The Ennobling Power of Sports

Young girls in athletics training at the Usha School of Athletics
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Fitness and exercise are important for everyone. Playing a sport is a great way for children to take a break from academics and release pent-up energy. It also helps them lead fuller and happier lives, as regular sports and fitness activities have proven to provide not only physical benefits but also social and psychological benefits to children. Today, let’s discuss the benefits of sports for students.

Character-building Traits

Self-confidence and self-esteem
Several studies suggest that playing sports develops a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. A pat on the back, high-five from a teammate or a handshake after a match really boosts a child’s confidence. Words of praise and encouragement from the coach, parents and other players raise one’s self-esteem. An important thing to remember is that a child’s self-esteem should not be distinguished by victory or loss. It also helps when you ask, “Did you enjoy the game?” rather than “Did you win?”

Manage emotions
We know how emotions run high in sports — whether watching a sport or playing it. Channelling negative emotions can be tough for children and a good coach will help them realise how negative emotional stress could hurt their performance. Such wisdom ingrained earlier on in life will help them deal with other life challenges later on.

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Alisha Lalljee is a Psychologist (M.A.), Special Educator (M.Ed) and Psychotherapist. She holds an MBA in clinical research and hospital management. Visit her website www.alishalalljee.com

Alisha Lalljee

Alisha Lalljee is a Psychologist (M.A.), Special Educator (M.Ed) and Psychotherapist. She holds an MBA in clinical research and hospital management. Visit her website www.alishalalljee.com