The Effects Of Organized Sports On Early Childhood Development

812 Words Nov 1st, 2015 4 Pages
For parents, putting their children into organized sports may be an easy decision to make. For other parents, that decision may be more difficult. This decision occurs around the time a child reaches elementary school and starts to participate in physical education classes or a after school sports program (Coté 6). The effects of organized sports in early childhood development can have lasting impacts on a child’s metal, physical, and social health. Active participation in organized sports, as a child, can have lasting mental benefits. Studies have shown that children who take an active role in organized sports display an increase in self-esteem and lower levels of depression (Fredricks 704). Other research shows that parents also benefit mentally from their children participating in organized sports. Parents take moments and lessons learned in sporting events and turn them into what they call “teachable moments” by tying together event in games with principles in the home ("Health and Medicine” 72). During a game, any type of game really, your brain is constantly thinking. It is thinking what play are we running? Where is the ball going? How do I stop them? These type of questions bring our thought logic and problem solving stills to the forefront of our brains and helps us process information in a matter of seconds. A child’s mental health is important in determining whether or not to a child should participate on a sporting team another more…

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