The Importance Of A Student Athlete Receives Many Opportunities : Scholarships, Recognition, And Clothing

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A student athlete receives many opportunities: scholarships, recognition, and clothing; however, they also face many challenges physically, emotionally, and socially. One of the most challenging problems they face are physical injuries which can be prevented when athletes incorporate a proper rest, conditioning, and proper diet. As an athlete I have experienced first-hand or watched as my teammates struggle with the various challenges, especially centering on their physical health. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was her senior year. Brady fought for the rebound, turned to race down court to score, took a few steps, and fell. She was out for the rest of her senior year. As athletes, it is important that we give our bodies the proper rest, so that they are able to recover. Injuries occur for various reasons. Brady was a two sport athlete. When an athlete overuses their body, injuries can occur on several levels: traumatic injury, sprain, a pulled muscle, concussion, etc. According to Exercises to Prevent Common Athlete Injuries, “Injury typically occurs when your muscle is overloaded beyond its ability…” (Mercola, 2015). Athletes should allow their body’s proper rest. As I research this I realized I am a prime example of an athlete who does not follow this guideline. As I look back on my last four years I have not allowed my body the opportunity to rest. I was a three-sport athlete in high school and competed every season fall, winter, and spring and during

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