The Benefits of Athletics to a Child
Referring to athletes as â€śdumb jocksâ€ť is a thing of the past. It takes a lot of time, effort, and guts to be an athlete, but in the end it all pays off because playing sports help prepare children for the future. Playing sports as a child is like a practice run for the future; there are many life lessons that are taught through sports. The child will be forced to deal with these life lessons in a larger prospective when they grow older. Athletics are a very important part of growing up because of the benefits and life lessons that sports teach.
It is important for children to find out who they really are and to develop their own character. Sports help them find out more about themselves and teach them to be happy with whom they are. The book How to Win at Sports Parenting states that involving children in sports helps them to become â€śself-directed, compassionate, cooperative citizens of integrityâ€ť (Sundberg 71). The development of character also develops â€śindependence, responsibility, and accountabilityâ€ť which boosts self esteem (Sundberg 71). Sports teach children not only to get better physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Being the teamâ€™s MVP does not deve
Being an athlete helps children to understand why it"tms important to play fair and to be good sports. There have been many studies done which prove that students who are in shape physically have better academic standings and do better in school (Micheli 26). For example, an all-star softball pitcher in high school goes to college and is not in the spotlight like they Harrison 4used to be. Comer, professor at Yale University gave an example, he said "students who before cared little for mathematics, showed great interest in baseball"tms hitting and field percentages" (191). That teaches a person to be flexible which is good to be in the career world. A large group of people socializing in an exciting environment helps children to make friends. Perseverance and not giving up is something everybody should know. Additionally, many characteristics and lessons that sports teach will have a positive affect on a person when they start jobs and choose careers. Children should also be encouraged to make friends with opponents and encouraged leaving rivalries on the field. As a result helping the child to become more interested and positive in math class because they can relate math to something they enjoy.