Community sport is a major part of Australian society. However, did you know that sport can play an important part in a child’s development? The Australian Department of Health suggests that sport benefits a child’s physical and psychological development.
Our Director, Jodie Brenton works hard to ensure that all Australians no matter their ages can access services to help their mental development, including kids. Our head psychologist, Mary Magalotti and our team of Life Resolutions psychologists aim to provide a high level of support within the childhood counselling scope.
At Life Resolutions, we aim to understand all aspects of a child’s development. Below we discuss the impacts that sport can have on a child’s psychological development.
Benefits of Sport for Children
Teaching kids how to cope with highs and lows
Sport can help children develop skills to cope with and understand the highs and lows of life. Sport provides the opportunity for children to learn resilience while experiencing these highs and lows. Resilience is an important skill to handle life and maintain a strong level of mental wellbeing.
Participation in sport (particularly team sports) aids the development of good social skills. Aspects such as teamwork, considering others and learning to cooperate with others are learnt through having a common goal provided by the sport. Sport also helps foster these skills in a fun and engaging environment. Sport also provides a strong sense of belonging and inclusion for children. This can help develop their social identity and expand their social group outside of the school or home interactions.
Physical benefits bring psychological benefits
Sport has many physical benefits that therefore help children’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Simulating the part of the brain associated with movement will help strengthen connections within the brain. Physical activity can also help regulate and balance chemicals in the brain.
Involvement in sport can benefit a child’s development. Here at Life Resolutions, Jodie Brenton aspires to provide access to mental health services for all Australians, regardless of their age. Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists provide childhood counselling to help children throughout their psychological development and ensure mental wellbeing.