A father of five children, Dr. Michael Acurio has often had his hands full in getting his kids to engage in youth sports. He is involved in the Benton Little League as a volunteer, something that has afforded him the opportunity to see the benefits that arise from getting children to play sports from an early age. Other than the obvious physical benefits, there are psychological benefits that children can enjoy.
Physical activity in a team setting helps children learn how to work together regardless of how well individual players may be. They learn how to communicate effectively and therefore see a task to full completion. Teamwork is a valuable lesson that children can use as they progress into adulthood.
Combined with the right nutrition, physical exercise can help children understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The importance of fitness taught at an early age can be a lesson that sticks throughout their lives.
When children perform well in sports they gain a sense of accomplishment that builds up their confidence in life and personal issues. As a parent, help your child choose a sport they can learn and improve in, thus providing them an opportunity to build their self-esteem.
Better academic performance
Studies have shown that playing sports can have a positive effect on academic achievement. Engaging in sports helps children develop emotionally and learn how to solve problems through creative thinking. Constant mental engagement on the field sharpens the mind, which helps with classroom work off the field.
Dr. Michael Acurio is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who has worked with or supported several children’s hospitals, including Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Greenville, South Carolina.