playing sports is a great way to stay fit. It will help you develop your hand-eye coordination and other skills, and you’re likely to become better at developing good nutritional habits. Students-athletes often encourage one another to eat healthy and stay off junk food and other items high on calories and low on the nutriments that your body needs in order to reach its maximum potential.

Making friends

Individuals who play sports while in school often develop strong ties with their teammates and peers. Through sports, you share an intense emotional bond and a profound connection to your school with others. You’ll experience highs and lows as a team, which will no doubt translate into deep friendships that will last for a long time. Sports are a great way to meet people and make friends, and you’ll establish connections that might help you in the future, after you graduate.

Your career

Lastly, the lessons you learn on the field, including how to be a leader and a team player, how to be passionate and dedicate yourself to the cause, will prepare you well for the business world. You can list your school proudly on your resume, and employers will take note of your dual background in sports and academia. Ultimately, this might just be what it takes for you to stand out from other candidates.