How Team Sports Can Make your Children Successful Later in Life

Research demonstrates that when youths are involved in team sports and sporting activities that long lasting improvements are made in social communication and physical fitness, as well as a sense of accomplishment. For these reasons, physical activity is important for youths, and should be supported by adults. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits that result from participation in sport.

  • Healthy Wellbeing. Children are prone to be distracted by technology, which may cause their health and wellbeing to be at risk. Furthermore, long-term inactivity leads to future medical problems. Team sports promote a healthy lifestyle and keep children from becoming a couch potato. In addition, it has been found that participation in sport activities encourages better eating habits and leads to better overall nutrition.
  • Discipline, Reverence, and Confidence. Team sports teach discipline, respect, and self-confidence. Involving your children in team activities can enhance their self-esteem, which can transmit to other aspects of their life. Sports also encourage teamwork, and help kids learn how to best collaborate with their peers to accomplish a common goal or interest.
  • Leadership. Team sports instill camaraderie and create leaders both on and off the field. Development of these traits correlates with future success as a child transitions into an adult and enters the workforce. Research suggests that kids who participate in less sporting activities are more prone to be followers rather than successful leaders.
  • Academic Achievement. Team sports can be helpful in developing favorable behaviors, such as discipline, time management, and collaboration, which can lead to success in the the classroom.
  • Character. Sports build character. Research suggests that team sports increase the likelihood of a child being obedient, decrease the odds of poor decision-making, and perhaps even diminish their chances of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Self-Esteem. Children who are active in team sports have a higher respect for themselves and others. Additionally, they are less prone to suffer from depression, exhibit stress/anxiety, and demonstrate poor behaviors.
  • Social Benefits. Children who are involved in team sports learn to be more socially active. Developing proper social skills and learning how build strong relationships will translate to success in all areas of their life and carry over into adulthood.

The benefits of team sporting activities are plentiful– get your kids involved and watch them grow and mature! With strong encouragement and  role models, they may even turn out to be the next big star! But, even if they do not, the benefits they obtain from involvement in team sports will last them a lifetime!

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