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Athletes and Working Out

Are athletes obsessed with working out?

        Parents and peers will often say that working out can definitely be an addiction and athletes are beginning to take working out way too far.

However, a couple of athletes in particular believe “there is no such thing as pushing yourself too far when you want to get gains.”

        Katie Hollar, soccer player, said that “Practices are demanding because the coaches just want us to get better… Hard work pays off, it sucks but it’s worth it.”

        Working out is healthy and often times requested by doctors, but is there a limit to when teen athletes should cut down?

        Max Rosario, track, wrestling and football player, said that “The grind never stops.”

Some of Rosario’s friends even said that he is obsessed with working out. Rosario denies that he obsessed but does admit to working out twice a day for 1-2 hours each workout, besides on weekends which he limits to once a day.

Rosario says he enjoys working out and that “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

        Brandon Mentore, a strength and conditioning coach, says that working out twice a day can “increase your likelihood for injury, disrupting sleep patterns, suppressing your immune system, and many other symptoms if you don’t take the time to recover appropriately.

        The debate on whether or not working out among teen athletes is too much, is ongoing and will continue to grow as the sport industry increases.

        Hollar said that working out should be encouraged because “you feel so much better afterward.”