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Health Information For Parents
Sports are a great way for kids to have fun while staying fit. Sports also teach important life lessons like:
But it’s not always easy to keep it together when it feels like winning is everything. Help your young athlete keep a healthy attitude about sports and develop the tools to deal with the stress that comes with competing.
Competing always leads to some stress. And that can be good — a little stress helps the body face a challenge. But too much stress can take the fun out of a sport and make it hard to perform. Besides competing, other things can make athletes feel stressed out, such as:
If you or your child think there’s too much stress around competing, consider:
There will always be some stress in sports, so it’s important for kids to know how to deal with it.
Trying different ways during practice can help them find what works best for them. They can try:
To keep stress levels down when they’re not competing, kids should:
Sports are about staying active, feeling proud, developing as a player, and making friends. Above all, whether they play on the varsity team or at a weekend pick-up game, the point is to have fun. By keeping that as the priority, you can help your child learn to handle the stress that is a natural part of competition.
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Get tips on everything from finding the best sport for your kids to preventing and handling injuries.
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Sports can be challenging when you’re new to them, but they also can be really fun. Take a second look at sports – and learn other ways to be active – in this article for kids.
Sometimes sports competition can make kids feel pressure. If it’s too much, a kid might not have as much fun as before. Find out what to do if this happens to you.
Winning is all that matters when you play sports, right? Not when that means you can’t even enjoy the game. Read about how to handle sports pressure and competition.
Some people define good sportsmanship as treating the people that you play with and against as you’d like to be treated yourself. Learn more about what good sportsmanship is all about.
One of the most important goals of kids’ sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here’s how to set a good example for your kids.
Visit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.
Being a kid doesn’t always mean being carefree – even the youngest tots worry. Find out what stresses kids out and how to help them cope.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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