Sport helps mental health

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A recent Australian Psychological Society discovered that regular involvement in sporting clubs and community events could have a significant impact on wellbeing. 

The Compass for Life survey, which involved 1000 Australian adults and 518 adolescents found that those involved in sporting clubs and gyms scored higher on positive emotions, a sense of accomplishment, overall wellbeing and health.

According to the survey, around 36% of children aged 13-17 regularly take part in sporting clubs or fitness activities. Adolescents who rarely or never participated scored significantly lower on several measures of wellbeing.

The survey used the PERMA-profiler tool to measure psychological wellbeing. It focused on positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment and included a range of behavioural and social media questions. 

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