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Physical, Social and Emotional Benefits of Participating in Sports

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  • 0:00 Positive Impact of Sports
  • 0:38 Physical Benefits
  • 1:27 Social Benefits
  • 2:18 Emotional Benefits
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Instructor: Lisa Roundy

Lisa has taught at all levels from kindergarten to college and has a master's degree in human relations.

Participation in sports has a positive impact on youth. This lesson will examine some of the physical, social, and emotional benefits that are gained through athletics.

Positive Impact of Sports

Johnny is on the basketball team at his school. He attends practice every day and looks forward to his games. His participation and love of the game have positive effects that go far beyond improved basketball skills.

Participation in sports has a positive influence on many areas of life. Some of these benefits are obvious, and others might surprise you. Participation in sports can make you healthier, improve social skills, and support positive mental health. In this lesson, we will look at some benefits of participating in sports, and see the influence it has in Johnny's life.

Physical Benefits

The physical benefits of participating in a sport are probably the most obvious. Athletic training helps strengthen bodies, develops coordination, and promotes physical fitness. Through sports, youths learn physical fitness in a fun way that encourages healthy living habits. Once young athletes develop these habits, they are more likely to continue them throughout their lives. This is important since physical fitness helps combat major health issues such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Even when it is not basketball season, Johnny runs to keep in shape. He knows that staying physically fit year-round helps him play better when basketball season arrives. Johnny has also learned what types of food provide him with the energy he needs to feel good. Playing basketball has provided Johnny with motivation to develop important habits of regular exercise and healthy eating.

Social Benefits

In addition to these physical benefits, many social benefits result from participation in sports. Participation in sports provides opportunities to learn teamwork. Playing by the rules and overcoming adversity helps youths learn qualities of good sportsmanship and personal responsibility. Time management and good organizational skills must be developed to achieve both athletic and academic success. These benefits transfer to everyday situations, providing social skills that allow you to succeed in the real world.

Johnny has a lot of homework to complete, but he knows that he is an important member of the team and needs to attend practice. They are learning a new offense in practice, and he doesn't want to let his teammates down. He knows that he has to manage his time efficiently during basketball season. Johnny attends practice and puts off plans to watch a movie with his friends later that night so he can get his homework done.

Emotional Benefits

The physical activity and socialization provided through participation in sports increases mental and emotional well-being. Participation in sports can boost self-confidence, trusting one's abilities or judgement, as new abilities are learned. This helps prevent feelings of depression and provides a physical outlet for stress. In addition, being an athlete is an acceptable reason to say no to using drugs or consuming alcohol. Youths who participate in sports are also less likely to drop out of school or get in trouble with the law.

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