How are Student Athletes affected by homework?


Senior Drew Braden briskly runs by during a cross country race held in Fountain Creek Regional Park.

Being a student athlete is no easy task. From late-night practices to long meets, student athletes truly are quite pressed for time when it comes to completing schoolwork. The balance that athletes face between achieving peak athletic performance and homework is quite indisputable if you ask students. Not only is homework mentally depriving, but it also greatly impacts a healthy sleep schedule needed for both academic and athletic success. 

Many athletes ask whether they are assigned too much homework.

Sophomore Jude Walker believes that since he is enrolled in challenging classes, homework is an astounding resource for him “to understand the content.” Contrary to popular belief, homework can be a versatile and impactful tool when it comes to success in the classroom. From Walker’s perspective, homework is a daunting task each night, yet ultimately is a very significant aspect of his academic execution. 

Yet do all students agree with Walker’s perspective? 

The answer is both yes and no. 

Sophomore Kayla Moore, who swims competitively, believes that by competing in a sport and completing homework each night is challenging.

“[Its] is cutting into our sleep schedule and then that is ultimately impacting our performance,” Moore adds. 

By balancing both a heavy workload and striving to be an exceptional athlete, the factor of getting enough sleep comes into play. Students often have to make the tough decision of whether or not they should continue their homework or simply go to bed. 

Just ask Senior Lillian Lewis. 

Lewis is a student athlete who not only thrives in sports but also is enrolled in numerous AP and honors classes, which provides quite the sizable workload each night. From Lewis’s outlook, she often receives a mass amount of homework in an almost unpredictable time frame, which then makes her, “end up deciding between homework and sleep.” 

Yet in contrast, Junior Joy Kemp believes that student athletes are not assigned too much homework.

 “They are the ones who chose to play a sport and do school at the same time, but could choose to cut down on their workload by taking easier classes,” Kemp notes.

Joy’s outlook not only contradicts other Air Academy students but points out the consequences of choice and responsibility. Ultimately, the student decides to enroll in challenging courses and compete in a variety of sports. 

Even though homework is not going away anytime soon, the incontestable role of a student athlete will only strengthen over time. Yet, the next time Air Academy students begin their homework, they should take a moment and understand that while this is a demanding task, it ultimately can make athletes be brighter individuals once they graduate.