The Role of Sports in Developing Life Skills in Children

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Casey Burroughs (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Kriston Jacobs

Abstract: Physical activity during a child’s early life is an essential way to enhance health in adulthood. Movement through the participation in sports is one of the best ways to increase physical activity levels within children. Children can be easily persuaded to participate in activities and sports that allow them to play and socialize with their friends. Sports are known to increase physical activity in children, but they can do so much more for children. Introducing sports at a young age can positively impact future lifestyle habits and help children develop life skills. Coaches can be positive mentors and teach children the importance of eating a well-balanced diet, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, and engaging in physical activity. Life skills and core values that children can acquire from sports include social skills, personal development, confidence, responsibility, and more. The likelihood of children developing more life skills and healthy lifestyle habits in adulthood will increase when coaches and adult volunteers invest more time and effort to promote these habits and skills to young participants.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2020
Sports, Childhood Development, Physical Activity, Adulthood, Coaches, Mentors,

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