The Benefits of Playing a Team Sport

Our 2013-2014 season is well underway. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate and welcome our rep and house players. As most of these athletes know by now, basketball is about more than just winning a game. At the SBA, we want our players to have fun, build relationships and improve as individuals beyond the boundaries of the court.

Many parents encourage their kids to get involved in team sports because there is such a wide range of benefits, including developing physical strength and agility, providing mental stimulation, as well as improving social skills and boosting self-confidence. Let’s dig a little deeper into these key rewards.

Physical Health

Playing basketball is an intense workout. Players can burn 600 to 700 calories in one hour. Activities such as dribbling, shooting, passing and rebounding improve coordination and build muscle in the arms, legs and stomach. Players also gain speed, agility and physical endurance. Simply put, it’s an easy way for kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Mental and Emotional Boosts

According to a report by the Health and Human Services Department of the CDC, participation in extracurricular physical activity has a positive or neutral affect on academics, but not negative. The report also showed a relationship between sports participation and decreased high school dropout rates. This type of physical activity is also known to improve sleeping patterns, making athletes feel more rested and alert the next day.

The physical boost players get from playing basketball also helps release endorphins into the brain, which have a positive emotional influence. Shooting hoops can help you de-stress and refocus your energy. Participating in team sports also helps to build self-confidence, leading to higher self-esteem. The emotional boosts from playing team sports are especially evident in young female players, according to The Women’s Sports Foundation.

Social Skills

Of course, basketball is all about working as part of a team. Team skills are invaluable for life. Basketball teaches practice, patience and persistence. Athletes learn how to work together to reach a common goal. There’s no doubt that basketball will benefit your social life. SBA players are quick to form new friendships that are treasured on and off the court.