Sports vs. seasonal depression

WRITTEN BY: JADYN ELLIOTT

COVER PHOTO BY: MARA IOTT

There is a high you feel when you step onto the field, arena, or court. The feeling you get after a big win. Whether it is when you make the winning shot or break a new record, there is a feeling of happiness. Studies show one in five teens suffer from depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. There are many different things that can treat symptoms of depression, but most people do not know team sports help lessen depression.

Physical activity helps depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Exercising has many other benefits along with protection against heart disease, diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and improving sleep.

Researchers from the Cochrane Collaboration tested the benefits of exercise for people with depression. All of the participants had been officially diagnosed with depression. First, they looked for any studies comparing the effect of sports and exercise programs with other treatments for depression. With this they found 39 studies involving nearly 2,330 people who took part in exercise on a daily basis, and most of the studies looked at the effects of jogging and walking.

The researchers wanted to find out whether participating in physical therapy can relieve the symptoms of depression. Based on the results of the studies, they concluded that it has an effect, altering the amount of symptoms.

Communication can also have a huge effect on depression. All forms of communication do not have the same effect, phone calls and digital communication do not have the same power as face-to-face social interactions.

”I met my best friend Olivia through volleyball,” freshman Natalie Tobey said. Having healthy social support and face-to-face interactions can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

They can be an important part of anxiety disorder and depression recovery.

“Volleyball helps me feel less stressed because I can just have fun instead of being stressed about school,” freshman Natalie Tobey said.

Sports create an environment where you are surrounded by all different people along with participating in physical activity. With a team you are surrounded by the same people almost everyday. You are all going through the stress of competing and working hard at practice, but this can also create bonding experiences. Soon the team can start to feel like family. The best part of the season doesn't always have to be the competing, bonds can be made.

“I like to pr (personal record) and hangout with the team, it's like another family,” sophomore Tyler Lowery said. Not only does the exercise help to improve your mood, the people you're surrounded by can too.

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