Disclosure: I received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic. All opinions are 100% my own.
My son has always loved school. He strives to get all A’s on his report card and succeeds! When he was playing soccer and learning karate at the same time, we worried he would have trouble in school. It was the exact opposite! He seemed to have more energy, more focus, and was so much better when working in teams.
I since learned that participation in youth sports is even more beneficial than I ever dreamed. “In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control reported a positive correlation between students who participated in high levels of physical activity and improved academic achievement, decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes, improved weight control, and less psychologic dysfunction.” (Read: Youth sport: positive and negative impact on young athletes).
The more I read, the more I was certain we were doing the right thing by allowing our son to participate in sports activities. The benefits of youth sports is really quite amazing! Did you know boy and girl athletes eat fruit and vegetables more often than children who are not? They are also less likely to smoke, sniff glue, or partake in drug activity. The results of research being conducted regarding Sports, Academics, and Health also showed that children who participate in sports have a reduction in suicidal thoughts and tendencies!
For girls, the benefits of physical activity can greatly benefit their long-term health in reducing their risks of developing breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and obesity! (What we do with our children today, greatly impacts their adult health too!)
Before you run out and sign your child up for sports (today), you will need to be sure they are ready to participate. The majority of youth leagues and public/private school athletics require a pre-participation sports physical be completed before enrollment. Generally, sports physicals are NOT covered by your health insurance plan so you should consider an alternate source beyond your pediatrician’s office to be sure you are not overpaying. CVS’ MinuteClinic is available seven days a week for pre-participation sports physicals and back-to-school vaccinations. No appointment is required but it is recommended that you visit their information center online to be sure you bring the necessary information with you when you are needing sports physical services.
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