Extracurricular activities are extremely important in the development of children and young adults.
Kids need daily activities outside of school in order to have a variety of interests and keep busy. Physical activity is especially important for children, so what better than to play a sport? Sports provide a number of benefits for youth such as staying fit, building social skills and relationships, and finally learning personal values. Playing sports regularly allows for children to stay fit and have strong healthy bodies.Activities such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball use exercises such as running, jumping, and stretching, which aid in physical and mental health.
For example, playing sports since an early age helps strengthen bones and muscles. Studies by researchers from the Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center have shown that by doing as little as 12-20 minute weight training or running exercises can increase bone density and helps prevent bone loss later in life. Being physically fit can also decrease chance of obesity and disease as an adult.The American Heart Association (AHA) addresses the importance of sports, saying that physical activity has been associated with an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Finally, sports enhance mental health also. It has been proven that exercise releases natural chemicals called endorphins, which enhance moods and a feeling of well-being. After a long day at school, it’s nice to let off some steam and get the blood flowing. Athletics not only help to stay healthy, but also encourages social interaction with other kids.
Sports like baseball and water polo can improve social skills, facilitating interaction and communication with others, which are extremely important as an adult. Statistics show that children who participate in team sports develop higher social interaction skills than kids who do not. Being on a team can also help youth overcome shyness and self-consciousness. It puts them in situations where they must reach out and communicate with peers to act as a unit. For example, a play cannot be executed properly unless every player is on the same page and have talked through it together.
When a team gets that win, it installs a sense of self-accomplishment and confidence in children that is difficult to come around in other activities. Kids can embrace a feeling of belonging and team membership when playing sports. Simultaneously, participating in sports teaches personal values and ideals. This can include cooperation, consideration, leadership, and so on. Ross Morrison, a sports expert with the NSW Department of Education and Communities says, “Kids learn that things aren’t going to go their way all the time, and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials.” Experiences in this kind of environment can really help later in life. For example, it helps children and young adults learn to respect authority figures and cooperate with fellow employees in their careers. In addition to respect, it teaches children to develop a sense of sportsmanship and become less selfish.
In order to succeed in life, one must not only focus on themselves but also appreciate and take advantage of the peoples abilities around them. Finally, playing a sport can help boost a child’s motivation.A regular dose of winning and losing will allow a child to accept both success and failure in a positive light, while gaining a competitive edge. There are an infinite number of assets to be gained from playing sports, for example keeping healthy, learning to interact, and gaining personal values. Being part of a sport is beneficial in every aspect of a person’s life. If every child around the world was introduced to an athletics team at a young age, our society would definitely improve.
Putting a child in such extracurricular activities can help them turn into a confident, well-mannered adult.