Back-to-School Means School Sports: A World of Good for Your Child’s Health

Cropped SingleCare logo By | August 26, 2015

Heading back to school means it’s time to get your kids ready for school sports, which studies show can be incredibly beneficial to a young person’s socioemotional health.

Participating in team sports doesn’t just give kids a boost in their personal and social development; it can improve their performance in the classroom, according to the Journal of School Health.

Modern curricular can be extremely rigorous, especially for high-school students, but athletic involvement can give students a leg-up when it comes to handling the day-to-day stress of academia.

But, as the Hellenic Journal of Psychology explains, the benefits of joining a school sports team don’t end at the classroom door; let’s explore a few of the other areas in which athletics can help promote your child’s healthy development.

Social Skills

Being part of a team requires communication and teamwork. Whether it’s developing the skills necessary to work together on the field, encouraging one another during training sessions, or getting hyped-up during a team huddle, your child will be building relationships — and likely lasting friendships — in a highly constructive and rewarding environment.

Motivation and Drive

To participate in high school sports is to willingly partake in a competitive environment. Young athletes learn what it takes to achieve their goals, especially when a state championship is on the line.

More than just experiencing the taste of victory, sports also instill an ability to lose with dignity, and the resilience to try harder the next time around. High school sports will push your child to set the bar a little higher every time, a crucial skill when it comes to career development later on.

Time Management Skills

Effectively managing school work and the demands of regular practices and games is a challenge, but also incredibly helpful in developing good time management skills. High school athletes are often surprised to find how prepared they are further down the road when it comes time to manage a healthy work-life balance.

Leadership Qualities

High school sports teams are highly structured entities. Whether you’re the captain or a member of the team, the weight of responsibility is equally dispersed across everyone’s shoulders. From motivating one another in the locker room to making split-second, game-changing decisions on the playing field, all team members are forced to lead at one point or another.

Physical and Mental Health

Everyone knows that an active lifestyle improves mental and physical health, and engaging in team sports and physical activity will have a direct impact on your child’s mood, happiness, and general well-being.

If you have kids that are going to be playing on a school sports team next month, chances are they’ll need a physical before they’re eligible to join. If your school doesn’t offer physicals themselves and you’re un- or underinsured, SingleCare can help. SingleCare provides its members access to quality healthcare at pre-negotiated discount rates of up to 50%.

Unlike an insurance plan, there are no monthly premiums or high deductibles — you only pay for the services you use. Their extensive network of affordable healthcare providers will allow your child to get the physical that he or she needs in order to get back out there and go for the win!

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