Sports help children develop important traits associated with adult success

Here’s another good reason for kids to participate in organized sports: They can develop the “grit” that helps them overcome challenges as adults, a new study suggests.

Buzz is defined as the combination of passion and persistence that helps people achieve their long-term goals. This new study found that adults who played sports as children scored higher on a measure of severity than adults who didn’t play at all or said they had quit.

The results suggest that the lessons children learn in sports can have a positive impact on their lives long after they grow up, said Emily Nohnagle, the study’s lead author and a recent Ohio State University graduate.

“Kids who participate in sports learn what it’s like to fight as they learn new skills, overcome challenges and bounce back from failure to try again,” Nothnagle said.

“The development they develop playing sports can help them for the rest of their lives.”

But all is not lost for adults who didn’t play as kids — the study also found that adults who said they participated in sports in the past year showed more courage than those who didn’t, the study’s co-author said. Chris Knoesterassociate professor of sociology at Ohio State.

The study was recently published in the journal Leisure Sciences.

Survey data came from National Survey of Sport and Society (NSASS), sponsored by Ohio State’s Initiative for Sport and Society.

The survey was completed by 3,993 adults who volunteered to participate through American Population Panelled by Ohio State’s Center for Human Resources Research.

The participants, who live in all 50 states, answered the online survey between fall 2018 and spring 2019. Because NSASS participants are disproportionately female, white, and Midwestern, the researchers weighted the survey results to more accurately reflect the American population.

Femininity was measured by asking participants to rate themselves on a scale of 1-5 on eight statements, including “I am diligent. I never give up” and “I am a hard worker.” None of the statements directly related with sports.

Initial results showed that 34% of those who played sports as youngsters scored high on the particle scale, compared to just 23% of those who did not play sports.

And 25% of those who never played sports scored low on the particle scale, compared to just 17% of those who played sports.

Chris KnoesterMore sophisticated statistical analyzes accounting for demographic characteristics of respondents also supported these findings.

But to benefit from participating in sports, kids need to stick with it and play consistently, the results suggest.

“Adults who played youth sports but dropped out of school did not show higher levels of intelligence. They actually demonstrated lower levels of grit after we included a rough measure of how sport played a role in grit development during growth,” Knoester said.

The proxy measure was based on respondents’ perceptions of how their athletic experience affected their work ethic.

“Quitting a job can reflect a lack of persistence, which is a crucial component of courage. It can also make it easier to give up an activity and not persist the next time.”

Adults who played sports as children generally perceived that the experience helped improve their work ethic. And this perception was linked to their bold outcomes as adults.

But even after taking this finding into account, participating in sports boosted scores, the findings showed.

“Participation in sports appears to have enhanced people’s brain development even more than they realized,” Nothnagle said.

But could some people just be born with the guts to help them succeed in sport as a youth and then continue to benefit from that trait as adults? Knoester said this study can’t definitively prove the answer to that question, but the results suggest that people can gain or lose grit throughout life.

Adults who said they participated in sports regularly in the past year displayed higher levels of courage, regardless of whether they played sports early in life and the extent to which they felt their athletic experiences influenced their work ethic later in life. growth.

“This additional finding about sports participation in adulthood suggests that you can build and possibly lose grit at different points in your life,” Knoester said. “It is not a static quality.”

Study participants were not asked how they participated in sports as adults. It may be that many challenged themselves through personal training or exercise rather than in organized sports as they did as children, the researchers said.

The results shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that gravel doesn’t have a downside, however, Nothnagle noted.

“There can be problems if you use gravel without some restrictions. An overemphasis on the application of grit in sporting activities can lead some people to overtrain and injure themselves, for example,” she said.

But overall, the results suggest that alongside the health and other benefits of sport, gravel development can be another positive influence.

“Sport offers this valuable place in society where you can work hard and practice and take it seriously, but it’s also not real life to some extent – typically, sport is thought of as a separate sphere of life and stakes in sport are not so broad and extreme,” Knoester said.

“But you can take those lessons you learn and practice in sports, such as gravel building, and apply them to your life outside of sports in very beneficial ways.”

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