Young Children and Sports

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There are many different perspectives from parents when it comes to putting their children into sports at a young age. Some parents feel that competitive sports for children at an early age can have a negative effect, while others simply just don’t have the time or support children needed to participate in sports.

Parents should place their children in sports or marital arts at an early age, because it teaches them responsibility, teamwork, and discipline. According to an article “Youth Sports” from Pediatrics.com, benefits of children who start sports an early age include the following: encouraging a healthy lifestyle and continued physical activity as they get older, building motor skills, teamwork, making new friends, and avoiding obesity problems.

Sports educates children how to work well individually and as a team. Whether it’s a team sport or individual sport, all sports require interaction with other people. In addition, it enhances childrens communication skills. Being on a team helps children acquire new friendships with other children. Also, teamwork is extremely valuable and enhances social skills. Whether you’re the quarterback of the team or the kicker, everyone has their role and each individual is responsible for their part. Sports help to build self-confidence. Being a team player and contributing to the team will lead to confidence in oneself. Having your team rely on you to do your part is a responsibility. Knowing that you’re able to step up and do your part is beneficial in many ways. It shows responsibility and willingness to take on challenges. Responsibility is a great quality relied upon for any job in any field of work.

Involving your child in sports will help maintain a healthy lifestyle. According to an “Weight Problems and Obesity in Children in America” an article by Helpguide.org,
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extra pounds put kids at risk of serious health problems,...
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