Physical activity and sport play a big part in the whole school experience for many kids. There are many advantages enrolling your kids in an organized sports programs but also there can be negative drawbacks as well. A parent needs to monitor that the child is enjoying their sport and gets the right social and entertainment benefits as well as the physical ones.

Psychological Benefits

As we have already mentioned sports are great for kid’s health, they help muscle and bone development as well as all the associated cardio benefits. Also, a child participating in school sports will gain many psychological benefits. It has been proven that kids have less anxiety when they have a good sports program. Many of their academic troubles are forgot when they get out on the games field. It has also been highlighted that kids that regularly participate in physical activity do not suffer as much with depression than other children that do not play sport.

Another part of playing school sports is that the children often get high self-esteem boosts when they and their team mates achieve success. There is nothing like winning a trophy to give a sense of pride, and this can lift confidence in other areas of the child’s schooling.

Social Interaction

Playing team sports, or even just participating in sport will give the kids a great opportunity to mix with their peers outside the classroom and its strict rules. Social interaction is a major part of playing sports at any age, but is particularly important when you are young and need to develop social skills. Peer culture cannot be underestimated, and in a school environment peer culture is one of the most important things in a youngster’s life. To feel accepted and part of an organization is key to development, and when any child feels accepted, they perform everything much better.

Character Building

Sports on any level can provide youngsters with a whole host of character building opportunities. The lessons that can be learned through playing organized sports are invaluable, and the skills learned can be taken on into adulthood. Skills such as fair play, and how to learn to cope both with victory and defeat. Self discipline is a key element that can be interwoven into many other areas of a child’s life. As they learn to be disciplined in sport, they can also take the same qualities into academic studies, and improve their overall school performance.

Playing sports can also lead to decision making and enhance critical-thinking. These are key qualities that kids will need in their future lives when they gain employment in the outside world. Making decisions is a part of any job especially as they grow into positions of leadership. In part two of how sports help a kid’s development, we look at more areas that can be improved with playing organized sports at school. We look at the benefits to health and how it is most important to develop the body at an early age.