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17 Struggles Only High School Athletes Understood

Being an athlete in high school was tough business. There was homework to finish, tests to study for, rivals to compete against, and hell week to survive. But somehow...you got through it!

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1. When you rolled your ankle and had to use crutches for a few weeks.

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On the day the doctor said you could walk again, it was time for a celebration. ADIOS, CRUTCHES!

2. When you accidentally called your girlfriend "Football."

And the week earlier you called her "Coach." Walk it off, champ!
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And the week earlier you called her "Coach." Walk it off, champ!

3. Making sure your basketball uniform was washed and ready before the next game.

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It takes a certain kind of skill to wait until the last possible minute. And you perfected that skill.

4. When you ran so many stairs you had to stop because you legitimately forgot how your legs worked.

"Haha guys, I'm stopping because I'm tired, not because I forgot how my legs work! That's crazy! Haha you guys are so funny."
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"Haha guys, I'm stopping because I'm tired, not because I forgot how my legs work! That's crazy! Haha you guys are so funny."

5. Waking up at 6 a.m. only to hop in a freezing cold pool to swim laps for three hours.

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Pain. Misery. Shivers. Freestyle. Butterfly. Backstroke.

6. When your nonathletic friends got to chill after school while you had practice.

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This is literally what they would do: eat ice cream and listen to music on top of you while you tried to work out.

7. Getting all geared up only to realize you suddenly had to go to the bathroom.

"Now I have to take all of this stuff off. And then put it back on again. Cool."
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"Now I have to take all of this stuff off. And then put it back on again. Cool."

8. When you forgot to tuck your thumbs during volleyball practice.

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Bye-bye, thumbs! Byeee! Haha, who needs thumbs anyway?

9. Trying to find time for homework during practice.

"My head hurts from all this knowledge and exercise! Plus, I left my laptop charger at home!"
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"My head hurts from all this knowledge and exercise! Plus, I left my laptop charger at home!"

10. Getting up at 5 a.m. to go to a track meet in another town.

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"I'm up. No, I swear, I'm awake. Let's go, let's go race. I'm ready to race right now. Then we can go back to bed...right?"

11. Remembering that paper you hadn't started writing yet was due yesterday.

"Well, that's it. Now I'll never get into college."
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"Well, that's it. Now I'll never get into college."

12. SPRINTS.

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HAHA NAH.

13. Intense FOMO.

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What are weekends? What are parties? You sure didn't know.

14. When you ran so hard at practice you could swear you literally went blind at one point.

"No, I'm cool you guys, I just have to stop right here for a second and, uh, catch my breath. Yeah, that's it. I definitely didn't temporarily go blind."
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"No, I'm cool you guys, I just have to stop right here for a second and, uh, catch my breath. Yeah, that's it. I definitely didn't temporarily go blind."

15. Struggling to pay attention in class.

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Endless hours of practice and drills made it virtually impossible for your poor little brain to hold its focus for more than a few seconds at a time.

16. Shin splints.

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Shin splints. The silent killer.

17. That time when the seniors on the varsity team glued a clown nose to your face.

"Crazy glue? Really? Very mature, guys."
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"Crazy glue? Really? Very mature, guys."

Some struggles from high school never end. Like rivalries. We all have that one person who always challenged us, who was always hot on our heels — that's TJ.

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TJ is always one step ahead of you -- at the gym when you're just waking up, running an extra lap when you hit the showers, and pushing out another set when you rack the weights.

It's not too late to get the best of TJ this summer. Go to Nike.com/gearup and gear up for greatness. Make TJ work for it.