The Impact of social media in sports – for students

In today’s world lot of students are ignoring sports because of they just addicted to social media and other kinds of technological platforms. This is a very big impact on their education & as well as for health. Sports help us to build up our lives from various ways. there is an old saying that “If you need a healthy mind you must have a healthy body”, why do we need healthy mind? every student tries to do best in the academics. From the day we start schooling our aim is to get high results. but, only academic do not make a perfect student. for students to succeed at academics, it is important to be healthy and fit. to be healthy and improve fitness engaging with sports are very important. Then it will make your life easier. From the academic education we can improve our brain and from the sports & exercise we can be healthy. also, it is proved that sports & exercise helps to increase the memory power of a human. most of the time we can see students who are doing sports are performing well in their academics, they get high marks for exams, they are more actively participate for school activities than students who are not doing sports.  It is very important for students to get healthy all the time. These days, we can see students are going through with lot of health issues due to the lack of sports and exercises. Student should learn how to balance sports and academic education. 

Sports Improve leadership Skills

Specially Team sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball are breeding grounds for leadership traits. Studies done in high schools reveal a correlation between sports participation and leadership qualities. Because of the opportunity to train, try, win, or lose together, people involved in sports are naturally more inclined to adopt a “team mindset” in the workplace and in social situations. The team mindset leads to strong leadership qualities over time. To be a leader you can improve following qualities:

  • Set an example. As a leader and authority figure, your fellow team members are likely to follow you down any behavioral path you choose.
  • Awareness. As the leader of a team, awareness is key.
  • Passion. Sport is intrinsically passionate.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Ability.
  • Communicate.
  • Motivational skills.
  • Will to win.

Sports boost your self-confidence

The regular exercise that comes with playing sports can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. As your strength, skills, and stamina increase through playing sports, your self-image will improve as well. With the renewed vigor and energy that comes from physical activity, you may be more likely to succeed in tasks off the playing field as well as on it.

Sports help physical health

Playing sports helps reduce body fat or controls your body weight. Sports allow you will gain the satisfaction of developing your fitness and skills. Playing sports helps strengthen bones. Sports help aid coordination, balance and flexibility. Sports participation is a healthy way to maintain weight. Individual sports, such as running, cycling, and weightlifting, are all particularly effective ways to burn calories and/or build muscle. Staying within a recommended weight range reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

playing sports is a generally a fantastic way to improve your fitness and health. Many of us may not feel at home pounding away on a treadmill or working up a sweat in the gym, but we’ll happily chase a ball around endlessly while playing a game of some sort.

For most people, taking part in sport will improve your general health and wellbeing. There are plenty of reasons why you should become involved in sport with reduced body fat, bone strengthening, improved stamina and flexibility being some of the reasons why you should take up a sport.

The following are just some of the many health and fitness benefits of starting out in a new sport which we hope will apply to whatever sport you opt for:

  • Playing sports helps reduce body fat or controls your body weight.  
  • Sports allow you will gain the satisfaction of developing your fitness and skills.  
  • Sports can help you fight depression and anxiety.  
  • Sports allows you to challenge yourself and set goals.  
  • Playing sports helps strengthen bones.  
  • Sports help aid coordination, balance and flexibility.  
  • Many sports can help improves stamina and concentration.  
  • Sports allow you to experience the highs and lows of both winning and losing!  
  • Through sports you will meet people with a similar interest to yourself and are likely to gain many new friends.  
  • Sports are a great way for families to get exercise together.  
  • If you are sporty then you are more likely to have a healthy lifestyle.

Sports improve your mood

Want a burst of happiness and relaxation? Get involved in a physical activity. Whether you are playing sports, working out at a gym, or taking a brisk walk, physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed. Team sports in particular provide a chance to unwind and engage in a satisfying challenge that improves your fitness. They also provide social benefits by allowing you to connect with teammates and friends in a recreational setting.

Sports improve sleep habits

Sports and other forms of physical activity improve the quality of sleep. They do this by helping you fall asleep faster and deepening your sleep. Sleeping better can improve your mental outlook the next day, as well as improve your mood. Just be careful not to engage in sports too late in the day. Evening practices within a few hours of bedtime may leave you too energized to sleep.

Sports reduce stress and depression

When you are physically active, your mind is distracted from daily stress. This can help you avoid getting bogged down by negative thoughts. Exercise reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body. At the same time, it stimulates production of endorphins. These are natural mood lifters that can keep stress and depression at bay. Endorphins may even leave you feeling more relaxed and optimistic after a hard workout.

