“Former Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer recently stated that he prefers recruiting athletes who are involved in other sports.” Here are some reasons why:
- coaches like to see athletes with their own eyes, not just on film therefore they can see an athlete competing during other seasons.
- some recruiters feel that other sports give athletes an edge from a competitive standpoint
Power Sanford Health has these positives to share about being a multi-sport athlete:
- multi-sport athletes have a much higher chance of remaining active as adults
- the variety of movements and activities can limit the occurrence of overuse injuries associated with just one sport or skill.
- playing multiple sports gives athletes time to heal and develop different muscle groups and movement patterns.
- multi-sport athletes haven’t had that intense emphasis on one sport and are more likely to retain their love of the game.
- different types of skills can be applied from one sport to the next.
Zoe Lipke, a multi-sports athlete had this to say about her personal experience:
- she plays soccer and basketball
- her schedule is packed solid between practices for both sports
- she sometimes get less than five hours of sleep a night
- she has had injuries
Zoe also shares, “However, playing different sports has put me ahead in several aspects of my life. From a leadership perspective, I have grown so much over the years, and playing multiple sports that are so different from each other allows me to express leadership in more ways that one.”
For more information about the variety of Multi-Sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports Camp page, today.
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