Mental Health and Sports


Sports play an important role in the lives of many people. They provide ways to test your physical abilities, and also give you something to focus on and follow that can relieve stress.

Moreover, they often inculcate qualities that can be applied in life such as teamwork and discipline. They also help to develop social skills and promote a positive attitude towards life.

The definition of ‘Sport’ varies from source to source. However, generally it is a human activity involving physical exertion and skill with elements of competition or social participation where rules and patterns of behaviour governing the activity are formal through organisations.

It is often characterized by conflict between individuals or teams and tends to end with winner(s) and loser(s). This may involve an individual contest or a group activity such as a race.

It is important to note that sport is a highly competitive activity and the results are usually predetermined, although there are some exceptions. It is therefore, important to be fair and honest. Winning is often a very rewarding experience but it can also be stressful, and losing can lead to feelings of sadness and disappointment. Learning how to cope with these different emotions can be extremely beneficial for a person’s mental health.