Op-ed: Intramural Sports Relieve Stress in College

by Aaron Santini

College is one of the most stressful times in a students entire life.

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One of the ways most students dealt with stress throughout high school was through athletics. Athletics has always been one of the most popular ways for the youth to relieve stress. In fact, according to the NHFS (National Federation of State High School Associations), the number of high school students who participate in sports has increased for the 28th consecutive year.

“Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,963,535. The increase of 94,635 participants from 2015-16 is the largest one-year jump in overall participation since the 2008-09 school year,” it reported.

However, for most students, the athletic dream ends after high school. According to the NCAA, the odds of anyone playing any sport in college (besides women’s ice hockey) is below 13 percent, and the odds of anyone becoming a professional athlete in any sport is below 9.1 percent.

For the other 87 percent of students across the globe, that’s where intramural sports come into play. Just because someone isn’t on a college team doesn’t mean their passion for a certain sport dies after high school. Even if a person has never played the sport before, it’s still a way for them to get active and get their minds off of whatever other outside responsibilities that need to be taken care of.

Even if it’s only for as little as 45 minutes, that could be the break a college student needs to bring their grades up, while bringing their stress down at the same time.

 

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