Perhaps your child has been asking to join a sports team or you have high hopes of passing down your passion for a certain sport. Whatever the reason, introducing your child to team sports is an excellent way to develop their social skills and help them learn how to work together as a team. When introducing your child to team sports, there are several things that should be considered:
- Wait until the time is right. Although you may be tempted to sign your child up for sports, specifically something competitive, at a young age, it’s important that you don’t push them when they’re not ready. Children who begin playing competitive sports at a younger age are more likely to burn out or feel forced into playing something they may not enjoy.
- Offer your child options. While your child is still young, allow him or her to participate in different sports and different positions so he or she can choose what they enjoy most. Doing this also reduces the risk of injury due to overuse of a particular muscle.
- Participate when possible. Try to stay involved with the team, especially if your child is very young. This will help assure your child that you are not simply dropping him or her off at practice, games, etc. Perhaps your child’s team is looking for a team mom or assistant coach, so you can participate to the level you feel comfortable.
- Remember it’s just a game. As your child gets older and the league gets more competitive, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s only a game. Some parents tend to get over-enthusiastic and put unnecessary pressure on their children. Keep your distance, especially when it comes to games, and try to encourage your child when you can.
If your child is in need of a sports physical or is injured during practice or a game, consider Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. We provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.