Nowadays kids in Pune often spend too much time watching television or playing video games. Sports is a wonderful substitute to keep kids happy and engaged. Research finds that in addition to improved physical health, sport plays a primarily positive role in youth development, including improved academic achievement, higher self-esteem, fewer behavioural problems and better psychosocial health. Kids playing sports in Pune have a positive effect on the five “C’s”—competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring—which are considered critical components of positive youth development.
Sports provide lifelong skills to athletes like, discipline of training, learning teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and captains and most important learning to lose.
Studies have shown the following benefits of playing sports from childhood:
In young children, lack of physical activity is a risk factor for many health problems such as high blood pressure, weight gain, excess body fat, bad cholesterol, respiratory difficulties, cardiovascular diseases and bone health problems. Sport Activities serve not only to develop their muscles, strength, endurance and general movement skills, but are also beneficial for their cognitive and emotional development
Academic excellence (higher grades, expectations, and attainment):
It is no surprise that children who participate in athletics excel in academics as well as they apply the same principles of dedication and hard work learned through sports participation to their studies. Research has shown that physical movement can affect the brain’s physiology by increasing cerebral capillary growth, blood flow, oxygenation, and brain tissue volume. Research by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute has shown that physical exercise causes short-term relaxation, accompanied by improved concentration, enhanced creativity and memory, improved mood, and enhanced problem-solving abilities. It also suggests that increased energy levels and time outside of the classroom—both by products of playing sport—may give relief from boredom, resulting in higher attention levels during classroom time.
Greater personal confidence and self-esteem:
Children who participate in sports get praise and encouragement from coaches and parents, which helps to build self-confidence. They also learn to trust in their own abilities and push themselves. Constructive criticism is also a major part of sports participation, and young athletes learn to accept such criticism and use it to their benefit.
More restraint in avoiding risky behavior:
Research suggests that playing sport can even protect against suicide risk in youth. Compared to nonathletes, male athletes exhibit lower levels of hopelessness and suicidal ideation. Young males involved in multiple sports seem to garner even more protection in this regard. Similar results were found for girls. It has been found that youth who are highly involved in sport are more “psychologically resilient,” that is, better able to recover from problems. And also sports participation protects young athletes against social isolation.
So let’s play sports and have a Funday