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The Many Benefits of Organized Sports

August 22, 2012 / Posted by in Blog

Written by Alexa Kallianiotes
Edited by Stacy Padula

According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, children need 60 minutes of exercise each day. While climbing monkey bars and playing hopscotch are great, participating in organized sports has benefits beyond exercise. Experts have found that children who participate in team sports receive the benefits of exercise while improving their physical, psychological, and social well-being.

Acquiring social skills is significant benefit that children gain through participating in sports. Being part of any team requires interaction with others, but being part of a sports team teaches children how to trust and include others in their lives. It also teaches children how to maintain meaningful relationships with mentors, like coaches and captains.

Another major benefit is that playing sports often boosts self-esteem. Athletic children tend to have higher self confidence than those who are less active. This is most likely due to the sense of accomplishment children feel when they perform well during a practice or game. Positive feedback is encouraging.

Playing sports helps to promote healthy living. Children who get in the habit of exercising and eating right will be likely to continue to do so as adults.
Finally, participating in sports teaches children how to set, plan, and reach goals. Setting small goals now and learning realistic steps to achieve them are skills that will help children in other areas of their lives tremendously. Paul Caccamo, the Harvard-educated executive director of Up2Us says, “Kids who participate in sports attend school more, are more community and civic minded, get in less trouble, and tend to be more successful in the workplace. They have done studies from corporate leaders in the country: The number who made honor role was less than 20% but those who played sports was 70% – 80%.”
Parents—consider getting your children involved in sports! Whether it be school related or community based, participating in a team sport can do wonders for a child’s lifestyle, mood, confidence, social skills, and work ethic.

6 Comments

  1. Plaque says:

    Sports serve as an excellent physical exercise. Those who play sports have a more positive body image than those who do not. Sports often involve physical activities like running, jumping, stretching and moving about which turn out to be a good body workout.

  2. […] youths to the elderly, Physical Fitness is key to a healthy life. Enroll yourself or your child in a sports league. Organized sports has not only physical benefits, but significant mental health benefits as well. […]

  3. will wolf says:

    i am in sports and i can say that being in sports gives a kid a chance to releice negative energy

  4. LNWeaver says:

    That makes sense that children need 60 minutes of exercise each day. That will keep them fit and growing. I’ll have to find a sport for my young one; I wonder what they’ll like?

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