Student athletes already have added stress to their schedules compared to the average student. Since the pandemic began, student athletes lives have changed exponentially and for some it has caused a ton of unneeded stress to their already loaded plates.
Students at Morningside University had a variety of different experiences with the pandemic and have all handled it in different ways. Whether it be from their sports schedule, online classes, or social interaction, it makes it difficult for student athletes to manage a healthy schedule on top of worrying about potentially getting Covid.
A student that plays on the baseball team at Morningside, Chris Weins, explains his experience with the pandemic and how it’s affected the way he practices. Weins stated that “I stress about am I getting enough reps, I knew I was always getting everything out of practice before Covid and now it difficult because I don’t have as much time anymore” emphasizing how the quality of work in practice has decreased due to the pandemic affecting his time throughout the day.
Athletes at Morningside have seen a drastic change when it comes to practices and learning. The pandemic has made them reevaluate whether or not sports is worth the additional stress. Some athletes see the pandemic as a huge stressor and others view it as nothing less but a bump in the road.
Ethan Alfers, a basketball player at Morningside, explains his experience with the pandemic by stating that “I handle it pretty well, I know some people can get overwhelmed and amped up and it definitely does create health concerns, but you just gotta take a deep breath and go on with you day” noting how easy it is for him to go on through everyday life without the pandemic affecting how he lives.
These two interactions are definitely at opposite spectrums in terms of their stress levels and everyday life during the pandemic. One thing that’s for certain though is that they’ve both seen how it’s affected people’s mental state with how much their lives are changing.
Nobody’s experience with the pandemic is the same but everyone is definitely impacted by it one way or another.
The pandemic has implemented numerous changes in the way not just athletes but students go about there everyday life and how its affecting the way they comprehend information.
Owen Anderson, Men’s Volleyball player, says how “It has affected the way I study and how I learn since it’s hard for me to learn online… the times for practice is hard to get used to since they are always changing which makes me stress out about getting my homework done” stating how he’s struggled adapting to life during the pandemic and how it’s increased his stress levels. This seems to be some of the more prominent problems throughout the pandemic with student athletes.
Volleyball head coach, Addison Mertler, explains how ” It is a lot more on the individual and what there doing, making sure there being smart with how there interacting” noting how much more individuals have to be aware of what they are doing and making sure they are being safe because one wrong move could potentially put your whole team at risk of getting sick.
Mertler also states that “Today might be your last day, you might never get to play again” implying that the pandemic could shut sports down whenever and for an unknown amount of time so don’t take your time in practice or games for granted.
The pandemic has changed the way students learn and how athletes tackle their sport. Whether it’s schoolwork or constantly running around for sports, many student athletes are starting to realize that the amount of stress it’s causing them on a daily basis due to the pandemic should be talked about.
From taking a breath each day at a time and pushing forward or taking days off of practice to find time to fit in school work the answer is unclear. The only thing that seems coherent is that student athletes have accumulated a ton of unneeded stress during the pandemic.