What could you be missing out on?
By Ryan Slawson, Student Reporter
Within PRHS, many freshmen students are missing out on opportunities presented through PRHS athletics. Despite being surrounded by opportunities to join, almost half of students in a recent survey have never participated in a sports. Through recent interviews, athletes have indicated that sports have helped them distribute their time as well as giving them role models to look up to/be supported by.
This begs the question, why aren’t more freshmen students joining a sports if they are such a big help? One reason that comes up is work time. It is no secret that schoolwork can be hard and even overbearing at times in the eyes of students. PRHS athlete Zachary Summers states, “(it is reasonable) to work around the time dedicated to practice, and complete the work at other times during the day”. Despite the time that is spent practicing and at events, at least passing classes is still an extremely doable task. Another reason that can be brought up is the coaching staff, are they supporting students in the areas they need? In a recent interview with another PRHS athlete, Dalton Smith responds to a question regarding his coach with, “despite working us hard, he is still very supportive”. The stigmas that are intertwined throughout athletics may very well be a big reason that so many students are missing out on and/or avoiding opportunities to join up, but athletes have dismissed them, showing the truth behind these falsifying stereotypes. As peers, it is our responsibility to be open and present opportunity as it is, rather than how it is perceived. Everyone has problems and obstacles that they have to surmount in their personal lives, but with a bolstering community some of those obstacles lose traction in the lives of many. Sports are a single outlet that has touched and even changed the courses of many people’s lives, and the frame they are presented in should be clear and straightforward in the respect of their goals and their ability to accomplish said goals.
Cliche as it may seem, studies and personal accounts indicate that participating in sports does factually benefit health and increase physical activity. One unnamed bearcat surveyed stated “ It gets people to get out there and makes them be energetic and active”. According to data gathered by Carson Branett, a writer for the organization AZCentral, “Exercise in general controls weight by burning calories, improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system, placing a lower strain on the heart, and increases an athlete’s energy level while improving the quality of sleep. It also provides longer-term benefits, such as the reduced risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, reduces the level of body fat, improves the cholesterol makeup of the athlete’s bloodstream and makes the bones and muscles stronger”. The gateway to get these benefits, in an officially structured environment, along with academic advantages is presented through PRHS and its many athletic doorways
I doubt that any one student would argue that athletics are not good for the body, but despite this colloquial knowledge many are missing out on this opportunity due to a preconceived stereotype. To wrap up loose ends, PRHS athletics are the following: easy to work around, bolstering, beneficial to personal health, and many students are missing out on this prolifically open and overt opportunity.