Positive Effects of Football

By Sarika Schwartz

What's the big deal?

Our generation of kids are at a risk for health issues. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the U.S who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2010. That's more than double the percentage in only 30 years! Not enough children are playing sports to keep fit anymore. However, football is the sport to get this percentage down. The game of football positively effects the health, skills and grades of adolescents.

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Health Benefits

Football can promote youth athletes to get jobs or guide them to develop skills for later on in life. The passion evoked by football is as timeless as its values of sacrifice and discipline, standing firm regardless of society swings. (Alic). For instance, being able to play the game and build skills is a priceless opportunity, that no one should turn down. The game of football introduces life skills to youth athletes of football. For example, in the article "Three Ways your Child will Benefit from Football", they said, based on research, "Youth athletes that play football, have higher levels of self-esteem and lower risks of depression". (Alic) The fact that football can improve players self-esteem and can motivate them to go farther in life is a huge deal. More and more people are falling into depressions, if a sport can help lower that risk, get in that game!
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Life Benifits and Skills

Football can promote youth athletes to get jobs or guide them to develop skills for later on in life. The passion evoked by football is as timeless as its values of sacrifice and discipline, standing firm regardless of society swings. (Alic). For instance, being able to play the game and build skills is a priceless opportunity, that no one should turn down. The game of football introduces life skills to youth athletes of football. For example, in the article "Three Ways your Child will Benefit from Football", they said, based on research, "Youth athletes that play football, have higher levels of self-esteem and lower risks of depression". (Alic) The fact that football can improve players self-esteem and can motivate them to go farther in life is a huge deal. More and more people are falling into depressions, if a sport can help lower that risk, get in that game!

Adememic Benifits

The game of football improves adolescents grades based on recent studies. For instance, A report conducted in June 2012, by the Los Angeles Unified School Districts, showed that 3500 student athletes in the school district attended an average 21 more days of school per year than their counterparts. (McCampbell) Football can cause students to become happier and boost self esteem levels (Winning Youth Football), resulting in them wanting to go to school and to get good grades. With good moods, students can focus better in school and absorb information more easily. According to McCampbell, some athletes GPAs' are .55 to .75 points higher than non athlete students. The number one priority to parents, are their kids getting good grades. Football can help kids reach this goal.
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