There’s no disputing the value of children participating in organized sports. Sports help teach kids about physical fitness, develop important social and interpersonal skills, and teach them the value of hard work and persistence. And, with this summer showcasing the 2012 Olympics in London, there’s sure to be an increased interest in sports.
Fencing, Mixed Martial Arts and swimming - they are not as mainstream as baseball, basketball and soccer, but they may be a good fit for kids who want to participate in sports but shy away from team-focused activities. Here’s more about the benefits and safety of these diverse sports from three instructors who teach kids the same sports they grew up enjoying themselves.
There’s no doubt that team sports offer an array of benefits to kids. Team sports provide opportunities for kids to develop friendships, work as a team, problem-solve, learn good sportsmanship skills, and more. But team sports aren’t for everyone. Many kids, particularly those who are introverted or shy, lack interest in or struggle with team sports. When kids aren’t into team sports, parents often get caught up in an endless battle - with their kids kicking and screaming all the way to every practice and game.
Youth sports offer a host of emotional and physical benefits, from helping kids stay active to building self-esteem and learning to work with others. But knowing which sport is best for your child often depends on your youngster’s personality, as well as the time and money you’re willing to invest in a particular activity.
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