Five Benefits of Tennis for Young Athletes
Synopsis: Enrolling young children in tennis will not only expose them to a great sport now, but could also could lead to a lifelong passion for this popular game.
While in the United States tennis might not be as popular as sports like baseball or football, it remains a great option for young athletes. As a parent trying to decide which sports will benefit your children the most, be sure to consider tennis as an option. Following are five benefits of choosing tennis as one of your child’s sports.
#1 – Great Exercise
There is no doubt that tennis is great exercise. Rather than the long, sustained running that is seen in sports like soccer or track, tennis players run quickly in short bursts throughout a match. At the end of the day, however, they have worked as hard (or harder) than players in any other sport. The conditioning gained through tennis can apply to a number of other sports, as tennis players develop lateral quickness, change of direction abilities, and more. A young person who goes through a season of tennis practice and matches will certainly be in excellent physical condition when they are finished.
#2 – Learning Skills
One of the best things about enrolling your children in sports is giving them the opportunity to learn specific skills. In the short-term, they learn how to play the sport. In the long-term, they develop the ability to learn how to complete a task, which is something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. There are a number of skills taught to young people on the tennis court, including footwork, forehand, backhand, serve, volley, and more.
#3 – Solo Endeavor
When talking about singles tennis, the player is all alone on the court against their opponent. For a child, this can be difficult at first, but it helps to develop a self-reliance that can be valuable later in life. There is nowhere to hide on a tennis court, so the player is required to step up to the challenge and perform their best.
#4 – Path to College
While a college scholarship should never be the main motivation for participating in junior athletics, the path to such a reward for tennis players is less-crowded than it is in other sports. Even if a scholarship isn’t attained, the opportunity to continue playing tennis on the small college level exists for many high school team members.
#5 – Lifelong Sport
Much like golf, tennis is a sport that can be continued on into adulthood. Tennis courts are available in many public places, and it is an activity that can often be enjoyed for free. Remaining active in tennis later on in life is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy some friendly competition, and spend time outdoors. Plenty of young tennis players will fall in love with the game and continue to play it for decades to come.