In Canada, student-athletes also struggle to balance work, school, and sport.
At the end of her first year at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), field-lacrosse player Sara Mathew has a lot on her plate.
Currently working two jobs and pursuing a degree in legal studies, Mathew says she sometimes has to miss lacrosse practice to afford to play.
First-year legal studies student Sara Mathew has been playing competitive lacrosse for 7 years.
“In the off-season, our coaches are a little more lenient. They know we’re students, and if we have to miss a practice for work they understand," she said.
"In season is a different story though, lacrosse always comes first."
Trent University head coach, Victoria Wasson, echoes this sentiment. A player is only allowed to miss practice for class conflicts, an immediate family emergency, or a contagious illness, such as the stomach flu.
“Over the last four years [of our program] we have developed very high standards and strict policies, and the players appreciate the whole teams commitment to the season,” she said.
For Mathew, she understands the pressure to perform. Her high school coach also had very strict attendance policies.