Benefits of Sports

By Katelyn Smith

In a high school it seems that there is a sporting event everyday. With athletes working their hardest and fans and coaches cheering their loudest, everyone is excited and motivated.

Playing a sport can be a fun and enriching experience for a student, but there are more benefits than meets the eye.

Some may argue that sports could take away focus from school, but playing those sports could build skills that are used in the classroom. Missouri University Health Care writes, “Sports require memorization, repetition and learning skill sets that are directly relevant to class work.”

In most school sports, an athlete needs to maintain a high GPA. This can serve as a motivation tool for some student athletes. says, “By concentrating their efforts on becoming eligible to play by doing well in class, students learn to focus their mind on the subject matter.” The motivation factor that sports brings can help boost a student’s academics.

Participating in regular physical activity can promote healthy choices, which carry well into adulthood. The Foundation for Global Sports Development states, “Young people involved in physical activity generally consume more fruit and vegetables, are less likely to be overweight and are more likely to become physically active adults.”

Playing a sport can also promote responsible decisions, which leads to a healthier lifestyle. states, “Children who participate in team sports are less likely to make bad decisions--such as using illegal drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking--according to the University of Florida.” If students are avoiding these bad decisions in high school they have a greater chance of avoiding them in adulthood. The American Cancer Society writes, “Studies show that smoking is most likely to become a habit during the teen years.” If students choose not to smoke in high school because of sports, they will not be addicted going into adulthood.

Being in a team atmosphere can develop a student’s ability to work with others. also writes, “Team sports teach your child about why teamwork is important, which can be helpful when he’s an adult and may have to work as part of a team to get his job done.” The ability to work with a team is a skill needed in many careers, and can be very helpful.

Being in a competitive environment in high school can create successful future employees. CNBC writes, “Learning to be aggressive, competitive and tough may make them the kind of employees eager to take on more responsibility and seek promotions.” Playing sports could help teach these skills. Brian Scanlon from The Recruiting Coaches says, “Athletes are accustomed to failure, adversity, and success,” says Scanlon “All of this revolves around the drive to compete.”  Student-athletes’ motivation helps develop a drive for success. This can carry through college and into the workplace, making them successful employees.

Playing sports in high school are a fun way to hang out with friends and do something you love, but the skills learned there can carry well beyond high school.