Benefits of Sport on Children’s Development
It’s worth emphasising again that Sport, whether it is team based or individual, provides SO many other benefits in addition to physical skills and health related ones. Participating in sports can have benefits for your child’s development such as, helping to motivate them to excel academically, as well as improving confidence, a sense of well-being, and maturing their life-skills. It teaches children the benefits of goal-setting and practice. Children will also be learning how to deal with competition, how to cope with both winning and losing, and the concept that someone is always better or worse than you at any activity. It’s an excellent stress release.
There is no ‘I’ in team! Sport teaches children how to work together and how to get along and cooperate with teammates that they might not otherwise like. It also encourages friendship and empathy for fellow team mates as you cheer for the ‘other’ team and encourage other individuals to do well.
Participation in sports can have a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem and confidence as they learn to trust in their own abilities and push themselves. Since constructive criticism is a major part of sport, children will be learning how to accept criticism and use it to their benefit. It’s something that they will take pride in as it helps to raise self-esteem and confidence in their skills as they reach the goals they set for themselves.
Children who participate in sports are also more likely to be more active and hardworking students and thus succeed academically. This is because organised sports teaches children how to be disciplined during practice, how to be dedicated and how to focus on the task at hand.
Children who participate in sports might be more aware of healthy food choices and healthy living, as well as learning this at home. Sports participation builds good habits of keeping healthy and active. Starting early, the child experiences the well-being/mood lifting/stress release that being fit and healthy gives us, and will be more likely to continue participating in sport and other physical activities for their whole lives.