Sport Helps with School Per­for­mance

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LISA MANSELL

Sports and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity gen­er­ally play a sig­nif­i­cant part in the school ex­pe­ri­ence for many chil­dren.

While there are ben­e­fits to in­volv­ing a child in or­gan­ised sports pro­grammes, there could also be neg­a­tive draw­backs.

Su­per­vise and mon­i­tor your child’s sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to en­sure that the pos­i­tives out­weigh the neg­a­tives.

A child par­tic­i­pat­ing in school sports stands to gain im­por­tant psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fit.

Kids play­ing sports may have re­duced anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

Chil­dren can also re­ceive self­es­teem boosts, which may im­prove con­fi­dence and school per­for­mance.

The so­cial­i­sa­tion that oc­curs with or­gan­ised sports can help a young­ster learn ef­fec­tive skills for in­ter­act­ing with both peers and adults.

The peer cul­ture that sur­rounds or­gan­ised sports of­ten plays an im­por­tant role in the school en­vi­ron­ment.

When a child feels in­te­grated into this en­vi­ron­ment, her school per­for­mance may be­come stronger.

Sports can pro­vide your young­ster with a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ter­build­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Child & Ado­les­cent Psy­chi­a­try.

Kids can learn valu­able lessons about how to co­op­er­ate with oth­ers and play fairly.

A child can also de­velop strong self-dis­ci­pline as he strives to learn and ex­cel at a sport.

If the child uses this self­dis­ci­pline aca­dem­i­cally, he may im­prove school per­for­mance.

Sports par­tic­i­pa­tion may en­hance crit­i­cal-think­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing skills, too.

Chil­dren need daily phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to stay healthy and strong, ad­vises the Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

With par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports, your child could be­come stronger, in­crease en­durance, build healthy mus­cles and bones and con­trol weight.

Kids who feel over­whelmed or tense with aca­demic is­sues might ben­e­fit from the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in­volved with sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

Af­ter run­ning off neg­a­tive anx­i­ety and ten­sion, your young­ster might feel more able to con­cen­trate on school.

These phys­i­cal ben­e­fits of­ten have a di­rect im­pact on emo­tional well-be­ing, which can im­prove a child’s school per­for­mance. in the fol­low­ing.

Nom­i­na­tions close on Septem­ber 23.

They are open for the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Ad­min­is­tra­tor Club Coach Team Ju­nior Sportsper­son Sportsper­son Mas­ter Sportsper­son Ref­eree/um­pire Ser­vice to Sport. Nom­i­nate on­line www.sport­waikato.org.nz

If you have any ques­tions please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact Lisa on 07 886 9002 or lisam@sport­waikato.org.nz.

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This week we talk kids’ sport.

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