By Signe Whitson, LSW
Original Source: GalTime
Originally posted July 31, 2012
Why sports are good for kids
Do you leave work and go directly to your child’s soccer field? Do you grab dinner on the run most nights, in between gymnastics practice, dance lessons and football games?
Why do so many parents in the United States make kids’ sports their second shift?
As the 2012 London Olympics debut and the world gets to watch the dreams of young athletes come true, the joys and triumphs of sports are obvious. Winning and medals aside, however, involvement in sports has real benefits for kids’ physical, social, and even moral development. What follows are ten of the best reasons that so many families make sports a priority:
Promoting Health and Fitness
Sports are a source of preventive medicine. Associated with good nutrition sports will help the child to avoid the development of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular problems.
Sports develop a sense of discipline and focus that children can use in the classroom.
Sports can provide children with a sense of what is right and wrong, fair and unfair.
Providing Positive Peers
Sports can provide an instant social network for kids. They can find friends and a sense of community.
Winning a running race or a baseball game help the children to build self esteem by providing them with a positive, successful experience.
Kids reach a goal by working with teammates.
Working Towards a Goal
Children can set a goal, and visualize a positive result to their challenge in a sporting event.
Kids will learn perseverance through a sport activity. They will also develop positive competitiveness.
Participating in a sport team after school is a great way to stay out of trouble.
Sports provide the children with a source of positive and healthy fun.