Participation in Sport
Sports can be a wonderful place for learning life lessons including:
- Skill development.
- Maximising health & fitness to improve quality of life.
- The value of persistence & determination.
- Being part of a team or building self-belief & independence.
- Regulating emotions & focus for optimal performance.
- Critical thinking skills applied to strategy & training.
- Being present, and consciously aware.
- Overcoming challenges.
Encouraging your children and teenagers to play sports is one of the best ways to help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Here are some reminders for parents to help children be happy, healthy and confident young athletes.
- Encourage your child to try and play any sport he or she enjoys. The biggest motivation for kids to play sports is having fun, and they often drop out because they are no longer finding the activity fulfilling.
- Support your child’s decision not to play a particular sport if he or she wants to change to another. Pushing a child into sports may lead to conflict, poor motivation and other problems at home.
- Let your child make mistakes. Doing so is part of learning, and if kids are so afraid of messing up that they quit trying, they unknowingly stop improving.
- Enjoy what your child does and can do. A parent who is interested and supportive, but not too serious or directive, will allow the child to set their own goals and be accountable for their achievements.
- Encourage your child to set goals, and measure their progress. A child who plays sports often needs help defining appropriate and realistic goals that stretch them without becoming overwhelming. This is one of the best things a parent or coach can influence.
- Remind your child of all the health benefits of playing sports, and encourage them to focus on positive health behaviors.
- Encourage your child to compete against themself as their skill development progresses, and use competition as a way to improve their own abilities.
We can all appreciate the immense value physical activity provides for children and adults of all ages, and all skill levels!
To learn more on how to further improve your health, book a consultation with Dr Rachel Murphy (Osteopath, Clinical Nutritionist) at the Children’s Wellness Group.
Call 9898 0222 or book online at https://cwg-eh.cliniko.com/bookings#service
Dr Rachel Murphy
In clinical practice, I continue to pursue passion for treating infants and children as well as pregnancy care, including pre and postnatal support. I have a strong belief that environment plays a crucial role in health and well being, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modification.
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