Encouraging your kids to get involved in sports is one of the best things you can do as a parent. When your children are active in sports, they will get the exercise they need to stay healthy and fit. They will have various opportunities to meet and make new friends as well.
However, since there are a number of different sports your kids can choose from, they may need help narrowing down which ones they will be active in. One great sport you can consider is tennis.
Before you look for a coach or sports center that provides tennis lessons for kids, take the time to explain the benefits of tennis to them. This will help them look more favorably at this particular sport.
Below are some of the most important benefits your kids can get from playing tennis which they should know about:
1. It is a great cardiovascular exercise
If you want your children to strengthen their cardiovascular health, tennis is an excellent workout that can help them achieve this.
When kids play tennis, they have to constantly move from side to side, change directions, and make sudden stops. Because of this, they are burning lots of calories and working up their heart rate. These, in turn, will help improve their heart health and build their muscles.
Tennis also requires for children to stay focused and maintain a high energy level throughout the game. And, just like any cardio sport, tennis can help them get better quality sleep at night.
2. It helps build muscles and bones
Tennis is one of the top sports to build a child’s muscular and bone strength. This is because this sport requires a wide range of movements which call for a combination of agility, accuracy, speed and strength.
When playing tennis, players use various muscle groups in a single action. This helps improve muscular strength. And since this sport is a weight-bearing physical activity, it builds muscle endurance and boosts bone density at the same time.
3. It improves coordination skills
Children, especially younger ones, need to develop their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. They can do this when they start taking tennis lessons and then refine it when they start playing matches.
Kids get to build their hand-eye coordination through tennis since players need to constantly exert a high degree of good judgment and accuracy to swing their racket at the right angle, height, and position to hit the ball and send it back to the opponent.
4. It teaches self-discipline and problem-solving skills
Unless your kids are playing doubles, tennis is an individual sport. As such, they can’t blame their teammate if they didn’t hit the ball or committed a foul.
If your kids want to become good tennis players, they need to have the discipline to show up at every lesson on time and to listen to their coach. They also have to commit to working and training hard.
Your kids will also get to polish their problem-solving skills when they start learning to play tennis.
During play (or while viewing game footage), they will be judging strokes and assessing their opponent’s weaknesses and strengths. They will also be able to gauge their opponent’s abilities in comparison to theirs.
By mastering their own abilities and recognising those of their opponent’s, they become better prepared to deal with surprise moves and swings which could otherwise undermine their own performance.
These are skills that they can apply in real-life scenarios as well.
5. It promotes sportsmanship
Sportsmanship is one of the most important values kids should practice. Tennis will teach your children how to play fair, win with grace, and lose with dignity.
They will learn this value from their coach and other tennis players as well. You can also instill in them the importance of sportsmanship even if they are only playing for fun at home.
6. It teaches kids to respect authority
Playing tennis means following rules and directions, and accepting decisions.
Whenever your kids interact with their coach, referees, and other players, they develop respect for their elders and learn to listen to their peers. These are other essential values that your children can apply in any sport, in school, and at home.
7. It boosts their self-esteem
Lastly, sports have always been instrumental in helping kids become more confident.
They can build their self-esteem in tennis when you show your support to them whenever they play. Their self-confidence will also get a boost every time they get high fives, handshakes, and words of encouragement and recognition from their coach, the crowd and fellow players.
Although children can benefit from playing any type of sport, tennis offers various advantages that they can apply on and off the tennis court.
So if your kids ask you for advice about which sport they should take up, make sure you suggest tennis.
Possessing more than two decades of experience in the leisure and hospitality industry, Tony Kouris joined Zayed Sports City as General Manager in January 2018. With extensive career experience, a value on interpersonal relationships, and strong negotiating experience, he is positioned to support Zayed Sports City’s strategic growth and continue to innovate the site as an internationally recognised sport and entertainment destination.