The pressure on high school athletes today is intense. Many of these teenagers face increased competition to earn a spot on the team and try to live up to the expectations of their parents and coaches.
This demand is so grueling that some organizations have started to restrict activity. For example, this past season the California Interscholastic Federation adopted new bylaws that limit practice and contact time for high school athletes to 18 hours per week. That is still equivalent to three hours a day, six days a week – a great deal of time to spend doing any one activity. This level of practice and competition time can be found in high schools throughout the nation and takes a heavy toll on some athletes.