Teen team, Among individuals expose to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), team sports participation in adolescence is associated with better adult mental health, according to a study published online May 28 in JAMA Pediatrics. To evaluate, among those expose to ACEs, whether team sports participation during adolescence is associate with better mental health in adulthood and whether the association between team sports participation and mental health varies by sex.
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Participation in team sports
The findings suggest that participation in team sports is associate with better adult mental health outcomes among individuals expose to adverse childhood experiences.Molly C. Easterlin, M.D., from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues examine the correlation between team sports participation in grades 7 to 12 (wave 1) and diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety and current depressive symptoms at ages 24 to 32 years (wave 4) among individuals expose to ACEs.
The researchers found that 49.3% of the 9,668 individuals include in the study report; so one or more ACEs and 21.3% report two or more ACEs. The association between team sports participation in grades 7 to 12 (wave 1) and diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety and current depressive symptoms (determine by Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale–10 scores) at ages 24 to 32 years (wave 4) among individuals expose to ACEs.
Multivariable logistic regression models were weight base on propensity scores; so for factors associate with team sports participation and control for individual, family, and school characteristics. Interaction terms test whether associations between team sports participation and mental health vary by sex.
Receiving a diagnosis
Team sports participation during adolescence was significantly associate; so with reduce odds of receiving a diagnosis of depression (unadjust rate, 16.8 versus 22.0 %; propensity score weight [PSW] adjust odds ratio [aOR], 0.76; 95 % confidence interval, 0.59 to 0.97) or anxiety (11.8 versus 16.8 %; PSW aOR, 0.70; 95 % confidence interval, 0.56 to 0.89) and reduce odds of having current depressive symptoms (21.9 versus 27.5 % ; PSW aOR, 0.85; 95 % confidence interval, 0.71 to 1.01).
Hence no significant differences were seen in the correlations between team sports participation and mental health by sex. Among individuals affect by ACEs; so team sports participation in adolescence was associate with better adult mental health. Team sports may be an important and scalable resilience builder. Pediatricians might consider recommending team sports participation for patients with ACEs and parents might consider enrolling their children with ACEs in team sports, the authors write.