The Delicate Yet Vital Relationship Between Children and Sports

Children and Sports
It is very important to understand the relationship between children and sports, and the impact of sports on children at a young age in their lives. Sports can help in many different way, but this should be handled carefully, because sports can damage their confidence too.
AptParenting Staff
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2018
Group Of Children Running In Park
Children usually love playing sports, and it is the responsibility of parents to handle this in the right manner. Sports can have a very significant role in the development of a child, and is something that should not be taken lightly.
Kids in a Soccer Match
Inculcating the right values and the spirit of teamwork in kids is something that parents always strive for, and sports have an uncanny way of imparting these values to the kids.
Apart from this, if the child possesses a natural inclination towards a sport, he/she may even be able to pursue a career in it. In the following lines, we shall look at the important role that playing sports can play in a child's life and its development.
Role of Sports in the Development of Children
Let's have a look at some of the many benefits that children can avail by being exposed to sports at a young age.
  • They get physical exercise, so they are fitter when they grow up.
  • They understand the importance of teamwork and coordination.
  • They become stronger and competitive in a health manner, rather than submissive and meek.
  • They learn to respect other people.
  • They become more communicative and outgoing.
  • Their self-esteem gets boosted.
  • They get exposure to different people and situations.
  • They realize the importance of working hard.
It is true that not all children experience these benefits, with some even having to go through rejection and teasing because of the same sports that bring all these advantages.
Children In Soccer Team Having Training With Female Coach
This is where the role of the parents and the coaches become important. They should learn how to encourage the child, and should also show the child how to overcome such difficulties. This can be done by bettering their game and by improving their physical fitness levels.
Young children and sports is a rather delicate combination, and it needs to be handled responsibly. Some kids can grow up loving sports, whereas some may grow up hating them. It is necessary to help these children overcome anxieties and worries so that they can enjoy the sport that they play and thus benefit from it.
Popular Sports for Children
There are plenty of choices when it comes to picking a sport that the child will truly enjoy. It pays to find a sport that suits the specific skills of a child, and the kid should not be forced to take up a sport that he does like.
Many parents often make this mistake, and this is something that should be strictly avoided as forcing a child to play a particular game is likely going to have negative repercussions in the future.
It is also important to remember not to push a child too hard to play a particular game. Every child has his limits, and he should be allowed to learn a game and develop at his own pace, with a little help alongside from the parents and coaches. This will also give him the opportunity to pick a sport of his choice.
Injuries are a common in most sports, and often this is a result of the child being pushed too hard to succeed. This is another reason why this matter should be handled with utmost sensitivity.

Here are some popular games that children can take up.
boys and girls playing youth soccer
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • American football
Kids swimming underwater
  • Swimming
  • Ice hockey
  • Running and jogging
  • Hockey
Family on tennis court
  • Tennis and other racket sports
  • Martial arts
  • Bicycling

There are plenty more games out there that kids can pick from.
Thus, clearly, playing sports has numerous benefits in a child's mental and physical conditioning. However, it is equally necessary not to push the child too hard. He/she should be allowed to play a game that is suitable for his/her age and liking, and also be able to express opinions and concerns about the particular sport that he/she plays.