Multi-sport athletes work to find balance

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By Laura Kocsis | Assistant Sports Editor

Student-athletes have the ability to pursue a multitude of passions in the classroom by double-majoring, but also have the ability to pursue their athletic passions by partaking in multiple sports.

Being a student-athlete not only requires talent to compete at the collegiate level, but also discipline and time management. However, student-athletes who are members of multiple athletic teams face several challenges that other athletes do not encounter.

“Being involved with two sports on campus was challenging because I was constantly busy and didn’t have much downtime,” said Hannah Evans, sophomore kinesiology major and member of California Baptist University’s women’s water polo team and former member of the swim team.

Different sports require the use of several distinct muscle groups needed to perform. The skills and strengths earned while playing one sport might influence the ability of muscle groups while playing others.

Cody Jon Wetherbee, junior kinesiology major, plays both water polo and baseball.

“I like that they are completely different,” he said. “One is fast-paced and the other is like a chess game.”

In season student-athletes often struggle with injuries or their bodies tend to get depleted because of the immense amount of practices and numerous games.

However, playing two completely different sports is often beneficial because it creates a stronger and more versatile athlete, overall.

Aside from the physical advantages, being a part of more than one team gives student-athletes the camaraderie and the support of their fellow athletes on not only one, but two teams.

“I liked being on multiple teams because it helped me meet a lot of people and it kept me really in shape throughout the entire school year,” Evans said.

Although these athletes will not be playing sports forever, they have the ability of making the most of their talents by participating in multiple sports.

About Laura Kocsis

Asst. Sports Editor

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