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2016, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part F

Sports: A stress buster for children

Author(s): Dr. Vishwas Manohar Deshpande

Stress is experienced when an individual feels that they cannot cope with a situation with which they are presented. If an athlete is in a stressful situation then their athletic performance, whether this be in competition or in training, will be effected. The coach can limit the effect on performance of competitive anxiety by assisting the athlete to identify an appropriate coping strategy. Stress is an integral part of our lives. "It is a natural byproduct of all our activities". Life is a dynamic process and thus forever changing and stressful. Stress is a function of the demands placed on us and our ability to meet them. These demands often come from outside sources, such as family, jobs, friends, or school. But it also can come from within, often related to what we think we should be doing versus what we're actually able to do. So stress can affect anyone who feels overwhelmed — even kids. In preschoolers, separation from parents can cause anxiety. As kids get older, academic and social pressures (especially from trying to fit in) create stress. Many kids are too busy to have time to play creatively or relax after school. Kids who complain about all their activities or who refuse to go to them might be overscheduled. Kids' stress may be intensified by more than just what's happening in their own lives. Engaging in a sport can help increase feelings of self-esteem and self-efficacy, which can significantly reduce your overall level of stress. If you've ever remained inactive for an extended period of time, you're familiar with that sluggish, apathetic feeling that can quickly turn to feelings of self-loathing or even depression, which can further exacerbate your stress levels. According to the American Council on Exercise, regular exercise can help increase your feeling of self-worth, which can be a powerful mechanism for alleviating stress.

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Dr. Vishwas Manohar Deshpande. Sports: A stress buster for children. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2016;3(2):310-312.

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