Team sports are games in which a group of players cooperate to achieve a common objective. The objective is usually based on strategic planning and good preparation. It requires teammates to move an object in accordance with a set of rules.
Team sports encourage comradery and provide an opportunity for children to escape from their daily lives. They are also very popular amongst teenagers. Kids who participate in these sports are less likely to develop anxiety and depression.
Team sports also foster a sense of community and give young people an opportunity to learn important life lessons such as teamwork, cooperation, respect, confidence and patience. They can also help children stay active and avoid weight problems.
A study in the United States looked at the involvement of high school students in physical activities outside of PE. Students who participated in team sports were less likely to experience anxiety or depression. They also felt better about themselves when they turned into adults.
A variety of team sports was represented, including baseball, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, rugby union, football, track and field and soccer. Each sport has its own rules and equipment. Most of these sports are practiced between opposing teams.
Athletes in all of these sports used recovery strategies. These included stretching, cold water immersion, contrast water therapy, and active land-based recovery. During the study, athletes trained for 0 to 600 minutes per week.
Athletes involved in team sports were contacted via phone, email, and personal contacts. Results indicated that athletes had competed in five competition levels, with the most popular being local competition.