If sports have the power to change the world, children are the harbinger of that change! Sports have always been a part of our life and allowing children to participate in sports benefits them in more than one way.
Besides keeping children away from the TV, sports play a crucial role in shaping children’ mental, physical and social behaviour. Thus, we will discuss why sports are important for children.
1. Promotes active lifestyle
The paradigm shift in lifestyle also affects children and perhaps the best way to keep them physically fit is by getting them involved in sports. It helps them stay in shape and improve endurance in a fun way! You can choose any sport for your child depending on their interest and physical affinity towards the discipline. Sports help burn calories, maintain body weight and strengthen bones.
The benefits of sports are not limited to physical aspects; sports are a great way to fight anxiety and depression. Overall, sport promotes a healthy lifestyle that children continue to follow as they grow.
2. Children learn sportsmanship
Winning and losing is a part of any sport. While winning at a sport makes children more confident, losing helps them accept defeat sportingly. No matter what, people have to face rejection and loss in real life. Sport prepares children to accept and cope with adverse situations in life.
It also teaches children that losing sometimes is okay and what is important is to rise and try again without losing hope. Sport also teach the children to respect others and help other children in need.
3. Develops time-management skills
Teaching children the importance of time is quite difficult. However, you do not have to teach time-management skills separately if they are engaged in a sport. For instance, your child knows that he/she has a match in the afternoon but can go only if the homework is done, they are likely to finish the homework before going to play. Gradually, they will value time and learn to prioritize things in life.
4. Improves concentration and helps focus better
Another reason sport is important for children is that it allows children to focus better and improve concentration. Have you seen how much a batsman must focus while a bowler bowls? You need to be that attentive and focused.
Typically, the concentration span of children is very less. However, sport requires them to concentrate better and focus while playing.
Over time, their concentration power will improve. It will help them in education and other extracurricular activities that require undivided attention.
5. Learns about teamwork
A vital life skill is teamwork, and nothing teaches the basics of it better than sport! Sports like football, cricket, hockey, etc., need the players to play as a team and not as individuals.
Similarly, you need to work in a team in school, college and the workplace. Now, if a child plays a sport, he/she will learn to trust others, value friendship and develop better communication skills.
Why do you think that sports are important for children? Let us know in the comments below!
As a Gera CCH resident, you have the unique opportunity to give your child the best sports coaching for their respective sport. Gera Developments has tied up with numerous star athletes and their academies including Michael Phelps, Rohit Sharma, Anil Kumble, Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Mahesh Bhupathi, and Pullela Gopichand.
You can check out their academies @https://www.gera.in/childcentrichomes.