How Sports Contribute to the Development of Children

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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" - is a famous proverb that we have been hearing since our childhood yet many of us don't practice it. There are only a few parents and educators who understand that a child should have a balanced routine, and get time for studies, games, and proper rest.

Children spend most of their day at school, but are deprived the time for sports and fun. The reason is, either the schools do not have enough facilities to organize sports or the management does not realize the importance of sports. In schools, the break time is usually within 20 - 30 minutes. Children can either play games with friends or have their lunch during this short period.

Although, they do have games session, but that is just once a week. Even at that, children cannot still play sports as there is nothing for them to play. Teachers and parents both emphasize on doing homework and learning lessons after school. There are only a few parents and educators who understand that a child should have a time for studies, sports, and proper rest.

Involving children in physical activities improve concentration and enable the mind to focus properly. According to research, children who play sports, do better in their academic studies. They understand and learn their lessons effectively and quickly than those who do not play sports.

Why Sports is Essential in a Child's Development

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Here are a few reasons sports can enhance the development in children and make them live a healthy life;

  • Sports reduces body fat, controls body weight, prevents cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity.

  • It enhances endurance, flexibility, improves balance as well as strengthens bones and muscles.

  • Sports help in developing better hand-eye coordination and fast foot movement.

  • It reduces risks of getting injured and quickens recovery and healing.

  • Children who play sports are less likely to get arthritis than their peers who do not exercise or play games.

  • Sports plays a vital role in a child's mental development. It is a proven fact that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Sports makes one both physically and mentally fit.

  • Sports teaches children problem-solving skills and enables them to set and accomplish goals.

Conclusively, education is not just about reading, memorizing, and writing tests/exams. It is the development of one's personality. Sports contribute to a child's physical, emotional and psychological development; So sports should not be neglected, when it comes to educating children and teenagers.