Four Main Benefits of Sports at Early Childhood
The benefits of sports participation at early childhood are multifaceted. Sports provide children the opportunity to develop positive character traits and life skills, along with positive physical and mental development. Sports are also a fun and healthy way to keep children busy.
Here are the top four reasons why sports are so important for children.
1) STAYING ACTIVE CAN PROMOTE GOOD HEALTH
Research has shown that living an active lifestyle from childhood will decrease the chances of contracting serious medical conditions later in life. These include diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Therefore, enhancing a child’s prospects of living a happy healthy life.
2) EXERCISE CAN HELP RELIEVE STRESS
Positive sporting experiences help to build positive self- esteem. Exercise is also a natural form of stress relief, for both adults and children. Exercise activates parts of the brain that help in the prevention of stress and anxiety, through the release of feel-good hormones. So, when children are keeping active, they are effectively managing their levels of stress without even realising it.
3) POSITIVE LIFE SKILLS THROUGH SPORT
Playing sports enables children to create friendships, develop positive moral principles, build character, and other key life skills. Without sports, children may not be exposed to such environments to develop these. The positive life lessons taught through sport are invaluable when a child reaches adulthood. Further examples of these are teamwork, respect and coping with failure.
Sport shows children failure can and will happen at times, but it is not be the end of the world. It is simply a learning curve to future success. Participation in team sports develops teamwork, highlighting that every member of a squad must put in equal effort to succeed. Children also learn to respect authority, rules, colleagues and opponents through sport.
Most importantly sport can also bring people together from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, religion, culture, or skin colour.
4) PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES CAN IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Research has shown that sports have a strong link to improved academic performance and overall cognitive development, when started at a young age. This is in part due to sport positively impacting classroom manners, concentration, memory, creativity and problem-solving skills.
This is only touching the surface on the huge array of benefits sports have for children. We at Boom Sports are striving to give every child an opportunity to develop physically, mentally and socially through our coaching. Applying our Sports Science expertise to bring all these components together in developing our personalised scheme of work. This scheme of work is adapted across all our holiday camps, PE lessons, extra-curricular clubs and care.
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