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Study Shows Sports Are Good for Your Brain

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

sports are good for your brain

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  • Researchers recently found that those participating in sports had a greater ability to “tune out” background noise, which improves mental fitness and flexibility
  • Some of the same advantages are enjoyed by those who learn another language or play an instrument
  • The research goal was to identify when the brain has recovered from a mild to severe traumatic brain injury, sometimes called a concussion, so that an athlete may return to their previous level of activity
  • Precautions such as the use of seat belts and helmets reduce your risk of having a head injury

The level of high school sports participation is at an all-time high. Students who play competitive sports enjoy physical and mental benefits. It reduces the rate of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It also improves cardiovascular and pulmonary function and increases the potential that young people will go on to stay physically active throughout their life.

Researchers also discovered that athletes who regularly play sports are less likely to use drugs and less likely to smoke cigarettes. Female athletes are 80% less likely to become pregnant during high school than their peers who don’t participate in sports. Students playing sports perform better in the classroom with higher grade point averages, better attendance and a greater chance of going to college.

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