Ever since I was a little kid and able to run around on my own I have been participating in sports. Whether it was playing soccer at the local YMCA in my home town or playing baseball here at Lenoir-Rhyne. Sports have been the main focus of my life. Never knowing all the benefits I was gaining while playing, I just did it for the fun of playing and being around friends. Now as a freshman in college, I realize the true value that I received. I formed friendships, learned how hard work pays off, and became closer to my parents.
The reason why I chose this topic is mainly because I experienced it myself and still am by playing baseball here at Lenoir Rhyne. It is very personal to me and I feel I can provide information on this topic. The amount of physical activity is a great upside in the sports world. Sadly kids and even adults neglect the necessary physical input they should attain on a daily basis. By participating in a sport this problem would be solved. Your body would be in excellent condition, so you can perform to the best of your ability. Running is the biggest factor in physical conditioning for sports, because in most sports you play running is involved. This will help your body be physically fit and healthy. Also people can do weight lifting and other conditioning exercises. You also have the benefit of forming friendships. Being on a team is a special experience. You gain the sense of a second family that leads to lifelong friendships, I personally have experienced this myself.For an example I am still friends with players on the baseball team I played on when I was six years old.
Another very important benefit is the bond you will form with your parents. The ones that drives you to every practice and sits through every game no matter what the weather. The people who support you and believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself. The relationship that an athlete has with parents is definitely strengthened. Just by the amount of time spent with them. Plus there is always a common topic that can be discussed, like the latest practice or game. These are just the few benefits that I have chosen to put down.
The bibliography that follows includes articles such as “Adolescents Participation in Sport Activities” that shows relationships between athletes and parents. “The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Competition in Today’s Sports Climate” breaks down three benefits of playing sports. Then also “The Benefits of School-Based Sports” that describes the upside of playing sports for your school.
Suky, Saulius.”Adolescents’ Participation In Sport Activities And Attachment To Parents And Peers.” Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal 43.9 (2015): 1507-1517. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
In this article parents and athletes participated in a survey. It showed the relationships formed between parents and kids who play sports. The people involved were kids ages twelve through sixteen. Some of them played sports while others did not. Then also their parents. The survey was based on trust and communication. The results showed that the kids who participate in sports were shown to have a higher attachment level and stronger relationship with their parents.
The reason being that the athletes showed a stronger relationship was the amount of time spent with their parents. Also they were shown to have a better understanding of each other’s likes or dislikes. Allowing them to bond and perform other activities more easily together.
Mango, Kirk. “Sports: The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Participation in Today’s Sports Climate.” Sports: The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Participation in Today’s Sports Climate. 9 Feb. 2010. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.
This article breaks down the benefits in three distinct groups. The first being the physical aspect, the second being the mental side and lastly the social upside you receive. The author describes the physical benefit from his version of once being a physical educator. Stating it is impossible to cover the benefits gained from sports participation without mentioning fitness. A person can improve and gain achievement through training and participating in athletic activities. In a society where obesity has become a major health issue the physical fitness advantages simply cannot be denied.
While the mental upside is very strong to. Athletes have to be mentally strong just as much as physically. Which will help in school and in life. Then also socially where athletes learn how to cooperate and use teamwork. By learning theses two skills athletes will succeed in life and in the workplace.
Runyan, Robin. “Benefits of School-Based Sports – Global Sports Development.” Global Sports Development. 12 Sept. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.
The article here summarizes and shows information that describes the benefits of sports. School based sports programs can bring out noticeable positive reactions and behaviors.The clearest benefits of school based sports programs can be seen in the overall physical health of teenagers. Over the past twenty years, many studies have looked at the correlation between the rising rates of obesity and the declining funding for physical activity. Either gym class or a after school sport. People generally get less physical activity the older they get. Although if they stay involved in sports programs, they are more likely to gain the physical benefits they need.
Certainly this will help get rid of one of the factors that can lead to obesity.The social benefits can also lead to academic benefits. Physical activity is shown to lead to better academic performance. When your team is performing better on the court you are more likely to try harder in class. Participating on a team or as an individual can also help young people improve problem solving skills. This will translate to a better academic performance.