What it's like to be an athlete in high school?

What does it mean to be an athlete?

             Being an athlete not only requires you to go to constant games, practices, workouts, and tournaments, but also to eat healthy, give your time and workout outside of the sport. It is a huge time commitment in whichever sport you choose. It obligates you to put what you need to do for the sport in front of all of your other necessities.

  What does it mean to be an athlete in high school?         

             Being an athlete itself is already a difficult task. Although, being an athlete in high school is a very difficult job that comes with high expectations and requires most all of your time. A normal high school student is expected to do all of their homework, get good grades, join clubs, and still remain social. Now, imagine adding 3-5 hour practices to your everyday requirements. It is hard to balance all of that continuously especially being in your teen years needing even more sleep. Having all of those standards to meet puts you at a difficult angle and often forces you to choose between those requirements. And as a teenager, which would you most likely choose- homework or friends? For most all teenagers it would be friends.

What does it mean to a female athlete in high school?           

           Being an athlete in high school is one thing, but being a female athlete comes with a lot of other factors that play into it. "Female high school athletes receive 1.3 million fewer athletic participation opportunities than their male counterparts (3.2 million female vs. 4.5 million male)"(Women's Sports Foundation). Statistic shows how males have more chances in athletics therefore giving them a better chance at succeeding and doing better than females. "In addition, female high school and college athletes continue to lag behind males in the provision of equitable resources such as equipment, uniforms and facilities"(Women's Sports Foundation). With less funding and opportunities, how are females expected to be as successful as male athletes? They can't. "Title IX, a 1972 law barring discrimination in school sports, for creating equal opportunities for girls" (Wrenn). From this article it talks about what Title IX states. Although conditions have improved greatly since 1972, it is still not equal. "Hogshead-Makar, who is chief executive officer of the advocacy group Champion Women, said even though Title IX requires that women get the same access to media and support that men get, it's not happening" (Wallace). Wallace repeats what Wrenn had talked about in the nonexistent equality between male and female athletics post Title IX. Being a female athlete, you are labeled differently than just an athlete. People perceive women to be weak, so a female athlete therefore is seen as weak. Although studies show that "many girls remain as strong or stronger than boys" (Melnick). That shows how much labels play into how our society views things such as this.

             Being a female athlete in high school is difficult in that it is hard to balance not only playing the sport and keeping up with the practices/games but school work, grades, social expectations, and other extra curricular activities all while fighting for equality between male and female athletics. You have less time than the average student and are also faced with less sports funding and support.

Bibliography:

Women's Sports Foundation. "Women's Sports Foundation." Women's Sports Foundation. Women's Sports Foundation, 18 Mar. 2013. Web. 26 May 2015. This is an article on Title IX and how Women are not given equal sports opportunities compared to males. This was a good article that provided many intriguing facts that supported my research and my angle of females view of sports.

Wrenn, Jill Martin. "Women's Athletics a Battle for Respect." CNN. N.p., 7 Feb. 2013. Web. 26 May 2015. This was a very interesting article on how women are fighting for equality between male and female sports. It was a great article that included different perspectives and personal examples and provided support for my topic.

Wallace, Kelly. "When Will Women's Sports Get the Same Attention as Men? - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, 20 Mar. 2015. Web. 26 May 2015. This was an article about how much males make compared to females and the unequal opportunities males receive over females. This is a good article in that it shows how both women and men label women as weak which transfers inequality in sports. It gave different polls which helped give statistics to my topic.

Melnick, Meredith. "Girls Are As Athletic As Boys, Study Says." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 7 June 2012. Web. 27 May 2015. This is a fascinating article about how girls are just as athletic naturally as boys. It proves how much labels play into how many girls participate and excel in athletics over boys. It benefited my research in providing a factor into why male and female athletics aren't equal.

Wade, LIsa. The Effects of Title IX on Sports Participation. Digital image. The Society Pages. The Society Pages, 23 June 2012. Web. 25 May 2015. This image is a good representation of how male athletics are considered more important than females. It very well demonstrates the participation in high school males being greater than that of high school females. It supports my research on how male and female athletics are still unequal and provides the percentage increase that has occurred since.

Fagon, Kate, and Luke Cyphers. Boy's High School Sports Participation. Digital image. ESPN- W. N.p., 29 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 May 2015. This image is another representation of male vs. female athletics that supports my view of what it is like to be a female athlete in high school. It is a beneficial picture that well assisted my research.

Closing The Gap - Women Vs. Men in Sports." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Feb. 2013. Web. 27 May 2015. An interesting video showing different rules and standards for women and men in sports. It is a good video that supports my idea that males and females are unequal and that should be altered. (bottom youtube video)

High school female playing football.

In the first image, it shows the difference in male to female participation throughout a thirty-eight year spread.

In the second, the top column shows high school participation males vs. females and the percentage increase.

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