to 6 million high school boys and girls take part
in team sports on the courts, in the pools, on the
fields, and in the gyms.
20 million join in recreational sports outside of
a body is fit, it looks and feels better.
bodies stay healthier.
activities can promote a sense of personal satisfaction
in young people which can lead to increased social
medical exam with your doctor can help highlight
physical strengths and weaknesses. It can also help
you choose the sport that will be most rewarding
way a young person is built can also help determine
his or her ability to perform certain tasks within
weight, and size should not be the only measures
when deciding whether to compete in a sport at a
certain level. A young teenager's physical and emotional
development is also important.
puberty, boys gain more muscle mass and, therefore,
teens should delay contact sports until their bodies
have caught up with their more mature peers.
person should not be pushed into a sport that he
or she is not physically or emotionally ready to
puberty, boys and girls can compete together because
boys and girls are almost the same size and weight.
taking part in sports, girls gain self-confidence
and a healthy respect for physical fitness.
there is not a team for girls in a certain sport,
some laws state that a girl must be allowed to compete
for a position on the boys' team.
safety measures such as protective padding and helmets,
the risk of injury is present in all sports. Football
leads the list of sports causing the greatest risk.
kids and their parents should always be aware of
the risks involved with each sport activity.
chance of injury increases with the degree of contact
in a sport.
about 5% of sports injuries involve fractures.
greatest number of injuries, two thirds of the total,
are sprains and strains.
main source of stress in a young athlete is the
pressure to win.
athlete will respond better to rewards for trying
hard or for gaining skills than to punishment and
criticism for losing.
contact sports, only players of similar height,
weight, ability, and maturity should be matched
degree of stress caused by sports often is minor
compared to other sources such as family problems,
peer conflicts, school pressures, etc.
can teach the skills for coping with stress caused
by any problem.
having trouble in the classroom still needs all
the benefits of exercise, competition, and a sense