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What Role Do Sports Play in the Mental Health of Children?

The benefits of playing on a team are major

Clinical Expert: James Hudziak, M.D.

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Kids who play sports have fewer emotional and behavioral problems and are less likely to do drugs or have bad body image. The benefits are so impressive that James Hudziak, MD, Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families, encourages all kids to play sports recreationally, even as they get older.


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This article was last reviewed or updated on May 6, 2024.