Figure skating on any competitive level is largely an individual sport, requiring focus, dedication and intense training. While there are many benefits to individual sports, skaters often miss out on the impact team sports have on adolescents. The benefits of team sports are clear. LiveStrong organization states that the benefits of team sports are academic, social, emotional and physical and that these benefits are long-term. Participants in youth team sports, specifically those in middle school, do significantly better academically, learn teamwork and persistence, improves motor skills, and increase fitness both in the short term and the long term, helping to decrease susceptibility to things such as obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.