South Mill Pond Park (Portsmouth NH)
Just a few months ago these courts would have landed at the top of my list of least favorite courts in the area. The surface wasn’t level and the courts were absolutely covered in cracks. Luckily the City of Portsmouth decided to invest some money into renovating the park and they turned out great! The surface looks great, they have wind guards and there are lights so you can play late into the night. These courts also get bonus points for being adjacent to some pretty nice basketball hoops and a popular dog park as well!
If you or your kid are looking for a new spring time activity, you could do a lot worse than playing high school tennis. In my experience, varsity tennis teams are much less likely to cut players than other sports. Because of this, many students who either don’t play any sports or are in need of a spring time sport look to tennis to help get them out of the house and exorcizing. Keep reading for my top 4 benefits of playing high school tennis.
Getting ready for a new sport season can be stressful. This is especially true for kids playing a new sport for the first time and kids who have never played any varsity sport before. To help cut down on the stress and make sure new players hit the ground running when the season starts I’ve put together my top 4 things every high schooler should do to prepare for the high school tennis season.
With the rapid increases in technology and social media, it has become easier and easier for kids to spend more of their time indoors then ever before. If you have a teenage son, you are already aware of the effects this increased indoor time has on your life.
But what you may not know is this increased indoor time can have a negative effect on your child as well. There have been many studies on this subject that point to evidence that humans were not meant to spend such large ammount of time indoors. Whether it's the "epidemic of inactivity", "nature deficit disorder" or the effects "digital multitasking" can have on your behavior and brain, the risks associated with spending too much time indoors are real and scary.
I'm gonna spend some time explaining these risks and and describe what happens when a high school teenager doesn't go outside.
Nature Deficit Disorder
In 2005, author Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe what happens when we spend too much time inside. Louv discovered that without an adequate amount of time in the outdoors, we have a higher rate of experiencing diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions of obesity, and higher rates of emotional and physical illnesses.
Epidemic of Inactivity
Although the US Surgeon General has recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, only about 25% of Americans meet that very achievable goal. It is only becoming easier for us to live a sedatary life and a worry that percentage is on the decline. This increased level of inactivity is very preventable and contributes to increased chances for chronic deseases.
Mental Health and Digital Multi-Tasking
As I'm sure you could have guessed, our increased use of technologies has more than just a physical affect on us. Studies have shown that as the quantity of different devices we reguarly engage with as well as the frequency with which we check them increases, structural changes happen in our brain. The upshot here is that it increases our risk of suffering from behavioral disorders such as anxiety and mental health.
As I'm sure you can tell, the health risks associated with spending too much time indoors are both real and scary. The good news is there is no limit to the fun outdoor activities available to our kids today. I may be a bit biased, but I think the best way to get out of the house is to play some tennis :)