Why Should You Learn A Sport?
Besides being fun, there are a number
of benefits to playing sports. Physical Benefits: Boost immune
system--healthier body image--develop strong muscles--lower blood
pressure--Social Benefits: improve mood and reduce the chance of
depression--earn attention and respect from peers and adults—better
attitude towards authority figures--be with friends and make new
ones--increased self-esteem and self confidence Personal benefits: Help
relieve stress--increase self discipline--experience success, such as
winning--learn to deal with disappointment, such as losing--learn healthy
habits, like staying fit kids who play sports usually...perform better in
school, less likely to drop out, less likely to smoke. Every sport can
teach you something different: Soccer (footwork and foot speed), Baseball
(eye-hand coordination), football (agility), Tennis (shoulder movement),
basketball (quickness), track and field (coordination and technique),
cross country (endurance). If you're good enough, you can play for money.
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by Jack Groppel,
Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional
We’ve all heard tennis referred to as the "sport for a
lifetime." But, is this really true?
According to world-renowned scientists from a variety of
disciplines, there is no doubt that tennis can improve your overall
health, including your mental and physical fitness.
Here are the facts:
People who participate in tennis three hours per week at a
moderately vigorous intensity cut in half their risk of death from any
cause, according to the late Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger, who was an
internationally recognized exercise authority and studied more than 10,000
people for 20 years.
Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and
self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety
and tension than other athletes and nonetheless, according to Dr. Joan
Finn and colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University.
Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it
may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promote a
lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at
the University of Illinois.
Tennis outperforms golf and most other sports in developing
positive personality characteristics, according to Dr. Jim Gavin, author
of "The Exercise Habit."
Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics or
cycling, according to studies in caloric expenditures.
With these facts in mind, review the 34 specific reasons
why you should consider playing regularly!
While use of the term "extreme sport" has spread far and
wide to describe a multitude of different activities, exactly which sports
are considered 'extreme' is debatable. There are however several
characteristics common to most extreme sports. While not the exclusive
domain of youth, extreme sports tend to have a younger-than-average target
demographic. Extreme sports are rarely sanctioned by schools.
Extreme sports tend to be more solitary than traditional sports like
Kayaking. (Rafting and paintball are notable exceptions, as they are done
in teams.) In addition, beginning extreme athletes tend to work on their
craft without the guidance of a coach (though some may hire a coach
Activities categorized by media as extreme sports differ
from traditional sports due to the higher number of inherently
uncontrollable variables. These environmental variables are frequently
weather and terrain related, including wind, snow, water and mountains.
Because these natural phenomena cannot be controlled, they inevitably
affect the outcome of the given activity or event.
In a traditional sporting event, athletes compete
against each other under controlled circumstances. While it is possible to
create a controlled sporting event such as X Games, there are
environmental variables that cannot be held constant for all athletes.
Examples include changing snow conditions for snowboarders, rock and ice
quality for climbers, and wave height and shape for surfers.
Whilst traditional sporting judgment criteria may be
adopted when assessing performance (distance, time, score, etc.), extreme
sports performers are often evaluated on more subjective and aesthetic
criteria. This results in a tendency to reject unified judging methods,
with different sports employing their own ideals and indeed having the
ability to evolve their assessment standards with new trends or
developments in the sports.