Why you should get involved in sports
1. Community: a sense of togetherness and belonging
Joining a sports team, or even a solo sport can get you involved in a sense of community and an
opportunity for making new friendships. The relationship between teammates that deal with
defeat together and celebrate victories together is a special one that should be treasured.
2. Physical activity: how it positively influences your future
Physical Activity creates a good way of hindering many illnesses such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, etc. When you start getting involved in constant physical activity at a younger age, it improves your likeliness of leading a healthy life in the future.
3. Mood booster:
Working hard and accomplishing your goals with a sport is a rewarding feeling. Doing an activity
that you love and enjoy regularly will provide you with structure, a lasting feeling of
accomplishment, and more energy.
Here is an educational video that explains the science behind the benefits of sports.
What is sports safety and why is it important?
Physical activity can improve both mental and physical health because it emerges you
into a sense of community and focus. As with any other passion, it is important to practice safe habits and to take care of yourself. The CDC says that “more than 2.6 million children 0 - 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries”.
Physically taking care of your body, and being aware of certain dangers is an important
part of mental health as long as your overall well-being.
A concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury where the brain is injured by a sudden change in
movement or an impact. Something notable about concussions is that oftentimes, people
experiencing a concussion never lose consciousness, it is very likely that “external signs of head
trauma, such as bleeding will be absent”.
Common symptoms of a concussion:
- Sensitivity to light
- Memory loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Double or blurry vision
- Trouble falling asleep
- Loss of smell or taste
- Dizziness or imbalance
- Ringing ears
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a blunt force injury, you should contact a healthcare professional.
Click here to see the full piece on Sports Safety.