A new New York Times article summarizes a recent study that shows people who experience trauma cope better if they participated in team sports in their youth.
Dr. Molly C. Easterlin, the lead author of the study, which looked at a national sample of 9,668 people, said, “Among children affected by adverse childhood experiences, team sports in adolescence was associated with less depression and anxiety in young adulthood.” The study shows association, not causation.
Dr. Easterlin, who is a pediatrician and health services research fellow affiliated with the U.C.L.A. National Clinical Scholars Program and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, suggested that parents and pediatricians might look to team sports for children who have been exposed to difficult and traumatic experiences.
Read the full article at nytimes.com