Being a sportsman in college is a matter of pride to some athletes. To others, it is their childhood passion that makes them want to do well even at college. Regardless of what your reasons may be, if you want to do well as a sportsman in college and are looking for a few tips for it, then the below will be of use to you.
Be Faithful to Your Training
Yes, you got into the team. Yes, you’re playing well enough. But unless you stay true to your training, neither of those will be true in the future. Do your best to avoid skipping practices. If you need a little time off for your exams, speak to your coach about it. When practicing or training, focus on your task; putting your entire attention on what you’re doing at present. And last, avoid anything that distracts you from your training.
Pay Attention to What You Eat
Eating the right foods goes a long way in making a sportsman energetic as well as focused. If you happen to be living in the dorms or even renting out a room close to college, you’ll find it a little tedious that you need to make your own food¾tempting you to binge eat on junk food. This will put you out of shape, affecting your performance. Consult sports dietitians Australia about what exactly you should eat to perform better. As college canteens (and the cafes you frequent) cannot provide for your individual food requirements, it’s best if you learn to cook a few simple meals as well.
Maintain Your Grades
Most people tend to let their grades slip once they make it to the team; especially if they get caught up in training. Unfortunately, many colleges hold good grades as a requirement for staying in a team, temporarily taking athletes off the team if their grades plunge. To avoid this happening to you, try to balance your education with your training. Prioritize your assignments; aiming to work on them from the earliest date. This will also evade the need for you to take time off from practices to work on them later.
Respect Your Sleep Cycle
For most college goers, sleep is a myth. They party all night and study all day, barely taking an hour or two for rest. As a sportsman, this lifestyle will not work for you, as you need adequate sleep to perform well. Do your best to avoid sleeping later, not sacrificing your sleep even to study. If you feel your study best during the night hours, research has shown that you may be effective (for studying) during the pre-dawn hours as well.
Party, But Party Sensibly
We understand that you cannot avoid parties entirely. We also understand that alcohol is a big part of social gatherings at your age. Avoiding them will not only be nearly impossible, but you’ll feel left out as well. Rather than avoiding it entirely, try to be picky about which parties you want to attend. Likewise, don’t avoid drinking, just do so in the right times (like when you don’t have to be at practice the next morning). Giving yourself a limit is a good idea as well.