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5 Reasons Sports Rule

Yes, of course sports are great. They’re fun and they keep our kids active. But there are so many reasons – beyond keeping our kids physically active – that sports are, simply awesome. Here are our top five reasons:

#1 – Socialization. Social skills last a lifetime and participating in sports and extracurriculars is the perfect way to build those skills. Athletes need to learn to communicate and work with their teammates and fellow athletes, but also learn to communicate effectively with coaches and other adults. That socialization leads to better communication and relationships in the present and years to come.

#2 – They build confidence. In sports, it isn’t rare that you’ll find someone who “knocks it out of the park” on the first try: It’s unheard of. Sports are all about trying again and testing your limits – both of which, when done properly, will lead to success and new skills which, in turn, lead to building confidence. And beyond building that skill, sports also offer an opportunity to celebrate those wins with others, building social confidence.

#3 – Kids in sports learn to challenge themselves. Some people just go farther in life. We’re willing to bet those people played sports. From an early age, athletes learn that practice makes better and that they not only need to push themselves to succeed, but that when they do succeed, it’s time to push themselves even further. That’s one of the best things about athletics: they never get “easy” and there really isn’t any such thing as perfect – there’s just better and a constant path of new challenges. It’s part of what keeps a given activity interesting and part of why true athletes have so much drive – in all facets of life.

#4 – Kids who play sports tend to also have better grades. Numerous studies have drawn a correlation between sports and good grades and test scores. According to a 2015 Penn State University and University of South Carolina study,1 kids who play sports also have a higher likelihood of completing high school and enrolling in college. Another study of 35,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District found that athletes also have higher attendance, attending school an average of 21 more days than non-athlete counterparts. There are plenty of studies with positive sport-education performance findings – and it’s hard to beat that kind of win-win!

#5 – Sports build your own community. Yes, sports are an amazing outlet for our kids – socially, physically and emotionally. But they’re also a great outlet for parents. Parenting can be lonely and sports are a perfect avenue to find new parent friends you share common ground with. And, let’s be honest – with all those practices and game/match days, liking and knowing the parents is an amazing thing.

 

1 https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/09/18/does-playing-a-sport-improve-grades/

Kuddos To You!

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we’re doing everything right as parents – but there’s one thing you’re doing right without a doubt: keeping your kids active. Whether they’re in gymnastics or martial arts, or soccer or baseball, what’s important is that they’re doing something active. But in case you need a reminder of why you spend your weekends and countless hours of your year attending practices, meets and games, and tournaments, here are five reasons why keeping your kids active is important.

  1. Healthy body – Sports build healthy bones and muscles, which in turn burns even more calories. This maintains (or creates) a healthy living weight which will benefit them and give their better chances of staying at a healthy weight throughout their lives.
  2. Lowers health risks – But more than improving external health and appearances, staying active changes the body’s internal chemistry as well. Activity and maintaining a healthy weight help to regulate blood sugar levels, a key component to preventing Type 2 diabetes.
  3. Improved sleep – Getting enough activity during the day is proven to help children get enough sleep during night. Activity helps to not only tire kids out and expend energy, but to regulate proper sleep patterns throughout the night and manage the internal clock.
  4. Stress management – Physical activity goes a long way to releasing some steam and stress. Though the pressures of school and growing up may seem small to us as we put them in perspective within our own lives, to our children, those pressures are very real and a huge part of their world. Sports are a great outlet to relieve that stress and tension, helping children to refocus and drive productivity.
  5. Confidence and social skills – Sports are a great way to build friendships and social skills. Team sports and individual sports both have their merits, helping children to learn emotions, empathy, and how to work as part of something bigger. Additionally, one of the byproducts of staying active is building a healthy physique which can lead to self-confidence.

There are so many reasons to keep your kids active – and to be an active part of that activity. Beyond the health and social benefits, their activities also present a great opportunity for you to be a part of something that matters to them. So take advantage of the moment and encourage that activity – kudos to you.

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