Is your kid so overworked with pro sports that it's affecting his emotional and physical wellbeing? Read on to find out what to do.
Sports have become as important as studies. Students of all ages, right from young kids in primary school to high school kids to collage students, face a sort of pressure to fare well in sports along with studies. While the role of sports, especially organized team sports, have obvious benefits in shaping up a student's overall personality, the pressure to excel in sports more often than not can have some serious impact on the child's emotional, mental and physical health.
With pressure from parents, coaches, peers and growing competition, young players tend to overwork themselves with sports activities. Resultantly children end up taking sports also as yet another subject or school activity that needs hard work and dedication in terms of time and practice.
Let the child take days off from sports every week: Pro-sports training, competitive practice and performance pressure can be very daunting for players especially young players. While all this is essential, there needs to be time-off from this hectic schedule. The break would allow not just physical but also psychological and emotional recovery. Not only is the weekly break essential, a month's break from sports can be a refreshing change for a tired player and would actually help in bringing in a whole new level of passion and vigor in the game.
Unstructured play: Fun in the game is taken off the time competitiveness and performance pressure creep in. Encourage your children to play the game just for fun. Fun-time play not only relaxes the mind and body but also helps in cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being.
Encourage multiple sports: If your child is a baseball player for instance, encourage him to swim or take up other sports. This brings in a refreshing change and also helps develop other skills that would be good for the primary sport.
Be available: Your child might need counseling or just need you to hear them out. A little attention, casual hug or just a heart-to-heart may relieve a lot of stress the child might be under.
So if your child shows signs of fatigue, dip in performance, being socially unavailable, drop in class grades etc. there are chances your child is overworked. Before this stress develops into a serious problem try the tips mentioned above to nail the problem in the bud.