Can Sports Help Your Child Excel in School?
Parents today want to give their child every competitive edge when it comes to academics, and taking care of them physically can increase their chances of doing well in school. When a child is well-rested and well-fed, they are able to concentrate better on schooling and in turn, they’ll achieve more. It’s a parent’s responsibility to be sure their children get to bed at a decent hour and have breakfast and lunch for school, and in the same way, a parent would do well to consider their responsibility to keep a child physically active as well.
There are many reasons why being physically active and being part of a sports team can help a child to excel in school. When they are sitting behind a desk all day, their metabolism dips as does their blood circulation. Blood delivers needed oxygen, vitamins and minerals, and amino acids to every cell of the body. This helps the body to heal itself and to grow properly. Healthy blood circulation also delivers these vital elements to the brain, so a child may have increased thinking ability and concentration from being physically active. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll increase their I.Q., but they will get more out of their schooling and learn more easily when they can concentrate better.
A very active life also wears you out physically so that you’re tired at night and sleep better. Someone that is not active doesn’t get tired at night and may toss and turn before falling asleep, which means less rest for them overall. Sleep is needed for the body to restore and repair itself and to have proper energy levels the next day. When you’re physically active and increase your metabolism, you are more alert whereas those who don’t sleep well due to inactivity are more likely to feel drowsy during the day. This obviously interferes with a child’s ability to concentrate in school. They may even fall asleep during the school day, and being drowsy interferes with their ability to concentrate on their lessons.
Team sports also teach your child about socialization and teamwork, and can give him or her a sense of belonging and accomplishment. When their team wins they can share the celebration and when they lose, they can learn to be gracious and to try harder the next time. These things can help them to feel better about being around other children in school and about themselves overall.
Sports can also give a child self-esteem if they struggle in other areas. Some children may not immediately take to math or reading or history lessons, but they can shine on the field or track. This gives them self-esteem that might otherwise be missing.