Sports are a very important part of our society, especially for youth. Many life lessons are taught in sports, and lifelong friendships are made. However, youth sports participation has declined in the past decade. In 2208, about 45% of kids were involved in team sports, but in 2016, that number was down to 40%. This statistic begs the question, how would youth be different without sports?
Participation in sports encourages many beneficial activities and brings awareness to physical health. All sports involve some kind of exercise, which can help keep kids healthy. Also, sports encourage participants to watch what they put into their body. Kids will be more aware of the amount and type of foods they eat, which is a good habit to build.
Regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, as well as reduce fat and prevent high blood pressure, according to the Aspen Institute.
Sports also make an impact off the field. BY joining teams, kids can meet new friends from a wide variety of backgrounds. Also, their decision making and mental health can improve. According to Livestrong, youth athletes are less likely to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol. Also, they are less likely to be depressed or have anxiety.
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