Advantages of sports include improvement in both physical and mental health, and the camaraderie involved in team sports. Kids in high school can also list sports they participate in on their college applications. Disadvantages of sports include stress, possible injuries, cost and the time required.
According to Lucie Westminster, Ph.D., sports are a good form of exercise, and healthy competition can lead to mental improvement, particularly in children. Kids in high school may benefit from having sports participation on their college applications. Sports accolades can also show certain qualities a college may want, such as leadership. Team sports can create new friendships between people. However, sports can be stressful when an athlete places too much pressure on himself to succeed. Coaches, peers and parents can also be a source of pressure. Injuries are common in sports during both practices and events. Injuries can occur due to immediate trauma, such as a fall causing a broken bone or over time from using the same muscles repeatedly. Participating in sports can be expensive. There is sometimes a registration fee, and most sports require the purchase of equipment. Sports require a considerable amount of time due to the many practices, events and travel time.