Keeping the Fun in Children’s Sports

iStock A new clinical report on organized sports for children, preadolescents and adolescents from the American Academy of Pediatrics keeps coming back to the question of fun. The report summarizes evidence on the many benefits of sports participation for children, from acquiring motor skills to developing positive self-image, from strong social interactions to higher levels of physical activity and good weight management. But especially in younger children, all of this should spring from the child’s desire to get out there and play, and kids who participate in organized sports should also have lots of time for less formal activities with friends. “It doesn’t necessarily have to do with winning,” said Dr. Kelsey Logan, the director of the division of sports medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the co-author of the report. “The evidence shows that what makes sports really fun for kids is trying hard, making progress, being a […]

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