The Role of Sports in Preparing for Adulthood

sportsSports mean more than just fun and games. It may sound a little far-fetched and unusual but these physical activities can hone not only the mind and body but also an individual’s personality, social skills and individuality. Apart from contributing to overall mental and physical health, it also plays an integral part in preparing children and teens for adulthood.

But how is this possible? How can something governed by physical activity and muscle coordination prepare anyone for the real world?

Leadership skills and teamwork are two important aspects to playing any kind of sport. This teaches kids cooperation, listening skills, compromise, understanding and initiative. It even demonstrates the concept of responsibility and giving credit as well as acknowledging the fact that people play different roles not only in these games but in life and society in general.

Sports also instill confidence and self-acceptance. It shows children and teens the value of acknowledging not only one’s talents but also that of others. It even allows them to accept one’s weaknesses and shortcomings while finding ways to improve them as time goes by. This helps them better understand not only themselves but others too.

Because playing sports will require stamina and strength, it requires players to be of optimum health. This in turn encourages them to practice and adopt a healthy lifestyle even at a young age. They will be introduced to the importance of exercise and good nutrition.

Also, let us not forget that sports enhances a number of vital skills such as focus or concentration, creativity and decision making which come at play in every game whether for plain leisure or competition. Most if not all of these activities require one to demonstrate quick thinking skills and problem solving abilities.

Because no one is born a master of any sport, it requires practice and constant improvement. This demonstrates and teaches kids and teens the value of persistence and hard work. It helps instill in them the fact that in order to achieve a goal, one has to dedicate time and effort in the long run.

Last but not the least, sports teaches children and teenagers (even adults) the concept of celebration regardless if it ends with victory or defeat. It demonstrates sportsmanship too and that in life you have to celebrate even the smallest of victories and to gracefully accept defeat treating it as a learning point instead of a negative thing.

You see, sports are a truly remarkable thing. Who knew these activities offer so much more?