The Benefits of Sports
Updated: Feb 18
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Mental illness is something many people struggle with and many do not know how to deal with the constant changes in life. Mental illness can start at an early age and many people who have them are treated differently, like outcasts who can never feel like they fit in because of the way they feel is different than others. There is a study at Children’s Mental Health that shows that about 27.1% of children between the age of 3 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD, behavioral problems, anxiety, and depression. Many people find a way to deal with these challenges by focusing on being active and join a sport. Sports teach people a way to grow, be strong, and be patient with themselves and others. Some would say that joining a team where you can work together, help your teammates reach the goal, and win the game, would make you feel ecstatic and accomplished. Being able to work with others that are not only people you spend joyful moments with but who are also people with who you create a family, would be some of the perks of joining a sports team. As we grow up, we are taught how to work with others and learn how to interact with them to achieve a certain goal. Many of us in our lifetime will or have experienced what it is to be a part of a sports team and enjoy being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Sports can be a way to encounter and defeat some of the problems in your life that can be too difficult to deal with. Dr. Austerman, at the Cleveland Clinic, researched some of the benefits that came with having the experience of being on a sports team. Austerman’s research stated that “Having your kids in structured social activities that they can learn appropriately and they can be safe, but activities that help build persistence, and resilience, are very positive influences later on in life.” Researchers at AdventHealth also analyzed and examined that there are many benefits that people who play sports receive. Some of these benefits include improving your day to day mood, decreasing your stress and depression, helping to create a better sleeping schedule, and developing some leadership skills. Nonetheless, sports can help you when you have a hard time in life. They allow you to put trust in people that can help guide you through the challenges that life throws at you.
Some people may dislike sports because they feel like they aren’t good at them or that they would rather do some other activity that doesn’t involve physical movements. However, there is a variety of sports that can be limited in the physical aspects that are just as fun, like golf and horseback riding. Sports can help you get out of your comfort zone and get some exposure to the outside world, which isn’t filled with sorrow and pain.
Camilla Mendez, TeensForHope Head Editor