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The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports

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List RulesSkills you learn from sports that can be used in other aspects of your life

List of life skills you learn from playing sports--excellent reasons to play sports that extend beyond the obvious physical benefits. Many parents who are trying to decide if they should let their kids play sports focus too much on the challenges and downsides of sports, rather than the many benefits of playing sports. It is true that young people are already very busy, but the benefit of playing on a team is that it actually helps with time management skills. Typically, the busier you are, the more you get done. 

So, why play sports? Should kids play sports when they are young? Are there benefits to playing sports? Any person who played organized sports growing up will tell you that playing on a team can teach you more about leadership, discipline, teamwork and perseverance than you could ever hope to learn inside of a classroom.

The best sports to play are team sports that teach kids to deal with disappointment and how to work long and hard at something in which they hope to improve. Sports help young people in many ways. There are proven academic, career and social benefits of sports. This list includes the practical skills you learn from sports. Vote on the ones you agree with and add any that you think should be on the list. If you are in doubt, you'll probably want to avoid this list of the most boring sports to play so you don't get discouraged. 

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  • Teamwork1
    136
    15

    Teamwork

  • Confidence2
    97
    14

    Confidence

  • Cooperation3
    91
    22

    Cooperation

  • Discipline4
    100
    43

    Discipline

  • Sportsmanship5
    93
    37

    Sportsmanship

  • Perserverance6
    75
    28

    Perserverance

  • Responsibility7
    74
    27

    Responsibility

  • Coordination8
    81
    36

    Coordination

  • Reliability9
    75
    32

    Reliability

  • Communication Skills10
    65
    26

    Communication Skills

  • Competitiveness11
    81
    45

    Competitiveness

  • Goal Setting12
    70
    36

    Goal Setting

  • How to Encourage Others13
    51
    23

    How to Encourage Others

  • How to Work Towards Improvement14
    53
    25

    How to Work Towards Improvement

  • How to Handle Disapointment15
    57
    30

    How to Handle Disapointment

  • How to Socialize16
    66
    41

    How to Socialize

  • Overcoming Adversity17
    50
    25

    Overcoming Adversity

  • Physical Education18
    55
    36

    Physical Education

  • Stress Management19
    45
    29

    Stress Management

  • Time Management20
    58
    47

    Time Management

    Balancing school work and sports can be tough
  • Self-Assesment21
    44
    33

    Self-Assesment

  • Healthy Eating Habits22
    40
    65

    Healthy Eating Habits