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April 25, 2019

4 Ways to Use Athletics to Promote SEL and Character Development

Source: edutopia.org | Re-Post 4/25/2019 –

Educational Athletics is a term used by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to denote how athletic competition should be both an extension of the classroom and an educational activity in itself designed to teach life lessons and prepare young people with both values and skills they need for the future.

If this sounds quite compatible with social-emotional and character development, it should, because it is! The key point is to design athletic experiences specifically to promote those skills and values. Let’s take a closer look at four ways this can happen in both school-connected and out-of-school athletics, including physical education classes.

1. Build Skills
Individually, students benefit from emotional regulation skills. It allows them to calm down their breathing and keep focus on pressure situations, such as at-bats, free throws, and end-of-game situations. Problem-solving and decision making are valuable skills when analyzing one’s own performance and looking to make improvements. Empathy and communication are skills essential for knowing what is happening with teammates and coordinating activities, whether playing doubles tennis, rowing, or on the football field.

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