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Competitive sports can be very exciting and fun, but also life changing. Just one strong hit in the head could impact you. I am aware of its good sides to, such as building their social skills and increasing confidence. Although things like the pressure could also impact a child drastically. Not only coaches and teammates but parents can put a child to an extent when there is too much pressure on them, causing too much worry and stress. A lot of pressure could also lead to your child not wanting to play anymore. With so much on your mind excelling in school can be hard. Scariest? I think it’s the injuries. No parent wants to see their child with a concussion while playing their favorite sport and who knows when they will get hit. Research shows that kids who participate in sports are at a higher risk for anxiety and stress, and may even focus on sports so much that other parts of the child’s identity are not fully developed. Pressure in spots are really harsh. High-level competition for young kids is not a good thing. Some coaches push it to the extreme and pressure the kids too much. Parents that put too much effort on their kids accomplishments can put too much stress on the child about performance. UVM Medical Center wrote an article called Children, Sports and the Pressure to Win said “exhausting a child and leading to frustration and burnout, especially if your child is an average or below-average athlete. This can lead to children feeling like winning is the only way to gain respect, to the point where they could actually give up on that sport.” Kids start to feel less respected and more angrier that they can’t do it. They want to be winning so that they can prove how good they are, and when they lose… they feel even more stressed. About 20% of the kids have had high levels of stress before some games, and also many of them reported to have high anxiety after games when their team loses. Young athletes cannot be treated like older, stronger, adult athletes because there not there yet. Over 30 million kids continue sports up until highschool and it is found hard for them to excel in school. According to Laurie Duncan who wrote an article called Athletes Get Lower Grades, NCAA Study Finds : In Season, They Spend More Time on Their Sports Than They Do on Classes said “According to one study, football and basketball players spend about 30 hours a week on playing sports. Even though most said they do not expect to play professionally. When the season is over, athletes spend about 18 hours a week in practice, but they do not spend much more time on academics”  the survey found. Kids aren’t focusing on their academics because they are focusing so much on things like a game that they have next Sunday. It is to have said that kids train for sports 18-20 hours a week. His shows you how much time is taken away from high schoolers actually studying. Another thing about playing competitive sports is the point where a kid doesn’t want to play anymore. Avery Faigenbaum, a professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston said “Kids would rather play on a losing team than sitting on the bench of the winning team” kids don’t want to feel useless on a team,  they want to be part of the action. Kids start to feel bored or tired of sitting around all the time.  One of the main reasons kids quit is because they are to afraid to make mistakes. This is because when they do they get criticized, yelled at, benched, and many more. Sometimes a kid feels embarced when they make an mistake because it happened in front of their team, coach, or even a parent and so they are scared that it will set up a bad reputation. Sometimes they feel that they need to give up because they aren’t good enough, that they are bored of not being part of the team/ game That it is not their passion anymore. As kids get older they feel that the sports aren’t “fun anymore” This is because getting closer to the higher levels such as high school, sports are more geared towards having their expectations increased and having more harsh games, which leads us all the way back to being pressures and getting hurt. We have also learned that competitive sports have caused thousands of inguries.To tell you I think that injures is the one thing that parents are most afraid of. Kids 5-14 have said to have the highest chances to getting hurt, and this was proved by health professionals. They also said that they have it to about a rate of 59.3 episodes per 1000 people. That’s a lot! People ages 5-24 were mostly treated with sports related injuries. CTE, which stands for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is very scary and life threatening. There have been over 200 cases of CTE. They have said the CTE can also be based on how many years you have played football. So if you have started at a young age there is a higher chance for you to get it when you keep on playing into your adult or teenage years. Studies has said that  getting a condition is like the new smoking. Since a child’s brain is not fully developed at a young age, it is a higher percent for them to get a bad concussion. Chris Nowinski, Ph.D, and the ceo of the concussion legacy foundation said ” This is not an act to ban football, it is an act to save our children from injury”we want to keep kids and teen safe, we arnt just baning it for no reason. Competitive sports can be good too such as learning new social skills. Kelsey Roth, a Western Middle School student said “personally I am competitive, but i also love to bond with my teammates.” Kids have a chance to learn from being too competitive  ” is a way for me to get out” Kelsey said. I agree that kids need to become more active and out, but not so much that they start getting hurt both physically and mentally, and feel too pressured to play. All of this could lead to sometimes impacts in school grades. This is not a thing to mess around with, because competitive sports can harm indeed a child’s future. I am against competitive sports.

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