Things to Know
Physical Activity is a "Super Drug"
If your child is stressed out, anxious, angry, overweight, unhappy, needs friends, or struggling with academics, then physical activity and organized sports can help. There are so many benefits surrounding physical activity and sports that are beneficial to the development of your child and overcoming challenges.
Signs and Symptoms of Burnout
Performance has declined
Struggling with school work or focus
Loss of interest and motivation in sports
Emotional changes, moodiness, irritability and disinterested in sports
Change in self-esteem and/or increased anxiety
Monitor your child, if your child shows you the signs of burnout, investigate the situation and look to make changes to benefit your child.
Physical Activity, Exercise, and Academics
When our youth have a positive connection between sport, exercise, and education they can have positive impacts on self-esteem, confidence, concentration, thinking skills, and achievement, while also having increased interaction with teachers, parents, and friends.
American Youth Sports by the Numbers
45 million youth participate in organized sport
75% of households with school-age children have at least one child participating in organized sport.
35% of youth athletes quit each year
70% of children stop playing by age 13
20% of youth coaches are trained
2.4 million Emergency Room visits each year from youth sports
The research shows that there is no benefit for sport specialization for children before they reach puberty. Research also shows that high school athletes are 50% more likely to have injuries to feet, ankles, knees, and hips than athletes that play in multiple sports. Athletes need to play multiple sports and allow time for the body to rest and heal from one sport season to the next.