The Often Ignored and Undervalued Benefits of Team Sports

Benefits of Team Sports
How can team sports prove to be beneficial for you? You don't really need to be a sportsman for that. In fact, age is no bar when it comes to team sports! Read on to know more!
SportsAspire Staff
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2017
There are certain sports which are played individually. They build confidence, a spirit to win and teach you how to 'handle' victory. But, most of the time, team sports stand above all of this. They not only train you physically but also emotionally, socially and morally. The word 'team' has a deep meaning. It doesn't merely mean a collection of players, but a group of different minds, values and ethics. A team comprises:
T- Trials
E- Energy
A- Acceptance and
M- Motivation
Today is the era of technology. Ranging from kids to professionals, everybody is addicted to gadgets and electronic machines. This has not only resulted in growing obesity but also lack of social interaction. Team sports are surely one of the best ways which can make people active, energetic and socially interactive. Team sports need not necessarily be played with sportsmen. Even a family of four can actively participate and play well. At an age where children learn to socialize, raise their opinions, thank, apologize and overcome difficulties, team sports can magically boost them! There are innumerable benefits of playing team sports. They can be explained as follows:
Physical Health Benefits
The fact is quite evident that playing any sport makes a person energetic. Team sports, at times, benefit more than solo ones because a person is always happy to play them with ten other people having a similar way of thinking. A team sport keeps health problems at bay. They provide you with the necessary exercise and endurance to maintain a healthy body. It keeps your body in shape and saves you from problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart diseases and weak bones. Women should specially take active part in team sports as it keeps their monthly cycles regulated and prevents them from all the gynecological problems. Research reveals that 60% of the women who play team sports are prevented from breast cancer. On the other hand, kids in a growing age get used to torn knees and injuries and thus do not become susceptible to it. It helps them develop strong muscles and a good physique. People who are above the age of 55 years should also actively participate in team sports. It keeps them fit when it is most needed.
Social Benefits
As Aristotle says, "Man is a social animal", it is clear that a person needs a company of other people one day or the other. He cannot survive alone. Team sports help the man to become socially interactive. The more he communicates, the more he comprehends. The basic quality of understanding each other develops when a person begins to talk and listen. Team sports help to construct better friendships. Often, it is observed that a team which plays together, stays together! The team spends a lot of time discussing new ideas, opinions and methods with each other. This makes them bond well and add to the team spirit.
Moral and Emotional Benefits
Every individual has an ego that is hidden inside him and which pops up as a devil most of the time! One of the best things about playing a team sport is that it kills the ego and converts it into self respect. It is said that, while talking is very important, listening is even more important when you belong to a group. Team sports help develop the quality of listening to each other. We must agree to the fact that speech is silver but silence is golden! On the other hand, team sports build a good self-esteem in individuals. It helps you overcome your fears and mental blockages. It gives you the freedom to experiment and express. It is proven that children who play team sports are healthier and happier. They overcome their complexes with the help of the sport they play.
Apart from this, leadership, support and acceptance are three such disciplines everyone needs to imbibe. Team sports make you a good leader. They teach you that a leader is not the boss but a considerate person who takes into account each person's say. They also teach you to accept failures and victory in the same spirit. Children, in the growing age, tend to believe that participation is far more important than victory. The knowledge that you gain, the values that you learn from your mistakes make you a better citizen and a humble individual. They keep you grounded.
Lastly, team sports help people of all ages to love, care, suggest, lead, deserve, learn and implement. Henry Ford had once said,"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself!"