Did you know that sports have a psychological impact on the brain? We don’t mean the risk of injuries that are common in most sports, we’re talking about how it increases mental capacity, thinking power and intelligence!
Scientists have found that those who are active in team sports are able to ignore background noise better than those who don’t. It’s beneficial to athletes when they are performing in an arena or stadium with lots of fans cheering them on. To add to this finding, athletes are able to focus and process information better in distracting and high-energy environments. No wonder there is a strong correlation between children who play sports and good grades!
When exercising, the brain releases “happy” chemicals which boosts your mood. During a workout, the body’s blood pressure decreases which effects your emotions. If you’re feeling down, try going for a run or even a brisk walk. You might find yourself with a clearer perspective and more patience! On top of that, sport improves memory and quick thinking in all ages. Elders who are more engaged in physical activity reduce their chances of dementia. For children, they are able to absorb and remember more information. This is all because of a part of the brain called the amygdala. It is responsible for controlling stress and fear. Exercise is effective because it shrinks this area! It also lowers anxiety, helping the 5 senses process information better.
Researchers have discovered that the bonds children form with their coaches majorly impacts their behaviour and attitudes. A healthy relationship between coaches and teams are proven to increase discipline, self-confidence, independence, reduce anger and bad behaviour.
If you or anyone you know wants to improve their overall well-being, suggest sports! For your children, get them involved in Sports Discovery Camp! They will not only train their brain, but meet new friends and discovery the sports they love!