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    -GROUP SPORTS THERAPY-

  • Educational Support Counselor Andre Young facilitates a group sports therapy activity 2 Friday's a month at Pearce Hall. This is an opportunity for students to improve physical health, social skills and psychological health.

    According to the National Counsel of Youth Sports, a primary goal in youth sports is to encourage active participation by all youth in fun and healthy physical activities. It can help to instill confidence to make new friends in a safe environment and to be a part of a team. There is a powerful, positive connection between youth sports participation, good character development, better health, and academic success. Research shows that young people who participate in athletics get better grades, devote more hours to studying, think more about their future, aspire to attend and graduate from college, and have lower suspension and expulsion rates.

    PHYSICAL HEALTH

    • Higher levels of physical activity and they expend more energy daily;
    • Less body fat;
    • A reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese;
    • Higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness;
    • Stronger bones and muscles;
    • An increased likelihood of being physically active later in life.

    SOCIAL WELL-BEING

    • Opportunities to make new friends;
    • Exposure to positive role models;
    • Opportunities to travel.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

    • Higher levels of self-esteem and social connectedness;
    • Lower levels of depression;
    • Lower levels of suicidal ideation, thoughts, and attempts;
    • Lower levels of problem behaviors (aggression problems, social problems, and delinquency problems).

     "The Benefits of Youth Sports" shared with permission from the Datalys Center. National Counsel of Youth Sports