I strongly believe that participating in collegiate athletics gives individuals a particular advantage. As a Division 1 athlete you sacrifice and dedicate a substantial about of effort, energy, and time into your particular sport. On top of that you have to balance a full school schedule. In my opinion, one of the most valuable skills athletes learn from playing at the collegiate level is effective communication.
As a student-athlete you quickly learn how be able to communicate with your coaches, trainers, professors, and teammates. From personal experience student-athletes have to be in constant communication with coaches to make sure the team and coaching staff are on the same page and working towards the same goal. Think about during practice and all the verbal and nonverbal communication between players and the coaching staff. In addition, any physical checkups and injuries have to be communicated with the trainers and strength and conditioning staff. Between class and travel schedule there is constant conflict during in-season competition, and as athletes it’s our job to communicate that with our professors and coordinate make ups for assignments and exams. This becomes a difficult task as during in-season travel athletes miss class almost every week. In addition, effective communication with teammates is crucial for the success of the teams. Issues come up within teams, and only through effective communication can things be fixed to allow teams to grow. Effective communication not only adds tremendous value to teams on the court, but in offices as well.
Many businesses today are using teams and/ or groups to effectively and efficiently get things done and communication is incredibly essential in these environments. Whether it be discussing with your boss about what needs to get done or working with co-workers to obtain a goal or solve a problem…yup you guessed it, communication is key.
Communication is one of the key transferable skills athletes bring into the workforce. Having learned and developed these skills though the college athlete experience put student-athlete graduates ahead of a majority of young adults that age.
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