I fell really hard for a college baseball player my senior year of college. It was spring semester and he was about to start the longest season an athlete can possibly have in college with 58 games underway. I went in knowing that I would barely see him and that did not stop me from trying to win his heart which I successfully did. But along this ongoing journey I quickly picked up on the uniqueness of my relationship and how different it is from what is considered the norm in college. Here are ten statements I recommend any significant other reading if you are dating an athlete whether it is a male or female and friends can also relate.
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Athletes at all levels of competition can face mental health issues. However, many are afraid to seek help and finding that help can be challenging especially if their coach is not supportive. Mental toughness. Those two words when applied to competitive sports serve to elevate the merely good to greatness. Athletes at the highest levels in their sports often have similar physical skills and attributes. As the 21 st century closes its second decade, more athletes are speaking out about dealing with mental health issues. For high school and college athletes, adding the stress of athletic competition to that of daily life often creates a toxic brew.
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I'll pass. In fact, it doesn't matter what stage of an athlete, the brevity of the fling, or even the sport; just date one -- if only once, and pay attention! Apply all that you've learned to the rest of your daily and dating life.
Have you ever dated a college athlete before? Well neither had I, until now, and let me tell you, it's a lot different than dating an average joe. I am a classified NARP non-athletic regular person around campus here at ORU, so dating an athlete is like dating a whole other species. With their busy schedules, healthy eating habits, and athletic ability, you learn things about this type of relationship you have never known before.