Stress and School Sports (Infographic)

Source: Ohio University

Adolescents often experience a high amount of stress as a result of their environment. Homework and peer pressure are just two of the factors that cause stress among children. As a means to help manage youth stress, medical professionals and school faculty have promoted exercise, particularly interscholastic sports to adolescents. The problem is, participation in sports is not necessarily a cure-all. In fact, athletics can be highly stressful to adolescents if they approach it the wrong way. Sports can be both beneficial and disadvantageous. To learn more, checkout the infographic above created by Ohio University’s Online Master of Athletic Administration degree program.

What Statistics Show

Teens are exposed to a wide range of stressful situations. About 27 percent of teens reported having experienced tremendous stress during their school year. In the Stress in America survey that came out in 2014, 30 percent of teens said that they felt sad or depressed as a result of stress, while 31 percent felt overwhelmed. About 36 percent of adolescents also reported that they felt tired and 23 percent of participants said they skipped or missed meals due to stress. Of the children who skipped their meals, 39 percent noted that they did so at least once a week. Of those who participated in the poll, 31 percent said that their experience of stress had risen over the past year, while 34 percent believe that it will increase further within the next 12 months. An NPR poll that surveyed parents showed that 40 percent of the participants reported that their adolescent child had experienced tremendous stress during their school year. The parents reported that the main cause was academics. About 24 percent of parents surveyed reported that homework was the primary cause of stress in their children. Half of the students who participated in the poll supported this, noting that they often spent a minimum of three hours every night to do homework. In another study, the average level of stress for teenagers during school year was rated at 5.8 out of 10. Among adults within the same time period, the stress level was 5.1. A study conducted by New York University showed that almost half of the students who participated in the report experienced significant stress on a daily basis.

Stress And School Sports

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How Sports Can Help

Exercise has been shown to have positive effects on the body and mind by reducing stress. However, many teenagers do not exercise regularly. In fact, only 20 percent of teens that experience stress state that they exercised just once per week. This is unfortunate because teens that performed regular exercises experienced lower levels of stress. Interestingly, teens that reported being frequently stressed spend about 3.2 hours on online activities per day on average. In comparison, teens that are under less stress spend only about two hours per day online. A survey was conducted involving 850 students who played sports in high school including basketball, track and field, and soccer to determine how they are affected by stress. The survey had the students complete three assessments to test their mental health. The students also had to note the frequency with which they experienced stress and depression. Research showed that students who were into sports had better mental health than students who were not. Students have a long tradition of playing in school sports but the benefits may go far beyond developing team spirit, promoting the school and achieving popularity among peers. Children from the age of 12 up to 17 years who participated in sports at school had a lower risk of suffering from poor mental health. Sports may even delay instances of mental health issues from happening for up to four years later. In another study involving adolescents aged 8 to 12, results showed that children who played sports did not experience as much stress when they became adults compared to those who did not play.

Sports Are Not Perfect

Participating in sports has proven to be beneficial for many people, particularly students who are faced with increasingly stressful situations in their day-to-day lives. However, sports are far from a panacea. Young athletes, with their exposure to sports activities and exercise, are still likely to experience a good amount of stress. In fact, playing itself can cause a great deal of anxiety, worry and excitement. Baseball players, for example, experience an average heart rate of 170 beats per minute when at bat. In one study, 20 percent of soccer players stated that they experience high stress levels prior to and after a game, particularly if they lose. In another study, it is estimated that about 5 to 10 percent of active players experience tremendous stress. These figures alone explain why student athletes are frequently stressed out. Participating in sports is already physically and mentally exhausting. When combined with the pressures of school, homework and social activities, stress is likely to become more difficult to manage.

