BENEFITS OF SPORTS

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Written by: Connor Morris | 01/23/2018 - Co-Founder, CMO, Apex Sports

 

When choosing what sports teams to join, young athletes strive to obtain the level of skill their idols have achieved. Children often look up to professional athletes like Tavarres King and Joshua Perry to seek guidance, inspiration and skill sets. Young athletes need these skills and can develop them through Apex Sports’s online courses that hone in on exactly what an athlete can do to improve and be the best they can be, all instructed by professional athletes themselves. This development is critical to a young athlete’s life, seeing as there are so many benefits to playing sports.

By engaging in a sport during adolescence, a child learns the love of the game and athleticism which they will carry with them throughout their entire lives. Growing up on the field not only provides many immediate physical health benefits, but in the long run sports can embed qualities in a person that carry them through life.


Benefits of Sports #1: An Outlet

Sports provide an outlet for kids; an outlet from stress, anxiety, every day nuisances, homework, and anything else that keeps them mentally preoccupied throughout the day. When walking onto the football field, a kid can forget about the math test hanging over their or all of the things they have to do after the game. For roughly 60 minutes, a student athlete can forget about the world around them and focus on the strategies of their game, coordinating with their teammates, and being the best athlete they can be. By creating this outlet early in life, student athletes learn many lessons to take with them for the rest of their lives and also are engaging in immediate health benefits.

In the long run, the benefits of sports teams are everlasting. Student athletes tend to live more engaged, longer lives. They’ve learned how to be part of a team, accept criticism, and help others to achieve a common goal. A team’s success is not determined by one player, but by how each player interacts with one another. Furthermore, in order to better one’s skills they have to be open to criticism from their teammates and coaches, as well as give constructive criticism to better the whole unit. Playing on a sports team also instills respect; for yourself, the game, and others. A sports team has to run like a well-oiled machine in order for it to be successful; if nobody respects one another this task becomes impossible. This key attribute is carried over into student athletes developing positive relationships with others, a very necessary life skill. Sports also help kids develop quick problem-solving skills. When a quarterback is faced with defenders, he must decide in that moment who to pass to without spending too much time in the pocket. This quick thinking is a skill that he will not only develop throughout his football career, but by the time he reaches adulthood it will be perfected and help achieve career oriented success. Problem-solving skills also go hand in hand with leadership skills, another important trait for success in life.


Benefits of Sports #2: Keys to Health




Aside from these valuable life lessons, there’s also many health benefits of playing sports. When an athlete continues with a sport for a number of years, it becomes abnormal for them to not engage in that same level of physical activity. Therefore, when a child plays football, lacrosse, hockey - whatever it may be - they’ve ingrained a desire and habit for the sport. These tendencies stay with them throughout their entire lives and set the stage for a healthy lifestyle. Those who play sports in school and their youth experience a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and many more common diseases. It is estimated that one in three children will develop diabetes, specifically Type 2 which stems from a lack of physical activity. Children who participate in regular physical activity that sports teams provide are already offsetting their chances of developing diabetes (among many other high-risk diseases) later in life.

Some benefits of sports exemplified in adulthood are decreased cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and better blood circulation. Through sports and physical activity, muscles and bones get strengthened and stretched to allow proper blood flow and healthy growth. Physical activity itself reduces stress which directly impacts heart health. These major health implications are those that adults experience and can be offset by playing sports in their youth. Hence, why the long-term benefits of playing sports are so great. With the average lifestyle being so on the go – fast food high in fat, sodium, and everything else – an adolescence indulged in physical activity can offset negative health impacts in later years.


Benefits of Sports #3: The Mentality




Mental health is something that youth sports help to increase both immediately and in the long run. Some benefits of sports for students are ones not readily thought of. For example, sports can boost self-esteem. When an athlete finally perfects a skill they’ve been working at, their confidence is boosted. This is incredibly important in today’s world of social media where it’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing oneself to others. It’s also proven that this confidence plays out in academics as well; student athletes are more engaged in classes and willing to learn. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students who play team sports are more likely to graduate high school and college. Another mental health benefit is learning to push yourself in a healthy manner. Instead of taking short cuts, athletes learn to take the baseline skill they have, practice it, and achieve the level of success they’re striving for. This cycle is one that they can later take to their careers to help manage stress and all the things life can throw at them.


Benefits of Sports #4: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

Health is imperative for the mind, body, self, and growth. In order to live a successful life, one must have healthy roots. These roots can be established at a young age through involvement in sports and playing on teams. Not only can key health habits be determined and practiced, but valuable life skills can be learned.

When a kid performs to the best of their athletic ability, they’re more likely to keep playing the game which is what Apex Sports strives to help with. Through online courses a young athlete can learn how to navigate football like the pros would. This development in their athletic career will fuel the many benefits sports provide; from physical health to stress relief Apex Sports can help catapult an athletes love for the game into a fulfilled lifestyle.



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