Organized, well-structured youth sports and on-going physical activities can provide many benefits for children and adolescents. Positive experiences that sports and an active lifestyle bring play an important role in a young person’s life.
Some of the many benefits of sports are:
1) Physical exercise is good for the mind, body and spirit.
2) Team sports help teach adolescents accountability, dedication, leadership and other skills.
3) Many athletes do better academically
4) Playing a sport requires a lot of time and energy. Some people may think this would distract student-athletes from schoolwork. However, the opposite is true. Sports require memorization, repetition and learning skill sets that are directly relevant to class work. Also, the determination and goal-setting skills a sport requires can be transferred to the classroom.
5) Sports teach teamwork and problem solving skills
6) Fighting for a common goal with a group of players and coaches teaches you how to build teamwork and effectively communicate to solve problems. This experience is helpful when encountering problems at work or at home.
6) Physical health benefits of sports: Sports can help reach fitness goals and maintain a healthy weight. However, they also encourage healthy decision-making such as not smoking and not drinking. Sports also have hidden health benefits such as lowering the chance of osteoporosis or breast cancer later in life.
7) Sports boost self-esteem.
8) Sports also have hidden health benefits such as lowering the chance of osteoporosis. Playing sports helps create positive self-confidence, but ultimately how your child feels about himelf/herself is up to him/her. Remind your child that nothing of value comes easily, so he/she shouldn’t be afraid to apply himself/herself and work at it.
9) Reduce pressure and stress with sports.
10) Exercising is a natural way to loosen up and let go of stress. You can also make new friends who can be there for you as a support system. When you feel under pressure or stressed, call up a teammate, head to the gym to talk and play it out.