Schooling

Each athlete’s school needs must be considered in the design of training and competition programs.  Interference from other school sports should be minimized, and it is essential to have communication and cooperation between the different coaches who deliver training and competition programs.

In addition to school sports and physical education classes, academic loads and timing of exams must be taken into account.  When possible, training sessions and competitions should complement, not conflict, with the timing of major academic events at school.

Coaches should monitor potential overstress in their athletes resulting from schooling, exams, peer groups, family, and boyfriend or girlfriend relationships, as well as increased training volume and intensities. 

A good balance needs to be established between all factors, and coaches and parents should work together to maintain the balance.

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