Exhilaration. Sitting on the edge-of-your-seat. Watching on with baited breath as your team drives home the winning goal and the colossal roar of the crowd that follows. No wonder watching and playing sports is a treasured experience for many among us!
But, did you know that sports, more than just entertaining, are actually very beneficial for the wellbeing and development of your children?
No, we don't mean sitting them down to watch the Friday night game with you (though why not, that's a bit of fun for the whole family). What we really mean is encouraging your kids to get in the game themselves!
Getting your kids to play sport is an activity that will reap many benefits. More than just the trophies in the pool room and bragging rights amongst your friends.
One of the best things about your kids playing sport is learning how to work as a team. Helping their mate up when they're down. Setting up a point for another rather than taking it themselves. Sharing in joint glory as opposed to being out for number one. These are essential skills that they'll carry with them throughout their lives - helping them to progress in their careers as well as their relationships.
If your child joins up to play team sports, they'll also have a fantastic opportunity to learn how to communicate, as well as listen.
More than that, they'll be able to build relationships that give them a real sense of belonging and comradeship.
While the odd soccer player might chuck a hissy fit on the field because someone bumped into them, sport is a widely renowned method to help your children build resilience.
Every loss, fumble or foul will be keenly felt, but they'll learn how to bounce back faster and faster.
More importantly, they'll learn to look at their mistakes as learning opportunities rather than failures.
A no-brainer, but another benefit of getting your kids out on the field is increasing their exercise levels. An hour spent running up and down the pitch will boost their cardiovascular fitness, help to control their weight as well as improve their general health and wellbeing. It'll also help to tire them out, encouraging a better night's sleep (for you and them).
Making New Friends
One of the beautiful things about kids is their unfailing ability to make friends wherever they go. Unencumbered with self-doubt or insecurities, they just go for it. Got a similar hair cut? Think the T-Rex is the best dinosaur? Like fairy bread? Boom! Best friends. We might be simplifying it a bit, but you get the idea.
The only thing standing in the way of your kids and making new friends is the opportunity to do so.
So, have a chat with them about where their interests may lie in the sporting world and sign them up! It also gives you the chance to mingle amongst the other parents - helping you to meet new people and make new buddies too.
Dedication and Patience
Unlike the epic rants of people like Nick Kyrgios, sport is usually pretty good at teaching your kids the art of dedication and patience. It shows them that everything doesn't have to happen right this instant - it might actually be better if they wait for the perfect moment to take their shot. And, if they don't get it the first time, if they dedicate themselves to it, there's no reason why they can't achieve anything they put their mind to.
Time to Get in the Game
With this long list of incredible benefits, there's never been a better time to get your kid's in the game. But, before you brush off the soccer pleats and cut up the orange slices, it's best to prepare for the inevitable bump, scratch or bruise.
Arnica gels and creams are fantastic ways to gently help your kids to recover from the odd sporting injury.
Traditionally used to help relieve sore, aching muscles, it can help to relieve muscular pain, swelling or bruising.
If you'd like to learn more about the amazing benefits of Arnica, you can find more information here.
Now, ready the picnic rug and charge the video camera - it's time to spark the next generation of Olympians!