Sports Improve Social Skills For Kids
There have been made many studies on how sports can help children improve their self-esteem and how it can also help them control their anger.
A new study, however, comes to support the idea that sports can help children also improve their social skills. For children, it is more important to get to interact with other and learn how they can improve themselves rather than being compared with others and according to this new study, engaging in physical activities can help children learn valuable lessons when it comes to social and personal skills. “There’s a lot more to sport than the idea of winning and losing and developing physical skills,” said Jean Côté, Ph.D., the lead researcher of the study. “Under the right conditions, youth sport can help children develop transferable personal and social skills — citizenship qualities that they’ll retain throughout their lives.”
According to what the researchers found out after they made the study, it seems that for children with ages between 9 and 19, it is very important to have someone teach them about life and a coach can not only do that, but a coach can also teach them how to interact. For children it is more important to learn how and what they can do to improve themselves by being engaged in certain activities, such are sports, rather than simply being compared with someone else. What is more is that comparisons between children do not always have good outcomes and children can get really hurt and they can develop serious problems if such a thing happens, especially at very young ages. Moreover, coaches are also very important from the point of view that they ask children to engaged in certain activities which can enhance their personal skills, not only their physical ones.
Also, another thing that the researchers discovered was that in comparison to gymnasts or athletes, who have to work very hard and who end up not enjoying the things they do when they grow up, children who engage in sports activities such as soccer, hockey or baseball are more relaxed and they can continue practicing these sports even as adults, because these sports are not as competitive as gymnastics or athletics. Côté also said that children do not need to be under too much pressure to develop great skills, but that actually a more friendly approach has more benefits in what concerns their skills enhancement. The most important thing, Côté said, is to create a very friendly and relaxed environment so as to make the children enjoy themselves and come to practice with pleasure. If the environment is hasty and there is too much pressure put on the children, they will end up by giving up the sport altogether and never look back.11