Sports aren’t for everyone, or are they? Here at PROLOOK, we love sports, and believe that sports can teach powerful principles at an early age, including responsibility, collaboration, unity, and more (all good things if you ask us).
So, regardless of whether sports play an active part in your life, we’ve come up a list of a reasons we think it’s a good idea for children to play on a sports team at least once.
Give me a C! Give me an O!
You get the idea. Learning to make and keep commitments is a fundamental part of human life, and something that doesn’t go away with age.
Sports can help young people learn commitment by giving them something to compete for, keeping them on a regular schedule, and teaching them about their role to make the team successful (fist bumps all around).
So, later on in life, you know, when those really big decisions hit—ahem—like marriage, college, and career planning, they’ll be better suited to commit and take on the added responsibility.
Give me an M! Give me another M! … and now you really get the point.
What does resilience have to do with life? Well, pretty much everything. If children don’t learn how to be resilient and endure adversity well, life is going to be a pretty miserable experience, and frankly, that just sounds like a sad way to live.
Sports help children to get out of their comfort zones and become adaptable to changing environments. They learn resilience through competition, hard work, practice, and learning not to give up. Picking yourself up after you fall—literally and metaphorically speaking in this case—is something that can only be learned through experience.
You know what they say, “Nothing gives you experience like experience.” Wait, do they say that? If not, they should!
Hmm lets see… Where to start? Um… two heads are better than one? Teamwork doesn’t seem like work? Yeah, those sound about right.
Case and point, collaboration is a huge part of life and sports teach it in a very hands on manner. Just like you need to trust your teammates, mentors, and coaches in the sports world, you’ll probably find your own version of the same roles in life outside of sports.
Learning to work well with, or as some put it, “Play nicely with others,” is like a gift that keeps on giving. When kids learn to do this from a young age, they’re more likely to succeed in different environments later on where they may be part of a team working toward a common goal.
There are countless health benefits (ranging from physical to mental) that come from playing sports. Whether it’s to increase your heart rate and burn some calories or to release endorphins and get regular exercise, sports can play an enormous role.
All of this is great because it helps reduce childhood obesity, gets kids away from their screens for a bit, and exercise has even been called a natural antidepressant. Aside from the obvious factors, regular exercise when young can lead to a lifetime of healthy habits and overall well-being.
So, if the physical exercise part of it wasn’t enough, go re-read the other three points and may, just maybe, we’ll have convinced you that it’s a good idea to get children involved in sports, if not for the long run, at least once.