Taking part in sport and physical activities is more important than winning – at English Soccer School we believe it develops your child with a global mindset and prepares them for adult hood in today’s society. wether it is in Singapore Indonesia, India , UK or elsewhere.
We often hear in the media that sports such as football (soccer) and physical activities are necessary for the purpose of preserving and improving health. But do you as a parent know how much physical activity is an important factor in the mental wellbeing as well as the health of your child?
Regular physical activity is the best guardian of children’s overall wellbeing and health
There is no lower and upper age limit for participation in physical activities. It is recommended to everyone at any time, depending on the personal characteristics and health status. Unlike adults, who usually deal with physical activity for some purpose, children’s sports and recreation are carried out through the game, and the effects are manifold for the health and proper growth and development.
Habits acquired in early childhood remain for a lifetime and are difficult to change. Because of that, your personal positive example will teach your child that physical activity is part of everyday life. During exercise proper breathing is accelerated and stimulated, more oxygen is introduced into the body, exercise accelerates heartbeat and stimulates circulation, improves the functioning of the brain, increases immunity and prevents acute and chronic diseases, prevents the occurrence of obesity, develops skeletal muscles and prevents poor posture and occurrence of spinal and foot deformity.
Sport has an impact on both the physical and psychological development of children
Regular physical activity is the best guardian of health. Through sports, games and other physical activities, children gain confidence, meet nice feeling of success and socialize, self-esteem, decision making, independence… Physical activity helps children to deal with behavioral problems, by preventing and controlling of high-risk behaviors such as smoking, alcoholism and abuse of psycho-stimulating substances and drugs, so that children and young people learn the real values and a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to the positive effects on physical health and the proper growth and development of the child, it is important that sport improve stamina, speed, flexibility, coordination and ultimately strength and durability. Pleasant tiredness after physical activity provides the child with a quick and easy dream to improve blood circulation to the brain. Increasing oxygen supply allows better and longer concentration and easier understanding the tasks imposed, accelerates the process of thinking and enables easier acceptance of any kind of challenges. All these result in a positive attitude towards the possible problems and life in general.
Team sports boost team spirit
Sport requires socializing and contact with other children. Something we emphasise and encourage at the English Soccer School It helps developing of social intelligence and team building. So, it is very important choosing of sports which involve more children, such as football. Significant are long-term positive effects of activities and actions that are reflected in proper development of bones and muscles, strengthening the defense capacity of the body, but also in the formation and maturation of the child’s personality. When it comes to team sports, it is important that they teach kids the skills and habits they need later in life. It is very helpful because the child learns responsibility to the obligation to go to training on time, teammates encourage each other and children learn to win and lose with dignity. However, one of the main advantages is that the children expand their circle of friends, so besides classmates they will have friends from training. Another important feature is the fact that in group sports, children learn teamwork and they are all fighting for a common goal. In addition, children will have their own role models outside the family, for example, their coach. Children who are dealing with team sports show more initiative and often have more motivation to achieve the goal then the other children.
Benefits of sport
– Improves balance and coordination
The term coordination means the most economical derived movement, where all movements make a harmonious whole. During physical exercise it should be insisted that children exercise rationally, without unnecessary movements and excessive energy consumption in accordance with a given motor form. For the development of coordination all forms of exercise are used, however, the most suitable are natural forms of movement and children’s games.
– Encourages intelligence
In addition to a positive influence on human health, it has been proven that sport encourages the development of intelligence. Sport activities increase energy levels in the brain and helps it work faster and more efficiently.
– Solves behavioral problems
There is a complex of educational impacts of physical exercise: education will, character and conscious discipline, positive work attitude, disciplined and conscious relationship to collective, developing interest and sense of beauty, the development of humanism and patriotism, education concerning, the proper use of leisure time and many others. All of this play the main role in solving behavioral problems of children.
– Helps in overcoming difficulties in the learning process
Achieving significant sporting results encourages the acquisition of work habits, develops values such as persistence, the will and creativity. As a character trait, these values may lead to solving learning difficulties.
– Develops interest and sense of beauty
It is in human nature to enjoy the beautiful, to feel the need for the experience of beauty, whether it is about the beauty of nature, the environment, movements, body, art work and the like. In the process of physical activity children are in a position to enjoy the beauty of the game, movement, and proper body posture, the beauty of the environment.
– Helps the development of humanism
Sporting activities provide a great opportunity to develop in children a sense of humanity and friendship. These are, for example, moments when an individual, during the game and despite the desire to win, controls his actions, with the presence of consciousness that he doesn’t have to win at all costs, shouldn’t hurt the other person and must help someone, if it is needed.
– Develops a positive attitude towards property
Gained sense of responsibility to the property, exercise devices and props that are used during exercise shall be transferred to family life, and later in the workplace in the institution, factory or manufacturing.
– Increases awareness of the need for activity
Physical activity, especially games (children’s and sports), wake up in children positive emotional state, strengthen the faith in their own strength and capabilities end strengthen life optimism.
If we want to live in a civilized society and a society with responsibility for the future of our children, we must act and commit to the massification of sport, because in the end, it is a benefit for the individual and for society as a whole. It is important to develop sportsmanship in children, and teach them that it is important to participate in sports, not only to win.
There are several good sources (academic references) that refer to the importance of sports in children’s mental development and brain function. Here’s the useful list:
- American Psychological Association
- Olds, T, Tomkinson, G, Leger, L and Cazorla, G 2004. Worldwide variation in children’s fitness: a meta-analysis of 109 studies on the 20m shuttle run from 37 countries.
- Shephard, R 1997. ‘Curricular physical activity and academic performance’, Paediatric Exercise Science, 9:113–25.
- Welk, G, Corbin, C and Dale, D 2000. ‘Measurement issues in the assessment of physical activity in children’, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 71(2):59–73.
- The Physical Activity Patterns of European Youth with Reference to Methods of Assessment. Prof. Neil Armstrong, Joanne R. Welsman
- Understanding participation in sport and physical activity among children and adults: a review of qualitative studies Steven Allender, Gill Cowburn and Charlie Foster
- Physical activity and clustered cardiovascular risk in children: a cross-sectional study (The European Youth Heart Study). Prof Lars Bo Andersen, Maarike Harro, Prof Luis B Sardinha, Karsten Frobergd.
- Ram Weiss, Itamar Raz: “Focus on childhood fitness, not just fatness”
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