The Mental and Physical Effects of Sports on Teenagers

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The Mental and Physical Effects of Sports on Teenagers
Teenagers who play sports develop confidence and maintain their health. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

These days teenagers have busy lives. Between a packed academic schedule and a hectic social life, a teenager might find it difficult to squeeze in activities that are designed to benefit both his mental and physical health. Teenagers who play sports are able to combine responsibility and time spent with friends to create a level of fun and challenge that will deliver psychological and physical improvement.

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Confidence

Teenagers who play sports, participate in team games and engage in a healthy amount of competition learn how to be more assertive and sure of their own abilities. This leads to the development of both verbal and inner confidence, which in turn leads to a happier, well-rounded and enthusiastic person.

Ease Academic Stress

Teenagers spend much of their time feeling the pressure and responsibility of academia. Tests, studies and educational peer pressure can all cause a teenager to feel stressed and often depressed. Playing sports eases tension, gives a healthy outlet for stress and offers a distraction against the strain of school life.

Commitment and Responsibility

Participating in sports teaches a teenager the value and benefits of commitment and responsibility. Team sports rely on each member of the team to achieve successful results in games or matches, and satisfactory outcomes in practices. A teenager who demonstrates commitment to her team and takes on some of the responsibility of that team's success will fill a strong sense of pride and achievement.

Health

Playing sports is a healthy workout for a teenager. Sports will improve the overall fitness of a teenager and help him maintain a healthy weight. Teenagers who are serious about sport are also less likely to smoke or drink, as they are aware of the negative effects it will have on the body. Playing sport from an early age will help prevent health problems and diseases in later life, such as heart conditions and osteoporosis.

Team Spirit and Communication

A teenager who plays sports will learn how to behave appropriately within a team, how to handle group problems and how to communicate with members at different levels and skill. Not only will this improve his game and how he is viewed by others on the team, these kinds of social skills will follow him to the workplace when he is older and help advance the process of fitting in.

Negative Impact

While playing sports is overwhelmingly positive for a teenager's mental and physical development, there are some negative aspects to consider. Playing too much sport can lead to a burnt out and overtired teenager, which can affect his school work and social life. The pressure he might feel within his team or from his coach could cause him to display signs of aggression or frustration in other areas of his life. A teenager who appropriately balances sports with his other areas of interest and obligations will benefit more from sports.

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