The benefit of youth sports

All over the world there are children of all ages playing sports. However, there are many parents that don’t want their children to play sports. In my opinion, sports are a big part of a child’s life and development.

A child needs to be physically active. Sports are the perfect way to keep a child physically active. Children often spend too much time watching television or playing video games, but sports, practices, and games provide exercise that can help keep kids in shape and healthy.

Other than physical health, playing sports can help mental and psychological health. Many sports can teach children many lessons that they can use for their whole life. Sports such as baseball, football, and soccer teach children how to work as a team. This can be beneficial for the child their whole life. They can also learn how to be an individual when playing sports like golf or tennis. In playing these sports kids learn how to be independent. These life skills help to improve the kid’s psychological heath.

Playing sports at any age can boost your self-esteem, but especially at a young age playing sports can help the child. When playing a sport you train a lot to try and win certain things. For a kid to train very hard and see it payoff is good for them to see. It shows that if they work hard enough they can accomplish their goals. Also when they lose they can learn from their mistakes.

Youth sports also can help kids make friends. Many teammates can become best friends or even “family” to each other. Studies show that playing team sports as a child can teach kids how to work as a team. Not only in sports but in life, kids need to learn how to work with other people for school and other activities.

There are also things about youth sports that can be bad. For example, there are a lot of injuries that take place during practice or games. These can be small injuries or even big injuries. Though the bigger injuries usually only take place in contact sports like football, they can also happen in sports with very little contact. Also some parents don’t want their children to deal with the failure that comes with playing these sports. They believe that it can be emotionally scaring. However, these negatives don’t add up to the positives that come with playing sports as a kid.

All in all, there are good and bad things about playing sports in your youth. But I believe that the good outweighs the bad and parents should allow their kids to play youth sports.