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Sports and Academia
An examination of whether extracurricular sports activities impedes academic performance.
# 9635 | 2,447 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in Education (Higher) , Education (Social Issues) , Sport (General)

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This paper analyzes the conflict of interests between a student's studies and his athletic performances and commitments. It considers the pros and cons of sport scholarships and the social and academic pressures that come with them. The paper cites graduation rates and statistics and concludes that the influence of sports in the academic world appears to be positive by increasing graduation rates as well as attaining athletic and the resulting social success.

From the Paper:

"The recognition that the American system has a preoccupation with sorting success and achievement is not new. Academic organizations have often been judged and performance perceived not only on their academic excellence and student results but also their performance o n the sport field. From football to athletics and swimming many collages offer scholarships to those student who can bring this highly recognized and desired success, which we can argue is, in many cases, in conflict with the achievement of the academic excellence which should be the main thrust of the collages goals. "

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