By Ray Hamill — I came across a very interesting article this week from the Wisconsin based Up North News website.
It breaks down just how real the mental health effects associated with not being able to play sports during the ongoing pandemic are for young athletes.
With most sports activities on hold for much of this year around the nation and indeed in our own backyard, the Up North News story reports on a recent study suggesting two-thirds of all high school athletes are experiencing depression or anxiety over canceled sports.
The study was conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the story on it makes for an interesting read, if you want to check it out here …
According to the story, the study group surveyed 3,200 athletes in 71 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and suggests “that 66,000 high school athletes are suffering mental health effects due to the COVID-19 pandemic closures.”
One of the study authors was quoted in the story saying, “We know that exercise is a powerfully antidepressant and powerfully anti-anxiety. Exercise has biological effects on our endorphins, which are our feel-good brain hormones.”
As the story further points out, sports give kids social involvement, and a sense of accomplishment and feeling good about pushing themselves hard during a practice, and working together as a team.