The truth is, very few athletes compete beyond high school. According to the NCAA there are about 8 million high school athletes in the United States. And of those less than 500,000 will play for an NCAA school. Even fewer will go on to play professionally.
And when it comes to scholarships - those are rare too.
Roughly 2-percent of athletes are awarded athletics scholarships, and just a small percentage of those are full-rides.
While all this may sound like a let down, it doesn't have to be. Keep in mind that youth sports is not about getting a scholarship or going pro - it's about learning life lessons that you'll be able to apply anywhere.
In fact - beyond getting a scholarships and a professional career playing sports can have the following impact on an athlete's life:
- reduced risk of obesity
- increased cardiovascular fitness
- healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
- improved coordination and balance
- a greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic - --- muscular tension (such as headache or back ache)
- improved sleep
- mental health benefits, such as greater confidence
- improved social skills
- improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.
Source: Victoria State Government
Studies have shown children who are involved in sports as children learn lifelong lessons when it comes to mental and physical care. Most former youth athletes end up living healthier lifestyles, and in some cases earn more money in their lifetimes than those who did not play sports.