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Benefits of Playing Sports by Priyanka ,  Feb 9, 2013
Playing sports offers children more than just physical benefits. Sports typically help kids academically and socially as well. The benefits are the same whether or not your child actually excels at the sport. Although if they are really good they will probably want to continue playing when they are older. If your child isn’t good enough to play competitively on a school team try signing them up for a city league or encourage them to just go shoot some hoops with their friends or church group.
Sports serve as an excellent physical exercise. Those who play sports have a more positive body image than those who do not. Sports often involve physical activities like running, jumping, stretching and moving about which turn out to be a good body workout. Playing sports is energy put to good use. Engaging in sports since an early age strengthens your bones and muscles and tones your body. It helps you increase your stamina and endurance. Sports that involve jumping and stretching help increase height; for example basketball. Games that involve running, kicking or throwing a ball help strengthen the arms and legs; for example soccer and cricket. Swimming provides a full body workout. Thus sports provide the body with complete exercise and engaging in sports directly translates into overall fitness.

Social Benefits

A study published in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reported that out of 14,000 high school atheletes, the ones who regularly played sports were less likely to use drugs. Likewise, a survey performed by the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse showed that students who played sports were less likely to have smoked cigarettes or used drugs and were more likely to disapprove of others using them. Also, the Women's Sports Foundation has stated that female high school athletes are 80% less likely to become pregnant than non-athletes.

Academic Benefits

Studies perfomed among students in multiple states - including Wyoming, Iowa, and Colorado - have shown that playing sports can actually increase success in the classroom. Various data demonstrate that athletes have higher grade point averages, higher standardized test scores, better attendance, lower dropout rates, and a better chance of going to college.

Career Benefits

A survey of individuals at the level of executive Vice President of 75 Fortune 500 companies showed that 95% of them played sports in high school. While it might be hard to argue that sports participation could guarantee higher incomes, promotions, and better jobs, the leadership skills and development of teamwork, hard work, and determination might help prepare students to be leaders at work and in their communities later in life.

Playing sport has many benefits – I believe you can classify them in four categories:

Recreational

Sport is fun. There are few better ways to enjoy yourself than playing sport – whether competitively or socially. It provides a welcome respite from work (or homework) and can create a shared excitement that can’t be generated by sitting in front of a computer screen.

Personal development

Sport helps participants to develop important life skills. It teaches and reinforces discipline and hard work through training and setting and accomplishing goals.

Health and wellbeing

It is no secret that people who participate in sport will live a healthier lifestyle.

Social and community

There is nothing quite sport to bring a community together.

First, by practicing a sport, you'll burn anywhere from 300500 calories a day. You'll also strengthen your cardiovascular system and improve your muscle tone. Translation? You can wear that cool mini-dress and look great. (You'll feel great, too.)

Second, in our competitive society there are winners, losers, lucky shots, and bad calls. Sports help you prepare for it. Playing on a team teaches you how to work in a group, and prepares you to deal with the ups and downs of life. Scoring a goal or winning a race is a confidence-boosterso is showing up and playing well on a day you feel crappy.

Third, deep personal bonds develop by sharing exciting victories and dealing with losses with your teammates. You'll really get to know some great girls in your grade and in upper classes who can help youon and off the field.

Sports boost self-esteem. Watching your hard work pay off and achieving your dreams brings about tons of self-confidence. If you can achieve something in a sport or with a fitness goal, then you know you can achieve any other goal you set. This is a very rewarding and exiting process.
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