The science is clear.
Sport is beneficial to mental and physical recovery of people of all ages who have been forced to stay home for weeks on end. It can heal, rejuvenate and motivate.
Now, more than ever, we need these restorative health benefits as people across the globe emerge from this crisis.
“The more live-spectating sport events a person attends, the more likely that person will perceive the conditions of life as excellent and close to ideal, and will feel satisﬁed with life in general.”
Sport Spectatorship and Life Satisfaction: A Multicountry Investigation. Inoue, Sato, Filo, Du, Funk. 2017.
“People can increase their subjective well-being by behaviorally engaging in sport events as spectators.”
“So many of the traditional institutions are beginning to break down, religion and family. The human psyche is the same and something has to take the place of that. Sports fill an important void.''
Dr. Daniel Wann, Psychologist at Murray State University. In: Bleacher Report. 2008. Sports Fan Psychology: It's More Than Just a Game.
“One of the first things to recognize is that, yes, sports is a form of entertainment. But it is also a source of social connectiveness with family, friends and with a team.”
Dr. Mark Terjesen, Professor of Psychology at St John’s. In: Newsday. 2020. Psychologists: Lack of sports takes away a key outlet for fans.
“After months of lockdown, sport is the perfect outlet to help people recover. Be it watching sports or participating in physical activity, sport encourages physical and mental fulfilment.”
Roberto Re, Leadership and Mental Coach.