ENG 1060: College Composition II
September 17, 2014
Participating in Childhood Sports is a Significant Predicator of Young Adults Physical Activity Many Parents in America today choose to start their child in a competitive sport at a young age. Of the estimated 51 million children ages 6 to 17 in the United States 24 million of them play a sport of some kind. Over half of the 24 million children play a sport on a regular basis. I’d be the last person to discourage children from playing sports. Indeed, I wish many more would move away from their computers, put down their iPods and cellphones and devote more time and energy to physical activities. Research shows that there are many benefits to having a child play a sport at a young age. The physical activity helps to maintain healthy bones, muscle, and joints; helps control weight; helps to prevent and control high blood pressure as an adult (GAO, 2012). Adolescents who play sports are eight times as likely to be active at age 24 as to adolescents who do not play sports (Sports Participation as Predictors of Participation in Sports and Physical Fitness Activities in Young Adults, Perkins, 2004). There is substantial evidence that those who are active with sports tend to have a better academic success (GAO 2012). High school athletes are more likely than non-athletes to attend college and get a degree; and be team leaders or even team captains (US Department of Education) A number of studies provide support that physical activity, sports in particular can have positive effects of personal development among young people. However, evidence shows that having a quality coaching staff is a key factor in maximizing positive effects (GAO 2012). One study found that when coaches receive training in skills and communicating effectively with kids, 95 percent of the children choose to play that sport again. With untrained coaches, the rate was only 26 percent (Smoll and Smith 1992). Most of our largest sports are...
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