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5 Reasons Your Child Should Join Volleyball

We know the struggle.

Watching your child grow up and planning their future is scary.We know you want the best for your child, but it's not always easy knowing what’s right for them. That’s where we come in.

We are Top Gun Volleyball, a volleyball club in San Antonio that after 10 years continues to build strong relationships with families and help athletes get to the next level.

Many parents aren't aware of the benefits that come with playing a sport. It can shape their child’s future in a positive way. Playing a sport can benefit a child’s physical and emotional health as well as reap benefits in the classroom.

Here are the 5 reasons your child should play Volleyball:

1. Emotional Benefits

Every sport is full of emotions. Sometimes you win, other times you don’t. Victory, defeat, happiness, and disappointment don't just happen out on the field or on the court, but also in everyday life. A student athlete is more likely to be successful at navigating through their feelings.

Sports can also be incredibly beneficial for mental health. When you exercise the brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins that improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. It's also a proven fact that playing a sport can improve your self-confidence by having the support of teammates, receiving encouraging words from a coach or parent and accomplishing personal goals. Playing a sport regularly can improve your child’s emotional well-being.

2. Physical Benefits

It’s no secret that being active can lead to better overall health. I’m sure you’ve heard it from doctors, read it on the internet, and even seen it on television.

According to a study done by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2018, of 7,822 children examined over three years, only 5% in the 5 to 18 age group exercised 60 minutes per day, the federally recommended amount of exercise. The study also found that 50% were “insufficiently active” and 5% reported no physical activity.

Nowadays, it’s very important to incorporate exercise in your child’s routine. Just last year, the CDC found that 18.5% of children aged 2 to 19 were affected by obesity. Within the different age groups, obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2 to 5 year olds, 18.4% among 6 to 11 year olds, and 20.6% among 12 to 19 year olds. Giving your child the opportunity to be active by joining a sports team will improve their health and decrease the odds of obesity.

3. Educational Benefits

Children who engage in sports from a young age tend to have 40% higher test scores and have a 15% higher likelihood of attending college. According to data collected for the Healthy Sports Index, high school athletes are 6% more likely to graduate from a four-year college than non-athletes. Athletes were also shown to have better GPA outcomes than non-athletes. We can continue to hit you with all the statistics in the world, but the bottom line is that a student athlete is more likely to perform better in education than a non-athlete.