Student athletes advocate for mental health

Owen Crews
Sports Editor

sports mental health
Art by Maya Hamid

Student athletes get put under a lot of pressure when it comes to juggling their school work and their sports. 

With stress, school and sports piling up, students use certain strategies and participate in spare activities to help keep their interests in the sport and stop themselves from experiencing burnout.

Senior Nora Marcinkiewicz feels very strongly about this topic.

“It is more important to take care of yourself, your mental, emotional and physical well-being rather than striving for an A on every single assignment. Do what you can, when you can, work hard and be sure to take care of yourself. Additionally, it is healthy to talk about your feelings, to address how you’re feeling and to seek help if you need it,” Marcinkiewicz said via email.

“My advice for any athletes that may be struggling mentally is to time block homework, ” Marcinkiewicz added via email.

Senior Eliza Maupin also explains that being committed can help with burnout.

“Being committed keeps me motivated to keep going because it’s something to look forward to. At times it can get a little slow during school, sports, etc because you know your plan and what’s next for you, and I just want to skip to the next chapter, but I have make sure to stay focused on the things I’m doing now, so that I don’t experience a burnout,” Maupin said via email. 

“Motivation is key to not experiencing burnout because without it there’s nothing moving you forward. Mentally, being committed keeps me grounded in my school/life,” Maupin added via email.

Senior Alex Turley also has another way to decrease stress levels.

“I deal with the ‘stress’ of extra curricular activities by having the mindset that getting to do them is a privilege and wrestling and music is something I GET to do, not something I HAVE to do. Also gaining perspective is something that I have improved on and realizing that in 10 years nobody is going to care how many wrestling matches I won or how good my jazz band solo was,“ Turley said via email.

Senior Naia Kniker also has some advice for dealing with being overwhelmed.

“It can be overwhelming most of the time, but if you stay focused and take it one step at a time it gets easier. I have found that planning out when I am going to do each thing helps a lot,” Kniker said via email.

Junior William Zareh also talks about how he avoids burnout.

“I keep myself from not getting burned out by pushing myself, but not to the point where it makes me dislike the sport or activity, “ Zareh said via email.

Turley feels like this advice is very crucial to other students.

“My advice would be that activities and clubs are an opportunity. Results shouldn’t be a catalyst for stress because what matters is becoming the best possible version of you,” Turley added via email.


Owen Crews

This will be Owen Crews’ first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his sophomore year.

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