By Sarah Moughal

            Imagine getting home after a long day of studying and working in the hardest class. Once you drop your bag on your bed, you have to pick up your lacrosse stick and run to the car. Afterwards, you find yourself with barely enough time to take a shower and no way enough time to get your homework done till after 12. So after placing your sticks down, you have to pull an all-nighter and get sleep-deprived. That kid might as well quit his game; however, he can’t, because he doesn’t want to let his team down, so he gets a crummy grade on his test and has to come home to tell his parents. This is just one of the many common scenarios for what a preteen or teen would do after school. It’s either quit the team or deal with the grading consequences.  This is dangerous, pressuring and it decreases kids GPAs.
            Competitive sports are an awful burden on kids. One reason they are a burden is because they can injure the kid. If a kid plays football (American) or baseball, the ball could hit their head and although they have helmets, the kid could get a concussion. And even though concussions don’t last forever, if the kid doesn’t wait till he/she is properly healed, it can be fatal. The older NFL players in only their 40s have shown signs of a disease like Alzheimer’s (Cohen).  Competitive sports are really pressuring and stressful. This is because it’s really hard to have sports practice, sports games, homework and a possible instrument. Most kids end up sleep-deprived and do a lot worse in school (Canapari). The kids have to be prepared for everything, focusing on getting everything completed on time and back into their backpack. Grades are a competition in themselves; most students try their hardest in order to get the best grades and lifestyle possible. This is a stressful and pressuring process for students to have to undertake.
            Competitive sports can lower their GPA or grades. Students have to make time for practice, studying and homework. This time usually comes out of sleep or studying. If a student doesn’t have enough time for studying or is too tired to focus, they can get worse grades then they would have if they had more time. A low GPA of a C still allows a student to play on sports teams (Madina-Tayac). A good student’s GPA is really important to maintain, and much more important to the students future than sports. A sports related job/education earned by sports skills is really hard to come by.
            Sports can be dangerous, pressuring, stressful, and can lower a student’s GPA. Competitive sports, even though it might be thought of as an improvement to health, are not needed in a student’s life. If students just eat healthy and exercise daily, they can have an improved quality of life; and really, what’s better, a little bit better than average health, or a great quality of life?

Works Cited:
Cohen, Adam Buckley. “Listening to Wisdom From a 10-year-old Son About His Head Injury.” The New York Times 28 Nov. 2009: n. pag. Print.

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