Children now spend half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Getting involved with youth sports is a great way to remain healthy and develop lifelong skills. Here are five benefits of youth sports.
- Team sports build self-esteem. Supportive relationships with coaches and teammates can leave a positive effect on a child’s self-esteem. It’s not about winning or losing, but the focus on their effort and overall enjoyment.
- Playing sports helps develop teamwork. In team sports, you work together to accomplish a common goal. Children learn how to get along with others who have different personalities and come from different backgrounds.
- Sports participation instills healthy lifestyles and positive health behaviors. Youth sports provide children with constant exercise. Regular exercise can help boost immune systems, burn calories, and strengthen muscles and bones. Children who participate in youth athletics are more likely of being physically active later in life.
- Playing sports can teach children the importance of resilience. In sports, you often hear “you win some, you lose some.” Losses teach the true importance of perseverance and never giving up. By learning to be resilient in situations, children learn how to bounce back from adversity and disappointment.
- It’s Fun!This is the main reason why children play sports. It’s all about overall enjoyment. Children get to hang out with friends from all over and also make connections outside of school.
Proponents say children who participate in youth sports live healthy lives and also receive life-long skills that can be applied in daily life.