The Benefits of Youth Football for Your Child
Playing youth Football is great way for kids grow up to be happy and healthy adults.
Even as the risk of sports injury has attracted greater attention in recent years, for many parents and their youngsters, the advantages of participating in a well-run youth Football program far outweigh the drawbacks.
Many of the health benefits of youth Football are obvious. It increases cardiovascular fitness and stamina. It offers a fun and effective way to build strength. Ball handling, throwing, and catching help improve hand-eye coordination; running, blocking, and pass coverage work muscles used for balance and agility. Physical contact helps strengthen growing joints and bones.
Other health benefits are not so apparent at first glance.
Vigorous exercise—far from being simply mindless motion—increases brain activity and can help young athletes think more clearly. It also helps them concentrate and stay focused (no small feat when it comes to kids).
Facing football’s challenges—learning new plays and skills, following the coach’s rules, playing in less-than-perfect conditions–teaches self-reliance and ways to overcome obstacles and handle inconveniences with grace and style.
Exercise also helps counter the symptoms of anxiety and depression. And recent studies have touted the importance of outdoor activity for younger and older kids alike. Engaging in casual pick-up games in playgrounds or backyards (what experts call “free play”) is no longer the norm for many youngsters; organized play created by youth Football programs goes a long way toward picking up the slack.
Young athletes who play youth Football will benefit from the experience, even if they don’t continue in the sport. Statistics show that a majority of college and professional athletes played two or more sports when they were kids. As well, young people who exercise regularly are much more likely to exercise as adults. They also tend to do better in school.
One of the most important benefits of participating in youth Football is learning teamwork. The ability to be a good team member will pay off in school and, later in life, in the workplace, where using teams to accomplish tasks is increasingly emphasized.
Another long-term benefit: learning effective time-management skills. If you have to get to practice on time, and you have to practice to play in games you cannot miss, you’re going to have to learn how to make a schedule and stick to it. Parents raising young athletes will need to brush up on time-management skills, too—unless they are already experts, of course!
Spending time with other kids doing something that’s fun and forces you to work together to accomplish a goal is perhaps the biggest benefit of any youth sports team. It’s a great way to make friends for life. Don’t forget to make them look good in any custom youth football jersey for the whole team 🙂