Sports Improves Your Concerntration

Regular physical activity helps keep your key mental skills sharp as you age. This includes critical thinking, learning, and using good judgment. Research has shown that doing a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities is especially helpful. Participating in this kind of activity three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes can provide these mental health benefits

Karunanada – The most Spirited Looser

Neil Armstrong is well-known because he was the first man to walk on the moon but what about the second man to do so? Is he as famous as Armstrong? Michael Phelps is a famous sportsman today because he won eight gold medals in a single Olympics. But there are other stories in sports which are not about the winners, but about the losers, and the losers with a big heart.
You might be surprised to read that this is about a runner who came last in the 10,000-meter race in an Olympics. His name is Ranatunga Karunananda, or RJK Karunananda alias Marathon Karu.
Few people will know about this man but majority including the youth at present in this country will not know who this man is and for what he is famous for in a country like Japan.
In the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, it was reported that Karunananda from Sri Lanka, named Ceylon that time, was placed 47th out of 52 participants in the men’s 5,000-metre race. And he began the 10,000-metre race with a weakened body as a result of a bad cold.
Karunananda had competed in the event due to a request made by his little daughter. He had wanted to make his little daughter happy by taking part in the 10,000-metre event.
Karunananda ran beside Billy Mills of the United States, the eventual winner of the event. When Mills breasted the tape to finish the race, Karunananda had been lapped four rounds, humiliated by the rest of the runners who surpassed him for as many as four rounds!
But he continued to run alone even after the others had finished the race. He could have stopped at any time but never did so to the bewilderment of the massive crowd which had gathered to the Olympics stadium that day. It was a decision which finally won him many admirers and would have possibly changed his whole life.
His decision surprised the spectators and even the officials who expected Karu to stop. But he continued to run. When Karunananda ran the first lap alone, the specters had started to jeer. He was running alone in the track in front of the partisan Tokyo spectators. But when he came around for a second time, there had been silence. Then, as he continued to run the third round, aiming to complete the full distance of 10,000 meters, the jeering had turned into a cheering and then to a wild applause!. Karu ran the last 100 meters very fast and there had been a standing ovation that time as if to salute the rare determination of the ‘small’ athlete who wanted not to win but to finish the race to show the value of participation, the true spirit of Olympics. It is reported that the applause the Ceylonese ‘Karu’ had received, when he finished the race, had been many times thunderous and rousing than what was received by Mills, the gold medalist of the event.
After the race, some officials had come to Karunananda to ask why he had continued to run. His answer had been simple. “Participating is more important than winning.” It was reported that Billy Mills had responded to Karu’s remarks saying: “The Gold medal should have gone to Karunananda of Ceylon.”
The people of Japan had understood the real importance of this story and have taken steps to include this fascinating incident to their school textbooks.
Later it was reported that Karunananda has been offered a job in Japan in appreciation of his deed. But before he had acknowledged that, he had died, under mysterious circumstances. Some say he died in an accident and some say he was murdered. Some argue that he had just disappeared.


No star players, inexperienced team, but they still managed to whitewash the world best team
It was a very special day for Sri Lankan cricket team, they managed to win over world no 1 cricket team 3-0 as visitors. Matches were held in Lahore Pakistan, currently Pakistan team is the world no 1 in rankings. However they lost three games in a raw to the inexperienced young Sri Lankan Cricket Team.

“It was a great achievement for us, Every one contributed at their best , as a team we united” Sri Lankan Captain Dasun Shanaka said. It was his first tournament as a captain and he deserves it. Every one were new in the team, most of them were debutants. They played really well against world rank no 1 team and did not give single chance for Pakistan team. each department did their job perfectly.
Sri Lankan team was the world champions in 2014 t20 Cricket world cup and they were holding their rank No 1 position for long period. However they were struggling to win since last couple of years. The team was losing their unity, they had lot of disputes among the team. there were lot of experienced players in the team. however due to lot of reason they went down to 8th place in the world rankings.
Due to unclear security situations Sri Lankan Cricket team said no to the Pakistan tour. However Sri Lankan Cricket board accepted the invitation and selected a new team and sent them to Pakistan.
So the youngsters did their job perfectly and they could stop the series of defeat in the Sri Lankan team and brought them back to the winning way.
This is a perfect example for good teamwork and leadership. There are good qualities that we can get in to our lives. In this young Sri Lankan team, they showed us about teamwork.
In team sports, each team member has to actively contribute to the team to get good results. as well as in the games, teamwork is very important to every social level such as for a workplace, for a school project, for social project etc. when we work as a team every task can be achievable without wasting any time. also, when we work as a team, it improves self-discipline, togetherness and fellow feeling.
If We talk about the leader, He came front and took the challenge and guided the team very well throughout the series. He improved lot of leadership qualities from the sport he plays.
We can improve lot of qualities from sports, when you play a game, you have some important role to play and you get responsibilities, you must give your maximum for win, no matter individual or team sport. also, sports provide confidence to face life challenges and help to overcome those challenges easily.
The young Cricket team of Sri Lanka proved that “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

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