Obesity has become a national public health problem significantly impacting the current and future health of children and adolescents throughout New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the USA. Participating in school sports or other forms of physical activity can help children maintain a healthy weight, develop a positive attitude towards a healthy body, and understand the importance of staying active on a regular basis. School sports trips provide young people with the opportunity to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity as well as provide other physical, emotional and social benefits:
Sports and Health Benefits
- Increased overall physical health of students
- Young people generally get less physical activity the older they get, but if they stay involved in sports programs, and are inspired through exciting sports trips, they’re more likely to reap the physical benefits they otherwise would not receive.
- Direct correlation between the rising rates of obesity and the declining funding for physical activity, whether in a gym class, after-school sports or in high schools.
Sports and Social Benefits
- Physical activity combined with camaraderie and purpose, lead to a winning combination for students.
- “Students who compete in sports get better grades, graduate at higher rates and have more confidence. The vast majority avoid unplanned drugs, obesity, depression and suicide.” (Anderson, 2012).
- The social benefits can also lead to academic benefits. Physical activity is shown to lead to better academic performance, and when your team is performing better, on the court and in the classroom, it adds an incentive for the individual players to do better.
- Participating in team sports trips can also help young people improve their confidence, socials skills and their problem-solving ability, which translate to better academic performance.
Sports and Emotional Benefits
- A study in the Journal of School Health called “Physical Activity Behaviors and Perceived Life Satisfaction Among Public High School Adolescents” looked at high school students how physical activity is linked to their overall life satisfaction. The study took into account exercise for 20 minutes, exercising in gym class, playing on a school sports team, stretching and other factors. Overall, the study found benefits of school-based sports in all groups.
- Building endurance, stretching, and strength training are more important mentally and physically for students and are enforced through competitive sports and school sports trips.
- The cycle of competitive sports combined with regular physical activity improves the overall mental health of students.
The Bigger Picture... How can schools best use this information?
- With budget cuts across the board in many schools, teachers and administrators must make decisions that will benefit the short-term and long-term well-being of their students. If the school thinks they have to trade PE or sports in order to get better test scores, they may be heading down the wrong path.
- The opportunity to inspire a long lasting appreciation for physical health comes from the ability to install a sound understanding of the benefits of sports and a healthy lifestyle in students, this can be achieved through school sports trips which bond and inspire students, developing not only their sporting ability but a passion for an active lifestyle.
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