Jan
06
2016

Exploring the Benefits of Playing Team Sports

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There is overwhelming research that points to the benefits children receive when they play sports as a group with other children. It has been shown to help children mature physically, emotionally, and mentally. Children who engage in team sports and team play have improved academic achievement. These children are seen to have a stronger sense of self-esteem, and they have fewer behavioral problems.

A lot of the studies that look at the effect of team sports on children revolve around a concept that is referred to as the five C’s. These include confidence, character, connections, competence, and caring. Each one of these aspects is an important part of youth development. In addition to these aspects, other benefits include teaching a child discipline, especially when they are trying to play sports. Children learn leadership, and they learn how to work as a team. In addition to learning how to take the lead, when a child plays in a team sport, they also understand the importance of following. They see why it is important to follow instructions and be obedient.

When children win at team sports, they have the thrill and exhilaration that comes from victory. This is really important because it helps a child see that if they push themselves hard, they can excel at something. Excelling at something brings with it external and internal rewards. On the other side of the coin, when a child loses at a team sport, they develop the resilience that comes from understanding that losing at something is not the end of the world. They see that if they get back on the proverbial horse, they can keep playing and win another day.

Parents can also learn a lot by watching how their children play with other kids. A legendary basketball coach once said about sports that they do not build someone’s character, but instead they reveal said character. This means that the way a child acts when playing a sport says a lot about the type of person they are and can serve as a guide for parents in helping to mold their child to become a better adult.

Finally, team sports are fun. Children have a lot more fun being out with a group of their friends in an Octopit hitting a ball around as opposed to sitting in front of a computer where they can only click here or click there. Team sports build memories that last a child for the rest of their life.

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I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 25 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my husband and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.


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