Basketball Can Make Your Kids Smarter

By: Bill Parsons

Yes, folks, that's right, playing basketball can actually make your kids smarter. No need for long study sessions, expensive tutors or academic camps. Just send them out to the court and worry no more.

When they play basketball, kids learn teamwork. They learn to collaborate on a goal, and how to play their part. This makes them smarter. They will then be able to go to school and organize a cooperative group that will come up with the best Native American project that ever was. Knowing how to work together, able to appreciate the aspects of give and take that is present on the basketball court allows them to work well with the other kids in their classes.

Playing basketball improves a kid's hand-eye coordination. This in turn stimulates the brain, causing it to work harder and to thus work better. Improved skills of any kind lead to greater brain power, and thus your child will be smarter.

Being able to assess what's going on around him or her on the court will help them make similar judgments in life. Paying attention to the other guy and knowing how to respond is another skill that, once mastered, will make your child smarter. If they can compare themselves to others, to analyze what the other kids are doing and to improve on that in their own lives, your kids will be smarter. They'll be savvy and more able to think on their feet.

No kid likes to be told what to do, but a kid who can listen to a coach's guidance will be more able to learn from others. Hearing what the coach has to say and being able to follow his or her suggestions makes your kids more open to constructive criticism, a must if one is to improve oneself. Being able to learn from the guidance of someone else is a huge benefit. This really helps a kid get smarter - they're more willing to learn from someone else like a teacher, parent, or even older sibling.

Practicing the sport of basketball, if applied to other aspects of your child's life can help make them smarter as well. Not having a problem with practicing on the court will most mean that they'll be more amenable to practicing other things like piano lessons or spelling words. While no one likes to practice all the time, smart people know that it's the only way to improve. We can't all be experts the first time we try something, and learning this while on the court makes our kids smarter. Eventually they'll figure out that they have to practice in other areas of their lives in order to improve and succeed.

In short, playing basketball can make your kid smarter. Practice, listening to the coach, paying attention to what others are doing, and playing on a team will help your kid increase his or her brain power. It's a given.

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