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 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. By: Wiki Answers

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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!


Extreme Sports

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 later).

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.