Have you personally experienced mental health issues or heard of other people who suffer from mental health conditions in the latter half of your/their life without knowing how they came about to be? Well, there’s a good chance the root cause lies in some form of childhood abuse or neglect that may have gone unnoticed.
A substantial public health study, however, claims that taking part in sports protects and prevents children from developing mental health issues later in life.
The study showed that people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were more than twice as likely to suffer from mental illnesses as an adult, reported the Guardian UK.
They are also four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, three times more likely to develop heart disease and three times more likely to develop respiratory diseases!
The type of ACEs includes sexual and physical abuse, parental separation and living with domestic violence, and mental illness.
Even if you didn’t as a child the study claims that taking part in sporting activities as an adult can improve your mental state of being if you suffered from a traumatic childhood.
The study revealed that people who had four or more ACEs were four times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness and 10 times more likely to have caused self-harm or felt suicidal at some stage.
“Among those with four or more ACEs, the adjusted proportion reporting current mental illness fell from 25% of those who did not regularly participate in childhood sports to 19% of those who did,” stated the study from Public Health Wales (PHW) and Bangor University, as reported by the Guardian UK.
The report urged caution: “It is not possible from this survey to explore whether participation in sports builds resilience in children or whether children with greater resilience are more attracted to sports.”
But it added: “The relationships found here suggest increased sports participation should be further explored as a means of developing resilience and protecting mental health.”
The study also reveals a clear relationship between adult participation in sports and mental illnesses go beyond just competition and physical health.
While much attention has been paid to the cardiovascular and weight reduction potential of sports participation, its impact of friendship opportunities, benefits to mental health, access to role models and the other aspects of resilience that engagement in sports facilitates needs to be factored into its benefits.”
News credit : Indiatimes