Every parent knows that young children are full of energy, they want to run, jump and play. Transferring this natural energy into competitive sports can help children stay active and healthy as they grow, and other distractions that can lead to more sedentary lifestyles increase. Competitive sports such as soccer, athletics, basketball, and swimming can also help children learn important life lessons about teamwork and fair play.
Learning to compete
Exercising teaches kids and teens to compete in the real world. As they grow up, they will face competition at school, at work, and in other areas of life. These competitions do not have to be negative or unhealthy. Exercising can help children understand how competition works in a friendly atmosphere, and that if you try your best, you will have a better chance of success.
Understanding the value of exercise
Millions of American children and teenagers are overweight. This epidemic of obesity has made early-onset health problems such as diabetes more common. Participation in competitive youth sports burns calories and helps prevent obesity. Also, many children who are active in sports are motivated to eat healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Boosting self-esteem is another benefit of competitive youth sports. When a child wins a game with their team, they feel successful and recognized. Even when he doesn’t win, he can learn a valuable lesson: you can’t win every time. Losing with his team can also boost self-esteem as he learns to hold his head high and pride himself on trying his best.
Reducing risky behavior
Youth sports can help curb negative behaviors such as bullying because competitive sports provide an outlet for self-expression, friendship, and controlled aggression. Teens who have positive influences and friends are less likely to feel the need for risky behavior.
Author: Anton Pilitsin, student