Sports and Education: A Love Story

Since ancient time sports and education lives in our gurukuls and schools as a loving couple and their love story always works for the betterment of our students and making true to this well known statement that a sound mind always resides only in a sound body. A well known famous Cricketer once said,” Apart from education, our students and youngsters needed good health, and for that we all needed Sports.” This is a quote that, I, you and many likes but practically if we see ,this is something that our schools have constantly neglected these days and also they cutting spending for sports because of tough economy , though our schools and educators understand the importance of physical health and activities. Physical activity is an important contributor to health, and engaging in regular physical activity can decrease the risk for numerous adverse health outcomes like hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases etc. Have we ever thought, why this visionary sportsman given above mention quote? Don’t you think it’s a kind of wakeup call for the society as he can easily see the health crisis for the society i.e. Physical Inactivity -which is the main health, concerns in the 21st Century.

Even many researches have shown that one of the biggest health problems of the 21st century is physical inactivity. We know that physical activity leads to great physical health benefit. We understand that it doesn’t hinder academic achievement and has been found to enhance it as it increases so much concentration and confidence in students and it will also contribute to academic success of the students but practically it is always neglected as many educators and leaders are always in dilemma in today’s fast-paced tech savvy world when the concept of education has changed drastically over a period of time and facing challenges  to focus equally on extra-curricular activities and sports apart from academics to keep balance between both academics and sports to achieve the goal of Holistic development of the school.

The Importance of Sporting activities:

Physical education and Sports are of special importance for our society nowadays. Its significance is founded on specific possibilities of physical action and experience related to exercise, games and sports. It is even increasing due to wide-spread problems, changed living conditions, lack of exercise and risk for one’ health. Every-day strain and social problems represent challenges for growing up in modern times. Sporting activities can contribute to better cope with difficult situations in life and to strengthen.Sports education not only teaches the students to maintain the physical stamina, but also the habit of obedience, discipline, the determination to win, willpower, etc. A good sportsman always learns to obey the rules of the games and the comments of their superiors. It also teaches them leadership qualities, maintaining teamwork and displaying team spirit. In sports there is a winner and there is a loser. There is success and there is failure. Success is never guaranteed and failure is almost certain in every single game, So, we can say sports education trains the students to face defeat with a smile and maintain the humility even in victory. It is the healthiest means of refreshments and recreation. So, the curriculum should include sports, games and physical health education for the all-round development of the students as it also improves or impart following skills also

  • Time management skills
  • Creativity in finding new ways to improve
  • Strong focus and concentration development
  • Internal skills for handling pressure
  • Learning about taking risks
  • Taking responsibility for individual performance

Focusing only on school work can make students life boring and stagnant which in turn can cause depression and failure but the love story of sports and education can boost their stamina and it also inspires them to fall in love with their intelligence and abilities by keeping a balance between sports and education.

As an educator one of the most significant responsibilities is to give our scholars a strong foundation on which to build a full and active life and it is now widely establishes that childhood is the best time to establish positive attitudes and behavior relating to physical activity and a healthy life style as scholars spend a significant amount of time at school and therefore school environments need to be supportive of students being physically active. Many schools have made physical education an essential component of school curriculum and students are promoted to maintain a healthy balance between their education and exercise. This is due to the fact that those students who take part in physical activities have proved to be happier and healthier than those students who spend all their time doing school education work. Such activities help develop the blood circulation in an individual’s body. This helps in providing more oxygen to the heart and brain and allows the body to maintain a balance between physical and mental health.

Improved academic performance:-

Sports improve students’ concentration, memory, and behavior and academic performance. Schools can lift the performance and outcomes for their students by offering programs designed to maximize participation, enjoyment and personal reward and such sports programs also motivate students and support learners in the academic work. For Example: – educators can use sports as a tool to illustrate complex principles in Math and physics while maintaining the interest of students. Teachers could teach basic principles of physics by explaining how a curveball works as well as using computer programs that involve managing a team or acting as a coach. Students who have increased time participating in sport have increased academic performance as a result. In addition investing in theses sports activities, the school themselves become “happier, healthier and more successful and students have greater confidence and self-esteem.

In my humble opinion, Sporting activities is the ideal setting to support a 21st century Scholar, Like a Loving Couple. Students should give equal importance to both education and sports and maintain a proper balance to excel in both the areas as beyond learning about time, commitment and teamwork , it also taught our students about kindness , relationships in life and made them a better civilized citizen.

By: – Raman Bansal, Director, Scholar’s Pride Sr Sec School, Dhuri (Punjab)

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