February 2019 Editorial: Student Athlete Issues

February 2019 Editorial: Student Athlete Issues

1 February, 2019

Student Athletes are the most valuable human capital of the sports industry.  Regardless of whether they go into professional sports or pursue another career path after graduating from college, student athletes need to strike and maintain a balance between their academic and sports lives.  Maintaining such balance is not an easy feat as they need to dedicate themselves, simultaneously, in two completely different, yet equally difficult tasks:  sports and academia.

The lives of student athletes, as exciting as they may seem on the outset, hide a lot of challenges; long training hours, making time to study, dealing with temptations, and the list goes on.  A major hurdle in the life of student athletes is handling the rejection from pro sports since less than 2 percent of college athletes turn pro.

This month the Money Smart Athlete team aims to address the issues faced by student athletes and offer insight and guidance on handling them as best as possible.  We want to help student athletes build a bright future for themselves no matter whether they turn pro or not.  College life offers so many valuable experiences besides sports and student athletes are lucky to acquire academic, athletic and life skills during their four year college term; utilizing all these skills later in life, is a sure recipe for success in whatever they do!

Athena P. Constantinou

E-mail: athena@apc-sport.com

 

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