Teens may participate in sports for reasons that range from an excuse to see friends, to significant talent in a particular area. In this video blog, Dr. Monique Burton provides tips for sports participation.

When thinking about whether or not your teen should participate in sports consider the following points:

  • Sports provide a fun way to fit in physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week for teens. This can be broken up into 10-15 minute intervals.
  • Participation in school sports usually requires teens to keep a minimum grade point average. For some students, being able to participate in a sport is all the motivation they need to turn in homework assignments and continue with academics.
  • Sports can positively impact self-esteem. Self esteem has been linked to decreased rates of depression, drug use, and sexual activity in teens.
  • In order to participate in sports, a visit to your teen’s health care provider is necessary for a pre-participation physical exam. During the teen years, visits to a health care provider are often few and far between. Use this physical exam as an opportunity to catch up on teen immunizations and guidance on everything from driving safety to acne!