4 Ways Sports Benefits Kids by Coach and Educator James Padlock
Playing sports, whether as part of a team or individually, has numerous benefits to the player, says long-time coach and educator James Padlock. For kids, playing sports in school gives them the opportunity to become involved in something positive—something that they gain to benefit from for years to come; years after they’ve played on their high school or college teams. It cannot be emphasized enough, says James Padlock, how much playing sports helps kids; and it would be wise for parents to encourage their children to become involved in sports in their schools.
Sports, whatever type, can help children develop and grow into well-rounded adults as the skills developed and honed from playing sports can greatly help them deal with various situations and circumstances. James Padlock shares the four benefits of playing sports:
1. Develop physical and motor skills
Playing sports develop and enhance strength, endurance, coordination, and reflex. Children who start playing sports early on will not only develop their physical strength and stamina, but more importantly, they will learn that physical activities are more enjoyable, especially when done with others, compared to staying glued on the screen watching shows or playing video games. Sports also give kids an enjoyable form of exercise.
2. Develop mental agility
Sports require mental focus, regardless of whether it’s a team sport or an individual sport. Here, adds James Padlock, kids also learn to become critical thinkers as they figure out ways to beat the opponent without breaking game rules, hurting anyone physically, and up to the limits of, or even beyond, their skills.
3. They become disciplined in all areas of their lives
Children know that in order to excel in their sport, they need to have the discipline to train even when they don’t feel like getting up in the early hours of the morning or when they are not in the mood to play, says James Padlock. They also know that they need to have the discipline to follow through with commitments and hold themselves accountable for their actions. In this regard, children develop the discipline to work just as hard on their academics; more so if they are part of their school’s team and/or were accepted on an athletic scholarship.
4. They develop healthy habits
Last but not the least, children involved in sports develop healthy habits; from eating healthy to taking care of their bodies such as getting enough rest, and staying away from bad habits that could affect their game (smoking, drinking, etc.).
These skills and habits, emphasizes James Padlock, will benefit kids long after they’ve become adults and have become more focused on their careers and family life.