When you are a parent, you don’t want to see your kids get hurt. That includes injuries from falling off of bikes and playing sports. But you know your children have to live and so you may be thinking about putting them in a sport. So in this contributed post, we will talk about the pros and cons of children playing sports to help you make an informative decision to see if it is something you really want for your child.

As a parent, you might at some point consider whether you should encourage your kids to get involved in sports. This can be an activity that will be part of their school life or indeed their social life outside of school. It all depends on the education that they receive. But is this the right option for your child and what benefits will it bring? That’s what we’re going to look at today.

Benefits Of Kids And Sports

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One of the main benefits of actively encouraging your kid to participate in sports is that it will boost their social development and help them grow as an individual. It can allow them to learn important lessons about being part of a team or in a group and how to work with other people.

There’s also the health benefits. It’s true to say that childhood obesity is one of the major issues impacting society today. By encouraging your kids to get involved in sport at an early age, you can avoid this issue and keep them active. That’s important because it’s fair to say the way kids socialize has changed to the point where they won’t usually be active at all. Instead, they will be playing games and talking to their friends online.

The final, often overlooked benefit, is that joining a sports team or playing a sport can be beneficial for kids when they are thinkings about college or higher education. For instance, when playing a sport, a child may receive a scholarship to a college, and this can avoid the crushing debt students often face.

 

Disadvantages Of Sports

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One of the major disadvantages a parent should consider is whether sports are safe for their children. Most aren’t, and even seemingly safe sports can be tremendously dangerous. For instance, you might consider allowing your child to learn horse riding which sounds like a great idea. Your kid may love it, and it is considered to be a prestigious activity.

But did you know that horse riding is more dangerous than taking ecstasy? Many parents find themselves with a child who has suffered a serious neck or back injury and using a site like HasnerLaw.com to get the help they need. It’s certainly not the only sport that’s dangerous either. Both Rugby and American Football, popular sports for boys, can result in life-changing injuries.

Even contactless sports can result in serious accidents, and this is something that you should be aware of as a parent. Though obviously, you can’t wrap your kid in cotton wool. You have to let them live their life.

 

Alternatives?

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If you are worried about the danger of sports or you find that your child just isn’t that into it, there are alternatives. You can consider the other social groups and activities that are available such as the drama club, glee or even just encouraging your kid to get involved in the community. You can learn more about encouraging your child to socialize on ChildDevelopmentInfo.com. All these options provide the same benefits of sports without the potential danger.

 

We hope you find this advice helpful and that it allows you to approach this question the right way.

 

Conclusion

The thought of your child participating in a sport can be a scary one but there are actually many benefits to their participation. So if you are trying to decide whether you want your child to join a sport you should definitely way the pros and cons of the needs of your child. 

Some children are not able to handle the rough contact some sports cause so it is best to choose a sport that fits your child’s personality. There are many different sports to choose from and it is best to include your child in this decision. 

Lastly, if sports isn’t your child’s thing, don’t let that be your their resort. You can still find an after-school program that will allow them to get the extra socialization benefits they need from another after-school activity. Just remember to take into consideration the stress it may have on your child and whether or not they can handle the activity plus school and free time.

Some sports may be dangerous but they also have some great benefits for so your child so I hope you can make an informative decision as to whether you would like to let your child participate. 

What do you think is the best benefit of child sports? I would love to hear any of your experiences below!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Children Playing Sports”

  1. Great article! I know a lot of parents who are really protective of their kids and won’t let them do sports and then there are parents who watch their kids get hurt and tell them to get right back up. Parenting style has a huge part of it! I think putting kids in sports does have a lot of amazing pros but you are also right about how many get hurt at such a young age. I can’t imagine some parents medical bills.

    1. Hi Cassandra,
      You are right, parenting style does play a big part. I was different from my mom. She let me play and then encouraged and nurtured me back up but me I am so scared I barely let my kids ride their bikes haha. But it took me to realize that I turned out okay and that kids need to enjoy being kids. I too can imagine some parents medical bills but kids can get hurt even if they are not in sports, they get hurt in school. Thanks for your comment!

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