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Quitting Sports Can Be Helpful for Some

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Shooting baskets is the main goal of Basketball, the sport Ferraro used to play.

Shooting baskets is the main goal of Basketball, the sport Ferraro used to play.

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Shooting baskets is the main goal of Basketball, the sport Ferraro used to play.

Some athletes say being a “quitter” isn’t always a bad thing when it comes to sports.

Junior Victoria Ferraro of Manasquan, a former basketball player, said she made the right decision when she stopped playing. The stress of the sport was the reason she chose to end her basketball career.

Ferraro described her coach as “really high maintenance,” and she said that after she quit her sport, her “stress level went down significantly.”

The termination of her basketball career also allowed her to turn her attention to other sports.

“I started playing more tennis,” Ferraro said. “It was good decision.”

For former dancer and sophomore Cecilia Heidelberger of Middletown, her reason to quit was simple – injury.

“I broke both bones in my leg,” Heidelberg said.

After missing practices and lessons due to injury, Heidelberger fell behind in dance, which was ultimately the reason she stopped.

Other reasons for quitting a sport: the sport may not be a good fit for an individual; it can be overwhelming due to a coach or dedication to another activity; it can be too demanding for an athlete. Whatever the reason, the completion of an athletic career is a choice that, though impactful on the athletic future of a student, may be the right one.

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