After-school sports can be the best part of a student’s day, but they can also cause problems or become a source of high levels of stress.
Clearly there are many benefits involved with sports. Here are some of the many positives:
- Sports help students keep fit and active.
- They can help develop self-esteem through achievements on the field.
- They help students learn the value of teamwork, one of the most valuable skills a young person can develop.
Here are some of the possible challenges for students who play sports:
- Some students believe if they are good in sports, they don’t have to work hard in school. They become popular or well regarded for their athletic abilities and feel that is good enough.
- Some students find sports highly stressful if they cannot perform to their own expectations or those of their family or teammates.
- And some students want to win at any cost, no matter what. Let your child know that winning is not the only thing that matters.
The value of effort, teamwork, good sportsmanship and improved skills should all be sources of pride as well. Those are the real lessons to be learned from school sports.