What You Need to Know About Your Kids, Sports, and Mental Health

Susan Scandiffio discusses how, as a mother of three children who participate in several sports, she has witnessed a wide variety of emotions both on and off the field. Moving and being physically active have been found through research to reduce stress, improve cognition, aid with sleep, and make people happier in general.

Susan Scandiffio underlines the importance for parents to understand that not just professional athletes can struggle with mental health issues; children can also battle with concerns relating to their participation in sports.

Susan Scandiffio discusses some of the possible reasons for mental health concerns in children who participate in sports and things to be aware of and monitor in your children. Some of the possible causes of mental health disorders in children who participate in sports include:

  • An expectation to win
  • Injuries
  • Time constraints
  • Enjoyment

Symptoms and signs to watch for include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Changes in mood and/or behavior
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Stomach-aches and/or headaches

After identifying the potential cause of mental health disorders, symptoms, and indicators to look for, Susan Scandiffio then presents numerous techniques for you, as a parent, to support your child. It is heartbreaking to see your child suffer, and as a parent, you do as much as you can to help. Susan Scandiffio offers the following methods for assisting your child:

  • Identify the issue(s) through conversation
  • Writing and drawing
  • Reassurance
  • Analyze commitments
  • Injury discussion
  • Discuss expectations
  • Seek professional help

Take a look at this article to learn more about how you can help your child if their battling mental health issues related to their involvement in sport.

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