October 28, 2013
The positive effects of youth sports
Athletics can have a very major impact on a child’s life. Students who participate in youth athletics learn many life skills that can positively affect their lives. Athletics benefit children in physical, psychological, and social development. Studies show that youth who participate in organized sports during middle and high school do better academically and are offered greater job prospects than children who do not partake in sports activities (Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph. D 2). Organized sports also benefit children by getting them active, decreasing health risks for them in their future. Students involved in athletics can develop positive friendships that can last beyond the years of going to school. Organized sports can lead to psychological development such as improved self-esteem or confidence. Youth sports can also develop many important life skills and key values early in the lives of the young athletes.
As students get older, grade requirements to stay eligible in their sport drive many of them to become more successful academically. Studies show that students who participate in organized sports do better academically and are offered greater job prospects than children who do not partake in sports activities (Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph. D 2). The CDC states, “…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. These include enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behavior.” (sparkpe.org 1). The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends 60 minutes a day of exercise for children and adolescents. Schools should provide 150 minutes per week of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes per week for middle and high school students throughout the school year. Students who...
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