This Is How Team Sports May Alter Your Brain For Better Mental Health – mindbodygreen.com

Playing sports as a kid has long been linked with improving one’s social skills, work ethic, and respect for authority, but a new study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging shows that participation in team sports, in particular, may actually serve an important mental health function: protection from depression. Researchers scanned the brains of 4,000 children between the ages of 9 and 11 and surveyed the kids on their participation in sports and their depressive symptoms. They found all the kids who were active in team sports had a larger hippocampus—a region of the brain that plays an ...

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