In the article “Raising Their Voices” (Upfront, Gross, 2021) I learned that we all may know sports are a fantastic way to get yourself involved and out there. They serve to distract you from anything going on around you. When you are playing in a match or a game your main focus, your main priority is on the game. Playing sports will help with your stigma, play making and fitness, but they can also become over whelming. With long back to back practices after tough games and having to time manage to work around your schedule, playing sports can be adding to your mental health. This is because you target your plans and accord your schedule to your practice times and your game days that most of the time you forget about the requirements you need. Rest days are essential to you but as we all may hear from our coaches “no days off” can be very stressful because now we have to chose between wanting to be better vs. doing what’s better for you.
I strongly believe that sports indeed do help me as much as they kill me mentally. As an athlete myself I struggle greatly with time management. This is because I have to be a student athlete before anything. Meaning that I have to complete all my home work, attend 3 hour practices after school and 1 hour shoot arounds before school, make sure I am eating all my meals at the correct hours, coming home and showering, but also making sure I get enough rest. Having a 24 hour time frame is stressful to me as I got so much going on practices although can be tiring so can game days and having to come to school the next day tired and sleep deprived messes with me mentally because I have a negative cogitation since I haven’t been well rested and extremely stressed out the whole week. As my weeks get overwhelming and the only rest days I have are on weekends that is the only sense of relief I get in a weeks worth of time, but even some days I get no breaks because I still have assignments from school to be complete and turned in on the weekend.