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Sports for Children


An important aspect of every child’s well-being is participating in some sort of sport activity which can promote health and social benefits for them. Parents should consider which sport will benefit their child the most, depending on their personality and preferences. Many other factors can also play a role in that decision. Certain benefits will be more prominent in some sports activities than others, as well as risk factors that should also be carefully considered.

Most practiced popular sports

Soccer is widely popular within the youth in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It represents the most commercial sport worldwide these days. A child practicing soccer will benefit in improving their endurance, and maintaining good cardiovascular health. This is mostly because of the constant movement and running when playing soccer. Other significant benefits is the balance and the foot dexterity improvements. Risk factors are the common ankle twists and even concussions due to ball-heading. Safety tips to consider are prohibiting ball-heading, and being sure to require 2-3 days’ rest between each game played.

Cheerleading may be more common amongst girls, but boys participate as well. It builds up the feeling of teamwork, as well as flexibility and agility in a child. It is a sport requiring movement of the whole body, as all of the muscles are occupied. Risk appears in more advanced phases where the sport demands more gymnastics, and in turn, more muscles, tendons and ligaments may suffer. Falls and concussions may also occur. Secure your child’s safety by choosing the right, certified coach and make sure your child lets you know if they experience any pain or injury.

Football is a team sport that teaches the importance of discipline as a result of the intense and long trainings. It helps build up team spirit and gives kids a sense of belongingness. Problems occurs with concussions and deep bruises, sometimes even with temper management on the field. Keep your children safe by purchasing quality pads and helmets and making sure that they are supervised by qualified staff.

Basketball is a great sport that helps improves the eye-to-hand coordination and endurance. The most common injuries are hamstrings being pulled, occasional eye pokes, and knee problems. It is advised for the player to stretch properly before playing, and to learn how to land properly after a jump.

Less popular, but equally beneficial sports

Although a less mainstream group sport, lacrosse builds up confidence in children. Injuries are rare, and the most common are bruises or an occasional ankle twist or shoulder injury. The quality of the helmets and the pads used is important. Hockey requires some extra equipment and conditions, but gives back a great deal in weight-loss, endurance, and strength. With the thick pads and proper body pads, a lost tooth will probably be the worst you can expect. Again, good equipment secures good results here as well. With occasional elbow and shoulder injuries, baseball teaches a sense of focus and patience, with relatively minor injuries such as a few scrapes and bruises.

What sports do your children participate in? What are some of the benefits or risks involved? Please leave your comments below:

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