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The Healing Power of Sports: Boosting Mental Health and Alleviating Post Traumatic Stress

Hello, sports enthusiasts and soon-to-be converts! Today we delve into the myriad benefits of engaging in sports activities, particularly their profound effects on mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When we think of sports, we often focus on physical fitness benefits. However, the impact of sports extends far beyond just physical health. Activities such as horseback riding, tennis, dance, and CrossFit can significantly boost mental health, to name a few, promote emotional well-being, and aid in the healing process for those struggling with PTSD.


Horseback Riding

This ancient activity is not just a physical endeavor but a deep connection with a living being. It requires focus, understanding, and communication, thus promoting mindfulness and relaxation. Horseback riding can help clear the mind of daily anxieties and stressors, making it an effective therapy for PTSD. The bond formed with the horse can also provide emotional support and healing.



As an intense cardio workout, tennis triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. It promotes mental alertness, tactical thinking, and enhances mood, making it a valuable tool for combating depression and anxiety. The social aspect of tennis also facilitates interaction and emotional connection, fostering a supportive environment for those dealing with PTSD.



Dance is a form of expression that allows individuals to communicate emotions that might be challenging to express verbally. It can be a powerful therapeutic tool to help individuals coping with PTSD by allowing them to physically release their emotions. Dance boosts mood, reduces stress, anxiety, and depression by increasing endorphins and serotonin levels and promoting a sense of joy and freedom.



This high-intensity workout promotes not just physical strength but mental resilience as well. The endorphin rush post-workout can significantly improve mood and energy levels. The communal aspect of CrossFit fosters a sense of belonging and encouragement, providing a support system crucial for those dealing with mental health issues or PTSD.


Participation in sports provides a structured, supportive environment that promotes discipline, self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment, all while providing an outlet for stress and anxiety. Physical exertion helps improve sleep, a crucial factor for mental health and recovery from PTSD.

Incorporating sports into your life can be an empowering way to take charge of your mental health journey.  Learning to work with your body, mental game, an animal and or a team can be integral in personal growth and development.  What’s your sport? Do you have a second sport outside of riding you participate in? share with us on social media and let’s start some health sports therapy dialog!

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