Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Play Team Sports

Basketball, football, and cricket are only some of the popular team sports in Singapore. At some point, your child will ask you about these sports and maybe even say that they’re interested in one. They might start playing basketball at school or maybe they know friends who play soccer.

If this is the case, allow them to do so and encourage them! You never know, they might be the next big star of the sport! But aside from that, there are really many great reasons to let your child play team sports. Here are only some of them. 

They’ll have other mentors and role models

Just like how teachers become the child’s “second parents”, coaches can also be great mentors and role models. Kids need to learn from other grown-ups outside of their homes. This is particularly beneficial because they’re opened up to many different perspectives about life as they grow up.

The coach acts as a leader, teacher, disciplinarian, and an overall foundation. He can teach your child about hard work, determination, the importance of working with others, and many more.

Team sports encourage cooperation

We all know that humans always thrive when they are in groups. Our ancestors hunted as packs and fought as groups. We can confidently say that cooperation is a natural part of human life.

Playing in team sports, of course, highlights the importance of working together with others. The goal of winning is something everybody strives for. Hence, children are taught to cooperate with their fellow teammates in order to achieve those goals.

It can teach them about status

One of the more important advantages of playing in team sports is that it checks one’s status. When you’re on a team, you’ll know soon enough if you’ll have a main role or become a substitute player. This can be a big test for your child. If he becomes a substitute, he might be discouraged.

Even so, he will learn that he can have fun even without being the team’s best player. Then, that will encourage him to work even harder to actually get a spot as a starter. Of course, learning about status at an early age will help them manage their life and career as they grow older.

It can make your child competitive

Usually, there are two factors that will motivate someone playing for a team. One is the desire to be the best player and the other is to beat other teams. Playing a team sport puts your child in a constantly competitive environment.

Most of the time, you’ll see these affect other aspects of their life positively as well. The competitiveness they get in the sport will also move to their education, and then their careers sooner or later.

Tips for Choosing the Right Sports Shoes  


When we look for any type of shoe, we only consider its aesthetic beauty. Just because they are beautiful doesn’t mean they are great for our feet. We have to know that shoes these days have many features that seek to give more than aesthetic face value.


Shoes these days are concentrated on improving performance. If at this point in time we are looking for the right sports shoes, we have to consider different tips. The tips include:

  • Know the best time: We have to know that there is the best time to buy sports shoes. We just do not buy it anytime of the day. If we want it to be right, we have to buy shoes at the end of the day. We will notice that are feet are swollen at the end of the day and this will represent how our sports shoes will fit us during and after our work out.


  • Look for shoes with arch support: If we are flat footed, we should look for shoes that have arch support. The arch support is in the form of hump. The arch will support our feet. We have to remember that a shoes with good support can make a difference.
  • Observe mileage: If we need to wear flat shoes at the end of the day, there is no need to increase our mileage excessively. We have to at least slowly build up our workout for several weeks to allow our body to adjust.

The tips were given by Dr David Su, formerly the Singapore General Hospital Medical Director for Food and Ankle Surgery. Now, he is affiliated at The Orthopaedic Centre.