Parenting Lesson 31 - Development and Playing

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. What kind of sports are good for height increase of children?

  2. What kind of sports are good for brain development?

  3. What kind of sports are safe for my child?

  4. What kind of sports can lead to leadership development?

  5. What is the best way for children to hydrate before and after participating in sports?


What kind of sports are good for height increase of children?

Firstly, being in sports comes with an assortment of benefits some of them are:

● Increased self-confidence and self-esteem

● Improved sense of discipline and hard work

● Reduced stress levels

● Decreased depression and anxiety

● Optimized blood pressure

● Lowered risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke

● Reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes

For increasing the height of the child sports play a major role in growth physical as well as mental. Some of the sports are:

● Basketball: Shooting, dribbling, passing, blocking, stealing — these are some of the essential skills that you need to have if you want to become a professional basketball player. Kids who play basketball tend to wind up as tall adults. That’s because all the running and jumping that they need to do help to bring plenty of nutrients and oxygen to the growth plates of their bones, thus allowing the long bones of their arms and legs to grow longer.

● Soccer: The impact your growth plates are getting from engaging in soccer encourages the growth of new bone tissue. As a result of such, you will end up having longer legs. Playing soccer, most especially in your teenage years, can help you to become a statuesque adult.

● Swimming: Perhaps you have read some articles on the internet saying that stretching exercises can help to increase your height. Well, it’s true — stretching is very good for making you grow taller. Therefore, participating in swimming is a wonderful way to have your height increased with the help of sports.

● Bicycling: Engaging in low-impact activities is good for elderly people as well as those who are suffering from joint aches and injuries but need to stay physically active. One of the most common forms of a low-impact activity is bicycling. That’s because pedalling causes less impact, most especially on the ankles and knees, both of which are prone to get injured.


What kind of sports are good for brain development?

We all know that playing sports is perhaps the most fun way to exercise your body, tone up those muscles, and shed a few extra kg. But your body isn’t the only thing getting a workout when you exercise; your brain is constantly pushing beyond its limits to ensure that you perform optimally in the physical task at hand. Scientists have already established that sports are as much mental as it is physical, and this discovery can actually help people develop and sharpen their minds. These are a few sports that will give your brain a rigorous workout.

● Chess: What’s a list on “Sports that help you sharpen your mind” without Chess being a part of it? Crazy right? One of the most intellectual sports that challenges a person’s strategical brains and totally out-smarts every sport while it comes to brain activity, Chess is a definite must if you are planning to tone your thinking skills. Sports in general have a profound effect on the mind and body, and any sport you play will contribute to brain development. So, go ahead, try every sport out there, because each game is sure to benefit you in some way.

● Sudoku: Sudoku is one of the most popular numbers game that we can play every day. For those who don’t know what Sudoku is, it is a numbers game which players must fill each of the blank boxes in a puzzle based on specific rules (Learn to play Sudoku). Just like physical exercise, your mind needs some exercise too. Playing sudoku exercises your brain extensively.

Here are the amazing benefits of playing Sudoku:

● Improves your memory

● Stimulates your mind.

● Learns to do things quickly.

● Increases your concentration power.

● It can level up your brain power


What kind of sports are safe for my child?

Sports activities & games for kids are a source of developing all-pervasive skills needed to support them in a lifetime. There is a growing need for kids to be involved in physical activity today to counter the effects of technology that has permeated into their lives with some disastrous consequences. Look at the top outdoor sports games for kids to maximize their potential and help them lead a healthy and safe lifestyle.

● Football: The game facilitates teamwork, fairness, discipline and has a host of physical benefits. It promotes muscles strength, flexibility, coordination, weight control and cardiovascular endurance. Juggling the ball improves foot dexterity, gaining balance and improves cardiovascular sustainability.

● Swimming: It improves lung power by teaching breathing control when in water and improves muscle strength by practising different styles of strokes.

