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Should Children be in Competive Sports at a young age Essay written by kaytay98 Many American parents struggle to answer the puzzling question of what the appropriate age children should start to participate in competitive sports A subject like this is puzzling because there are many issues that must be addressed because it is controversial Some American parents push their children too far too young The average American child usually will start to participate actively in competitive sports between the ages of six and twelve and can be unhealthy to a childs development CWG 131 The question at what age a child should start has a different answer for each individual child Parents often fail to realize that their child may not be physically ready for competitive sports even though the child is ready I believe that a child should participate in sports only if he is wanting too participate and is not pushed by their parents Every parent has a different way of looking at if their child is ready to start If a six year little boy wanted to start playing football the child may not be fully capable of handling such strength and tension that might cause a life long injury Koppett 294 Some parents may think he is ready but is probably not Determining whether or not a child is ready for competitive sports can sometimes be difficult to answer because to determine if they are ready a child must be mentally ready also Sports not only take physical strength but a child must have psychological capacity to get them through such strenuous activity A child may sometimes become scared when participating in sports For example A mother of an eight-year-old Peewee Football player explained The kids get so scared They get hit once and they dont want anything to do with football anymore Theyll sit on the bench and pretend their leg hurtsqtd In Tosched A32 This quote
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