Team sports have had a very big influence on high school students. From different sources that I have been researching, I have learned a lot about the influence of the team sports on students and I am going to present them to you. Team sports are beneficial to students in many ways, such as emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and most importantly, academic way.
Researchers have found that students who participate in extracurricular activities are better performers in school and in life too. To be able to participate in a high school team sports can instill a passion for education in students in a way that no other activity can do.
Students who participate in sports have a better school performance that those who do not. In another aspect of the relationship between students and team sports, we can see that students who are involved in team sports are less prone to develop depressive or anxious mood. With a healthy mentality, and body, they begin to focus more on the academic aspect of their lives. Not only are students performing better at school, but they also have a better life later on.
Studies have found that students who participate in team sports tend to be more ambitious than those who don’t. For instance, the sports-involved ones tend to have higher aspirations such as graduating college, getting a job after high school, etc. Overall, team sports benefit students in ways that cannot be overlooked.
Students learn how to set and achieve goals, how to think more about the team as a whole instead of himself only, and they achieve higher goals. Kids learn to cooperate with each other to win games. “Besides influencing a student’s academic success, participating in sports can also help him to develop skills that he can use not only in school but later on in life. One of the biggest skills a child learns while playing a sport is team work. In life, everyone needs to be able to work with others in order to succeed.
Children who start playing sports at a young age also learn early on how to deal with disappointment, and how to learn from their mistakes. Many young children grow up thinking that the world revolves around them, and learning that they do not always win, or get what they want, goes a long way in helping them to become mature teenagers and adults.
Also, by losing games or competitions, children are forced to learn from their mistakes, and not make the same mistake twice. If an athlete continues to make the same mistake during every competition, he will eventually be benched by the coach or moved to a different position.
This is another valuable life lesson that many adults still struggle with. Learning at an early age that disappointment is inevitable can help a student to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field,” (Quintanar) “when you play for your high school you are representing the community in which you live. You will participate against other communities and enjoy the sporting rivalries that have developed over numerous generations. This is just like college – playing other colleges that have traditional rivalries and representing your college, and the community in which it is part, is a great honor.” (Unigo)
“There are many benefits of playing school sports, but for teenagers, sports and other extracurricular activities encourage them to work as a team. This is also evident in societies and clubs, where students get an opportunity to nurture leadership skills. Additionally, they become sensitive and empathetic to those around them.” (Benefits) “Local newspapers thrive on sport coverage of their local high schools and your achievements will not go unnoticed.
This is just like college – local papers love to cover the sporting events of the local colleges and you will be recognized for your individual and team successes.” (Unigo) “Just as they must practice spelling, math problems, and any other skill, kids need to learn that being part of a sport teams requires the three “Ps”… practice, patience, and persistence.
Whether it’s showing up to practice when you’d rather be home with Legos, waiting your turn on the sidelines, or doing the same drill over and over again, the three “Ps” of team sports translate into important life lessons. (Education.com)” “As a freshman you have certain duties, as do the sophomores, juniors and seniors. These duties change when you get older - from collecting equipment to leading the program. This is just like college – you will have certain duties and expectations as a freshman and these duties and expectations will change as you mature to lead your program.” (Unigo) “Playin a sports is fun. It gives your child something to do and a group to belong to.
They have a group of friends that has the same goals and interests.” (McEntire) “Any parent knows that a child can be extremely egocentric. But that “my way or the highway” attitude will have to stay in check on a team sport. When a kid sees that everyone gets to play, they hopefully start to think about the group as a whole, and not just themselves.
Even better, they learn to be happy for other player’s successes because they see how it benefits the greater team.” (McEntire) “Playing sports releases stress and tension. Sports competitions teach you to feel relaxed in high-pressure situations. Athletics also helps you fight depression and anxiety — endorphins are our friends!” (Oxford) “Kids involved in sports are less likely to take drugs or smoke because they realize the impact that these destructive activities can have upon their performance.
Girls who play sports are also less likely to become pregnant.” (McEntire) “Student who participate actively in extracurricular activities have a ‘’well-rounded’’ social life as they have a chance to interact with other students. Debate team, athletics, drama and clubs will keep the student more physically and mentally involved. In other words, extracurricular activities keep students goal-oriented and focused, since debate or rehearsal, for example teach them to be more driven and competitive.”
(Benefits of high School Sports) “Health is the reason for exercise, not sports — sure. But a great side-effect of sports is exercise. Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and controls your weight. More importantly — being active in sports can help you look good! Athletic activity:” (Oxford) “Another benefit to participating in sports during school is a better quality of life and a decreased risk factor for obesity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2008, “more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese” (Adolescent and School Health). They also said that the number one way that a child can prevent obesity is to perform and athletic activity for at least 60 minutes a day. Most high school sports meet this requirement and usually surpass it.
Besides preventing disease, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said that physical activity: “reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being… [improves] academic achievement and grades… [improves] academic behavior, such as time on task… [and] influences academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom” (Adolescent and School Health). Because of these findings, all students should be required to perform some kind of sport or other physical activity every day. As a result, America would be happier and healthier in the future.”
“A dedicated, thoughtful, and skilled coach can have an amazing impact on children. In fact, sometimes your child will respond better to an objective coach than they will to their own parent. When kids have early, positive experiences with coaches, they continue to seek out and learn from mentors who can help them with school, jobs, and other interests.”
“Finally, high school students can add extracurricular activities on their resume. Since most employers seek to work with ‘’well-rounded’’ individuals, having a solid resume with extracurricular references will make you stand out from the rest.” “Students who play sports work harder in the classroom. A study of 2,308 student athletes in grades 7-12 found that 56 percent received As, 45 percent received Bs and Cs, and the rest aren’t worth mentioning here.”
“A recent study, by the University of New Hampshire, compared the academic lives of students who participated in extracurricular activities (mainly sports) and those who did not. Not only did those performing the study find that students highly involved outside of school had better grades, but they also had higher expectations, “of graduating from high school, getting a full-time job right after high school, and graduating from college” (Sharp).
On the other hand, a striking number of students with no athletic involvement said that they did not even expect to graduate high school. On a scale from one to six, regarding their attitude towards school (with zero being the least positive and six being the most positive) these students averaged a 2.5. In contrast, those who claimed to be highly involved in athletics averaged a four, meaning highly positive. A student with low academic expectations is already destined to fail from the start. From this study, it is obvious that participating in athletics positively influences teenagers in both their academics and in their future careers.”
To be able to be in a high school with sports programs is a very fortunate situation. As studies have shown, although the United States may lack competition in terms of education, the nation has a excelling high school sports program that not only benefit them in school, despite still being considered not as successful as other countries, but also in the later life. These are the reasons why school should pay more attention to team sports in schools.
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