For millions of teens, being a part of a sports team is a large component of the typical high school experience. Teen athletes have several advantages when they play as a team member or individually such as cultivating friendships and being physically active. Experts have learned that students who are involved in some kind of athletics miss fewer days in school and achieve better grades than their classmates who do not participate in sports.
Your child can get a lot out of their high school sports program whether they run track, play football or swim. However, teen athletes cannot do it alone.
Supporting Your Child
One of the most important responsibilities as a parent is supporting your child as they trek through life. Joining a sports team can be a great way for them develop healthy habits and learn skills that they can carry with them throughout life, but it can be a huge commitment for them and you.
Besides showing your support through time and money, it is also vitally important to be ready to support in your child in other ways. If not, what might have originally seemed as a rewarding extracurricular opportunity could potentially harm your child’s growth.
Being There In Person
Your child’s coach provides them the encouragement and physical training they need to thrive on the playing field. However, parents also play an important role in influencing how well their teen athlete will perform at sports events.
For instance, being present at meets or games to motivate and cheer them on can be an incredibly great motivator for many teens. Knowing their family is there to positively support them can help teen athletes make the most of their experience on the field.
Helping out your child throughout their athletic experience can feel demanding at times, but the rewards are worth it. To find out more about other ways to ensure your teen athlete gets the most from their sport of choice and why it matters, look over the following infographic below.