Mental health and competitive sport: how do victories and defeats shape our brain?


Posted by admin | Posted in Mental health, Psychology, Sports | Posted on 11-12-2017


Competitive sport is what most parents want to push their children into. Playing football, basketball, or rugby ingrains strong team-building skills, teaches resistance, and enables to master emotions. Sports build the character of a leader, a personality capable of handling failures and moving forward whatever it takes. These skills are useful to kids, and it is always worth trying to enroll the child in a competitive sporting section if they are interested in any. As for adults, their character and mind can be not ready for competitive sports at all.
People who do not like competition would not benefit from competitive sports. Perhaps, they are introverts who are most productive and successful working on their own. For them, competitive sports is a stress they cannot handle. Narcissistic people will do no good for the competition as well. They cannot adequately react to a failure, and no sports can teach them such skill. On the other hand, we have people open to learning and new experience. They will greatly benefit from playing out with mates in their free time. They will find a great deal of socialization and support working with the coach and team.
The list of competitive sports is a long one. Except for aggressive football and baseball, there are badminton, bowling, field hockey, golf, skiing, swimming, water polo, and even dancing. Every person open to a new experience can find the one that will bring them strength, determination, and anti-stress.

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