How Do Sports Develop Life Skills?

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Sports help develop life skills by teaching people how to interact with other teammates and opposing teams, how to take instructions from a coach and how to deal with disappointment. Learn to anticipate new opportunities through playing on a sports team with advice from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Darren Adamson from Argosy University. Today I want to talk with you about how sports and participating in sports helps develop life skills. Sports really are an opportunity for people to interact with one another. Most sports require some sort of interaction among teammates or against another team. That interaction is a great way to learn social life skills. Other life skills learned through participation in sports include how to handle the disappointment when things don't go exactly they way you'd like. When you lose in other words. How to handle that and not be angry, not be too disappointed in one's self and to be able to move on to the next opportunity. Another life skill that sports teaches is how to take instruction or direction from a coach. Coaches teach the players on the team to do certain things that will lead to the desired outcome. Learning how to take instructions is a very, very important life skill. One additional life skill that sports really helps an individual to learn is the anticipation of the next opportunity. To anticipate the play in that next game, to anticipate winning that next game really creates optimism, a life skill that clearly we all need. Sports is a very important way to both learn life skills and if you're a teacher of life skills, using sports to help teach your students. For more information, contact me through argosy.edu. Look for the Salt Lake City campus and call me at that phone number.

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