Parents Say I Must Practice a Sport
There are several potential benefits to playing sports, including:
- Improved physical and mental health
- Learning traits such as focus, dedication and leadership
- Being part of a team
However, TeenHealthFX understands that team sports can often come with a great deal of pressure. FX suggests having a conversation with your parents to explain how you are feeling. You may want to mention that you feel the amount of time you have been dedicating to basketball is taking away from time you would enjoy focusing on your personal interests. It is important that you approach this conversation in a calm manner. FX suggests checking out TeenHealth's article, "Raising Diffucult Topics" for tips on preparing for this conversation.
Possible strategies include:
- Practice a different sport or physical activity. Choosing a sport that makes you happy will make you more likely to want to practice and play.
- Work with your parents to create a schedule that properly balances exercise and personal interest. It is recommended that teens get at least one hour of physical activity per day. Weight training should be monitored by a certified adult.
If you find that your conversation with your parents is unsuccessful, FX recommends reaching out to a trusted adult of choice. This may include your school counselor, principal, or coach his/herself.
TeenHealthFX suggests browsing the following resources for additional information: