Kids of both genders should be involved in sports. Alanna Waters, the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse coach at Wheaton College, outlines the benefits of sports for girls.
It’s so important to get kids involved in sports. With the advent of tablets and newer video games, kids are spending way more time in doors than in decades passed. Alanna Waters believes that sports, particularly for young girls, help to support healthy habits for the rest of a child’s life. As a young girl, she took to lacrosse and it helped her carve out a great career for herself. Now she gives 5 reasons why it’s really important to get your daughter involved in sports.
Girls who get involved in sports do better in school. Devoting time to athletics, like lacrosse, helps memory, concentration and stamina. Some might consider taking time for athletics to be detrimental to time management. It takes a high level of skill to devote time to both school and sports. Research shows that girls who devote time to sports have an easier time academically.
Sports start girls off with a healthy orientation into goal setting. Winning a big lacrosse game was always a confidence booster for Alanna Waters. She thinks that learning to win, lose, and prep for games is important for development. Learning to set goals, and then achieve them is a skill that’s required to be successful as an adult. Sports help girls learn that skill early in life.
Girls need physical fitness to be happy just as much as boys do. Sports helps girls to maintain a healthy weight and to learn good exercise habits. Research also shows that girls who participate in sports are less likely to develop a smoking habit. The habits developed as a girl athlete tend to stay with the girl later on in life, a very good thing considering that exercise and can prevent diseases like breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Alanna Waters councils many young college students who’ve often turned to sports or their sports friends during hard times. In addition to having a built in support system, sports are great for body confidence. As mentioned above, girls maintain a healthy weight and a healthy mind.
Sports is a stress reliever. Running and burning calories lowers stress. The production of endorphins through exercise also helps with mood balance. Friends are a great stress reliever as well, and camaraderie developed through sports can last a lifetime. Alanna Waters encourages parents to get their daughters involved in sports to improve the quality of their lives.
Alanna Waters is the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She’s an avid lover of lacrosse and councils freshmen players. When she isn’t coaching, she splits her time between the non-profit charity Rosie’s Place and working on creating original works of art.