Adolescence and Sports

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Why Playing Sports Keeps High School Teens Out of Trouble
There are a lot of benefits that a teen may experience from playing sports. When teens participate in sports, it is a fact that their chances of being involved in trouble are minimized. Teens who participate in sports acquire a lot of life skills overtime that help them become better people. One skill that a teen may learn from playing a sport can be as simple as how to become a better team player. Also playing sports help teens build self esteem while also taking up the majority of their free time outside of school. There are also things that cause trouble for teens when it comes to playing sports. These would be that teens may sometimes resolve to doing something negative for the sake of being a part of the team, not know how to handle the fame that may come from being a star athlete, and also it could cause a teen to have depression if he or she faces a losing season in a particular sport. Although some of these aspects are negative, most of the things that are experienced from playing sports ultimately lead to sports keeping teens out of trouble. In today’s society, technology has become a very popular thing. As more and more things like the TV, movies, computers, and video games are becoming the popular things, it has led teens to being much more isolated. This leads teens to becoming bored, which then leads them to be more likely to involve themselves in dangerous behavior. It used to be that these teens would go out with their friends to hang out at the mall or go out to an amusement park. What playing sports does for that teen is it allows them to get away from the TV or video game, and puts them into a situation where they have to socialize with the people around them. Playing sports can introduce a teen to a new friend who has some common interest. That is a major part of playing sports and being on a team. Though the teen might not find that person who is going to be their best friend on that team while playing that sport, they acquire skills that allow them to work with others as a team. This will ultimately allow them to get along with others better which will decrease conflict that they might have with someone. Once a teen learns the concept of teamwork they can then carry that over into the workplace, so teamwork is a very important thing to learn and something that will be useful throughout life (“Rajeev, Loveleena”). Also, a teen that learns teamwork is much more likely to help out that one kid that always gets overlooked whether it is in sports or in life period. Self-esteem is a big factor in a teen’s life which may cause them to act out and get into trouble if their self-esteem is not built up in the right manner. Self-esteem is the self-confidence and self-awareness that a person has about them. A person may have a high self-esteem but that may not always be a good thing. Self-esteem if not developed in the right way, can still be a barrier that holds a person back in life. A person with a high unstable self-esteem is more likely to act out with violence or bad behavior than a person with a stable high self-esteem (“Self-Esteem”). What playing a sport does is it allows you to build up self-esteem in a positive environment around people that support you. So building self-esteem while playing sports is probably one of the easiest ways for a teen to build the right confidence in themselves, and not only does that help the child perform better in that sport it also carries over into the classroom, as it is shown that teens with a high self-esteem perform better academically (“Self-Esteem”). Self-esteem in sports can also be built up with the help of a role model. Playing sports gives teens the opportunity to be around a lot positive people that they can look to as role models when they may have to face trouble. That role model can then lead them in the right direction to avoid them getting into that trouble. On the other hand, when it comes to...
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