Sports can be a contentious issue, especially with students who don’t
wish to participate. If you are wondering whether to persist, the answer
is definitely yes. Sports help to hone motor skills, they instill confidence
and help students develop physically. Exercise helps to develop healthy
lifestyles and keeps childhood obesity at bay. Sports also teach a number
of healthy social skills like teamwork, practice and discipline.
Benefits of sports
Childhood obesity is growing as our society becomes increasingly sedentary.
Video games, computers and TV keep us stationary and prevent healthy activities
which help to keep weight down. Sporting activities help to get students
outside and moving. Find a sport that suits your student. There is so
much to choose from and if the school sports don’t interest them,
opt for out of school choices like archery or diving.
Does your Student want to quit?
US research found 70% of students who play sports quit by the time they
are 13 because it is no longer fun. There are various reasons for this
including too much pressure from parents or coaches, poor relationship
with teammates, academic pressure and body image issues. You can encourage
your student to stay by finding solutions to their problems. Perhaps you
need to back off a little, or find a team outside of school if the coach
or other players aren’t getting along with your student. Students
play sport to have fun and spend time with their friends so winning shouldn’t
be the focus.
Be a good example
The best way to get your students involved in sports is to be involved
yourself. Being a good example will help to encourage your students to
be active. You should also be a good example when it comes to the social
skills that sports teach. This means that you should always be fair, be
a good sport and treat authority figures like teachers, umpires and coaches
with respect. Instill good sportsmanship in your students and teach them
to be a team player.
Bob Cook from Forbes Magazine says the key to enjoying your student’s
sporting activities is to not care about the outcome of the game: “I
didn’t care whether what was happening on the field would affect
my daughter’s future prospects as a softball player. None of it
mattered — and, as a result, I am enjoying the sports parent experience
so much more.” Cook says the key to sporting success as a family
is to be supportive and enthusiastic, but not to stress yourself or your kids out.
If your students want to succeed in life, they will have to be disciplined.
Discipline will help them to stay dedicated to their goals and give them
the strength to work hard. Discipline will help them to overcome adversity
and get them through tough times. This means that you have to be a good
example when it comes to discipline and encourage them to go to sports
Enrol your students in a sporting activity today and they will reap many
benefits both physical and emotional. Allow them to develop at their own
pace and don’t put too much pressure on them. Find a sporting activity
that they enjoy and excel at to help build confidence and be a great example.