Importance of Sports for kids

The addiction of kids towards electronic gaming has led to rise in health problems among kids in Bangalore. Thus we have decided to highlight this issue which if ignored can lead to serious issues among kids.

Sports activities provide many opportunities for children. However, they can also cause some problems. Many parents believe that participation in sports will enhance children's school accomplishments, while others believe that sports get in the way of their children's achievement. Whether they help or distract from achievement depends on the extent of children's involvement and the type of experiences they have.

Good sportsmanship provides guidelines that can be generalized to classroom and lifelong achievement. Participation in challenging sports contests teaches children to love classroom challenge. It also teaches children to function in a competitive society.
The world of sports mirrors how one can play the game of school and life. Good athletes stay in the game and play their best even when they are losing. They know they will win some and lose some. They discipline themselves. They practice with grueling regularity the necessary skills for their sport. Education, life accomplishments, creative contributions in the arts, sciences, business, and government involve similar perseverance and self-discipline.
Our society is competitive, and we should teach our children to function in competition and how to both win and lose as good sports. Children must learn that winning and losing are both temporary, and that they can't give up or quit. Learning to become a team player is also important for children who may prefer to be the center of attention.

Some children are natural athletes while others have lesser physical coordination. Sports and athletic activity are good for building confidence for both groups. Winning games and moving to higher levels of competition permit these children to sense their personal progress. Children with lesser coordination need to begin involvement in less competitive sports at first or in activities in which they can achieve improvement compared to past accomplishments (personal best) to measure their own growth. Playing at B or C levels or on intramural teams at recreational departments and community centers permits them some winning experiences and lets them know that despite the unlikelihood of their excellence, they can not only improve their competency, but can also thoroughly enjoy the fun of sports and competition.

The Special Olympics, which takes place nationally for children with special needs, is an extraordinary example of children who always have the never say die attitude.

 Sports is not just for MALES

The domain of sports has for a long time belonged mainly to males. With so much to be learned from sports, it is surely unfair to reserve that opportunity only for boys. Female teams now abound in many schools and communities. Forty percent of the basketball teams in schools are now girls' teams. Girls' participation in sports should increase their confidence, risk taking, and their ability to function in competition. 

Girls' lesser experience in sports, compared to boys, may underlie some of the career problems women cope with in business, industry, science, or the arts, where the rules of team sports often prevail. In India too this mindset has been slowly changing.

Involvement in sports causes problems for kids mainly when it becomes "too much of a good thing." When sports participation is prioritized as more important than learning by either parent, or when children spend too much of their time watching sports on TV, little time is left to develop academic competence or other interests. When kids assume they can become professional athletes without a realistic sense of the skill and practice required or the competition they'll meet, they give up learning and close doors to other opportunities for themselves. When sports are enjoyed in a balanced way and do not take over children's lives, they have great potential for making contributions to lifelong achievement.

As with most other interests, if sports dominate children's lives, children may be prevented from accomplishing more important goals. Gifted athletes should also prepare themselves for alternative opportunities. Incredible competition and unpredictable physical injuries can prevent even the most tal­ented athletes from enjoying the career of their choice.

So stop letting your kids being lazy and confined to a chair. Push them to practice atleast one outdoor or indoor sport of their choice. Computers and Televisions can only damage your kid's health. 


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