Décamps, Greg, Emilie Boujut, and Camille Brisset. “French College Students’ Sports Practice and Its Relations with Stress, Coping Strategies and Academic Success.” Frontiers in Psychology 3 (2012): 104. PMC. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.

College sports have various effects on athletes, some of which are more obvious than others, including better physical health, access to a group of people sharing a similar passion, and recognition from peers and the institution because of dedication to a sport. In addition, sports have other areas of positive influence on athletes who go to school to learn and grow in an independently supportive environment. Naturally, one may think that a busy schedule, less time spent on studies, and the pressure of performing present a problem for athletes that would ultimately lead to more bad than good. Studies have shown, however, that these “problems” are actually constraints that drive athletes to work more efficiently and effectively. Past studies analyzing scheduling and athletics for college sports “reported lower scores of general stress [and] academic stress,” as well as “higher scores of self-efficacy” in comparison to those less involved athletically (Décamps, Boujut, and  Brisset). With clear signs of an increase in efficiency, a decrease in stress, and an overall positive experience for college athletes who must still focus on academics, I think a new wave of understanding arises. Playing a college sport, I have personally learned how to better manage my time and deal with stress. What interests me most are the statistics supporting this belief, and I hope that this source as well as other supporting research can move readers toward tackling misconceptions and forming a more accurate opinion about college athletes.