Children have to be active every day. Physical activities stimulate growth and results in improved emotional and physical well being. Research shows that the physical activity in children is most important and has immense impact on their everyday life. For example, medical researchers have claimed that highly active children are less likely to suffer from problems of blood pressure, diabetes, cancer of the colon, obesity, and coronary heart disease later in life.
Physical activity is also known to relieve stress. Some children experience equal amount of stress, depression, and anxiety as adults , and because exercise improves health, a fit child is more likely to be well-rested and mentally sharp. Even a minimal physical activity has proved to improve a child’s arithmetic, reading, and memorization. But sport, not just exercise, gives a child more than just physical well-being; it adds to a child’s development both psychologically and socially.
One way children gain acceptance by their peers is to be good at activities valued by other children. Research shows that children would rather play sports than do anything else. A study by the United States shows that boys and girls of high school would rather be better at sports than in academic subjects. The same study showed that high school boys would rather fail in class than be less sportive on the playing field.
Because sport is crucial to children, being good at sports is a strong social asset. Young boys in particular use sports and games to measure themselves against their friends. Children who are competent at sports are more easily accepted by children of their own age, and are more likely to become team captains and group leaders. Such children are also usually better at social skills.
The primary goal of parents and coaches should be to help children find the success in sport. They need to make them feel valued and wanted. Every child can be successful at one sport or another. Taking out the time to find the sports that is right for each child, should be done by each of us.