philo paper - Dantu 1 Codi Dantu Professor Lopez Philosophy 100 Youth Sports Playing sports isnt just a fun thing for a child to do but it can also

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Dantu 1 Codi Dantu 12/13/12 Professor Lopez Philosophy 100 Youth Sports Playing sports isn’t just a fun thing for a child to do, but it can also be highly beneficial for their well being . Being apart of a team sport or even an individual sport can provide a child with discipline, teach them how to deal with other children, and they can learn to cope with winning and losing . With sports being important for fitness it’s also a great tool psychologically. It can truly help young kids, preteens, and teenagers with interaction and they can learn how to push themselves to the limit, and some kids may even be talented enough to play collegiately and maybe go on to play professionally . Some may play the game for fun and just pure enjoyment, while others may keep playing to further their skills. Whatever the reason kids may play sports it’s vital that they get the chance to participate in team and/or individual sports . Placing a child into sports provides them with a plethora of psychological benefits. If a parent chooses to place a child in a team sport, the child is more than likely to face conflicts with other children. Being exposed to such conflicts can help children to grow and learn how to solve issues between others, “He/she that learns to compromise on disagreements with teammates, he can learn to communicate with a variety of children from different backgrounds” (Morris 1). As the young child faces these disputes and learns how to deal with it, they can broaden their social abilities. More than often a child will face someone that they may not get along with, on their team or the opposing team, but instead of running away, young kids should be taught to deal with
Dantu 2 the dilemma. While they get used to other children they can also make relationships with the coaches and other adults. If a child is lucky enough to have a good coach, this could have an extremely positive impact on their life. “When kids have early, positive experiences with coaches, they continue to seek out and learn from mentors who can help them with school, jobs and other interests”(Morris 1) . Indeed, not every child will have a good coach, but the fact that the child is interacting with other kids can still be beneficial. Secondly, exercise for young kids and teens are an ample way to loosen up and let go of stress as well. The last thing any child needs is a feeling of stress, and what better way to release that than playing a sport, whatever it may be. There are plenty of other psychological benefits that youth may gain from involvement of sports. Less depression is a major bonus when playing sports. According to Daniel McLanders of ASU in the article Psychological Effects of playing sports by Heather Topham Wood, “The anti- depressant effects of exercise are likely to occur when you participate in sports programs for longer than 9 weeks” (Wood 1). Reduced anxiety is also a fairly important factor when kids play sports. “People who participate in both acute and chronic forms of exercise, experienced fewer

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