Over the past decade, there has been a trend for student-athletes to reduce their involvement in athletic opportunities that schools have to offer. Students have geared themselves toward “specializing” in one sport. This has made it very difficult to field teams in several sports. For those students who are interested in athletics, we want to change this trend and promote the multi-sport athlete.
The Prescott High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that we are implementing the “Triple Threat Athlete Initiative,” which has been implemented in other schools around the nation. Starting with the current school year, any student in grades 9-12 who starts and finishes a sport in all three seasons — fall, winter, and spring — will be recognized with the following at the end of the school year:
- A “Triple Threat Athlete” T-Shirt
- A Student Sports Pass, good for all PHS athletic events, for the following school year
Research has shown that 3-Sport Athletes earn higher G.P.A.s on average, have fewer behavioral problems, and have better attendance rates. Research has also shown that the 3-Sport Athlete also benefits from increased speed, agility, and flexibility, and a decrease in recovery time, muscle pain, and stiffness. These students also benefit from developing better time-management skills, and they gain many valuable life-lessons from learning from different coaches.
On the other hand, research has shown that students who specialize in one-sport (year-round) develop an increase in tendinitis and an increase of injuries due to overuse of the same joints and tissues for an extended time. Many students who specialize in one sport have a false perception that specializing will result in professional contracts or collegiate athletic scholarships. In reality, only about 1% of student-athletes will earn an athletic collegiate scholarship (High School Today, January 2015).
Please join us in this initiative to revitalize the multi-sport athlete! We want to encourage our students to enjoy participating in the athletic programs that we have to offer. The experiences and life-lessons learned through education-based athletics are irreplaceable! Please contact Missy Townsend, Athletic Director at 928-445-2322 if you have any questions. Thank you, and GO BADGERS!!!