Texas Health Steps

Promoting Healthy Participation in Sports:
Overview for Texas Health Steps Providers

Kids in elementary school sports team piggybacking outdoors

What You'll Learn

The benefits for children and adolescents of participation in sports, and recommended topics for Texas Health Steps providers to address as part of preventive medical checkups, including support for healthy physical activity, safety tips and guidance about preventing common injuries, and counseling about when to seek medical help for a sports injury.

Safely participating in organized sports can benefit children and adolescents beyond improving their physical health. Sports participation also positively influences social and life skills development, helps support emotional and behavioral health, and can set in motion good health habits that may last a lifetime.