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Preventing Bullying Through Sports

May 6, 20130 Comments

Sports may prevent bullyingSchool sports have a number of positive effects on a teen’s life, but a recent study suggests yet another one – they can prevent teens from becoming the victims of bullies. As odd as it may seem, joining the swim team could make certain your teen isn’t involved in a bullying incident this year.

School Sports May Cut Rates of Violence, Bullying Among Teens

Playing school sports is known to have many benefits for teens, but researchers have found a new reason to encourage kids to take up a sport: It may reduce teen girls’ likelihood of being involved in violence and some teen boys’ risk of being bullied.

In the study, researchers examined data from about 1,800 high school students, aged 14 to 18, who took part in the 2011 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and found that 25 percent played team sports, 9 percent took part in an individual sport, and 17 percent played both team and individual sports.

Girls involved in individual or team sports were less likely to have been in a fight in the past year than girls who didn’t play sports (14 percent versus 22 percent, respectively). Girls who played sports were also less likely than nonathletes to have carried a weapon in the past 30 days (6 percent versus 11 percent, respectively).

However, boys who played individual or team sports were no less likely than boys who did not play sports to fight or carry a weapon. About 32 percent of boys in the study reported fighting and 36 percent reported carrying weapons in the past 30 days, according to the study presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Athletic participation may prevent involvement in violence-related activities among girls but not among boys because aggression and violence generally might be more accepted in boys’ high school sports,” senior author Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley, a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.

Read more at US News and World Report.

If you worry about your teen becoming involved in bullying, on either side of the equation, encourage him or her to take up a sport. It could make all the difference.

Preventing Bullying Through Sports

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