Sports have always been considered as a vital medium for the overall development of a child. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the interest of people of all ages in different sports. Rise of various tournaments for football, badminton, basketball, etc. has led to a boom of talent in our country, and Indian players have won medals in sports that usually got overshadowed by the dominance of Cricket.
While we often hear about the physical benefits of children playing sports, the positive effects of physical education and sports are not only physical. Children who participate in team sports have more self-confidence, discipline, the skills to be a team player, and believe in accountability than children who tend to skip sports in favor of other activities.
Involvement in games and other physical exercises can have numerous advantages for Children. Here are some proven benefits of sports that will help your child excel:
- Mental Well-Being:
Children who regularly participate in sports receive significant psychological benefits, including lower rates of anxiety and depression, along with increased well-being and improved body image. Having an outlet like sports helps children to minimize stress and social pressures they have on their mental well-being and happiness.
- Physical Fitness:
Since Outdoor Sports are physical activities, they enable children to experience an efficient way of exercising. This significantly strengthens their bodies by enhancing the immune condition and complementing the growth. Sports offer children a change from the monotony of their daily life. It also becomes a useful means of entertainment and physical activity for them. Outdoor sports like Football, Cricket, Tennis, etc., engage both the body and mind of children, while Indoor games like chess, badminton, and table tennis elevate their concentration level.
To be successful in school and their future careers, children must be able to work as part of a group. Sports develop a sense of teamwork and participation in students that stays with them throughout their lives. Participation in such sports encourages children to showcase their talent and communicate with their team members. It also helps in identifying and polishing their leadership skills, which add more value to their overall personality.
Every sport is driven by specific rules that apply to the field. Following the rules requires discipline and respect for the decisions made by more experienced and skilled professionals. Adhering to rules and regulations is the basis for good interaction and cooperation in any sport, and being disciplined is a necessary part of succeeding.
- Self Confidence:
Participation in sports is known to be beneficial for children’s self-esteem and confidence development. Appreciation from coaches and mentors or establishing an individual identity in the team leads to a massive boost in children’s self-confidence. This self-confidence also translates into other aspects of life, like better performance at academics or future employment.
Learning about accountability is a significant advantage of participating in sports. When playing team sports, children inevitably learn the need for equal participation to help the team because even if one team member isn’t performing at his/her best, it affects the team as a whole. Sports help children in understanding the importance of taking responsibility for every loss and being accountable for it instead of blaming external forces.
Being involved in a sport teaches valuable lessons in leadership. Participants learn to make decisions by observing and interpreting information quickly. Instilling leadership qualities allows the mentality of both overcoming and learning from the adversity they face while striving for their goals. It helps children in developing the skills and behavior necessary to succeed in life.
- Careers & Passion:
Sports in no shape or form can be considered an extracurricular activity in this day and age. It can be a very rewarding career for young enthusiasts, as the field is gaining importance as a viable career choice. Children can choose between participation in the sports industry, both on-field and off-field. On-field career refers to becoming a professional player or a coach, and off-field career refers to sports management, sports medicine, sports journalism, adventure sports, fitness and health clinics, etc. which are now regarded as viable and highly respected career options.
At The Sports School, Bangalore, we recognize the critical role that sports play in helping our students become elite professionals. Our various sports programs in Tennis, Football, Basketball, Cricket & Badminton are designed on global standards so that our students learn not only from the best but also have fun. We also provide them a roadmap if they want to be a part of the Indian Sports Industry.
We offer an educational curriculum that, instead of just including sports, has academics built around sports. We encourage our students, from Grade 1 to Post Graduation, to balance their pursuit for both sporting and academic excellence. No matter what career path they end up on, values instilled by sports in their lives will help them in performing at the best of their capabilities.