17 Life Lessons Learned Through Sports

Now that football season is finally over, we can take a step back and look at sports from a more objective angle with this list of 17 life lessons learned through sports.

If your childhood was anything like mine, you probably had to play sports at some point. Not that you were necessarily forced, but your parents probably put you on some type of sports team to help you develop social skills and be “active” or whatever. I played soccer when I was a kid and I liked it until I realized I hated being outside and playing games and preferred the part where we ate snacks. Thankfully a “knee injury” convinced my parents to let me quit so I could join Girl Scouts (for the cookies, of course). I will say, though, that sports were fairly educational. I mean you have to learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship and all that jazz.

 17 Life Lessons Learned Through Sports


Sports helps you develop a sense of goals and purpose since it takes a lot of practice to really succeed. By setting goals you’re more likely to have a positive result, and that’s a lesson that can be applied all throughout life and not just during a soccer game, for example. These will help you for the long run. If you’re really in the mood for some self-help and life lessons, take a look at our list of the 11 Most Valuable Lessons Children Learn From Sports. You might find a few that are familiar!

To create this list of the 17 life lessons learned through sports, I consulted a few websites like Coaching Positive Performance, Keep Inspiring, and A Plus. I took their top suggestions that I think are the best and most important and created this list based on that.