Integrating sport and study

In education within Peru two areas are usually separated clearly: academic and sports. Sports is divided, in turn, into two subareas : physical education and national teams. Already in itself the distance with physical education is notorious, not to mention with the national teams, with whom there is practically no relationship. It is not clear where or when this started, it is like the Greeks who separated the body and the soul, then they stopped calling themselves that, to call themselves body and mind. Today it is known that the body and the mind are an inseparable unit. So why do we insist on separating them, as if they were totally separated areas that have nothing to do with each other.
If they are not integrated, the person will lack balance.

It is of vital importance for the personal development of students that teachers, coaches and parents are clear that both areas must be integrated. What’s more , this will provide benefits for them. They must be allies and not strangers or acquaintances who are ignored. The academic part must be integrated with the sports part and there is a very important link from where you can start, which is the emotional aspect, which is translated into a series of behaviors, both areas work with values, frustrations, tolerances, companionship, competitiveness, self-esteem , among other.

Depending on how developed the areas are, some of these points will have more evolved, more or less in one or another area. However, we can see a boy who is easily frustrated both in mathematics when he does not have a problem, as in the field of play, in a soccer game when a pass fails, is exceeded, or a goal is lost; The student who does not tolerate the slowness of the partner in class to work will not tolerate the poor ability of the comrade in his team, while the supportive will be in class and on the field or the competitive both in class and in sports competitions.

Finally, we have the case of self-esteem, because the relationship between education and sport in this specific case can be very beneficial, self-esteem is the personal value that the student gives himself in the world, in relation to others. An adequate training of this will allow the young person to develop the skeleton of it, finishing consolidating after the school period, accepting and loving himself, valuing himself for what he is, with his differences, accepting both positive and negative aspects, the latter not from a passive way but actively, always trying to improve. It is for all this, that self-esteem can be greatly helped by sports, some students may not have good academic skills but they do for sports, and you can start working from there, this will provide them with more tools for the future, it will make them feel more confident, capable and competent, since academics can make them feel incompetent. This does not mean that academics are neglected in these cases, but quite the opposite. If this is handled properly, this interest and ability for the sport can be used, increasing their motivation for effort in studies and for example transferring that competitive streak from the courts to the classrooms.

Students must also understand that a school is not a sports club, the priority is, was and will always be studies, so a student who is an excellent athlete but has serious academic deficiencies, may not be in the national team or will be under certain restrictions. This can be used to motivate, incite and encourage a greater effort and commitment of the student towards studies, due to their interest and motivation to belong and be in the selection of their school. This can be achieved with short, daily academic goals that allow them to see short-term results, giving them a diet of small successes every day, so that they progress, also academically and little by little they take a liking to it, and internalize the triumph born of the studies, at the same time that it is reinforcing its confidence and feeding its self-esteem.

In the same way, the disciplinary part, in general, are coherent and coincident in both areas. Bad behavior, lack of respect (although a student may be more respectful with the reference that he admires the most, such as the coach), robberies (that nobody wants them, but they happen), physical and / or psychological abuse of peers , intrigues or rings, should not be allowed in any of the spaces. And it would be much more beneficial for students if both areas are connected and in communication, since they present the same problem. Even academic aspects that affect studies also affect sports, such as concentration. A distracted, distracted, or attention-deficit student is likely to be distracted in sports as well, beyond having good motor and / or technical skills.

That is why we propose a geared model, where in this way both areas will benefit and finally, the most favored will be the students, who are the ones that concern and interest us the most, being the end of the educational work.

Sofía Mulanovich (2004 World Surf Champion and 2005 World Runner-up):

“I think education is the only thing that lasts forever.”