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Thought Leadership. In the past decade, there have been frequent reports about the decline in sports participation. While the SFIA study details what participants are playing, we thought it important to understand why the growth is occurring, so in June Fuse surveyed 2, US teens to find out.
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Susie Neilson. Participation in team sports as a teen may help protect against the long-term mental health effects of childhood trauma. As a child, Molly Easterlin loved playing sports.
Sports are a great way 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.
A lot of teens in high school want to try out for sports. Many try because they think it will make them popular or get them more dates. While this may seem like a silly reason, there are lots of other benefits to sports that your child may overlook.
Sports help teenagers live a more active life -- thus reducing their risk of obesity, diabetes and other serious health complications — and athletics affect teens mentally, socially and psychologically. More than 30 percent of American teens are overweight or at risk of being overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight teenagers may face a greater risk of developing health complications including diabetes and asthma, along with mental health ailments including depression and anxiety.
And it can be really rewarding to watch your teen on the court or in the field doing what she loves to do. But, there can also be a dark side to high school sports. There may be calls from college recruiters who are dangling the possibility of an athletic scholarship in front of your teen.