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Should Student Athletes Have To Take Gym?

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Freshmen, Scott Vailati and Courtland Wilson in their gym uniforms.

Freshmen, Scott Vailati and Courtland Wilson in their gym uniforms.

Leah Chapman

Leah Chapman

Freshmen, Scott Vailati and Courtland Wilson in their gym uniforms.

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High school students enjoy participating in sports throughout their high school career. However, some student athletes do not agree that they should have to be required to take physical education for graduation credits. Some physical education classes are during sports season though. But the question still remains should student athletes have to participate in physical education even when they play a sport?

New Jersey tried to tackle this same issue last year after putting the question off in 2009 according to the news site NJ.com. The administration recommended varsity and junior varsity be allowed to miss one physical education class during the season. But no solution was found by the end of the board meeting in October.

The question remains, should Harford County Public Schools consider and possibly change this rule? Students and Teachers from Patterson Mill High School were interviewed on how they feel on this topic. The first question asked was should athletes have to take gym during a sports season? Gym teacher and Field Hockey coach Shannon Swinscoe answers, “No, it is a waste of time considering they already get the required amount for being active. Gym would just make them more tired and not perform as well.” Being a coach and a gym teacher she does not want to see her athletes coming to practice being worn out from gym.

Next, Eryn Lloyd, a student taking gym and playing soccer for Patterson Mill High School says, “I can see both sides, but no. I would gladly take gym in the winter when I don’t play a sport.” Eryn would want to take gym when she does not participate in a sport. What does this mean for three sport athletes? No gym all year.

How does this affect students? Well this topic is focused on student athletes in the first place, so, student athletes should want this to be changed. The next questioned asked was how does it affect students and their sports. Rachel Sprouse, a student going through this problem answers, “This affects me as a cross country runner because sometimes I don’t perform as well because of how tired I am after gym, especially having it at the end of the day.” Students like Rachel should want this topic to be changed. The reason students should care is because, this topic could change their work habits in their sport. Gym class wears students out and then their performance is poor. This could change their lives forever. No more gym and just doing the sport.

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3 Responses to “Should Student Athletes Have To Take Gym?”

  1. Suzie on January 29th, 2016 10:20 am

    This is great love your ideas and how you express your voice

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  2. trinity hunte on January 18th, 2017 5:48 pm

    this is wonderful thank you so much

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  3. trinity hunte on January 18th, 2017 5:50 pm

    this so useful and informational thank you again

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