● Bicycling: The first thing that a child learns from cycling is road safety and endurance. Socially they learn patience, discipline and self-esteem. The physical benefits, however, outweigh the social benefits. Cycling improves the strength of the legs, coordination of reflexes, improves balance, controls weight and strengthens cardiovascular functions.

● Basketball: Kids learn to control their body through defence and offence. Making quick passes improves thinking and reflexes and dribbling the ball encourages eye-foot coordination. Running around with the ball improves muscle strength and develops agility.

● Running: Running brings about focus, concentration, endurance, improves muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. Regular practice sessions build immunity and develop lung power in children, thereby reducing the risk of common colds and flu.

● Judo/Karate: Judo helps instill a sense of discipline. Most associate it with merely fighting or self-defence. But what it also teaches is self-control and focus. While it comprises repetitions of throws and punches, the child also learns how to practise these with different skills, all while following the rules set for this sport.

An increasing number of schools have started including Judo in their schedule for Physical Training activities, as they gradually realise its benefits. Judo is one sport which facilitates the all-round development of a child in terms of physical, emotional and spiritual growth.


What kind of sports can lead to leadership development?

Team sports like basketball, baseball, football, running, bicycling and swimming helps participants learn to treat other competitors with respect, identify strengths and weaknesses, develop winning strategies and manage time effectively. These sports help child to get various leadership skills like

● Communication Skills: Athletes learn to communicate through both verbal communication and nonverbal cues. Finding ways to communicate successfully in situations help leaders succeed in business just as it does in sports. Furthermore, children will develop their capacity for leadership by learning how to listen and understand others genuinely.

● Decision Making Skills: Sports is great practice for making decisions later on in life. Competent leaders assess situations and playing sports presents many opportunities for kids to recognize when to behave decisively. Through observation and quick interpretation, kids who play sports learn how to make decisions.

● Winning Strategy: By participating on a team, athletes learn to develop strategies and work with their teammates to achieve victory. Sports prepares a leader with a competitive edge to set realistic goals, influence others, and solve problems efficiently. Playing sports helps people develop the skills and behaviour necessary to succeed in a dynamic workplace.

● Team Building Skills: Playing sports provides future leaders with team-building skills. Leaders need collaborative vision to develop strategic objectives to promote a cohesive team. It starts with having the ability to hire the most talented employees and motivating them to achieve success. Through sports, kids learn how their coach’s improve group morale and promote camaraderie. Later in life, they know how to inspire others while focusing on achieving goals.


What is the best way for children to hydrate before and after participating in sports?

Water is an appropriate beverage choice for children and adolescents who participate in recreational activities or low intensity sports. However, for young athletes who engage in prolonged and/or vigorous physical activity, a sports electrolyte drink is recommended. Carbohydrate-containing beverages aid the absorption of water and provide a fuel source for intense activity. The sodium content in these beverages helps replace what is lost in sweat. This becomes very important for those athletes exercising for more than two hours or for those who are heavy, salty sweaters. Kids need to be watched for signs of heat illness. During prolonged exercise, children and adolescents may not recognize the symptoms of heat stress and may push themselves to the point of heat-related illness. It's your job, and the coach's, to recognize the warning signs and act immediately. Dehydration is the silent danger of kids’ sports – keep your kids healthy by recognizing the signs of dehydration and following these tips.

Dehydration is one of the biggest dangers in kids’ sports, but many of the symptoms are difficult to recognize and even more difficult to prevent. Because most kids are in school all day before the hit the field, parents can’t monitor their fluid intake throughout the day.

Athletes should not rely on thirst as an indicator of when to drink fluids, as thirst is not stimulated until dehydration has already occurred. Some general recommendations are to consume

● 16 to 20 fluid ounces of fluid two to three hours before exercise

● An additional 5 to 10 fluid ounces of water or a sports drink 10 to 20 minutes prior to exercise

● 5 to 10 fluid ounces of water or sports drink every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise

● 16 to 24 fluid ounces of a sports drink or water (with a salty snack) for each pound of weight lost during exercise.


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