Valuable skills to be learned from playing sport

LIFE LESSONS: Children who take part in team sport benefit in more ways than one.
LIFE LESSONS: Children who take part in team sport benefit in more ways than one.

Did you know that kids who play sports do better in school?

Research shows exercise improves learning, memory, and concentration, which can give active kids an advantage in the classroom.

Kids who play sport learn teamwork and goal-setting skills. Sport teaches valuable life skills.

When they work with coaches, trainers, and teammates to win games and achieve goals, they're learning how to be successful. Those skills will serve them well at work and in family life.

Sports are good for a kid's health. In addition to being fit and maintaining a healthy weight, kids who play sport are also less likely to smoke.

And later in life, kids who exercise are less likely to get osteoporosis.

Playing sports also boosts self-confidence.

Sport is also a feel-good activity because it helps get in shape, maintain a healthy weight, and make new friends.

Exercise cuts the pressure. Playing sport can lessen stress and help them feel a little happier. How? The brain chemicals released during exercise improve a person's mood. Friends are another mood-lifter. And being on a team creates tight bonds between friends. It's good to know their teammates will support them - both on and off the field!

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