Research has shown that participation in sports has many benefits, including increasing physical, social, and mental well-being. Here are just a few of the key ways that sports can have a positive impact:
Physical health – Maybe the most obvious, and definitely important. Sports can help girls stay active, which is good for long-term health and can help prevent issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Confidence – Sports can increase self-esteem for those who are natural athletes as well as those of us who may be just starting out. They offer an opportunity to learn new skills or improve existing talents. While the confidence may be built on the court or field, it often extends to other areas of life.
Teamwork – Working with others is a must in sports. They teach the importance of communication and listening to others to achieve a common goal. Being part of a team can also provide a sense of community and friendship, especially for youth who may be naturally shy.
Work Ethic – Sports require determination and practice. Even athletes who are naturally gifted need to work hard to stay on top of their game. Through involvement in sports, girls and women can learn to push themselves to set and achieve goals.