How Youth Sports Help Build Kids' Brains, News (Hamilton Jr Bulldogs)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
How Youth Sports Help Build Kids' Brains
Submitted By Dianne Skirving on Sunday, July 1, 2018
By FlipGive06/15/18

Sports teach kids early on that with time and patience comes results. Teaching children that being good at something is earned is one of the main benefits of participating in sports.

We all know the physical health benefits of sports participation, but it turns out youth sports may be helping your child’s brain develop as much as their body.



Children born after the year 2000 suffer from a shortened attention span, largely due to round-the-clock screen time. Youth sports allows for a physical break and a reason to get out of the house, but it is also providing much-needed lessons, especially for today’s kids.

Here are the top five benefits you didn’t know your kid was getting from playing sports. 

1. MAKING QUICK DECISIONS ON THE FIELD HELPS KIDS BUILD CONFIDENCE IN THEIR PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS: 

When your kid is on the ice or the field, there’s nowhere to Google what to do next. Kids have to rely on themselves in order to make the best decision based on skills they have acquired through practice. This split-second decision making not only builds confidence but promotes effective decision making and more assuredness in the decisions they make.

Children who participate in youth sports are shown to have higher self-esteem and confidence in themselves because they are required to make lots of decisions on the field.

According to Psychology Today:

"With greater time commitment, children develop better mastery of skills and superior knowledge of tactics and strategy. This can lead to the development of strategic thinking which is helpful in all aspects of life, including the ability to find and excel in the job market.”

2. LEARNING NEW SKILLS HELP KIDS IMPROVE THEIR DISCIPLINE AND CONCENTRATION: 

Sports teach kids early on that with time and patience comes results. Teaching children that being good at something is earned is one of the main benefits of participating in sports. Kids can see themselves incrementally getting better, and this instills a powerful message within them. In any aspect of life, having that discipline and ability to commit to something and improve is extremely important.

3. ENGAGING WITH OTHER TEAMMATES HELPS KIDS DEVELOP GOOD INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:

Participating in youth sports helps kids become more confident interacting with others. This is particularly beneficial if your child is shy, because sports affords them common ground with other kids and provides situations where they can interact with others who already share something in common with them. Children who participate in sports are better at handling both working with others and confrontation.

According to Livestrong.com:

"Children involved in sports generally have stronger peer relationships and a better understanding of peers from different backgrounds. With this higher level of social support also comes a higher level of resilience."

4. LEARNING A NEW SKILL HELPS KIDS THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: 

Learning a new skill encourages our brains to stay sharp and focus on creative solutions to problems. This is enormously helpful for kids in school, and can help them be more creative in their future careers.

5. PLAYING SPORTS HELPS KIDS HANDLE STRESS:

Sports can be stressful, and being able to go into a game understanding that stress is OK, and losing is also OK, is a huge life advantage for kids. According to an article done by Carleton University, "Exercise has been found to relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Although often overlooked, children experience these emotions just as adults do and exercise is a great way to help combat these feelings.”

 

ABOUT FLIPGIVE

FlipGive is a team rewards program for sports teams, schools and community groups. Create an account and every time you shop online from brands like Dick's Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Buffalo Wild Wings and more, your team or league earns cash back for your season. 

This article has been viewed 607 times.
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Hamilton Jr Bulldogs on Twitter
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 09
    Jul
    Organization
    GREAT LOCATION/ GREAT PRIZES/ Lunch, Dinner and Power Cart included Where: Chippewa Creek Golf Course           When: Sunday, September 29, 2019      9639 Chippewa Road West,                                    1:00 pm Shotgun Start Mount Hope, ...
  • 09
    Jul
    Organization
    The Ontario Hockey Federation has been working with Hockey Canada on the implementation of Rowan’s Law since the adoption of the Rowan’s Law Concussion Safety on March 7, 2018. The Ontario Hockey Federation is in full support of the intent of ...
  • 26
    Jun
    Organization
    Jacob Maillet, former Hamilton Jr. Bulldog has advanced from the 2019 OHL Gold Cup to the Hockey Canada U17 Camp taking place in Calgary, Alberta on July 19 to July 26, 2019.   He will be competing with players from across Canada for a chance to ...
  • 13
    Jun
    Organization
    The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs are hosting their 28th Annual Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs’ 2019 AAA Hockey Classic the weekend of December 6 to December 8, 2019. 
  • 09
    Jun
    Organization
    The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs held 3rd Annual Goalie Camp for all goalies who will be playing for the organization in 2019-2020 season.  The camp was run by Jr. Bulldogs goalie coach Ty Garner and his team from Garner Goaltending. The camp included ...
  • 26
    Apr
    Organization
    The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs wrapped up the 2018-19 season with their annual yearend banquet held at Liuna Station on March 26, 2018. There were many family, friends, sponsors and volunteers in attendance to celebrate with the players in the ...
  • 25
    Apr
    Organization
    Guelph, ON – General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett announced Thursday that Jacob Maillet has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the Storm.
  • 15
    Apr
    Organization
    The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs would like to congratulate Jacob Maillet on being named to OMHA Team White for this years OHL Gold Cup. Returning for a second year is Adam Syring as Head Coach for Team OMHA White and Tony Caravaggio as Trainer Mentor for ...
Printed from hamiltonjrbulldogs.com on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 6:24 PM