7 Essential Sports for Your Kids to Participate In

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In recent years, information and communication technologies have taken the fun out of sports for children. It is, however, your responsibility as a parent to ensure you evoke a love for sports in your children. This will ensure your kids grow up to be healthy and fit.

But which sports would be the best for your child? In this post, we take a closer look at some of the most popular and essential sports for your child to participate in.

Martial Arts

Martial arts will teach your child both discipline and patience and it’s a great way for them to learn self-defense in case of an emergency.

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Swimming

Swimming is fantastic for muscular growth and coordination. Teaching your child from a young age how to swim will also ensure you have peace of mind knowing they won’t be in any danger near water.

Team Sports

Any team sports like football and basketball is great for promoting physical fitness and enhancing your child’s motor skills. This will also teach your child the value of teamwork.

Gymnastics

It promotes flexibility, coordination and even though most people don’t know it, gymnastics requires great strength for optimal performance.

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Cycling

It is a good sport to exercise the entire body and commonly the first physical activity most parents teach their children.

Skating

Skating is fantastic for the development of balance and coordination of movements. It is a very popular sport among younger people and can be beneficial to your child’s health.

Tennis

Tennis might not be one of the most common sports taught to children. It is however great for developing and boosting coordination and resistance.

The first step is to talk with your child and discuss their likes and dislikes. If you know how to play a specific sport or you simply know how it works because you just watch TV then play it with your child. Encourage them to participate in school sports. Keep in mind that your child should select a sport he/she feels most comfortable with.

3 Reasons Why Competitive Sports are Good For You

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A lot of people believe that competitive sports can have a negative impact on an individual. While having a competitive edge could develop certain negative attributes, enjoying and participating in competitive sports can actually be good for you.

In this post, we take a closer look at the positive effects of competitive sports, and why you should consider participating in one.

Desire To Excel

While a desire to excel can seem negative, it also has positive effects. Individuals who participate in team sports might be competitive, but it is all in good spirit. Each team member has a desire to excel and achieve certain goals.

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Obviously, there are negative aspects that can be perceived too. Even though someone is competing with another person, in particular for something, it should always be approached positively and with good intentions.

Healthy Rivalry

Rivalry can be a negative aspect of competitive sports. But, if it’s all in positive spirits, it can actually have a fantastic outcome. Healthy rivalry can boost performance, keep athletes motivated and dedicated to being the best they can. There is a fine line between negative and positive rivalry, be sure you know where to draw the line.

Wish To Be The Best

Sports are a very exciting activity, which is normal to generate some excitement and a desire to win, of wanting your team to win, of being the best or superior. This isn’t bad, because it’s something that can be controlled and is not harming anyone.

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It’s simply the manifestation of being better at what you do and demonstrating it on the court or on the field. But that is also on the part of the coaches, who are the ones who must provide positive values to the teams, and not let themselves be blinded by negative aspects that can only do harm.

As you can see, being competitive can have negative consequences. If however coaches and trainers instil positive values in their coaching methods, there can be great benefits to reap.