You Agree: Study Shows Playing Sports Makes Teens Feel Happier

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Sure, gym class can be kind of annoying, but a lot of you love being part of a sports team. One JSYK reader says, "I play soccer, basketball, kickball and baseball. I play those sports because I'm tougher than boys."

Researchers from West Virginia University gave questionnaires to 245 seventh and eighth grade students. What did they discover? Young teens find "significant physical and mental health benefits from sports participation." We took a Twitter poll and found out that you feel the same way.
"I play volleyball!" another reader tweeted. "I play because the feeling of serving the ball over the net the smell of a new volleyball leather the way ur uniform smells after I've played. They way u feel wen u make an amzing play or save. The way u feel wen u win or u know you've done ur best."

According to the researchers, girls are 30 times more likely to list their health as fair or poor when they aren't on a team.

"Our findings suggest that sports team participation may enhance school connectedness, social support and bonding among friends and teammates," the study states.

Do you agree that being on a sports team makes you happier?%Poll-54759%

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