Why Wrestling is Good for Your Kid
Not only is Wrestling the coolest sport on the planet, it is SUPER beneficial to young people. Heck, it benefits adults too, even old coaches like me.
Starting with the obvious, wrestling develops strength, coordination, and overall physical health. If you wrestle and eat right you will be in the best shape of your life. What a great thing to combat today’s lazy culture of electronic diversions, poor diet, and lack of exercize. You will learn to use and be aware of muscles you didn’t know were there, and you will learn how to take care of your body through healthy food choices.
Wrestling develops confidence. I do not give trophies to every kid. I give three earned trophies for our MVP, Most Improved, and Mr Hustle. The rest get a certificate. It is a reminder that they fought and worked all season when others quit. They can stand tall for having endured and for learning they can go toe to toe with anyone and come out on the other side. We push the kids to grow. Once they see it, the confidence is infectious. Parents see it too.
Wrestlers learn to endure. They become tough. Every task is not pleasurable. Sometimes we must grind through tasks in order to achieve our goals. Wrestling, more than any other sport, teaches the values of self discipline, sacrifice, and perseverance. We set short term and long term goals. The kids can translate this work ethic into any job they may have as a teen or adult. I would also go so far as to say wrestling benefits marriages by teaching kids to NOT QUIT when things get rough, and to face obstacles head on.
If you doubt me, I challenge you to ask a wrestler. If we are out of shape now or starved ourselves it is because we made poor choices and we knew better. Don’t use that lame excuse to ignore the benefits. We know nutrition. We know hard work. We know the confidence that comes from pushing through every challenge we faced in our great sport. Ask us how wrestling benefitted us. Then support wrestling in your community.
Wrestlers, thank your coaches and the ones who encouraged you to wrestle.