There are numerous benefits from practicing sports during childhood. Among them are the prevention of sedentarism and improvement in learning. From the beginning, sports training has brought various benefits to its practitioners. When performed in childhood, these advantages increase considerably, benefiting mainly health and learning. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the goal is […]
There are numerous benefits from practicing sports during childhood. Among them are the prevention of sedentarism and improvement in learning.
From the beginning, sports training has brought various benefits to its practitioners. When performed in childhood, these advantages increase considerably, benefiting mainly health and learning. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the goal is for a child to practice at least one hour of physical activity every day (including leisure time and playtime).
For this reason, we highlight six significant advantages of practicing sports for children and adolescents:
1. Preventing Sedentarism
Physical activity strengthens cardiac tissue and aids in blood circulation, preventing future heart and respiratory diseases. It also increases the production of HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood and can help prevent diabetes.
Researchers have found that a well-exercised body may also have a higher resistance to infections, consequently producing a healthy immune system.
2. Bone formation
Sports training helps in the fixation of calcium, preventing bone diseases, such as osteoporosis (which affects mainly women).
It helps improve motor coordination and other attributes such as resilience, elasticity, posture, balance, motor skills, and assists in correcting physical disorders.
3. Mental health
Sports contribute to the reduction of social and psychological problems in children`s behavior, such as anxiety, insomnia, stress, aggression and potentially reduces the child`s likelihood of developing symptoms of depression, bipolarity and other mental disorders in the future.
In a study conducted at the University of Illinois, USA, it was pointed out that children and adolescents who practice physical activities regularly perform better in school activities. This is so due to the exercises causing new interneural connections to be developed, which contribute to a more active mind. Physical activities influence memory development, logical reasoning, concentration and, moreover, help to minimize stress in times of tests and work.
5. Social interaction
Sports also assist in the social life of children and especially adolescents. The interaction with people of the same age group provides the reduction of shyness and introversion, collaborating a lot with collective thinking. In children, this helps them not to grow up with a sense of individualism, but rather with a spirit of cooperation. Above all, physical activities help keep the body in shape, which improves personal self-esteem.
Moreover, practicing sports contributes to the individual`s sense of responsibility and duty, as well as teaching him or her to follow the rules, leading him to improve behavior and education in interpersonal relationships.
How to find the ideal sport
At first, it is necessary that the child has fun with the chosen sport. Therefore, freedom in the decision is of extreme importance. Ideally, you would have a prior conversation.
However, there are ways to help the child or teenager choose. Observation of behavior is fundamental; for example, if the child has difficulty following rules and discipline, martial arts would be the most appropriate option. Alternatively, if he or she behaves very individualistic, collective sports are the ideal choice.
It is also worth listening to the opinion of the pediatrician, especially in cases of diseases, such as respiratory. Consider, for example, swimming lessons.
The school plays a fundamental role in encouraging the practice of physical activities, both in Physical Education classes and in the extracurricular activities that it provides.
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