It has been an issue of interest to understand the relationship between sports and academic performance. Student involvement in sports is time demanding and this begs the question on the issue of balancing between these two time sensitive activities. In order to understand the relationship between student’s involvement in sports and their grades in academic work, one should conduct a secondary analysis.
The population for the secondary analysis is 1,259 sophomore students in Michigan. The population represents learners who engage in sports and non-participants (Solinger 2-6). The chosen hypothesis suggests that students who participate in sporting activities are able to maintain high grades in their academic work due to the discipline and skills developed in sports engagement. The variables include time spent in class, parent’s involvement and the time management skills developed through participation in the sport.
Student’s involvement in sports has proven to lead to better grades for the individual. The attainment of higher grades is possible because the athletic students develop organizational skills during their involvement in sports. As such, the learner develops a regular routine, which enables them to balance their school and sports activities (Solinger 2-6). In this situation, they display time management skills. These skills enable them to become competent in their academic work thus attaining better grades. For these learners, the transition to adult life is also easier due to the aspect of being able to juggle between important activities.
Secondly, the attainment of high grades is possible due to the parents` involvement. Most learners who take part in sports activities are encouraged to do this by their parents. For this reason, the students are motivated by knowing that their parents are behind them and they gain the confidence from this confidence (Solinger 2-6). Furthermore, the parents who encourage their children to engage in sports have a higher likelihood in participating in their children’s education as well. Therefore, their involvement leads to a follow-up on the students’ academic progress.
Finally, the students need and drive to excel is a factor that leads to the attainment of high grades in academics (Solinger 2-6). A learner who engages in sports and other activities is a person who is driven by the feeling and desire to achieve beyond the set requirements. The push to achieve more is transferred from their participation in sports to the students’ academic work. Furthermore, it occurs in the learner’s mind that their engagement in sports may affect their academic activity. Therefore, this prompts the students to put in added effort in having the best performance thus attaining high grades.
These factors indicate that indeed the relationship between student’s involvement in sports and their academic performance is positive. Nonetheless, it is significant for one to understand that the relationship is not positive for all learners. Some have the exact opposite relationship thus display dismal academic performance (Fujita 7). The negative aspect of engaging in sports at school level is that an individual may have misplaced priorities especially when competition season approaches. Training takes place in different stages and it gets tougher during the competition season. During these periods, the pressure to show great sports performance may overcome a student. As such, the aspect of time management remains one of great importance and all students engaging in sports activity should develop it in order to maintain the balance between their academics and talent.
Fujita, Kimiko. “Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.” Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences. 6 Feb. 2005. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.
Solinger, Jayna. “Jayna Solinger.” Jayna Solinger. 2 May 2008. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.