Sports are a huge part of society and for good reason. They’re entertaining to watch and even more fun to play, but they serve a real purpose in people’s lives everywhere. This has only been emphasized over the last few weeks as sports have been put on hold for the time being.
When it comes to younger generations, sports are especially important as they help to build and develop youth athletes into well-rounded people and should consistently be encouraged as a multi-purpose form of exercise. Not only do these youth athletes obtain valuable exercise to keep them healthy and in shape, they learn invaluable lessons, gain notable skills and characteristics, and foster friendships that last a lifetime. It’s a multi-faceted environment that shouldn’t be looked on simply as a game.
NFL superstar Tom Brady offers a similar sentiment when discussing the value he sees in contact sports:
“I think there’s something about contact sports that teaches you a lot about discipline, respect, mutual respect for your opponent, that you don’t get in non-contact sports … If your body is taking a physical toll and punishment, you’ve got to respect your body because that’s your insulation, that’s your asset. … Because you can’t perform unless you take great care of your body.”
The defining quality of sport is the overarching value it provides to athletes, which is difficult to recreate in other activities. These are the top 5 rewards youth athletes gain from an involvement in sports:
At Q30, sports and safety are at the core of everything we do. We value working as a team and recognize how important sports have been in helping shape our own lives. We’ll continue to work to make sports safer for all those involved so that everyone has the ability to participate in these wonderful growth opportunities.
Play Smart. Play Safe.
Quote originally from profootballtalk.nbcsports.com.