Benefits of participating in sports outweigh risks


By Amber Bartley

A sweaty third grader catches a ball for the final touchdown. The crowd goes absolutely wild. This will be the event that inspired the future football player.

Allowing kids to play football, or any sport for that matter, is one of the best decisions a parent can make. Sports are essential for kids to take part in. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of kids are overweight or obese. The health problems that children develop can spill into their adult lives, which can result in diabetes.

According to Stanley Herring, a clinical professor in the University of Washington’s sports medicine department, a lack of exercise is a main component in childhood obesity. Parents should be pushing their kids to go outside and exercise as frequently as possible.

Playing a sport helps a child not only physically, but mentally as well. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in August found that children who participate in more aerobic exercise had more compact white matter in their brains, which is linked to better cognitive function.

Kids who participate in sports have a better chance of understanding teamwork and what it means to be on a team. This can be extremely beneficial to a child who would like to work in a group setting, such as a publication.

Data suggests that involvement in team sports is associated with higher high school graduation rates, according to Kim Gorgens, a clinical associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver.

Although sports are often associated with injuries, such as concussions, sports can be absolutely beneficial for children to get involved in. Concussions cause memory problems, vomiting, and confusion. There are some solutions to the problem. Kids can play flag football, which is a less aggressive form of lower contact football.

Although sports are often associated with injuries, such as concussions, sports can be absolutely beneficial for children to get involved in.

 

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