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Why are sports important for early childhood development?

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Sports and recreational activities are one of the best habits to enroll in a child from a pretty young age. Not only does it stop a child from growing up dull, but it also enlists several healthy habits in them. Different sports teach them different values, such as football teaches a child the do’s and don’ts of strategy, basketball will push them to aim for the skies, and softball will allow them to learn the benefits of teamwork.

Sports, in general, also improves hand and eye coordination, keeps a child active, and in turn, stays away from numerous health issues. It is also a fun way to incorporate workout in their routine, without it feeling like a chore.

Other than these, here is a list of why it is a good idea to introduce your kids to sports from a young age!

Friendships & Social Skills

Some of the best friends that I have made over the years are from the different sports clubs that I joined as a kid. Having healthy friendships outside of playschool is very important for character development, as it teaches the child to be more diverse.

These kids play together, win together, and learn how to accept defeat together. This allows them to be involved more in teamwork and learn valuable lessons. All of this gives them a sense of belonging and togetherness. They overcome difficulties by playing with others and, in turn, grow even more as individuals.

Other than students of their age, they also interact with coaches and other volunteers. They learn important leadership, team building, and communication skills, which are extremely important from their future career and personal and professional relationship perspective. 

Mental Benefits

Generally, all sports push the players to think on their feet, which results in them being more receptive. A vital skill that children develop by playing in the open is analytical thinking. By being present at the field where the action is taking place, their brain is thinking analytically and solving problems at the moment they occur.

Like we said above football teaches a child strategy, which essentially means that they will assess a situation and plan out a move with their friends. They will tackle a situation in a matter of seconds with analytical thinking.

Moreover, by letting children have some time by themselves, we give them the perfect opportunity to look around and learn from the environment.

Self-Esteem

Participation in sports has a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence. They get constant encouragement from someone who isn’t their parent or an elder sibling, which allows them to build upon their self-confidence.

Even if they become subject to constructive criticism, they learn to adjust their capabilities and push themselves to do better each day.

Academic Success

Kids who excel in sports are usually a very hardworking and motivated bunch of kids who are always looking to apply the same principles in other areas of life. They try to push themselves to be the best version of themselves in academics, making them a very rounded individual.

Participation in sports also leads to overall cognitive development.

Health Benefits

This goes without saying that enlisting a good habit of playing sports from an early age will allow them to be physically fit throughout their lives. Such habits are hard to give up on and once you become used to incorporating physical activity in your daily life, you cannot just go back.

In retrospect, physical activity is just as important as a nutritious meal or primary care since childhood. You can try out a bunch of sports and then stick with the one that your child enjoys the most. Swimming, football, and softball are some of the most children-friendly sports out there!

That’s it for now, see you next time!

Until then,

Marium (Team Sporforya)!

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