Managing Stress in Interscholastic Sports

Participating in more than one type of sport is discouraged among student athletes for a good reason. One study showed that 30 percent to 50 percent of athletes in their adolescent years experience burnout. Burnout, also called overreaching, is fairly common among teen athletes who play two or more sports and it can have a negative impact on other activities. There are also other sobering aspects about burnout among young athletes. Some can experience it when they are as young as 9 or 10 years old. Sports are far from being a safe activity. Student athletes are as vulnerable to injuries and pain as casual and professional athletes. In fact, there are 2.6 million cases of visits to emergency hospitals for athletes aged 5 to 24 each year. As if the injuries are not bad enough, young athletes are also relied upon to perform well, sometimes even when they are physically unable. In one study, young players reported that they felt their coaches pressured them to play even while they were injured. Stress can also come from parents and school coaches. Both groups may expect their young athletes to show a good performance, placing the heavy burden of meeting an authority figure’s expectations on the children. Negative actions such as name calling, yelling and swearing can also worsen the situation, particularly since these are directed at the young athletes. Interscholastic sports are a traditional part of American education. However, a reexamination of its effects and the pressure it bears down on adolescents must be considered. Young athletes already go through plenty of stress at school and it is incumbent upon school coaches to ensure that their athletes are not overworked or overstressed.

Follr Support Series – How To Find a Job in Sports

Follr has integrated the indeed job data which gives you access to countless jobs in all industries including sports.

To find a sports job please follow these steps – if you have additional questions give us a call on:

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or email:

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Step 1:

After you log into your Follr account you will see the Activity Screen:

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Step 2:

Click on “Careers” in the top menu:

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You will then see the “Jobs & Careers” page:

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Enter in your search criteria:

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then click the “Search” button to see all matching jobs:

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Click the job title to see full details:

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The Billionaire Club Bosses

Source: Statista

Billionaires are buying sports clubs all over the world. According to a report by UBS and PwC, more than 140 top sports clubs are owned by just 109 billionaires. Sixty of those super-rich club owners are from the U.S., 29 from Asia and 20 from Europe. The average age of the wealthy sports baron is 68 years, with an average wealth of $5 billion under their wings.

In the U.S., more than two thirds of the NBA and NFL teams, and half of the MLB teams, are owned by billionaires. In the UK, almost half (9 out of 20) Premier League soccer clubs are governed by billionaires, the report states. While Chinese tycoons were erstwhile investing a lot in European soccer, they have now turned to their own market, investing heavily in China itself.

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Follr Support Series – How To Create a New Supporters Club Community Website

Follr contains community Websites for every sports team imaginable, soccer (AKA football), football (aka football), basketball, hockey, baseball and many other professionals, organizations and interest groups associated with the industry. The question is; how do you create one?

Please follow these steps – if you have additional questions give us a call on:

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or email:

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Step 1:

After you log into your Follr account you will see the Activity Screen:

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Step 2:

This screen highlights two places to see communities:

(i) From the top menu you can click on “Communities”:

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(ii) In the right panel you will see “Discover Communities”:

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If you click on “Communities” from the top menu you see a page that by default shows you the communities you are currently a member of:

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To create a new community simply click on the “Start a Community” button:

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You will then see the “Start a Community” page:

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Simply fill in the information and click the “Create Community” button at the bottom of the page.

Note:

(i) All fields marked with an asterisk have to be completed.

(ii) There isn’t a limit on how many communities you can create.

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Supporters Club Website

Whether starting a new supporters club, or trying to find an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

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1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!

Follr Founder Stephen Fells Discusses Leveraging Technology To Power Online Communities

In the following video, from the Flight to Freedom event held in San Diego, CA, Follr CEO Stephen Fells discusses how Follr technology is powering online communities and helping brands distribute content while protecting brand and generating revenue.

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The event, for entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists “is designed to enhance collaboration between the vibrant entrepreneurial community in Bay Area and other groups around the world.”

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Online Community

Whether starting a new community, or moving an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

East Fishkill Spurs

1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!

The Most Popular Spectator Sports Worldwide

Have you ever wondered about the most popular sports worldwide? Precise data on the most popular spectator sport in every single country across the world is very difficult to come by but one user on Reddit made an interesting map with a global breakdown. Soccer is dominant almost everywhere with India, Pakisan and Bangladesh a cricket stronghold. In North America, the U.S. loves American football while their Canadian neighbors are big ice-hockey fans.

Infographic: The Most Popular Spectator Sports Worldwide  | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista