Regular exercise is an important part of establishing a healthy lifestyle in kids. The CDC states, “regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing a variety of health conditions.” But there is more to school sports than keeping your child in shape and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. In addition to the great health benefits of staying active, engaging in a sport can teach your child useful skills that last a lifetime.

In the classroom

  • Not only are student athletes motivated by their coaches to do well in school, but their teachers in turn may support their extracurricular activities. Having this support group provides extra guidance to help students make better decisions and focus on their schoolwork, so they perform well both on the court and in the classroom.
  • Team players are constantly learning how to work closely with their peers. Student athletes may develop strong leadership skills as well as sharpen their focus and ability to take charge of and complete tasks. Student athletes also learn to take direction as well as criticism.
  • Children involved in sports at a young age may also develop better time management skills. Your child will become accustomed to balancing games, practice, tests, and homework, a skill that will come in handy in college and the workplace.

Outside the classroom

  • Involving your child in school sports allows them to work with their peers in a positive environment, often resulting in close bonds with their teammates. Sports teams offer more social connections by introducing your child to other students they may not have met otherwise.
  • And, of course, school sports offer health benefits. Sports are meant to be fun and a great way to develop skills, but it’s also an easy way to make sure your child is getting enough exercise. Active children have a greatly lowered chance of childhood obesity and having positive role models can encourage healthier choices.

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