Advocating Football in Your Child’s Life
While it’s true that kids may succumb to injuries in playing football, but there are more health benefits that can be gained by kids who have been encouraged to play it, which far outweighs the possibility of being injured in the game.
Health gains from football
Football obviously offers health benefits to the players and, with respect to kids playing regularly on it, provide them these health benefits: it is a fun exercise with lots of physically mobility; kids gain more physical and mental energy, such as they begin to focus more and they gain speed, agility, strength, hand-eye coordination; and they develop cardiovascular endurance.
Making friends from football
Kids will appreciate the importance of developing close relationship with others through football because the camaraderie that is built with each other while playing football regularly make them friends for life. As kids, playing football, build camaraderie and friendship, they also develop their social skills as they rub elbows with their peers, coaches, and referees.
Because football is a team game, players have to learn discipline within them for the team to work together to succeed to win and constant practice of discipline results into a life habit, which can be advantageous for the kids, who play football, as they will learn the importance of being disciplined in everything they do. The discipline that kids have developed in playing regular football is translated into their studies, such that it helps the kids to focus on their studies for an important exam or complete their homework, instead of being distracted to video games or use of the Internet and it helps them strive harder to do their best.
Value of teamwork in football
Football is obviously a team game where two teams compete with each other and that each team consists of 11 players and each individual player is accountable to perform his specific task for the team to win in the game. The teamwork that kids develop during football, helps them to be accustomed to working with others and this form of skill becomes useful for them later on in life when they obtain a profession.
Football’s mental toughness
In football, mental toughness is achieved through constant training and discipline of the player in being able to perform according to rules of the game and instructions from the coach and when a player has succeeded in possessing mental toughness, the following characteristics are seen in him and they are: the desire to succeed; commitment to train hard; being prepared mentally, physically; overcome defeat or personal drawback; consistency of play; positive motivation; self-confidence; responsiveness; determination; leadership; resilience; mental, physical, and psychological control.