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  Counselors: Student-Athletes Ultimate Advocate :

Counselors: Student-Athletes Ultimate Advocate Eros Rice Jr.

Introduction :

Introduction Counselors are the ultimate advocate for student-athletes. The counselor is there to be a liaison between teachers, coaches and parents on the athlete’s behalf With help from the counselor a student-athlete can have an easier transition between the advancements they make through high school, college and into the world

General Demands on Student Athletes :

General Demands on Student Athletes Balancing both academics and athletics can be mentally draining and physically exhausting on an athlete especially at the collegiate level The excess time placed on athletics takes away from the study time needed to thrive in the classroom

Development of Student Athletes: Social Development :

Development of Student Athletes: Social Development With the time constraints placed on student-athletes both on the high school and collegiate level most of their friendships and bonds are created within the team or with other student-athletes Socializing with other student-athletes is different from socializing with non student-athletes

Personal Development:

Personal Development Instead of the student-athlete being allowed to naturally develop who they are and set personal goals, student-athletes have outside influences pushing them to focus solely on their athletic abilities Sometimes school personnel, community members, and even parents overly emphasis the students athletic role Some athletes take on the persona of just the athlete and never explore other areas of their life

Psycho-emotional Development:

Psycho-emotional Development Balancing both academics and athletics is a great task which can cause depression, isolation and other symptoms of loneliness in a student-athlete’s life The longer an athlete is involved in a sport, the harder it is to let go, this is more definite in professional athletes who have played their sport for roughly 25 or more years

Student-Athletes and Adults Relationship with Teachers:

Student-Athletes and Adults Relationship with Teachers Teacher’s role is to educate and ensure students meet content standards Student-athletes are often under the impression that teachers do not care about them A great way for a teacher to connect with student-athletes is by attending their games and seeing the athlete in a different environment

Relationship with Coaches :

Relationship with Coaches A coach’s relationship with athletes is primarily focused on the success of the athletic program and nothing else Coaches sometimes fail to realize the power they possess and their ability to impact an athlete’s life Coaches store a wealth of information that can benefit student-athletes

Relationship with Parents :

Relationship with Parents Typically parents are uninformed about the rigors that a student-athlete has to endure, especially if the parent(s) were not actively involved in sports at a young age There are times where parent(s) are prone to placing emphasis on the athletic role more so than the student Parents can help alleviate most of the stress that a student-athlete goes through by letting them know the main focus is the student’s studies and the fun is on the field

Student Athletes and Counselors: Counselor is the ultimate advocate Counselor as Liaison between Academics & Athletics :

Student Athletes and Counselors: Counselor is the ultimate advocate Counselor as Liaison between Academics & Athletics A counselor is the most well-informed adult to help aide in a student-athletes college selection process Counselors are more equipped to deal with the psycho-emotional problems exhibited by students-athletes than sport psychiatrist and coaches

Counselor as Liaison between Academics & Athletics:

Counselor as Liaison between Academics & Athletics The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has instituted measures to help monitor and enforce an athlete’s progress towards a degree At critical marks certain percentages of credits toward a degree are mandatory in order for an athlete to remain eligible to participate in their sport. The NCAA has these percentages set at 40%, 60% and 80%

Athletic Scholarships :

Athletic Scholarships Most student-athletes have thoughts of one day playing for a major university and potentially joining the professional ranks after their academic careers are over Further research was shown that only 4% of student-athletes will play college level sports and only 2% will actually become professionals

Athletic Scholarships:

Athletic Scholarships With limited amount of athletic scholarships counselors will need to help student-athletes find other ways to finance their college education other avenues of educational financing counselors can guide student-athletes to are the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) , scholarships given based on merit, ethnicity, GPA and other areas

Counselors: Understanding student-athletes multi-faceted identity :

Counselors: Understanding student-athletes multi-faceted identity Counselors are the most aware of a student-athletes multi-faceted identity because they understand their needs and see student-athletes as young adults It’s easy for student-athletes to just go through the motions

Lifestyle Consultation:

Lifestyle Consultation Improve in balancing their dual role as student and athlete Adding structure to a student-athletes schedule by implementing small tables for an athlete to write in everything they do during the day The more an athlete is able to manage their time the better equipped they are to do well in the classroom and on the field

Career Development :

Career Development A major task for a counselor can be helping an athlete explore different career options Start in high school by exposing student-athletes to career options that interest them Begin the dialogue of a career after a student-athlete retires from sports Help students see all the options available to them not just the immediate options

Stress Management :

Stress Management Stress is an inevitable factor in the life of a student-athlete Due to the hectic yet structured schedules Talk to the student-athletes and discuss various ways to cope with the stress they are handling Provide the student-athlete with literature that outlines various ways to cope with stress

Conclusion :

Conclusion This research project was done in hopes of educating readers on the difficulties associated with the lives of student-athletes The opportunity to participate in sports is a luxury A counselor is the strongest advocate that student-athletes Buffer between the challenges called upon them from academics and athletics

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