Benefits of competitive Sports

As you know, ever since I was a child I have always played sports. I’ve played basketball, swimming, soccer and athletics; my days have gone around sports practices and games through the years. Being so involved in sports really had me think about how important it is for someone to be a part of a competitive sports team. After a lot of research, I found that the benefits of sports for the human body go from psychological to social to physical. Let´s review the most important ones:

Learning competitive skills:

Participating in sports teaches people how to compete in the real world, especially talking about kids and teenagers because as they get older they will have to face competition in school, in job and other areas of life. The best part is that these types of competitions will help people to understand how competition works in a friendly environment, and that if you work hard you will succeed.

Opportunity to Work out and Improve health

There are millions of teenagers that are overweight, which make the early onset of health problems such as diabetes more common. But, being part of competitive sports helps teens to burn calories, to prevent obesity and different kinds of health conditions.

Participating in sports improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system, placing a lower strain on the heart, and increases an athlete’s energy level while improving the quality of sleep, improves the bloodstream and makes the bones and muscles stronger. By practicing and participating in sports, one will become better with their skills in the specific sport.

Psychological Benefits

Sports have a large effect on a teenager´s mental and emotional health. Exercise can help reduce depression and anxiety, and prevent people from having access to undesired habits such as drugs or alcohol drinks.

Improved self-esteem is another benefit of competitive youth sports. Either winning or losing, the person can learn valuable lessons: recognition, work team, hard working and more.

Being part of a Sport Team

Being part of a team allows us to meet many new people that have common interests; sports teach athletes how to be a team player, that it is okay to lose and learn how to work hard at something they really want. Sportsmanship is a very good quality to have.

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