For most parents, organized sports are simply great venues for their children to hone athletic skills and to enjoy the sports they love while in a safe and controlled environment. However, sports can actually benefit children in more ways than we initially thought.
Boosts Physical Health
Whether it soccer, swimming, or tract, organized sports provides a level of physical activity vital for health. Numerous studies show that children who engage in sports are more physically healthy compared to children who do not. In contrast to a child who spends all day in front of the TV or a computer, a child who plays baseball gets to be active and have exercise. Participation in organized sports reduces the risk of childhood obesity. Moreover, it promotes cardiovascular health and enhances the growth and development of strong stones.
Improves Mental Health
As endurance sports promote physical health, so does it enhance neurologic development and enhance intelligence. Moreover, it builds confidence in children, trains them to focus, and promotes emotional stability. And it promotes good sleep, which is vital to maintaining physical and mental health.
One of the most important lessons learned through organized sports is the value of working together to achieve a common goal. Children as young as pre-schoolers learn that no one can win a game alone but that he needs to work with his teammates, coaches, and other support systems in order to achieve the prize. As a child appreciates the value of a team, he also learns to respect the skills and capability of other individuals (his teammates and coaches).
Children who participate in sports learn the value of self-discipline at such a tender age, a value that is essential through adulthood. The training involve in sports involves a lot of discipline. Studies show that individuals who have grown up participating in organized sports have better self-control than those who did not.
Teaches Patience and Perseverance
In any organized sport, you can’t always be a winner but that does not mean that you should quit. Instead you to train more, practice more, and improve to achieve a much coveted prize. When a child loses in a competition, he is taught to persevere to bring out the best in him. He is also taught to be patient until he is physically and mentally equipped to defeat his opponent.