Good marks. Finished assignments. Hundred percent attendance. Academics are essential. But, sports is necessary. Just like every coin has two sides, academic learning and sports education complement each other. They are like two sides of a coin. Sports have a positive impact on the life and mind of a student.
Positive Effect of Sports Education in a Students’ Life
Some old sayings suggest that sports do more harm to a student’s life than good. But the research has proven quite the opposite. Sports help a student to develop various qualities that are essential to living a healthy life.
1. Balance in life
It helps a student to balance academics and sports. In the process, he learns to maintain a balance in life between his professional and personal lives. And this is not something that many of us can do even when we reach our forties.
2. Time Management
In the greed to get good grades and win trophies, students learn to manage time between the two. It helps them in their future endeavors.
3. Personality Development
While playing sports with a team, students develop leadership skills and teamwork. Most of the corporate these days are looking for such qualities in their employees. They also understand the importance of sharing and tolerance from sports.
4. Handling Failures
It also teaches one how to accept failure as a harsh truth. People learn to rise and fight against the same. Even if they fail once, they stand up after a fall and fight back.
One other lesson that one can learn is teamwork. This teaches a student of putting the team before self because playing for a team is beyond a personal accomplishment.
Sports education teaches us to develop healthy and positive competition. This, in turn, helps a student to learn about harsh and fair competition. This sense of fair play and teamwork is a much-needed attribute in many corporate boardrooms.
One more factor which is most important is that it teaches the student a sense of discipline of practice. It also teaches the habit of single-minded determination. Sports teach the student the determinacy to score runs in the game of cricket. This habit is instilled through a game. This is the single most important habit that is necessary to accomplish excellence in any career, be it in the business or professional world.
We all know that sports release feel-good endorphin which elevates the mood. A good mood is conducive to performing well in other fields. Since there is the peace of mind that allows greater concentration. Sports acts as a great outlet for frustrations of any kind.
Effect of Sports Education in India
Generally, in India, the perception of sports education is something different. Engineers, Doctors, CA’s, etc. are given more importance as compared to sports education. Sports in India are not considered as a profession. As a result, investment by schools as well as parents for excellence in sports is limited. However, today’s education system has changed.
As a result, the education board has made sports education a compulsory subject. However, it has not been in practice yet to get the seriousness and importance. In India, however, most schools lack sports facilities and there is less inclination in providing sports facilities for them. Physical education not only contributes to creating a healthy individual but also a healthy society.
The hurdles in the progress of sports education in most schools in India
1. Lack Of Proper Facilities
In India, many schools are still not equipped with facilities like grounds for various outdoor sports, lack of indoor sports equipment, less of the best quality trainers which can teach students the best techniques, help them in developing critical strategies, etc. This leads to less interest in sports and its education. In India, almost 60 to 70 percent of the population is youth.
Despite being a country with the largest population below the age of 25, India has not made any significant presence in the world of sports. The national game of India is Hockey. Hockey, being the national game, India has not done well in it at the global level. In other sports except cricket, our condition is not worse but rather pathetic.
2. Proper functioning of the sports bodies
Various Government officials head the various sports committees and associations. These need to function effectively to overcome the challenges faced in imparting sports education in the country. Also, there is an inappropriate allocation and use of budget. The budgetary allocation for sports, in India, is not as much as compared to the countries that excel in the Olympics and other international sports events.
Increase in Sports Management and Entrepreneurship
These are a few aspects which tell us that we lag sports education and its facilities in India. As a result, there is less sports education among our students as compared to foreign countries. As the saying in English goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This line also says that only work and education makes students dull. Nowadays various type of management like brand management, product management is coming as individual parts of management.
Also one of the parts of management that are increasing is Sports Entrepreneurship and Sports Management. So sports education can be very important for a student who aspires to pursue a career in one of the above-mentioned fields. Various companies like IMG, Octagon, RCS Sports, Nike, Fila, etc. help educational institutions in conducting various sports, inter-college & intra-college and also helps in managing various sports-related activities.
Job Opportunities for Sportsperson
Also, the introduction of various leagues like the Indian Premier League in Cricket, Indian Super League in Football, Pro Kabaddi in Kabaddi, are inspiring students. Also, several students aspire to build their career in this field. Hence, sports education plays an important role. However, there are many companies who during their selection process give more edge to students who have good knowledge in the field of sports. Some of the companies include Adidas, Nike, etc. Thus, the chances of working require a perfect mix of the qualities a student learns from sports.
Thus, these are the kind of solutions that sports education provided if one studies it in detail. Hence all of these show that it’s very important to have sports education per academic education. Thus one must take up sports education at schools, colleges, and educational institutions for the all-round development of the person. This will help them immensely in their lives ahead. Therefore sports education along with academics result in the mental, moral and physical development of the students.