January 11, 2023

Why Participating In Sport Is So Valuable: Opinion Piece

Sport is something that is engrained in Australian society – its everywhere we look. Take AFL footy season in winter for example, when we see many passionate supporters heading to the game (rain, hail, or shine!) or watching along at home with mates. Even in summer, we’re either talking about the Aussie Open, watching the games, or we’ll have it running on the television in the background. Isn’t it funny that when we think of any weather season in Australia, we often associate it with a sport? Given sport is clearly a big part of our lives, let’s delve into its specific benefits.

Physical Health:

Let’s start with the most obvious benefit of sport, your physical health. Sport, or any exercise for that matter, can help reduce your risk in developing disease and illnesses. Consistent physical activity may help you to avoid type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and even mental disabilities like dementia.


Mental Health:

Participating in sport is a fun way to incorporate exercise into our lives, which gives us the endorphins we need to keep us feeling good and motivated. These endorphins can help to relieve feelings of depression, anxiety and improve moodiness. Aside from making you happier, exercise or sport can help you sleep better which will improve your concentration throughout the day and keep you feeling mentally sharp.

Social Health:

A huge and sometimes overlooked factor that makes participating in sport so important is the sense of belonging that comes from being part of a team or community. Without sport, it’s almost impossible to imagine a thriving community! Sport can give you social opportunities to build connections with others and to feel valued whether that’s as a player, a volunteer, or a supporter cheering others on.

Development into Adulthood:

Participating in sport from a young age is a great way for kids to learn practical skills they can bring with them into adulthood. The tactical nature of sport calls for children to practice problem solving, a valuable skill they'll need when entering the workforce and in everyday life. Getting involved with sport early on is also a great way for kids to practice teamwork and cooperation, skills they will again use in the workforce and when building relationships.