20 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 18, 1998
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S t takes a lot of dedication,' Erbeck says. "You
3hink, ' could sleep if I didn't do this sport.' But
once you get to practice, all you think about is
rowing. 've always wanted to do it - to a reach a
in terms of hours, playing an intercollegiate sport
at the University is very demanding of athletes.
Organizing the days in such a way as to efficiently
use all the time requires discipline and hard work,
coaches and student athletes said.
"Everything is more structured," Erbeck said.
"You just don't have the time to hang outside your
dorm room talking to people like other students."
Through their years at the University, student ath-
letes become experts at finding the time to do their
homework. When weekends come around and many
teams travel the country, bags are not only packed
with hockey sticks and paddles, but with books and
pencils as well.
"'When I used to travel with the teams, I would
always be surprised to see how they studied on the
buses. in their hotel rooms," said Amy Carlton, assis-
tant director of athletic media relations. "They're
like any other college student."
Squeezing out every minute out of every day for
academics and athletics means student athletes have
little tme for what many other students take for
granted - socializing.
"We sacrifice free time and our social life' said
Marie Barda, a Kinisiology sophomore and pitcher
for the Michigan softball team. "We rush ourselves
al the time. It seems like other students have more
time on their hands.:
Excelling at sports not only demands a huge time
commnitment, but also physical energy. At the end of
a two-hour practice, student athletes, tired as they
may be, hav to start doing their homework.
"There's a lot of time management involved," said
Ryan Kelly, an Education senior and a pitcher for the
Michigan baseball team. "You're doing a lot of phys-
ical exercise. It's hard to stay up late and study some-
The NCAA limits the amount of time student ath-
letes can practice to 20 hours of week, but many said
a commitment to the sports program requires extra
Whitney Scherer, an academic counselor for the
Student Athletes Support Program, likens the extra
me Jathletes devote to their sports to the homework
that is expected of regular students.
Academic pressures aren't the only stress student
athletes face, Carlton said. The glare of media atten-
ion on the field can sometimes be overwhelming.
"There is more pressure because they are ath-
letes Carlton said. "Being in the spotlight certainly
is mtore stires
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