There are the obvious physical benefits when kids play sports. It improves cardiovascular health and prevents obesity. But that’s not all.

Dr. David Soma, a Mayo Clinic pediatric sports medicine specialist, says there also are emotional benefits.

He says a way to get your kids involved in sports is to start young by just getting them active and outdoors.

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