Benefits of Playing Sports Aren’t Just Physical – Sports Psychology

The Benefits of Playing Sports Aren’t Just Physical!

The physical benefits of competitive sports are the most obvious. Much attention has been given to the role of sports and exercise in decreasing the rates of obesity in our nation’s youth. While lower body mass among athletes is certainly a desirable marker, it is not the only purported advantage of the regular exercise that comes with sports participation. Athletes experience lower rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as improved cardiovascular and pulmonary function.

However, the benefits of sports are not simply limited to physical health. Here are just a few reasons to consider playing sports or encouraging your children to play sports…

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The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Aren’t Only Physical

Be mindful of a young athlete’s psychological well-being.

Against a backdrop of increasing childhood obesity, the physical benefits of sports participation are clear. Kids today need to move more, and being on a team or involved in a sport is a great way to stay healthy. But there’s also been more discussion of the physical risks that children face in sports, and with good reason. As a nation, we are coming to terms with the epidemic of knee (soccer and track), shoulder (tennis and baseball), and head (football) injuries related to specific sports. What’s talked about less often are the psychological risks and benefits related to youth sports…

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Win the Game of Life with Sport Psychology

What separates good athletes from elite athletes? While skill, talent and athletic ability all factor in, mental skills are the major difference maker. Mental conditioning is useful in all walks of life. Whether you’re in the batter’s box, on a date, or in the conference room giving a presentation, we are all looking to get better. Dr. Jonathan Fader, Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants, will show you how you can use the techniques of sport and performance psychology to win at life…

 

Psychological & Emotional Benefits Of Playing Sports

Sport as we know keeps one fit and healthy, but did you know how many psychological and emotional benefits there are involved, too? We share some of the great benefits you kids could be getting from doing a sport or two.

♦ It Teaches Teamwork: Playing a sport helps children work as a team, in turn helping them achieve goals. This will help them as they grow up, and play a role in the working field when they encounter problems at work.

♦ It Boosts Self-Esteem: Not only will they be in great shape, which will boost their ego, but playing a sport or two could boost self-confidence and allow them to work hard to achieve their goals. It’s rewarding and exciting.

♦ Helps De-Stress: It’s a great way to relieve stress and cut down on added pressure from daily life. It allows kids to let loose and put their all into something they enjoy…

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What are the Social Benefits of Youth Sports?

Naming the physical benefits of participating in youth sports is easy. But did you know that there are just as many social benefits in kids joining sports?

Here’s a look at how sports participation helps your child’s social development:

Self-confidence – Sports serve as a wonderful outlet for children to express themselves. A good coach encourages their athletes to not only have team goals but individual goals as well…

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