Teenagers and Sport – Why Sport Has Great Benefits For Teens

March 28th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

We know that exercise is important for teenagers and sport is an ideal outlet for all that energy. It doesn’t matter why teenagers are attracted to sport. In fact, for many of them it is seen as an opportunity to become popular and more attractive. As parents we shouldn’t knock that reason! Regardless of why they decide to participate, there is a range of benefits for them.

Social benefits for teenagers and sport

First of all, consider the social benefits for teenagers and sport. So much of the average teenager’s time is spent alone, whether it’s in front of a TV screen, or playing computer games or surfing the net. Although this may bring them into ‘virtual’ contact with others, it’s not as beneficial as face-to-face, social interaction. Once they get into a sport, they’ll have lots of opportunities to meet others and develop their social and interpersonal skills.

Health benefits for teenagers and sport.

These days we are all much more sedentary: we sit around much more than we used to, at the expense of physical movement. Health specialists are concerned about the rising problem of obesity, and this affects our teenagers and younger children too. Movement is good for our teenagers, and sport is ideal for those who balk at the thought of ‘working out’. Taking part in a sport can have a great pay-off in terms of health.

Family benefits for teenagers and sport

Many parents today find it difficult to communicate with their teenagers, and sport is ideal for bringing the two together. I’ve spent years driving my teenagers to their different sports and watching them perform. Believe me – so long as you’re not ‘pushy’ and intrusive – they’ll appreciate your interest. They will know you love them and want to help.

How else can parents get involved with their teenagers and sport? There are many ways, such as:

providing the right kit and equipment helping with travel arrangements cheering from the sidelines fundraising, and more

And you’ll find that after a game or session – when kids are on a natural ‘high’ – they are much more communicative. This is ideal time for chatting and building that relationship.

You or your kids may have doubts about their ability to join a team. If your teenagers are not the competitive types, why not consider other activities that can be enjoyed just for the sake of it? Examples are archery, swimming, water sports, and hill walking and climbing.

Behavior benefits for teenagers and sport

There are other good reasons why teenagers and sport should be encouraged. Studies both in America and Europe show that teens who take part in sport are much less likely to be involved in undesirable behaviors such as:

smoking taking drugs promiscuity alcohol abuse and dropping out of school or college.

Involvement in sport really does get your teenagers away from the couch and TV screen and into something that is both healthy and sociable. Why not take action today to help bring your teenagers and sport together?

By: Frank McGinty