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Basketball helps increases self-esteem

Improving a child’s self esteem can help reduce their levels of stress. Being confident in their strengths and abilities helps kids cope with the increased levels of stress that a new school year can bring. Participating in team sports like basketball can teach players to be more confident in themselves as they learn to work together and support each other both on and off the court.

Playing sports can also help to boost their self-image, as being active generally promotes having a healthy lifestyle and maintaining physical fitness. Having a healthy body encourages kids to feel good about how they look and feel day to day.

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Basketball can provide distraction

When kids are feeling stress at school, sometimes the best way to handle it is to get their minds off of it for awhile. Diving into a practice or a game and giving them a different goal to focus on- even just for an hour or 2- can help their other problems seem less severe and difficult to handle.

Good and Bad Stress

You may be thinking that sports also create stress on a child, which can be true. Stress isn’t all bad though. Some stress can be good for us…and stressing physically with sports means you’re exercising! Not to mention, feeling stress and learning coping techniques is a life skill that will benefit kids their whole life.

Positive stress can come from challenging oneself. Participating in a sport that is enjoyable but encourages kids to reach new goals and push themselves out of their comfort zone can create stress that gives them energy and makes them feel good.

Basketball is a great sport for students to play!

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