It does not matter if you are a kid or an adult those lesson can still be learned. Adults may learn more as they may be able to understand or relate better, whereas kids may not understand what they learned for many years.
So, what life lessons can we learn from sports?
Although there are many different things one can learn from sports we are going to list what we think are the most valuable or most important.
Team Work - How to work in a coordinated or cooperative effort when there is a common interest or goal. To work as a team takes trust, communication, and organization to accomplish the goal. Working as a team teaches us that even though it takes the effort of more than one we all have a responsibility and must do our part to make it work. You know the old saying "There is no I in Team"
Adversity - This teaches you how to deal with misfortunes or failures whether as a team or an individual. How to cope with a loss or an injury without giving up. This is one of the hardest things athletes can deal with sometimes, especially in a loss as it is measured by the score. However without the score there is no winner and loser and one can not learn how to deal with losing or adversity without it. Adversity teaches us how to persevere when this get difficult or after failure.
Respect - One of the biggest lessons learned in sports is respect. From coaches standpoint you learn to show an understanding of what they are teaching you is important and you appreciate what they are teaching you. When it comes to opponents in sports you learn to show them an appreciation whether you win or lose against them as a way of understanding without the opponent there is no competition. This is also known as being a good sportsman.
Hard Work - Probably one of the first things you learn in sports is if you want something you have to work for it. If you want to be a certain level of athlete hard work is the road to get you there. As team or individual if there is no effort there is no gain. Hard work allows you to measure your progress from where you began to where you are now.
Building Character - Sports is filled with rules and if you follow those rules you will build character. The building of character is learned through honoring those rules and those around you. Take golf for example, golf is played on an honor system. Would you play by the rules even when you are alone or would you cheat? If you learn to play sports with honor and not cheat you have become a person of strong character. In team sports character is learned more on how you treat others and falls under respect. With the proper respect you develop character.
There you have it. Those are what we consider to be the top life lessons you can learn from sports. If you would like to know more on this subject there is a great book available from Amazon Titled: Life Lessons Learned Through Sports by Calvin Evans.
We know there are many other things you can learn from sports that can be used for life, but we wanted to keep this somewhat short. If there is anything you feel we should have mentioned, please let us know in the comment section below.