The benefits of sports for kids

Sport can teach kids new skills and important life lessons, says Chris Judd. Here’s how to make the most of those sporting moments.

Chris Judd

Chris Judd

Chris Judd is a former AFL footballer and twice winner of the Brownlow Medal.

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I played a lot of sports when I was a kid, from kicking a footy around with my old man to getting my first real taste of competitive sport at Little Athletics.

Being active was an important part of my childhood and, as a parent, this is something I’ve tried to replicate with my own kids.

Aside from the obvious health benefits, the lessons you can learn through playing sports as a kid are endless. Most of them are subconscious, but they’re lessons that stay with you throughout your adult life. Team sports, for example, teach us an ability to work in groups, which is something that we’re constantly asked to do as we grow up.

But the truth is, not all sports suit all children. I thought getting my son into athletics was a great idea because I’d loved it so much when I was his age – but he hated it. He prefers the footy. Give your kids the opportunity and encouragement to give different things a go until they find the kind of exercise they really enjoy.

You can go about this in two ways: you can match them up with sports that showcase and practice the talents and skills they already have, or you can encourage them to do sports that will help them develop certain skills further.

To help with the process of trial and (inevitable) error, take a look at our infographic to see which sports might bring out the best in your child.

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Chris Judd

Former Australian Rules footballer Chris Judd is familiar with how to get your heart rate up and push yourself physically. Twice winner of the prestigious Brownlow Medal, Chris is an honoured sportsman and father to four children, Oscar, Billie, Tom and Darcy. The information in this article is general information only and is not intended as medical, health, nutritional or other advice. You should obtain professional advice from a medical or health practitioner in relation to your own personal circumstances.

The information in this article is general information only and is not intended as financial, medical, health, nutritional, tax or other advice. It does not take into account any individual’s personal situation or needs. You should consider obtaining professional advice from a financial adviser and/or tax specialist, or medical or health practitioner, in relation to your own circumstances and before acting on this information.