Sports and kids

February 19, 2011

There is a widespread belief that engaging in sport activities is good for the health of children. Therefore, it's the parents who are increasingly betting on sport as a form of leisure for their children, as they recognise that it conveys a set of values and virtues.

Some researchers in this area are looking into the question of the benefits of sports, since it depends mainly on the taste of children. This does not mean that the children be sent to any sporting activity that they enjoy, the quality of the practice is important.

Sport activities can also be crucial in hyperactive, handicapped and autistic children. It can bring in several benefits including balance, motor and social skills and self esteem.

Benefits of sports

  • Exercise, no matter what age, can bring in a range of benefits, not only physical, but mental and social.
  • Physically it is known that sport activities help combat obesity, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, strengthen muscles, bones and joints.
  • It increases the self-esteem of the person, as it helps develop skills and improve their physical appearance. Therefore, they will have a better appreciation about themselves.
  • Socially, sport activities are assumed as an obvious measure to make social ties of friendship, which allows the sharing of feelings and provides the individual a feeling of belonging.

Through sports your child can learn:

  • Value of health, as sports calls for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Value of cooperation, as in a team sport, the players can achieve the goal only if all the players work together.
  • The value of respect, as the most important thing is to support colleagues in bad times.
  • The value of friendship, since sports activities enhance the possibilities of making friends.
  • The value of justice by refusing unjustified
  • advantages and recognizing the opponent as an indispensable element, without which there is no competition.
  • The value of multi-culturalism, as in sports, young people share the same space with children belonging to various economic and cultural backgrounds, through this, they develop respect for different cultures.
  • The value of pledge. To achieve a specific objective, hard work, effort and dedication are needed, without which, they will never be able to achieve success.  
  • The value of defeat. Sports activities teach the children to understand that life is made of success and failures. It is important to learn from the failures that arise throughout life.

However, to make all this possible, the role of parents is decisive. The game is ruled by the coach's decisions. The parents should not forget to tell their wards that though sports activities are a healthy option and an excellent complement to leisure, study is even more important.