Melbourne, 15 June 2012 | James Hunter-Smith

We all know sport is beneficial for kids. But do we know why?

In its most basic form, it gets youngsters off the couch, outdoors and away from the TV. It’s healthy for them and it’s reassuring for their parents.

But sport is important for kids on many more levels, both in the short- and long-term. Not only does it promote physical activity, but the social and cognitive benefits help kids develop crucial skills from an early age.

Best of all, the budding young athletes aren’t even aware of this learning process, but they’re developing gradually every time they go out and play.

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