Presentation Title

How Continued Sports Participation Affects the Mental and Physical Health of Adolescents

Faculty Mentor

Kathleen Green

Start Date

17-11-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:15 AM

Location

C155

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Sports has always been a major part of societies throughout the world. It’s everlasting nature is owed to its intense variety, different levels of participation, and beneficial qualities. For these reasons sports has become increasingly popular among youth. Researchers and professionals have conducted a great amount of research on this subject. In this paper I discuss the various research, data and evidence that discusses how sports participation effects and benefits our youth. Research shows that sports promotes not only healthier lifestyle habits but also mental acuity, leadership skills, and positive impacts on academic achievement. These qualities are best exhibited when combined with the proper support system and coaching. The Association for Applied Sports Psychology states that exercise improves our quality of life, and a few of the many psychological benefits of exercise include: Improved self-esteem, pride in physical accomplishments, increased satisfaction with oneself, improved body image, increased feelings of energy, and improved confidence in your physical abilities (American Assoc. Sports Psychology). This shows that sports not only promotes physical health but also aids in psychological health and well-being. Furthermore, it has been shown that “participating in a sports club challenges children to take initiative and to plan, carry through, and achieve a valued goal. Sports club participation exposes children to cooperation with other children in a team, which may make them better team players also in other situations in life and, thus, may explain the reduction in peer problems” (Felfe & Lechner & Steinmayr, 2016). Research and evidence shows an outstanding amount of positive correlations between child development and sports. Furthermore it is shown that these benefits can only show with the proper support and encouragement. Under the correct circumstances, these advantages can exhibit themselves in many ways and prove to be positive to a child’s life, health, and future.

Summary of research results to be presented

In my research I found that the numerous benefits of sports participation surmount all minimal risks associated with it. Research shows the many physical, psychological, and social benefits of continued participation. The academic and social rewards among athletes can benefit them in the short and long term. Introducing youth to physical fitness and sports allows them to develop healthy habits that can prevent obesity. The introduction of physical activity, in the form of sports, to adolescents will also expose them to a world of opportunity. They will have the chance to gain leadership, develop self-esteem, increase their physical health, and their mental health. Participation on a team can give boys and girls a chance to not only improve physically, but also make friendships and improve social skills. Additionally it was found that sports and fitness aids in mental well-being and depression.

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How Continued Sports Participation Affects the Mental and Physical Health of Adolescents

C155

Sports has always been a major part of societies throughout the world. It’s everlasting nature is owed to its intense variety, different levels of participation, and beneficial qualities. For these reasons sports has become increasingly popular among youth. Researchers and professionals have conducted a great amount of research on this subject. In this paper I discuss the various research, data and evidence that discusses how sports participation effects and benefits our youth. Research shows that sports promotes not only healthier lifestyle habits but also mental acuity, leadership skills, and positive impacts on academic achievement. These qualities are best exhibited when combined with the proper support system and coaching. The Association for Applied Sports Psychology states that exercise improves our quality of life, and a few of the many psychological benefits of exercise include: Improved self-esteem, pride in physical accomplishments, increased satisfaction with oneself, improved body image, increased feelings of energy, and improved confidence in your physical abilities (American Assoc. Sports Psychology). This shows that sports not only promotes physical health but also aids in psychological health and well-being. Furthermore, it has been shown that “participating in a sports club challenges children to take initiative and to plan, carry through, and achieve a valued goal. Sports club participation exposes children to cooperation with other children in a team, which may make them better team players also in other situations in life and, thus, may explain the reduction in peer problems” (Felfe & Lechner & Steinmayr, 2016). Research and evidence shows an outstanding amount of positive correlations between child development and sports. Furthermore it is shown that these benefits can only show with the proper support and encouragement. Under the correct circumstances, these advantages can exhibit themselves in many ways and prove to be positive to a child’s life, health, and future.