The Pac-12 recently conducted a study looking into the time demands student-athletes -- including at WSU -- face and a lack of sleep proved to be the biggest issue. CBS Sports obtained the study which details how student-athletes spend their time with many bringing up the lack of sleep from athletic requirements.
Of the 409 student-athletes polled, 71 percent said they aren't getting enough sleep due to athletic requirements. In addition to the mandated practice times, student-athletes have voluntary workouts, treatments and traveling. It all added up to an average of 50 hours a week spent on athletics during the season. That, of course, is on top of actual coursework. Practices and workouts take up a lot of free time, while traveling -- and sometimes practice -- pull the players out of class. Of the responders, 54 percent said they don't have enough time to study for tests. So they don't have enough time to sleep and they don't have enough time to study.
None of these problems are new. The toll and requirements of sports has also put the term "student-athlete" into question. The responses are still interesting, however, and could lead to some change. Among listed changes, athletes mentioned extended non-practice hours to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to give them more time to study and sleep while also making voluntary activities truly voluntary. There is a chance the study could lead to small rule changes in the conference and if non-practice hours are removed, we could see the elimination or at least a change wo WSU's midnight maneuvers.
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