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How engaging in a team sport helps you heal from injury

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2019 | Personal Injury

Let us say you became injured in a car crash. Fortunately, you will be all right, but the recovery process makes you feel depressed and disconnected from everyone.

Your doctor gives the green light for you to engage in certain team sports, saying that this will improve your mental outlook and help physical healing. How do team sports help?

Lightening your mood

One major benefit of engaging in a team activity is that it releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel more relaxed and happier. With the approval of your doctor, you may go bowling, play softball or enjoy cycling with friends. Getting out and about to engage in some sort of physical activity will improve your physical and mental fitness and allow you some mind-clearing social interaction at the same time.

Staying sharp

Keeping your mental skills in good working order is important not only as you recover from an injury, but as a regular part of your lifestyle as you age. You may consider joining a gym, another opportunity for beneficial social interaction—since a combination of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises are especially helpful for maintaining mental acuity.

Reducing stress

When you sustain an injury, it is easy to become stressed and allow negative thoughts to take over your mind. However, physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Engaging in any activity, from jogging down the street to dribbling down the basketball court, reduces stress and replaces negative thoughts with a sunnier, more positive outlook.

Whilst recovering from an injury, getting sufficient sleep is vital. You can depend on sports activities to improve the quality of your slumber; you will fall asleep faster and sleep deeper.

Getting help

If the other driver’s negligence caused the injury you suffered, you can expect to receive compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. However, you can leave insurance matters to your legal team while you concentrate on recovery. With your doctor’s approval, you can begin participating in a team sport and getting back into the swing of things.