Youth Sports Are Not Too Intense

Although some people think that children that train in some kinds of
sports is too intense they usually think that the engagement of youths
in sports is overworking them. However, this is not the case since the
engagement of youth in sports is not too intense emanating from the
benefits that the youths receive from the involvement in sports. One of
the benefits of youth involvement in sports is physical health benefits.
Youths that engage in sports usually maintain healthy bodies, which may
not be the case for youths that do not engage in sports (Gatz 66).
Another benefit, which indicates that youth sports are not intense, is
the social benefit.
Youths that engage in sports have an opportunity of spending their time
with friends. The interaction with friends is a vital element since it
acts as a learning environment. It is a learning environment since the
youths learn how to associate with their peers. Interaction of youths
with their peers is a vital learning process since youths learn various
things from their peers (Gatz 78). The interaction also acts as a
learning process since the youths learn how to solve conflicts as they
engage in sports. Besides, the interaction of youths in sports teaches
youths how to communicate effectively with their peers there are those
youths that do not know how to communicate, but once they engage in
sports, they interact with their peers and learn how to communicate
Youth engagement in sports helps the youth identify with a team, which
makes the youths acquire work ethics as they learn how to respect fellow
team members and their coach. Respecting team members and the coach help
the youths in gaining ethics that they can apply later in life, when
working they will have the capacity to respect their bosses and team
members, who they will be working with (Gatz 87). Apart from acquiring
work ethics, involvement of youths in sports helps them acquire an
understanding regarding why it is vital to work hard.
Youth sports are also vital because they help in providing emotional
development for the youths. Sometimes, the emotional development of the
youths is hindered due to the emotional or physical absence of the
parents. In such a case, sports provide youths with the opportunity of
interacting with a supportive and caring adult. Adult support outside a
family is a vital protective measure for high risk youths. The
interaction that a child experiences with his or her coach is
exceedingly vital as it helps in improving self-esteem and also lowers
the chance of depression (Gatz 94). In addition, youth sports help in
developing team membership, which increases the self-worth of a child,
especially when the emphasis is on team or group success rather than
personal achievement. Trophies that are given after a team achieves
success help the youths in building self worth. Once they receive
success as a team, the youths become motivated. Hence, youth sports are
vital and should not be viewed as engaging youths in intense work.
Youth sports should not be viewed as too intense for the youths as they
help the youths in developing social interaction skills that aid them in
their learning process. Besides, youth sports should not be viewed as
too intense as it builds self-esteem to the youths and provides physical
health benefits.
Works Cited
Gatz, Margaret. Paradoxes of Youth and Sport. Albany: State University
of New York, 2002. Print.

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