Playing team sports is associated with less depression and better self image in students.
Canadian researchers tracked the school sport participation and mental health of 853 students from grades 8-12. They found that after 5 years, those who were involved in teams sports at school had less depressive symptoms, lower perceived stress and a more positive self-image. Specific causes aren't clear, but researchers hypothesize it may be related to the social bonds fostered in playing together.
PositiveTip: Encourage your teen to join a school team sport they enjoy.
A careful physician exam can mean the difference between life and death in sports concussions.
The increasing number of sports injuries occurring in junior high and high school students has prompted the American Academy of Neurology to issue a new position statement recommending that any athelete having a concussion be removed from participation, examined by a physician with experience in concussion management, and explicitly be cleared before being allowed to participate again.
PositiveTip: Parents of teenage athletes must acquaint themselves with the symptoms of concussion and take their child to a physician immediately should these been seen.