Sports and How They Help Kids Learn
Sports (or physical sports) is any forms of mostly athletic physical activity that, through formal or informal competitive participation, attempt to utilize, improve or develop physical prowess and skill while also providing great entertainment to competitors, and occasionally, spectators as well. Sports can be either indoor or outdoor activities, but are most commonly played on a court, track, field, gymnasium or sports field. In most developed countries, sports are regularly attended and participate in organized competitions; while, in other countries, organized sports are not widely practiced. Sports, however, are a very important part of most people’s lives, especially children’s sports, because most children require regular physical activity just to stay healthy, strong and well-adjusted.
The exact reasons for engaging in sports may vary from one person to another, but a common reason is for recreation. For children, sports can provide the motivation needed to improve their overall health and physical ability. The development of social skills and mental toughness are also positively reinforced through sports. Some sports may even promote body weight and improved muscle tone, making the participant feel physically fit and confident.
The development of physical skill and sportmanship through early exposure to physical contests is highly beneficial. However, once children have grown up and entered school, competition for prizes and recognition become less frequent, unless the participant is also participating in a sport that requires his or her every physical skill and body strength. Most children participate actively in organized sports, but are often not actively involved in serious sports competition until much later in life. Competitions are not only for athletic talents, but can also involve artistic skills, such as playing musical instruments, or skill tests, such as those seen in chess or language.
Sports are also ideal, for example, for developing leadership skills, as both skilled and novice sports athletes can learn to display self-control and sportsmanship. Strong competitive spirit and a strong sense of achievement are positively reinforced through competition in sports. Physical exertion is necessary in games such as football, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, and track and field. These activities require the participants to be in good condition from the beginning of the game until the end, where they must then be thoroughly exhausted. This physical exertion is what gives them the edge over lesser athletes.
Another area of significant physical contest during childhood is the high school and college sports arena. Football, baseball, basketball, and soccer are some of the most common games in which participants engage in physical contests from a young age. In games such as football, players run and tackle with their bodies while attempting to hit a ball with a bat and try to score a point. Soccer involves running and tackling with the feet or with the hands. Basketball involves using the head, shoulder, and arms as ball players.
Playing sports teaches children how to have fun while competing, how to be competitive, and how to become responsible and disciplined. The sport they play is not the only way for them to exercise. As they grow older, they can engage in other types of exercises to maintain a healthy weight, strengthen muscles, improve their eyesight, learn how to swim, increase their physical skill with golf, and much more. All of these are important life lessons that they can carry with them throughout their lives.