Ever since I was a kid, I had a keen desire to know about how does a human body works. Most of my doubts were cleared later on in life, but I am still left with questions about the emotional factors affecting our body. Like how do muscles know that we are under stress and tend to malfunction? Isn’t that something like a sixth sense! And as a matter of fact, I would consider  Sports as one such field that can easily be correlated to something like this. You can’t be the best sportsperson by just learning it; there are several aspects that need to be considered, which are often termed as the High Five principles of sports. We shall discuss these principles in brief.

High Five Principles of Sports:

1. A caring Leader or a coach:

A child is like a lump of clay; it gets molded in the way you want it to, provided that the person molding it knows which way will make it look the best. A coach or a leader is a person who initiates the journey of sports in the life of a kid or an individual. None of us is born similar, nor do our learning habits match. So an ideal coach makes sure that he coaches in a way that the learner gives his best shot. This principle is like a child learning ABC that will be used throughout his life but in millions of different forms. A writer had to learn the alphabets at some point in time; similarly, a real mentor is needed to shape your path in the direction.


2. The opportunity to make friends:

Any task that does not involve people with whom you can be yourself will always have something missing. The chance to meet new people, get to know them and be with those who happen to touch the friendship guitar strings. And when you are playing in a team, then you automatically make new friends. It is a vicious cycle that involves like-minded people to be at the same place and share their experiences, happiness, and sorrow. This again is a principle that plays an integral part in controlling each sportsperson’s emotional aspect. Winning and losing is a part of the game, but accepting it gets tough at the time, and that is when the friends play their roles.


3. The opportunity to play:

When you learn things, the next obvious step is to try what you have learned. Things can be taught, but trial and playing are a must for you to be a part of that thing. I happen to be grave with the roads. I can sit beside the driver and go on the same route 50 times and still not remember the way, but if I drive the same direction, it gets into my memory forever. The same is what happens with this principle of sports. Play and get a hold of what has been taught.

4. The opportunity to master:

No one is born perfect. Those who have reached the heights of success is only due to their hard work and dedication. Chance to master is to rehearse and practise until you know there are no more flaws. Though it takes a lifetime to get to that stage because learning never stops and preferably should not! When you master the skills, you tend to take along a bag full of knowledge and practice, and the load of the bag stays with you reminding you that skills run away if the practice is not continued. This principle of the sport is as important as salt in the food. Despite all the significant ingredients being perfect, the absence of the salt makes it tasteless.

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5. The opportunity to participate:

Then comes the last high five principles of sports. Showcase what you have learned and practised. Participation lets you know the rank you stand at. Also, it makes sure that you are aware of what flaws need to be taken care of and what strengths you can use against your opponents. Winning or losing should not matter. You should be concerned about giving your best and learning from the mistakes you have been doing.


So, these were high five principles of sports. Sportsman’s spirit, the ability to learn, and the ability to survive in the worse conditions are what sports do to the life of an individual. Accepting or leaving is up to us, and that is what decides what our destiny holds for us.

Also, sports holds great importance for the personality development of kids. A sports player is always active and thus maintains a healthy lifestyle. He has good stamina, strength, speed and concentration power. This enables a player to have a healthier personality. A player is able to control his emotions well. He can even channelise negative emotions/feelings in an appropriate manner. Confidence and esteem boost up in kids when they take part in sports/games. Thus, taking part in extracurricular activities has the utmost importance for the personality development of kids.

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About Radhieka Talwar

A qualified physiotherapist and a writer by heart! Someone who knows hard work pays you back sooner or later. For her, failing a million times is OK, but quitting even once is not.

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