Youth sports teach young athletes discipline, valuable life lessons, and how to make new friends and maintain relationships with different groups of kids. Sports teach kids discipline which will help them with many obstacles in the long run. Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the game winning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed”(Three Life Skills). Sports teaches kids to never give up whether its in sports, school, or their social lives.
This is the type of work ethic that will propel kids into a successful and productive adult life(Three life Skills). “Another skill that sports can teach s discipline. Discipline involves an individual’s effort and willingness to put in time to the team. This vital skill involves focus and sacrifices. This skill learned in sports will help a child follow through with their commitments later in life” (Lieberman). Sports also teach you how to respect yourself and others including coaches which will translate into your adult life when you have to respect a boss or a co-worker.
Sports also help prepare kids for life and how to deal with real life situations. Sports gives kids a place to experience the thrill of setting and achieving goals, as well as how to strive for personal bests and gain confidence in themselves. This new found confidence helps them succeed in school, personal relationships, and eventually as adults in the real world. A major life lesson taught through sports is overcoming adversity which is an everyday struggle that is vital to success in the real world” (Three Life Skills). The greatest gift of sports to its participants is the opportunity to learn how to overcome adversity in a safe and controlled environment” (Three Life Skills). By teaching kids to keep their commitment to a team you are teaching ids to overcome adversity in the real world (Three Life Skills). Sports also teaches kids that practice makes you better and if you work hard you will get better and to let go of your mistakes. Every successful athlete will learn from their mistakes then move on. How to be positive whether you win or lose, and that there is always more you can learn and improve yourself.
One of the most important thing learned through sports is how to be a team player and how to be a Triple-Impact Competitor which means you make teammates better, make your yourself better, and make the game better (LISA Volleyball). Another great life lesson is to never let anyone intimidate you, how to stand up for yourself in any situation, and how to not listen to what others say to you (Farman). ” Playing basketball has taught me persistence, teamwork, and communication skills that have helped me succeed off the court” (Seize).
Former NAB player Bobbin Seize talked about how his basketball career has helped him become the successful CEO of a major company that empowers youths in Africa through sports. In addition, sports teaches kids to stay healthy and physically fit. Sports bring ids from different school, backgrounds, and communities to meet new people. “There is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence on the positive effects of sport and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle”(The Health).
Studies show that kids who regularly exercise are less likely to smoke and are also less likely to develop cancer or osteoporosis (5 reasons). Furthermore, any sport in general keeps you healthy and active with less of a chance of developing serious health problems. In addition, many friendships created through sports last on and off the field (Shill).. If you’re someone that struggles with social grace, sports can help teach you about interacting with other people”(Breach).
Sports also brings out a different group of people that you might not know otherwise, but since you have something in cornrow like sports you are more likely to become friends with new people. Not only does sports teach you how to win and lose gracefully but also how to let other people stand in the spotlight (Breach). When children play on a team, it immediately instills in them the value others bring to the table and alps them constructively identify their own strengths and weaknesses(Dairy).
By playing sports kids learn that not everyone is good at everything and that some kids will be better at certain things then others. This gives kids the drive to practice the things they are not good at in order to get better. Many parents and critics argue that youth sports have become too intense and too dangerous for young kids. In 201 2, 1. 35 million children suffered from sports related injuries that were serious enough to put them in the emergency room. According to the data collected by U. S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System every 3 minutes there was a sports related concussion the equivalent to 12% of all ERE visits with almost 50% of kids with the ages in between 12 and 15. The research shows that young athletes take more time to heal than adults from a concussion which is a Traumatic Brain Injury. Although the number of injuries recorded seems high it only accounts for the people that went to the emergency room many kids go to urgent care centers or their regular doctor (Healy).
Even though these number seem incredibly high, most of them can e prevented by proper use of equipment and sufficient stretching. Studies show that if you stretch before any physical activity you chances for getting hurt are greatly decreased. Injuries can also be avoided if you wear to proper protective equipment such as helmets, mouthpieces, goggles, and most importantly, the correct footwear (How to Avoid). Another way to decrease injury is to know when to stop when you’re hurt. This is the downfall for many players because they try to play through the pain, but they only end up hurting themselves even more.