The Multi Sport Wonders
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The multi sport athlete is not your average athlete, especially in high school. It is incredibly hard to keep up on two sports and schoolwork.
High schoolers are getting accepted to college on scholarships for sports, but it’s not because they play one, it’s because they play multiples.
College coaches at any level look for multi sport athletes to get more than one angle on them. It’s more than just going to college, it can be just as simple as preventing overuse injury; an experiment done by Dr. Neeru Jayanthi of Loyola University claimed that 70% to 93% of single sport athletes are more likely to get injured due to overuse than those who play multiples.
Eric Shin ’19, Matthew Rau ’19 and Nick Nickerson ’19 all play two sports at Regis Jesuit.
“I am motivated everyday to work at both sports,” said Rau, “it gives me a more diverse skill set.”
A recent chart done on Urban Meyers’ Varsity football team at Ohio State says that only 5 out of the 42 kids on the team played football as their lone sport in high school.
“It looks good on a college application,” said Shin after being asked about getting benefits out of two sports, “but I don’t want to play in college.”
The schoolwork is the most important part of all of this,”it gets hard to keep up sometimes, thankfully we have academic support,” said Nickerson,” but, 6 to 7 hours of sleep doesn’t help me much.”
Of course it would get hard to keep up on homework when your schedule is school, sports, homework, sleep, repeat; two sports isn’t going to matter to a college without good grades.
Nickerson, Rau and Shin are great examples of good student athletes, but it’s not easy without a lot of free time; this is a true commitment to their school and sports that they love.
The multi sport athlete is spectacular and often overlooked, these student-athletes go unnoticed too much, but they will get the attention they deserve when the time comes.