Sport and the impact on the child's health!

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Sport and the impact on the child's health!
Sport and the impact on the child's health! © Al Bello / Getty Images Sport

Children and youth aged 5-17 years who participate in physical activities benefit from numerous health benefits, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO defines physical activity as play, sports, daily activities, recreation, physical education classes, planned sports activities within family, school, or community contexts.

The following are a few of the most important benefits of physically active lifestyles: Joints, bones, and muscles must be developed in a healthy way, Developing a healthy cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), Control and coordination of motor movements (development of neuromuscular awareness), Optimizing body mass and maintaining it, The ability to control symptoms that indicate depression and anxiety, Provide opportunities to express personal needs, develop self-confidence, interact with others, and integrate successfully into society.

WHO recommendations

Thus, the WHO recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 17 engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity each week. There should be a lot of aerobic activity in these activities.

At least three times a week, one should engage in activities that increase intensity, such as strengthening exercises for the muscles and bones. WHO's conclusions are straightforward: playing sports is good for children and youth from a theoretical point of view.

Hence, it is common for parents to enroll their children in sports activities as early as 4 or 5 years of age, when the opportunity arises. Many parents make a mistake and do not realize that sometimes their child spends too much time playing sports or their child is excessively involved in a certain activity.

Basically, parents should give the child a certain freedom to decide what to train, what to do. Also, it is necessary to provide the child with free time during the day in which he can do other things. These are some mistakes that we often encounter.

As a result, children may become overwhelmed and stressed, leading to a decrease in their performance and an unhealthy lifestyle. Parents should watch their child's activities and provide guidance and support.