Children start sports mostly at 5 years of age, usually at the same time as they go to preschool. Sports activity during this period should serve as a game for children, with the only goal – the development of motor skills.

However, in most cases this does not happen. A child, when is exposed to very measurable parameters, like sporting results that are  displayed immediately, then in a child a competitive spirit start to manifest. There is nothing wrong with the competitive spirit as an element of sporting activity but the competitive spirit arouses many moral temptations, and only in the desire to achieve a better result. To win over a boy or a girl in the next lane, or to get better time on the stopwatch.

Parents have the greatest influence over this period. Their influence can be positive or negative. A positive influence on their child have the parents who fully understand the process of development of the child through sport, and support their kids when it comes to working conditions, but do not influence on a very delicate relationship  child – sports coach.

It is exactly the point where the negative influence of those parents forms, they do not respect the age of their child or the moral norms of society. They see their children as potential winners of the trophy, or in the worst case as a means of material gain if the child succeeds in their careers. Moral imperatives in this case are completely disturbed and this bad relationship parent – child is also transferred to the  relationship coach – child,  coach – other children and  child – the rest of the children.

Another aspect to consider moral values during this period of development is the controversy of sports choice and the approach of the child, parents and trainer to a seriousness of the concept of the sport. It is theoretical that it is more moral and proper to let the child deal with the 15 years in some kind of sport in which it is not talented, with deficit of  good results that after so many years will never come. Or it is more moral to influence child to get engaged with a sport in which it is talented. There are modern methods for checking for which sport kid is predestined, such as muscle biopsy. If the kid does not like that sport and is reluctant to go to the training.

Dozens of factors influence this problem, and it is mostly specific from child to child, i.e. from family and surroundings to some other family and other environments. Perhaps, it is most proper to observe from the corner that it is morally right to let a child engage in the activity in which it enjoys because the work and all the training of a sport that a child does not like later can have negative consequences on the psychological level as well as at the physical, because compel of an activity that does not positively influence on the psycho-physical condition of the athlete.

🇬🇧10 times Balkan champion, professional triathlete (representing Serbia), half-marathoner, ironman 70.3, traveler.

🇷🇸10 puta šampion Balkana, profesionalni triatlonac i reprezentativac, polumaratonac i maratonac, svetski putnik.

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