For the student-athletes out there, being prepared for your athletic season is not something you can do a few weeks before the season starts. Getting stronger, improving your level of play, and being in top athletic condition is not something you can cram for like an exam. It takes time, hard work, and a consistent effort to be at your best.
Sports are a great way for kids to have fun while staying fit. Sports also teach important life lessons like:. But it's not always easy to keep it together when it feels like winning is everything.
Any parent knows that young children are filled with energy, eager to run, jump and play. Transferring that natural energy to competitive sports can help keep kids active and healthy as the grow, and other distractions increase that may lead to a more sedentary lifestyle. Competitive sports such as soccer, track, basketball and swimming can also help kids learn important life lessons about teamwork and fair play.
If your child shows an interest or talent in youth sports, the question will crop up quickly: Is it time for a competitive sports team or for solo competition? The answer varies depending on the child; some are more suited to the higher pressure that competition brings. Consider these factors as you make your decision. Experts in both youth sports and child development agree: Kids are not ready for competition until they are at least 8 years old.
And it can be really rewarding to watch your teen on the court or in the field doing what she loves to do. But, there can also be a dark side to high school sports. There may be calls from college recruiters who are dangling the possibility of an athletic scholarship in front of your teen.
Why should kids compete? Is competition good for them? Is it necessary to get them prepared for their grown-up lives?
Organized, well-structured youth sports and on-going physical activities can provide many benefits for children and adolescents. At University of Missouri Health Care, our adolescent medicine team encourages all children to participate in sports or other regular physical activity. Physical exercise is good for the mind, body and spirit.
But is it really a good thing? Is it something we should be instilling in our children? There are mixed reviews when it comes to teaching kids about competitiveness.