Fewer Depression in Boys Who Practice Sports

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  • marcus
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    • Jul 2008
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    Fewer Depression in Boys Who Practice Sports

    From https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/...n-in-kids.html , March 24 , 2019
    The Jakarta Post
    Title : Playing team sports could boost brain size and reduce depression in kids
     By Agence France-Presse

    [New US research has found that boys who play team sports appear to have larger hippocampal volumes in the brain and fewer symptoms of depression.

    Carried out by researchers at Washington University .., along with the University of California and the University of Vermont, the new study looked at 4,191 children age nine to 11 across the US...
    The findings.. showed that playing sport was associated with a larger hippocampal volume in both girls and boys, and also fewer symptoms of depression in boys.The associations were even stronger for children participating in sports that were more structured, such as team sports or regular lessons.
    "We found that involvement in sports, but not non-sport activities such as music or art, is related to greater hippocampal volume in both boys and girls, and is related to reduced depression in boys," ...
    The researchers suggested that the different effect of sports on depression among girls could mean that different factors contribute to depression in girls, or that a stronger association between sports and depression might emerge at a later developmental period for girls.

    Previous research has already found that depression in adults is associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a region of the brain important in memory and response to stress, with some studies suggesting that exercise can also have a positive effect on depression and hippocampal volume in adults...]
    Last edited by marcus; 27-03-20, 20:42.
  • OpenSolutions
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    • Sep 2009
    • 60

    #2
    It is very plausible that doing sports can help against depression. Doing something you like will release endorphin. Which will help against depression. Maybe that is why more boys benefits from sports compared to girls. I am making the conclusion that more boys like doing sports compared to girls.
    I think the opposite is also true. When having to do something you dislike (a lot), it will help to develop a depression. So for boys and girls who dislike sports, but are forced into doing, will probably will have more depression symptoms.

    Why teamsport helps more than other sports might be because most humans like to belong to a group, having moral support when the going gets tough will all help to like the thing you do. Which will help against depression more.

    Depression also inhibits brain development. It will impact the hypothalamus, hippocampus, Amygdala and Limbic cortex. Also your cognition will also be impaired.

    This is a correlation study. I can't find in the article if the children who participated in the study all already doing sports or that all didn't do any sports before participating the study. With correlation studies, you can't say variable A (sports) will have an impact on variable B (depression) even though they are related. You can't say doing more sport will reduce depression more.

    I would like to see an experiment study with 3 children groups. 1 group (A) as the base group, doing what they normally do, without any change in their life. 1 control group (B) with children who like to sport and 1 control group (C) with children who dislike sport. Both control groups will sport as planned in the research. At the beginning of the research all children will undergo a brain scan. Every 3 months the children get a brain scan to see how their brain develops.

    My hypothesis is that both control groups will have different brain development. Control group B will have better resistance against depression, Control group C will have more depressive symptoms . How much positive or negative gain in resistance against depression can be read comparing the results from the base group A.

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    • marcus
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      • Jul 2008
      • 9214

      #3
      Originally posted by OpenSolutions View Post
      I would like to see an experiment study with 3 children groups. 1 group (A) as the base group, doing what they normally do, without any change in their life. 1 control group (B) with children who like to sport and 1 control group (C) with children who dislike sport...

      Unfortunately we don't see (and will not see) enough studies which benefit human kind but do not "make money" .

      It is possible that Governments may be not interested in preventing people from getting sick because it would result in less businesses for : the pharmaceutic industries , hospitals , insurance companies , doctors , ...

      My nephew (who newly became a medical doctor at that time) told me that he didn't learn anything about preventing diseases . I have 3 brothers and 1 sister who are medical specialists , so I am a little aware of the medical world . I never heard of specialists in Public health and general preventive medicine in my country (population above 200 million) , did you ?

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      • Kaburahn
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        • Oct 2023
        • 3

        #4
        It's fascinating to see how sports can have such a positive impact on mental health, particularly for young boys. This research highlights the importance of physical activity not only for physical well-being but also for mental well-being. The fact that team sports can boost brain size and reduce symptoms of depression in boys is a significant finding.
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        • Kaburahn
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          • Oct 2023
          • 3

          #5
          For anyone interested in exploring the benefits of sports or seeking guidance on mental health, resources like the mental health hotline https://mentalhealthhotline.org/ can provide valuable information and support. It's essential to recognize the holistic connection between physical activity and mental well-being.

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