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Studies Show Sports Participation Plays a Role in Mental Wellness

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

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We all know sports participation is good for physical health, but did you know that it can also help to improve mental wellness off the field? Recent research suggests that playing team sports, like lacrosse, can help to reduce the likelihood of kids developing mental health problems, like depression.

Young Athletes Found to be Happier and Healthier

Encouraging your child to join a lacrosse team just might be the best move you could make this spring.

Boston University School of Medicine investigators recently found that joining a team sport has benefits beyond higher self-esteem, extending to overall mental wellness. The researchers found that those who participate less frequently on sports teams were more likely to experience withdrawn behavior or depressive symptoms.

They also noticed a difference in the mental wellness of kids who were very involved in sports. The researchers then concluded that two or more sports could be the “magic number.”

The recent study, which was presented to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, supports other previously published research that suggests sports participation plays a big role in the mental wellness of children.

Sports participation on a lacrosse team can improve mental health.

There’s Nothing Quite like Team Sports

Kids who join lacrosse leagues spend the spring in constant motion in the company of others their age. This team atmosphere may be more beneficial to mental wellness, because of the added opportunities sports participation provides for socialization.

Instead of sitting on the couch, young athletes are thrust into situations where they must collaborate with teammates. In practice drills and live game situations, they rarely experience a dearth of activity after joining a youth lacrosse team.

4 Ways Lacrosse is Good for the Mind, too

  1. Provides access to a social network
  2. Creates a sense of purpose
  3. Gives a feeling of belonging
  4. Offers a sense of achievement

Lacrosse equipment used in sports participation.

Encouraging Sports Participation may be the Right Move

Whether you played lacrosse growing up or you’ve just watched your first Major League Lacrosse game, the winter is the perfect time to consider encouraging your kid to pick up a stick. If they play one or more team sports in the spring, your child could be well on their way to a happier, healthier school year.

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