Rita Mae Brown, an author says, “Sports strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves.”
“Sports is human life in microcosm,” said a sports broadcaster, Howard Cosell. Apart from benefiting their physical health, sports also play an important role in psychological development and social well-being of a child. Playing sports inculcate values like values like discipline, responsibility, self confidence, sacrifice, and accountability.
By playing sports, children learn how to get along with their peers and interact positively with their coaches and elders. It builds sportsmanship spirits in them, whether they win or lose. The losing team shake hands with the winning one and pat on their shoulders as a gesture of appreciating them.
Sports help one combat anxiety, depression and stress. Sports trains one to accept defeat gracefully and move on. They learn that winning and losing are parts of life, one should not feel depressed and disheartened on losing, but move on and strive more for the next time. The children who play sports get more chance of meeting and interacting with people of similar interests and make new friends, this boosts their confidence. Sports can introdude the spirits of sportsmanship and sharing. Children playing together as a team, share and celebrate their victory together. This has a positive affect on a child’s psychology and behavior. Players are less likely to become selfish when they grow up; they are caring and readily to work as a team and get along better with others.
Contentment and Satisfaction:
Dr. Keith Zullig and Rebecca White from West Virginia University, USA, conducted a research which reveals that middle-school teenagers who are physically active and play sports are more content with their lives and feel healthier than those who do not participate in sports and physical activities. “Our study demonstrates the benefits of youth sports participation on self-rated health and life satisfaction among young youth at a critical juncture in adolescent development. Our findings suggest that sports team participation may enhance school connectedness, social support and bonding among friends and teammates,” says Dr. Zullig and Rebecca White.
As a mom of four and my oldest in his first year of middle school,… sports, music, activity clubs, community projects, and other extracurricular activities keep our kids off their electronics and out of trouble:)
Have a healthy week!