Student Well-Being

When I Was Their Age ...

By Kevin Bushweller — September 20, 2006 1 min read

As I drive by high schools on my way to work this time of year and see football teams sweating through September workouts, a nagging question always comes to mind: Do today’s student athletes work as hard as we did a generation ago? Are they as motivated as we were to get better? Some high school coaches I know say the answer is a definitive no. They believe today’s student athletes simply have too many other distractions that draw away from the ability to focus intensely on one goal.

Others, however, see a new generation of student athletes, more sophisticated in their knowledge of sports, and smarter about when to work hard and when to take it easy. That is probably progress, a balance between athletic intelligence and hard work.

Still, I sometimes long for the days when hard work was the rule in high school sports.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.