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The positive effects of a participating in team and competive sports for adolescents include but are not limited to:
  • Improved self-efficacy
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Enhanced social skills
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A study conducted in 2001 by four doctors from Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine relayed these results in their journal:

  • Children with increased levels of self-efficacy were significantly morelikely to have increased levels of high activity compared withchildren with low levels of self-efficacy.
  • Behavior, happiness, intellectual, and popularityself-esteem sub-scores were significantly decreased in childrenwith low levels of high activity.
  • Adolescents who rarely exercise are more likely to experience loneliness,shyness, and feelings of hopelessness.


In an interview with former soccer player turned youth coach, Eddie Henderson, was quoted as saying:


"Competition sports can prepare children for dealing with adversity by setting goals and accomplishing goals.”



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For additional information, please refer to the following links:

http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/155/8/897

http://www.livestrong.com/article/291502-do-sports-keep-teens-out-of-trouble/