Children who participate in team sports have better mental health outcomes than those who play individual sports or take part in no sports at all. Those who play individual sports have worse mental health outcomes than those who do not play sports.
I came across an article on the positive impact of team sports on child mental health, and it caught my attention since gymnastics is listed as an individual sport in the article. My child enjoys gymnastics, but as a parent, I often question if it's worth the time and money, especially when dealing with social challenges like mean girls, conflicts, and pressure to win. However, I believe that learning gymnastics offers valuable benefits, such as setting personal goals, developing resilience, and cheering for others, in addition to physical strength. Nevertheless, when the team spirit is not maintained well, it can be mentally challenging for my child. Quite a subjective question, but how do you all parents balance these? As you can probably guess, my kid is in a lower compulsory level right now.