The importance of sports
Why should I encourage my child to play a sport?
At Raedan Institute, we are dedicated to the physical and mental wellbeing of your child.
Here is a quick rundown on why we encourage your child’s participation in a sport:
- It teaches children the art of losing. They learn how to manage their behaviours and navigate the mental tenacity required to deal with rejection, which is what losing can feel like.
- Teamwork makes the dream work. Cliché aside, children are given first-hand experience of cooperating, communicating and decision making in a collaborative setting.
- Children feel a sense of belonging. Playing a sport introduces children to a culture and community of their own in which they can feel socially and emotionally supported.
- ‘Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.’ (Quote attributed to Thomas Edison) Partaking in a sport and making an effort to do good and then do better, teaches children the value of determination, effort and perseverance.
- An extra dose of discipline. Signing children up for a sport will gently push them to play by the rules, follow instructions and accept decisions made by ‘higher powers.’
- Mood-enhancing experience. Every sport is a form of physical activity. Science says that exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters. Prolonged activity over a period of time promotes sustainable wellbeing (i.e. long-term).
- Keeps diseases at bay. Physically active children who have been encouraged to play sports will generally grow up to be physically active adults. Sports are an organic way of preventing chronic diseases like obesity, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases and the like.
- One in four children in England ages 10 and 11 are obese (2021). Participating in sports reduces the possibility of being overweight as physical activity builds muscles and helps to shed fat.
- Exercise improves sleep quality as well as helping a child to fall asleep quicker. Signed them up for a sport? Soon they’ll be sleeping like logs every day!
- Life isn’t all fun and games. All of it isn’t but some of it should be. Even if none of the above are areas of concern, children should be encouraged to play sports just to feel fulfilled and to foster a sense of enjoyment. It is so prevalent to see older generations in Asian-Indian communities unable to relax or work till a very old age simply because they are unable to derive pleasure from anything else. A happier child will be a more rounded, relaxed and emotionally stable adult in the long run.
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