Posted by Richard Kurtzman on 11/16/2018 to YOUTH SPORTS ARTICLES
The Strength Of Sports - Learning Life Lessons Through Sports
While society seems to be shifting its focus away from competition and towards participation awards, proclaiming "everyone is a winner", this is not a realistic viewpoint of real life. In real life, there are winners and losers, success and failures, and participation in sports is a perfect avenue for learning life lessons. In sport, there are winners and losers, there are success and failures, there is the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory. Participation in sports teaches our youth valuable life lessons.
Participation is both individual or team sports is such a great avenue for learning life lessons. In sports, athletes will experience failures, so it teaches young athletes how to handle failure and disappointment. More importantly, sports teaches young athletes how to handle failure, how to bounce back from it and handle adversity. It's all about teamwork and that is important to prepare kids for life off the field.
Participation in sports educates young athletes and teaches them discipline. Sport is not all physical - sport teaches young athletes to think, to know how to handle different situations. A good coach teaches his athletes to think about the play before it is executed, where am I going to throw the ball if it is hit to me, who am I going to block on this play, and to react to the ever changing situations in the game.
There are so many life lessons that athletes can gain by participating in team and individual sports - that it's more than just winning and losing. Whether it's overcoming adversity or a tough loss, time management, leadership, or how to work as a team. Athletes are not only benefiting physically from participating in sports, but it also prepares them for their post-sport life.